After a dramatic and unpredictable NFL season, it's time to look back on best and worst of the 2011 fantasy football season. We will select the best and worst players by position. It has been some season, so lets relive the good, the bad and the downright ugly.
BEST FANTASY QB: Aaron Rodgers: 385 Fantasy Points This man is simply flawless. Led the Packers to a league best 15-1 record. Threw for 4,643 yards for 45 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions all season. Also excellent at rushing the football when needed and did not lose a fumble all season long. Honourable mentions: Drew Brees and Cam Newton. WORST FANTASY QB: Josh Freeman: 190 Fantasy Points Fantasy owners thought that Freeman could improve upon his 25 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2010, many taking him as their first QB (me included!). Instead, those who drafted the Bucs' quarterback were repaid with 19 interceptions and 14 touchdowns. Nearly 200 points less than top scoring QB Aaron Rodgers. Honourable Mention: Blaine Gabbert and Kevin Kolb.
BEST FANTASY RUNNING BACK: Ray Rice: 283 Fantasy Points The little pocket rocket carried the Baltimore Ravens at times during the season and was the complete running back in season 2011. Rushed for 1364 yards and scored 12 touchdowns and was equally effective as a receiver with 76 receptions for 704 yards and another 3 touchdowns. Honourable mentions: Maurice Jones-Drew and LeSean McCoy. WORST FANTASY RUNNING BACK: Chris Johnson: 168.50 Fantasy Points While he did late in the season put up a few solid games Chris Johnson's problem was that he forced owners to constantly play him based purely on previous performances and draft position. The result? An un-benchable RB who frankly in hindsight shouldn't have been given a start fantasy-wise all season. Honorable Mention: Any Redskins RB early to mid season.
BEST FANTASY WIDE RECEIVER: Calvin Johnson: 254 Fantasy Points "Megatron" was a nightmare all season long for every secondary Detroit faced in 2011. Johnson collected a total of 96 receptions for 1681 yards and 16 touchdowns to establish himself as the premier wide receiver in the NFL. Honourable mentions: Wes Welker and Jordy Nelson. WORST FANTASY WIDE RECEIVER: Andre Johnson: 58 Fantasy Points This may seem a little harsh considering he was injured for half a season. However, with him being a high draft pick in many drafts, the wide out failed to reach 500 receiving yards and had only 2 TDs all season. That has to sting. Honorable Mention: DeSean Jackson.
BEST FANTASY TIGHT END: Rob Gronkowski: 233 Fantasy Points "The Gronk" is probably the most complete Tight End the NFL has ever seen. Always came up big when New England needed him to and set a new NFL record for most touchdowns in a season for a Tight End with 17. Finished the regular season with 90 receptions for 1327 yards. Honourable mention: Jimmy Graham. WORST FANTASY TIGHT END: Dallas Clark: 41 Fantasy Points Another player that would have been selected high in most fantasy drafts, Clark's value would have taken a dive after Peyton Manning was ruled out for the season with his neck injury. However, to only generate 34 receptions for 352 yards and 2 TDs all season, hurt a fair few owners along the way. Honourable Mention: Zach Miller.
BEST FANTASY KICKER: David Akers: 182 Fantasy Points Akers was a great pickup by the 49ers for the 2011 season. He set a new record for most points in a single season for the franchise eclipsing Jerry Rice. In fantasy football, Akers was 32 points better than the next kicker and even threw a TD. Honourable mention: John Kasay WORST FANTASY KICKER: Josh Brown: 82 Fantasy Points Its not the fact that Brown missed 7 field goal attempts, that he is our worst fantasy kicker, its the fact that he played all season and only generated 82 points. 100 points less than David Akers. It doesn't help that he plays for St.Louis. Honourable Mention: Matt Prater
BEST FANTASY D/ST: San Francisco 49ers: 169 Fantasy Points The 49ers defence led by the ever present Patrick Willis was simply awesome in 2011. Forcing 38 turnovers and only conceding one rushing touchdown for the whole season. The main reason why the 49ers have achieved a 1st round bye in the playoffs. Honourable Mention: Chicago Bears D/ST. WORST FANTASY D/ST: Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 46 Fantasy Points In general, just a terrible year for the Bucs, with only 24 takeaways and 4 defensive TDs all season. Bad against the run and the lowlight being the 41-14 loss to Jacksonville. 41 unanswered points against a one dimensional offense and a bad QB. Honorable Mention: San Diego Chargers D/ST.
That's it! Who saved/burned you this season? Let us know!