The fantasy football regular season is over. Of course, you can still play fantasy football for the playoffs, and it's a ton of fun so sign up here. At the end of the season, awards are always fun to look at. Who are the best values? The biggest busts? Time to break it down.
AARON RODGERS – GREEN BAY PACKERS
Rodgers finished with the most fantasy points per game among quarterbacks. He finished the season with 4,228 yards, 40 touchdowns, seven interceptions and rushed for 369 yards and four rushing touchdowns. He had nine games of at least three touchdowns and came through big in Week 16 with 347 yards, four touchdowns, and a rushing touchdown.
BEST VALUE PICK
MATT RYAN – ATLANTA FALCONS
Ryan is usually a Top 10 quarterback with a low ceiling until he struggled last season with 21 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in the first year of the Kyle Shanahan offense. The recency bias pushed Ryan into the QB 15-20 range of most drafts and was likely a free agent add in some leagues. Ryan had a career year and is in contention for the NFL MVP. Ryan passed for 4,944 yards, a career-high 38 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.
CAM NEWTON – CAROLINA PANTHERS
Newton was the top quarterback taken in most drafts due to his career season last year. Newton didn't even come close Newton was 17th in points per game one year after throwing 35 touchdowns and rushing for ten touchdowns. Newton passed for 3,509 yards, 19 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and rushed for 359 yards and five touchdowns.
DAVID JOHNSON – ARIZONA CARDINALS
Johnson was a stud all season. He didn't have fewer than 16 points in PPR formats until Week 17 when he left the game early with an injury. He finished as the highest scoring running back and if you take away his rushing numbers, he outperformed many wide receivers. Johnson rushed for 1,239 yards on 293 carries and 16 touchdowns and caught 80 passes for 879 yards and four touchdowns.
BEST VALUE PICK
JORDAN HOWARD – CHICAGO BEARS
Howard was a free agent pickup in most leagues. Jeremy Langford was the starting running back for the Bears to begin the season and Howard didn't take over until Week 4 after Langford got injured. Howard was an extremely valuable pickup and finished second in the NFL in rushing with 1,313 yards on a bad team. He rushed for six touchdowns and caught 29 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown.
ADRIAN PETERSON – MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Many expect Todd Gurley to be here and while he didn't live up to the lofty expectations many projected since he was a first round pick, he wasn't atrocious. He had 11 games of double-digits in PPR formats. He didn't have big weeks, but it's difficult to say he's the worst pick. While Peterson did get injured, he was take in the first round by many, and there was risk taking a 31-year old running back behind a bad offensive line.
ANTONIO BROWN – PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Brown led wide receivers in points per game in PPR leagues. While Brown wasn't as good as he was in 2015 when he had 136 catches for 1,834 yards and ten touchdowns, he was still one of the best in 2016 with 106 catches for 1,284 yards and 12 touchdowns in 15 games.
BEST VALUE PICK
MICHAEL THOMAS – NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
The rookie didn't get a lot of hype, especially in leagues with less savvy players. Thomas gets the slight edge over Davante Adams, who was also a great value coming off a bad season. Thomas finished seventh in points per game at receiver in PPR leagues. Thomas had 92 catches for 1,137 yards and nine touchdowns.
DEANDRE HOPKINS – HOUSTON TEXANS
Hopkins went as high as fourth overall in some drafts. He appeared to be quarterback-proof, excelling with four different quarterbacks in 2015. It turned out he was hurt severely with Brock Osweiler at quarterback. Hopkins was 36th in points per game at wide receiver in PPR leagues. He had 78 catches for 954 yards and four touchdowns.
TRAVIS KELCE –KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
I have been waiting for this version of Kelce to emerge the last few seasons. He's one of the most talented tight ends in the NFL but has been limited in the conservative Chiefs' offense.
KYLE RUDOLPH – MINNESOTA VIKINGS
People have been waiting for this version of Rudolph for years. Injuries and lack of production left Rudolph outside the Top 15 tight ends in most drafts. He went undrafted in a lot of leagues, especially where several teams took one tight end. Rudolph had 83 catches for 840 yards and seven touchdowns.
ROB GRONKOWSKI – NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Injuries happen, and while I tend to avoid injured players for these picks, Gronkowski is taken so early in drafts that a pick this early hurts. He missed the first two games of the season, returned in the third game and was limited and had a zero. He had one catch for 11 yards in Week 4. Gronkowski injured his back in Week 12 and his season ended. He had 25 catches for 540 yards and three touchdowns.
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