2010 Fantasy Football Awards: Aaron Rodgers, T.O., Adrian Peterson Fight For MVP

Andrew NortonCorrespondent IIINovember 17, 2010

2010 Fantasy Football Awards: Aaron Rodgers, T.O., Adrian Peterson Fight For MVP

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    Entering Week 11 of the 2010 NFL season, one thing is for certain, this year has been a little insane for fantasy owners. The inconsistency of performances, a devastating amount of key player injuries, and sheer number of sleepers emerging every week has provided for one hell of a fantasy season. And in seasons like this, the true knowledge of a fantasy owner is shown and rewarded. So, let's dish out some awards to the players most responsible for the success (and demise) of fantasy football owners.

    (All fantasy statistics are based on Y! Fantasy Football in a Standard PPR Scoring System)

2010 Fantasy Rookie Of The Year

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    Dez Bryant (Average pick: 93.4, Average Round: 10th) – Bryant ranks 12th in fantasy points among WRs with 104. 41 receptions, 539 yards, 5 rec TDs and 2 return TDs. He’ll be overlooked as NFL rookie of the year, but those who were lucky enough to pick him up in the draft or free agency have a legitimate starting receiver every week.

Fantasy Football Overachievers

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    Honorable Mentions:

    Ahmad Bradshaw (Average pick: 98.4, Average Round: 10th)—Bradshaw’s 838 yards is tied for third in the NFL with Chris Johnson.  

    Mike Williams, TB—I couldn’t even find the draft data for Williams, meaning that he wasn't even in the top 50 WRs drafted this season. He’s put up 40 catches for 627 yards and 5 scores, accumulating 93 fantasy points.

    3: Terrell Owens (Average pick: 91.5, Average Round: 10th, 140 fantasy points)—Third in the NFL in receptions and yardage, and scoring 7 TDs, Owens was avoided by many fantasy owners and was looking to be circling the drain. If this season isn’t evidence enough for a Hall of Fame bid, I don't know what is.

    2: Peyton Hillis (Average pick: 84.9, Average Round: 10th, 124 fantasy points)—Hillis was undrafted in a surprising amount of leagues. 726 yards and 8 TDs later, Hillis was a Free Agency steal and has proved to be the only dominating presence on the lowly Browns.

    1: Over Achiever Award Winner: Kyle Orton (Average pick: 131.7, Average Round: 14th, 176 fantasy points)—Orton is completing 62 percent of his 350 passes, with eight yards per pass. He is second only to Rivers in yardage and yards per game. For a 14th rounder, its hard to ask for more.

Fantasy Football Underachievers

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    Three players stand out for the Under Achiever Award. Each player was drafted high and has been a disappointment throughout the season for fantasy owners.

    Brandon Marshall (Average pick: 22.0, Average Round: 2nd)—55 rec for 652 yards isn't bad, but, come on, we all expected more. Marshall was coming off three consecutive 100-plus reception seasons, with over 1,100 yards in all three. The most shocking statistic: one touchdown. The sixth receiver chosen in the draft is only the 22nd in production this season.

    Shonne Greene (Average pick: 14.4, Average Round, 2nd) – The Jets were the best rushing offense in the NFL last season, how could Greene possibly not be a steal at pick 14? Because it was apparently T. Jones doing all the work. And once again, Greene is being overshadowed by a Jets RB, but more on him later. 463 yards and only one TD, Greene is 51st in RB fantasy ranking with just 31 points.

    2010 Under Achiever Award Winner: Ryan Mathews (Average pick: 11.9, Average Round: 1st)—Touted as a Rookie of the Year candidate before the season began, everyone expected Mathews to take over where LT left off. A few injuries have put a damper on his performance, but 382 yards for only two TDs and also three fumbles is not a great showing for a No. 1. He is ranked 42nd in fantasy points by a running back, behind two other Charger RBs.

2010 Fantasy Football Comeback Player Of The Year

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    Could it be anyone besides LaDainian Tomlinson? (Average pick: 103, Average Round: 11th)—LT is back. Ninth best among RBs with 100 points. 656 yards and five TDs.

    He is 80 yards away from eclipsing his yardage total from last year, though he won’t likely approach last year's TD total. His points total will prove similar to his from last season, but he was counted out by many as a washed up veteran.

Fantasy Football MVP Candidates: Quarterback

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    Philip Rivers—2944 yards, 19 TDs, 8 INTs:  184 Fantasy Points

    Aaron Rodgers—2300 yards, 15 TDs, 9 INTs, 173 Rush yards, 3 Rush TDs:  178 Fantasy Points

    Kyle Orton—2806 yards, 16 TDs, 5 INTs:  176 Fantasy Points

Fantasy Football MVP Candidates: Wide Receivers

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    Roddy White—70 rec, 934 yards, 7 TDs:  155 Fantasy Points

    Hakeem Nicks—56 rec, 735 yards, 9 TDs:  142 Fantasy Points

    Terrell Owens—59 rec, 834 yards, 7 TDs:  140 Fantasy Points

Fantasy Football MVP Candidates: Running Back

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    Arian Foster—920 rush yards, 10 rush TDs, 33 rec, 319 rec yards, 1 rec TD:  152 fantasy points

    Adrian Peterson—908 rush yards, 7 rush TDs, 30 rec, 281 rec yards, 1 rec TD:  132 fantasy points

    Peyton Hillis—726 rush yards, 8 rush TDs, 34 rec, 256 rec yards, 1 rec TD:  124 fantasy points

Fantasy Football MVP Candidates: Tight End

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    Antonio Gates—40 rec, 663 yards, 9 TDs:  123 fantasy points

    Jason Witten —46 rec, 513 yards, 3 TDs:  85 fantasy points

    Marcedes Lewis—30 rec, 379 yards, 7 TDs:  84 fantasy points

2010 Fantasy Football Most Valuable Player Winner

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    Overall Fantasy MVP: Arian Foster

    In PPR Formats, Arian Foster is 20 points ahead of the second leading scorer for RBs this season. 920 yards rushing is the highest in the NFL, as are his 11 TDs, and 33 receptions for over 300 yards isn't too shabby either for a player whose average draft position was in the 8th round at pick 75.

    The greatest fantasy player in the NFL was only drafted in 67 percent of leagues. Any other season, Roddy White’s 70 rec/934 yds/7 TD performance would take the cake, but its hard to argue with Foster’s dominance this season.

NFL Award Predictions

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    Be sure to look out for my NFL Award Predictions to see who is in line for Rookie of Year, Offensive and Defense Player of the Year, and MVP Honors. For all your fantasy sports info, visit godhateslosers.wordpress.com