PLAYERS’ CHOICE AWARD
Players’ Choice: Voted on by the fantasy community via social for the player that was a must-start in DFS lineups.
Nominees: Lamar Jackson (29.4 FPPG), Christian McCaffrey (30.9 FPPG), Michael Thomas (25.3 FPPG)Winner: Lamar Jackson (29.4 FPPG)
Even going up against two absolute fantasy studs, Jackson was able to take down the award of Players’ Choice. Averaging 29.4 DKFP on the season, Jackson brought a completely different dynamic to the quarterback position. Sure, we have a number of mobile quarterbacks in the NFL but Jackson was a completely different animal, averaging a ridiculous 80.4 rushing yards per game. When Jackson was feeling froggy, he also rushed in seven touchdowns, which was tied for the second-most in the league with Deshaun Watson. Josh Allen took down the crown with nine rushing touchdowns.
For someone who struggled with his passing during his college years, Jackson showed some extreme efficiency in this aspect of his game, as well. Ending the season with a 66.1% completion rate, Jackson averaged 208 yards per game while throwing for 36 touchdowns and just six interceptions. This “running quarterback” lead the league in touchdowns thrown, beating out Jameis Winston by three. Mark Andrews was the biggest beneficiary of that total, catching 10 of his 36.
When the 2020 season rolls around, you can guarantee Jackson will once again be entrenched as one of the top options at the quarterback position.
Best Value Play: Awarded to the player who recorded the most points above value in the 2019 season.
Best Single-Game Performance: Awarded to the player who totaled the highest fantasy point output in a single game during the 2019 season.Winner: Will Fuller V (56.7 FPTS, 12.6x, Week 5)
Did you miss out on Fuller in Week 5? If you did, you also likely missed out on cashing your lineups. Taking down two awards with this performance, the box score on DK Live showed a monster game from the oft-injured wideout. Fuller made 14 receptions for 217 yards and three touchdowns, good for 56.7 DKFP. As you’d imagine, he was the highest-scoring player on the slate and was a massive difference-maker in lineups in Week 5. In the Milly Maker contest, Fuller checked in with an 18.5% ownership, which paired with a 24.7% owned Christian McCaffrey and a 23.7% owned Michael Thomas, helped score 331.86 points to “Thechek182”.
Fuller was essentially a massive disappointment overall in 2019. He missed six games due to injury and when he was active, he could be easily missed in terms of his production. For reference, the 56.7 DKFP he scored in this game accounted for 36% of his season total production. In all other games, Fuller scored double-digit fantasy points in only four other games, averaging 8.8 DKFP in those other 11 games.
Biggest Fantasy Play: Awarded to the player who scored the most fantasy points in one play during the 2019 season:Winner: Odell Beckham Jr. – 89 YD REC TD, Week 2 @ NYJ = 18.90 FPTS
While on the subject of players who overall were disappointing from a fantasy perspective, Beckham is certainly a name that can be brought up. However, his 89-yard touchdown in Week 2 against the Jets certainly helped anyone who took a chance on him early in the season. Beckham’s catch came against MLB Neville Hewitt in coverage, who also played safety in college at Marshall University. It was one of the four touchdowns Hewitt allowed in coverage and Beckham’s first until his second score in Week 12 against the Dolphins. Beckham would go on to score 31.1 DKFP in this game, which was by far his highest fantasy output of the season. The closest he would come after that would be a 20.4 DKFP performance against the Dolphins.
This was only one of the two games where Beckham cleared 100-plus receiving yards, which helped explain his overall 1035 yards he produced on the season. Aside from his 2017 season in which he played just four games, this was his lowest yardage total in his six-year career. While Browns fans and fantasy players alike clamor for a change of philosophy in Cleveland next season, Beckham has a great chance to bounce-back in 2020 with his big-play potential.
Most Improved: Awarded to the player who had the highest point differential from the 2018 to 2019 season.
Nominees: Lamar Jackson (167.5 –> 441.7 FPTS), Austin Ekeler (169.8 –> 323 FPTS), Josh Allen (228.1 FPTS –> 301.6 FPTS)Winner: Lamar Jackson (274.2 point difference)
As stated earlier, Jackson made leaps and bounds from his debut in 2018. He improved in almost every aspect of his game, especially his passing. The 274.2 point difference from last season was a massive jump for the star quarterback, who took over the starting gig in Week 10 after the Ravens bye week in 2018. Once he was named the starter, Jackson averaged exactly 20 DKFP through seven starts in the regular season.
The other nominees included Ekeler, who benefited from the holdout of Melvin Gordon during the early portion of the season. During the first four games of the season when Gordon was not with the team, Ekeler averaged 27 DKFP while quickly racking up six touchdowns combined on the ground and through the air. As for Allen, the use of his legs was pivotal to his fantasy output, as he’d lead the league in rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with nine. Of course, we can’t forget about his 32 rushing yards per game while going over 40 on seven different occasions.
Rookie of the Year: Awarded to the top-performing rookie from the 2019 class, as voted on by our players and experts.
Nominees: Josh Jacobs (207.6 FPTS), Kyler Murray (314.3 FPTS), A.J. Brown (232.1 FPTS)Winner: Josh Jacobs (207.6 FPTS)
To be honest, this award could have gone in any direction. All three players were deserving in their own right but it was Jacobs who came away with it. Even with missing three of the last four games, Jacobs earned the right to win ROY. In total, the rookie running back totaled 242 carries for 1150 yards and seven touchdowns. He averaged 4.8 YPC and had eight carries over 20 yards or more.
His best game from a fantasy perspective game in Week 5 in what was thought to be a tough Bears run defense. Carrying the ball 26 times, Jacobs ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns while playing on a season-high 50 offensive snaps. Mixing in three catches for 20 yards, it helped propel him to 32.3 DKFP, which would go on to be his highest fantasy output of the season and one of the three games he scored twice.
Jacobs was one of the three first-round picks the Raiders had in the 2019 draft that also saw them take DE Clelin Ferrell fourth overall and S Johnathan Abram 27th. Jacobs was sandwiched in between the two picks, going 24th. He was by far the star of the Raiders rookie class and while he didn’t win the Rookie of the Year award according to the Associated Press, he takes down the honor here. If you’re into looking ahead to the 2020 season, Jacobs currently sits at +10000 odds to take down the league’s MVP award, putting him in the same realm as guys like Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas.
Best Defense: Awarded to the highest-scoring defense throughout the 2019 fantasy football season.Winner: New England Patriots DST (206 FPTS, 12.8 FPPG)
Rostering the Patriots defense was an optimal choice, especially in the first half of the season. Benefiting from a soft schedule off the jump, this Patriots D/ST scored double-digit fantasy points in eight straight weeks before posting a measly 4 DKFP against the Ravens in Week 9, which was also their first loss of the season. Even with posting just two games with double-digit fantasy points from that period on during the regular season, the Patriots D/ST had done enough to remain the top scoring defense all season long.
The best performance came early in the season when the Dolphins were arguably at their lowest point despite it being Week 2. Remarkably, the defense was only outscored by one player on the entire slate, which was Demarcus Robinson, who had 38.2 DKFP against the Raiders. The Pats D/ST were the second-highest scoring “player” on the slate with 37 DKFP. How did they come away with such an absurd fantasy output you may ask? They came away with seven sacks, four interceptions, two defensive touchdowns and 0 points allowed. Talk about a performance for the ages.
MVP: Awarded to the player who was a near-lock for lineups and a consistently high fantasy producer throughout the 2019 season, as voted on by our players and experts.
Nominees: Christian McCaffrey (495.2 FPTS), Lamar Jackson (441.7 FPTS), Michael Thomas (404.6 FPTS)Winner: Christian McCaffrey (495.2 FPTS, 30. FPPG)
To wrap it all up, McCaffrey comes away with the MVP honors, beating out Jackson and Thomas. McCaffrey ended his historic season with 495.2 DKFP, which is the highest DKFP point total in history. McCaffrey also helped fantasy players in the biggest of moments, appearing in five Millionaire Maker lineups and two of the Fantasy Football World Championship lineups. His season was filled with so many talking points that we dedicated an entire article to his season, which you can read here.
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