It’s that time of year people. It’s time to hand out the 2010 Fantasy Alarm Football Awards. The following are my selections for each category as well as a few honorable mentions. If you would like the audio version of this blog entry you can either tune into The Fantasy Alarm Show live tonight at 9:30 PM EST (8:30 PM CST) on The Fantasy Sports Channel or download the show from iTunes or straight from our BlogTalkRadio page. If you listen to the show you will also hear my co-hosts Ryan Hallam and Ted Schuster’s selections for this years Fantasy Alarm Football Awards.
This award goes to the player who took his game to the next level this season and has become a fantasy superstar in the process. Please note that no player can win multiple awards in this format.
Arian Foster – RB – Houston Texans – Foster was the best fantasy player from start to finish this season and without question has become a superstar in this league. He was the NFL leading rusher and TD scorer while amassing over 2200 total yards this season. He is going to get a lot of attention come next year’s draft and will likely be the top overall pick in many drafts next year.
Honorable Mention: Peyton Hillis, RB, Cleveland -- Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland -- Hakeem Nicks ,WR, N.Y. Giants -- Josh Freeman – QB – Tampa Bay
Rookie Of The Year
Mike Williams – WR – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – This is by far the easiest category to choose a winner as Williams 964 yards and 11 TD’s far outpaced other rookies this season. Consider that Williams wasn’t even on the radar of most fantasy experts coming into the draft and you can see what the true impact of the former Syracuse troublemaker was this season.
Honorable Mention: Jahvid Best, RB, Detroit – LaGarrette Blount, RB, Tampa Bay – Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis -- Tim Tebow, QB, Denver
Ryan Grant – RB – Green Bay Packers – Grant isn’t a sexy fantasy player but there is little doubt that he would have compiled much better numbers than that of Brandon Jackson and the other Packers RB committee members this year. Factor in that Grant was a consensus top 15 RB going into the season and his season ending injury in week 1 had the most impact of all in 2010.
Honorable Mention: DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina – Tony Romo, QB, Dallas – Steve Smith, WR, N.Y. Giants – Dallas Clark, TE, Indianapolis – Kevin Kolb, QB, Philadelphia
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Comeback Player Of The Year
Brandon Lloyd – WR – Denver Broncos – Lloyd catapulted himself into the elite WR category this season by posting 77-1448-11 this season all with the likes of Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow throwing him the ball. I can honestly say that I have always been a supporter of Lloyd’s as his long arms and leaping ability has to be of use to NFL teams somewhere.
Honorable Mention: Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City – Matt Cassel, QB, Kansas City – Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jacksonville
Shonn Greene – RB – N.Y. Jets – Choosing the most disappointing player is like picking your favorite child. There are so many candidates that really any of them could be defined as the most disappointing this season. Randy Moss was a disaster after leaving New England and C.J. Spiller’s speed never came into play in Buffalo this season. Unfortunately, I would have really liked to pick Brett Favre for this spot but as disappointing as he was very few owners put as much stock in Favre as they did Greene and Moss.
Honorable Mention: Randy Moss, WR, New England/Minnesota/Tennessee – Steve Smith, WR, Carolina – Brett Favre, QB, Minnesota – Beanie Wells, RB, Arizona – C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo
Best Waiver Pickup
Mike Tolbert – RB – San Diego Chargers – It is safe to say that Tolbert was not drafted in any fantasy leagues this season. I play in some of the largest and deepest leagues around and players like Vick, Hillis and Mark Clayton were drafted and thus never available on the waiver wire. But Tolbert was a name that nobody really knew about or considered coming into 2010 and thus he wins my award for the best waiver wire pickup of the year.
Honorable Mention: Brandon Lloyd, WR, Denver – LaGarrette Blount, RB, Tampa Bay – Steve Johnson, WR, Buffalo – Jacob Tamme, TE, Indianapolis
Michael Vick – QB – Philadelphia Eagles – This award obviously could have gone to Arian Foster but I already gave him the breakout player of the year award and thus Vick is my MVP. There has literally never been a player who has performed this well in fantasy football since I started playing in 1989. Vick threw for 3018 yards, ran for 676 more, threw for 21 TD’s, ran for 9 more and only threw 6 interceptions on the season. All of this coming in just 12 games played! Project this over an entire season and you would be breathless thinking about the fantasy possibilities. He may not win the NFL MVP as Tom Brady is more deserving of that award but there wasn’t a better fantasy player in 2010 than Michael Vick.
Honorable Mention: Arian Foster, RB, Houston – Tom Brady, QB, New England – Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis – Roddy White, WR, Atlanta
Those are my award winners for the 2010 season. Feel free to post your award winners right here and we’ll compare our results. Let me know who I have missed or slighted and which players deserve these awards more than who I have chosen. Post your comments here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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