With tears in my eyes the regular season of the NFL has come to an end and with it the end the of fantasy football leagues across the globe. Leagues everywhere have celebrated the victors and taunted the losers. Gold Jackets, trophies and monetary prizes have been won while losers at least in keeper leagues have the satisfaction of good draft spot next season. Within the NFL Down Under fantasy leagues we had some close competitions and some awesome prizes for the winners.
NFL Down Under A League This was League A's second year and was a standard scoring 12 team league made up of readers who had played Fantasy before and left the best comments on our Announcing the NFL Down Under 2011 Fantasy League article at the start of the season. The league also included site founder Andy Thomas and feature writer Dominic Davies however they made little impact on the league with 2 out of the 3 worst records for the season. Winner: Last years reigning champion Paul (Grogans Heroes) went undefeated throughout the regular season and looked a sure bet to win the championship yet again. After a first round bye Paul was defeated in the semi final by the eventual winner. The prize of an NFL Jersey and the League A championship was taken out by the fourth seeded "Mountain Goats" managed by David. Recap: The Mountain Goats on the back of Rookie quarterback Cam Newton and the tandem of Arian Foster and Frank Gore at running back was able to blast through their opponents in the post season and claim the converted title of "League Champion". Interestingly enough David was able to get away with having Greg Olsen put up 0 points at Tight End and still win by nearly double digits! Congratulations David!
NFL Down Under League B: League B was a league made up of Fantasy first timers and novices who left a comment on our Announcing the NFL Down Under 2011 Fantasy League article at the start of the season. The league also included site founder Andy Thomas and myself (Jared Sanderson Team Name: Cutlers Blanky) who both had great seasons but failed to make the championship game. Winner: League B was also ultra competitive with the "NSW Tigers" managed by Lindsay coming home strong in the finals beating off the number one seeded team "Indi Initiative" by only 3.52 points to win themselves an NFL T-Shirt of their choice! Recap: Interestingly enough the Tigers were also led by Cam Newton at Quarterback but relied heavily on the strong boot of John Kasay and the monster wide receiver known as Megatron (Calvin Johnson). Titans tight end Jared Cook's huge day also helped get Lindsay over the line in the championship game. Well done Lindsay!
NFL Down Under Writers League The crew here at NFL Down Under also had a Writers League made up of people who either write or help out on our site. It was an 8 team league which led to some huge scores throughout the season. Winner: "Boydies Bandits" managed by Brendan led the league the whole season and beat myself in the Final to win the big prize of a "pat on the back"! Recap: The semi finals were crazily close with myself eliminating Brodies team by 0.52 of a point and Boydies beating James by 0.56! The Bandits had a solid team and a regular season record of 12-2 on the back of elite players such as Tom Brady, Matt Forte and Ray Rice.
My End Of Season Fantasy Awards The following are some awards for the year according to my normal weekly article, meaning that yes Aaron Rodgers was awesome but it's not like you would ever sit him so no he can not win Starter of the Year. The same goes with Sit of the Year can not be Caleb Haine because no one in their right mind would ever have started him. Starter of the Year: Cam Newton (QB - Carolina Panthers) Cam was a true stand out player across the season and was great value in the draft if you took a punt on him. He opened the season superbly and finished strongly winning many managers their leagues. If you stuck with him as your starter at Quarterback you would have done well. Sit of the Year: Chris Johnson (RB - Tennessee Titans) CJ2K was terrible this season, sure he still compiled over 1000 yards rushing but so many weeks he just did nothing but owners kept wanting to play him because when he breaks out he goes nuts. Sadly he only did that in 3 out of the 16 games and that's not good enough, if you had let him ride the pine the whole time and played another tailback you would have been better off. DeAngelo Williams was a close second. Sleeper of the Year: Rob Gronkowski (TE - New England Patriots) Gronk was truly spectacular in the Tight End position this season with an NFL record 1,327 yards and 18 touchdowns. At the beginning of the season he wasn't even on team managers radars but at the end he was helping owners make their respective playoffs with eye popping numbers. Jimmy Graham was a close number two and was also a Tight End, which is a hard position to get consistent fantasy points from.
Well that brings my fantasy article to a close for this season, I hope everyone enjoyed reading them and I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Years and now bring on the NFL Playoffs!