It’s awards season!
With another awesome fantasy football season on DraftKings in the books, it’s time to recognize those players you plugged into our lineups that put up big fantasy points. We’re recognizing your top plays, value plays, sleeper plays – all plays! We’ve got seven awards to hand out, and we will reveal each winner over the course of the next few days:
|Wednesday - January 25th||Thursday - January 26th||Friday - January 27th|
|Best Value Play||Best Single Game Performance|
|Most Improved||Mr. Consistency||Most Valuable Player|
|Mr. 0 To 100||Rookie of the Year|
BEST VALUE PLAY
If you were picking wide receivers on the Week 16 slate and overlooked Adam Thielen of the Minnesota Vikings… well, you missed out. Thielen’s 47.60 FPTS against the Packers ranked as the third-most points scored in a game on DraftKings this season – behind Le’Veon Bell’s 54.60 points in Week 14 and Julio Jones’ 51.00 points in Week 3.
Among players with a minimum of 10 games played last season, other than David Johnson, Melvin Gordon led all players with a point change of 149.30 – scoring just 112.30 FPTS in 2015 before his astronomical leap to 261.60 FPTS in the 2016 season. Gordon averaged 20.10 points per game this season, including season-highs of 39.10 & 36.10.
MR. 0 TO 100
An award that goes out to the player who scored the most amount of fantasy points in one play, it was all Brandin Cooks during the New Orleans Saints’ Week 1 matchup against the Oakland Raiders. Up 17-10, quarterback Drew Brees hauled a pass 98 yards to Cooks, who was able to bring it down for the touchdown and extend New Orleans’ lead. Cooks scored a total of 19.80 FPTS on that one play – the biggest such instance this season. Note: Cooks received a bonus 3 fantasy points for going over 100 yards receiving for the game thanks to prior yardage.
BEST SINGLE GAME PERFORMANCE
Even at his price of $9,000 fantasy owners in Week 14 got waaaaay more than they expected from Le’Veon Bell against the Buffalo Bills. Bell rushed for 236 yards and three touchdowns while also recording 62 receiving yards. His fantasy point total of 54.80 is one of the highest all-time on DraftKings. Only Bell and Julio Jones (51.00 FPTS in Week 3) topped the 50 FPT mark this season.
If you were looking for consistent scoring in 2016, David Johnson stood out above all players. Despite his high salary late in the season, Johnson was usually considered a must-play on Sundays, averaging 26.29 fantasy points per game in 2016, which included a three-week stretch which saw Johnson record fantasy point totals of 38.00, 33.10, and 38.50. Thanks to a Cardinals team which saw Johnson involved on nearly 30% of its offensive snaps, fantasy owners were very happy with his consistent performance each week.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Simply put, there was no rookie in 2016 that provided more fantasy production than the Dallas Cowboys’ rookie running back sensation, Ezekiel Elliott. The 347.40 fantasy points scored by Zeke led all rookies by 46.50 points – the next closest being his teammate, quarterback Dak Prescott with 300.90, followed by New Orleans Saints’ WR Michael Thomas with 266.70. Elliott averaged 22.73 fantasy points per game this season, including a game-high 43.90 points in Week 10 against the Steelers – the fifth highest total on DraftKings this year.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
The most prestigious of all our fantasy awards, we’re handing the 2016 Fantasy Football MVP trophy over to David Johnson. It’s his second award (Mr. Consistency), and he provided the numbers to back it up: 1,239 rushing yards, 879 receiving yards, 20 touchdowns – all adding up to a league-leading 425.80 fantasy points. Johnson eclipsed the 30 fantasy point margin six times with a high of 38.50, the 20-point margin 11 times, and only recorded one week below double-digit points (Week 17, 7.40 due to injury). While he might not get much consideration for the league’s MVP award, it’s clear that Johnson was the most valuable player on Sundays when it came to fantasy football.