Below are Fantasy Football Mastermindz yearly awards for the past fantasy football season:
Off. MVP – Drew Brees, NO – Brees stepped up huge in the fantasy playoffs this season with an astonishing 16 touchdowns in weeks 14-17. He also set the single season passing record with 5,476 passing yards on the year, a mark formerly held by Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino.
Def. MVP - Jared Allen, MIN – Allen racked up 22 sacks in 2010, which was shockingly only a half sack away from tying Michael Strahan’s record of 22.5 sacks. Allen had one of the best IDP seasons for a defensive lineman in recent memory and will be the next great Vikes’ player to be hoisted up on the wall of the Metrodome.
Off Rookie of Year: Cam Newton, CAR – The rookie silenced all critics after his first game as he threw for a gaudy 422 yards. His 35 total touchdowns were good for fifth in the NFL and the youngster has quickly become one of the most dangerous fantasy weapons in the game.
Def. Rookie of Year: Von Miller, DEN – The first round pick may have only registered 2 total tackles and zero sacks in the last three games, but his stellar performance in the first 13 weeks gave him an edge on San Fran’s Aldon Smith. Miller is dominant on the edge and his raw speed allows him to be beat offensive lineman off the snap. His career is just getting started so he will be a hot commodity in IDP leagues come draft day.
Breakout Player of the Year: Ryan Mathews, SD – Mathews was extremely undervalued heading into the 2011 season, mostly due to the fact that former fullback Mike Tolbert scored a staggering 11 touchdowns in 2010. However, Mathews was the obvious star in the making in San Diego as he posted 1,091 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns in 14 games. He posted six games with over 90 yards on the ground. Mathews will be a workhorse next season and this kid has finally shown up.
Breakout Team of the Year: San Francisco 49ers (13-3) – Not even the 49ers faithful could have expected a 13-3 record heading into the playoffs with a first round bye. Head coach Jim Harbaugh has clearly turned this team around, which is even more impressive considering that his franchise quarterback is the once forgotten Alex Smith.
Biggest Disappointment of Year: Andre Johnson, HOU – “Andre 3000″ barely cracked the top 100 in receiving yards in what has easily been the most disappointing season of his nine-year career.
Most Disappointing Team of Year: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12) – After just missing the playoffs in 2010, the Bucs’ took a giant step back by only winning 4 games. The team lost their last ten games and will now be entering another rebuilding process since head coach Raheem M was fired.
Team Acquisition of the Year: Jake Delhomme, HOU: Delhomme may not be a household name, but he went from sitting at home to walking onto to a Houston team that won the AFC Central. It was more of a great find for him than it was for the Texans’.