Fantasy Football Awards 2015

Has your Fantasy Football withdrawal kicked in already? Are you already thinking about next year’s draft? Yeah, me too…That’s why I’ll be frequently updating my draft boards on MichaelPiff.com starting next week.

But first…

We have some awards to hand out from the 2015 season!

 

This season was wild. Injuries, suspensions, surprises, Gary Barnidges, backup quarterbacks, drama and more drama…We’ll look at all the impact players, and some of the worst, that dictated your fantasy season this past season.

 

MVP

CamVP

Cam Newton, Panthers

Every year you do your Fantasy draft, who usually goes off the board first?…Running backs. Then someone drafts Aaron Rodgers (probably Andrew Luck this year too) ridiculously high and some wide receivers will round out your first round. Quarterbacks don’t typically start to go in bulk until the 4th round and Cam Newton wasn’t even being considered until the 8th. His average draft position was 77.1 overall, average round was 8.4.

Those who rolled with Newton, and weren’t afraid of the lack of hype around his wide receivers, reaped ALL the benefits of #1 scoring quarterback in football. He finished the season leading the league in total touchdowns with 45 (35 passing, 10 rushing) and added 4,473 yards from scrimmage (3,837 passing, 635 rushing). Newton’s stretch from Week 11-15 (19 total touchdowns) likely helped carry you to your league’s championship too.

Next Best: Carson Palmer

Hard not to consider Carson Palmer as an MVP as well since he regularly gave you at least 290+ yards and 2-3 touchdowns through the air.

Biggest Bust of the Year

Lacy Bust

Eddie Lacy, Packers

I can’t fault players who miss time or underperform due to injury. The top tier of the running backs almost all suffered this, besides Adrian Peterson. Eddie Lacy wasn’t hurt though. Lacy was a Top 5 pick in most leagues, and he gave you just 3 rushing touchdowns and 758 yards on the ground in 15 games. He was out of shape, missing curfews, and just simply…bad. If any of his 3 games of 100+ yards helped you, I imagine it was because you were desperate at running back. It took Lacy until Week 11 to do so.

Next Worst: Dez Bryant 

I’m probably breaking my injury rule here, but you likely picked Bryant late 1st or early 2nd round, held on to him while he was injured, and got just 3 touchdowns and 401 yards in 9 games for your patience. Tony Romo or not, Bryant is supposed to be a game changer…not THAT.

 

Draft Steal

Devonta Steal

Devonta Freeman, Falcons

If you paid close attention to the Falcons in the offseason, you were weighing your options of taking rookie Tevin Coleman or 2nd year RB Devonta Freeman as one of your flier picks. If you picked Freeman, you CHOSE WISELY. Freeman went 119th overall on average, 2 rounds or so after Coleman, and he gave you 1,639 yards from scrimmage and 14 total touchdowns (most in the league). He also helped you stack up some wins from Weeks 2-6 with 10 touchdowns (9 rushing, 1 receiving).

Next Best: Tom Brady

If you picked Tom Brady before his suspension was lifted, you got him at backup value in later rounds. If you took him after, you still enjoyed his #RevengeTour with 36 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions.

Waiver Wire Pickup of the Year

NFL: Oakland Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers

DeAngelo Williams, Steelers

While Le’Veon Bell served his 2 game suspension to start the year, DeAngelo Williams filled in with 204 yards and 3 touchdowns (all in one game). After Bell went on IR following Week 8, Williams gave you high-end RB1 production, averaging 125 yards from scrimmage and finishing tied with Freeman for the league’s lead in rushing TDs.

Next Best: Gary Barnidge

Might gut went with Gary Barnidge initially, but Williams’s value after Bell went down was just too strong…Barnidge was certainly the breakout player of the year, posting 1,043 yards and 9 touchdowns on 79 catches at the age of 30. Before this year, Barnidge’s career totals were 604 yards, 44 catches and 3 touchdowns over 7 years.

Comeback Player of the Year

DMartin Comeback

Doug Martin, Buccaneers

I’ll admit it. I wrote off the Muscle Hamster. After recording nearly 2,000 yards yards from scrimmage his rookie season, the guy barely hit half of that total over the next 2 years because of injuries, bad offensive lines and worse offensive coordinators. Bucs OC Dirk Koetter figured it all out though and made Doug Martin into the league’s 2nd leading rusher, picking up 1,402 yards on the ground. For someone who went in the 9th round on average in most fantasy drafts, I think you’d take that.

Next Best: Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick is the definition of a journeyman quarterback. 6 teams in 10 years, never making the playoffs and a career high of 24 touchdown passes in both the seasons he started all 16 games…until this year. Surround his beard with 2 excellent possession receivers, a quality offensive line, and 2 viable running backs and Fitzpatrick turns into FitzMagic throwing 31 touchdowns. He threw multiple touchdowns in 12 of his 16 starts…Who figured Geno Smith getting punched in the face would benefit them so well?

 

Rookie of the Year

Gurley Rookie

Todd Gurley, Rams

It’s hard not to picture Todd Gurley being drafted in your first round next season. In 12 starts, the rookie out of Georgia 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground (2nd highest in the league). Gurley was the Rams’ only source of offense, which explained some of the slow down in production down the stretch as opposing defenses keyed in on him. Expect Gurley to just get stronger and scarier now that he’ll have a full offseason without rehabbing an injury.

Next Best: Jameis Winston

It’s easy to compare Jameis Winston with Marcus Mariota, both rookie QBs with Heisman trophies in their mantles. Winston separated himself from Mariota with big play ability, ranked 2nd in yards per completion (13), and was more consistent for scoring in the 2nd half of the season.

 

Best Lineup

QB: Cam Newton, Panthers – 3,837 yards, 35 TD passing / 636 yards, 10 TD rushing

WR:  Antonio Brown, Steelers – 1,834 yards, 136 catches, 10 TD

WR: Julio Jones, Falcons – 1,871 yards, 136 catches, 8 TD

WR: DeAndre Hopkins, Texans – 1,521 yards, 111 catches, 11 TD

RB: Adrian Peterson, Vikings – 1,485 yards, 11 TD rush / 30 catches, 222 yards receiving

RB: Devonta Freeman, Falcons – 1,061 yards, 11 TD rush / 73 catches, 578 yards 3 TD receiving

FLEX: Odell Beckham Jr, Giants – 1,450 yards, 96 catches, 13 TD (15 games)

TE: Rob Gronkowski, Patriots – 72 catches, 1,176 yards, 11 TD 

K: Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots – 33/36 FG, 52/52 PAT

DEF – Denver Broncos – 52 sacks, 14 INT, 16 fumble recoveries, 5 TD

 

Rising Lineup

QB: Kirk Cousins, Washington 

WR: Allen Robinson, Jaguars 

WR: Doug Baldwin, Seahawks 

WR: Brandin Cooks, Saints 

RB: Todd Gurley, Rams 

RB: David Johnson, Cardinals 

FLEX: Lamar Miller, Dolphins 

K: Brandon McManus, Broncos 

DEF: Minnesota Vikings 

 

Who are your picks for our Year-End Fantasy Awards? Let me know on Facebook or Twitter! Stay tuned for year-round Fantasy Football info for next year’s draft!

 

 

 

 

2015-16 NBA Season Predictions

Tuesday night, a new NBA season tips off with 3 games featuring the league’s biggest stars. TNT will feature a doubleheader with the Cavaliers and. Bulls in Chicago (7 PM CT), then the Pelicans visiting Golden State for the Warriors’ banner raising ceremony (9:30 PM CT). Also facing off will be the Pistons and the social media savvy Atlanta Hawks. Sure it will all be going on before the World Series, but that’s what sports bars are for with multiple monitor setups.

A new season means new storylines and intrigue that only the NBA can produce. The defending champion Warriors are very much the same team, built to score plenty and defend as well as anyone. The Spurs Big-3 (Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobli, and Tony Parker) have one last ride (at least) in them with rising superstar Kawhi Leonard and newly added LaMarcus Aldridge. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving still rule the Eastern conference, but the Bulls are playing the Star Wars “rebel” role with a healthier Derrick Rose and new head coach Fred Hoiberg. Don’t forget Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have a new coach too…

There’s plenty of drama I could go on about and plan to cover for each team, but for now we’ll just make some predictions for who will be making the playoffs and who will be taking home hardware by the end of the 2015-16 season.

Eastern Conference Playoffs

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. Chicago Bulls
  3. Washington Wizards
  4. Atlanta Hawks
  5. Toronto Raptors
  6. Boston Celtics
  7. Indiana Pacers
  8. Milwaukee Bucks

Eastern Conference Finals

Bulls vs Cavs

1. Cleveland Cavaliers vs 2. Chicago Bulls

Western Conference

  1. San Antonio Spurs
  2. Golden State Warriors
  3. Memphis Grizzlies
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder
  5. Los Angeles Clippers
  6. Houston Rockets
  7. New Orleans Pelicans
  8. Minnesota Timberwolves

Western Conference Finals

Spurs vs Grizz

1. San Antonio Spurs vs. 3. Memphis Grizzlies

NBA Finals

BASKET-BKN-BKO-NBA FINALS-GAME 5-SPURS HEAT

Spurs vs. Bulls (Spurs in 6)

Most Valuable Player

AD MVP

Anthony Davis (NO)

Defensive Player of the Year

Tony Allen DMVP

Tony Allen (MEM)

Rookie of the Year

Jahlil

Jahlil Okafor (PHI)

Coach of the Year

Billy Donovan

Billy Donovan (OKC)

Sixth Man of the Year

Taj

Taj Gibson (CHI)

Most Improved Player of the Year

NBA: OCT 23 Jazz at Clippers

Rudy Gobert (UTA)

ALL-NBA First Team

Stephen Curry (GS)

James Harden (HOU)

LeBron James (CLE) 

Anthony Davis (NO)

Marc Gasol (MEM)

Marc Gasol

All-NBA Second Team

Russell Westbrook (OKC)

Kevin Durant (OKC)

Kawhi Leonard (SA)

Blake Griffin (LAC)

Pau Gasol (CHI)

Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls

How do your predictions look? Let me know on Facebook and Twitter

Hall of Fame Poll: Pete Rose or Barry Bonds?

All-Star Games are weird, aren’t they?

One minute you’re in disbelief that an exhibition decides home field advantage for the World Series, and the next you’re awestruck by the greatest pitcher of all-time throwing a perfect first pitch to the greatest catcher of all-time…

Sandy Koufax can really sling it at 79, can’t he?

Mike Trout led the game off with a home run for the American League and became the first player to win back-to-back All-Star MVPs as they went on to win 6-3 over the National League…There were two other greats who got some attention before the game, and neither seems to be getting into the Hall of Fame anytime soon.

Pete Rose was not only handling pre and postgame duties on-air for Fox Sports, but he was also named as one of the Reds‘ Franchise Four winners. Rose walked onto the field to a standing ovation, which felt odd considering he was banned from baseball.

Earlier in the day, Barry Bonds was taking selfies before All-Star festivities with his Godfather, Willie Mays…who was sleeping.

(Just a little creepy there, Barry)

One is the all-time hits leader. The other is the all-time home runs leader. Both are polarizing figures to the game, but who belongs in the Hall of Fame first?

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#TBT Year in Review: 2011

Although it was just 4 years ago, 2011 still qualifies as a Throwback Thursday material

  • President Barack Obama announces Osama bin Laden was killed in an American Military Operation
  • Two billion people watched Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, marry Catherine Middleton…They’ve had two children since
  • Occupy Wall Street protests begins in the US Sept. 17…The Occupy Movement then spread to 82 different countries by October 
  • A 9.0-Magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit eastern Japan, with tsunami warnings being issued to 50 other countries and territories. Emergencies were declared at 4 Nuclear power plants effected by the earthquake
  • “The Macho Man” Randy Savage passed away at the age of 58.
And here’s what we saw from the world’s of Movies, Music, and Sports

Movies

Comedy

Bridesmaids, Paul, Hangover II, No Strings Attached, Friends With Benefits, Hall Pass, Horrible Bosses, Crazy, Stupid, Love., Your Highness, 30 Minutes or Less, Bad Teacher, Zookeeper, Midnight in Paris, Larry Crowne, Tower Heist, Arthur, The Sitter, Take Me Home Tonight, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, 50/50, The Big Year, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Bernie, AND…

The Muppets

Action/Thriller

Captain America: The First Avenger, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, X-Men: First Class, Unknown, Hanna, Limitless, Fast Five, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows – Part 2, Source Code, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Headhunters, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Wrecked, The Raid: Redemption, Immortals, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Haywire, Sanctum, The Skin I Live In, Elephant White, In Time, The Adjustment Bureau, The Ledge, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, The Devil’s Double, Season of the Witch, The Roommate, Drive Angry, I Am Number Four, Contagion, Priest, Killer Elite, AND…

Drive

Drama

The Artist, The Descendants, The Tree of Life, The Lincoln Lawyer, The Ides of March, Warrior, Water For Elephants, The Help, Warhorse, One Day, The Separation, Detachment, Like Crazy, My Week With Marilyn, Carnage, Another Earth, Beastly, United, Jane Eyre, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Albert Nobbs, Shame, Too Big To Fail, 1911, Win Win, W.E., J. Edgar, Wreckers, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, AND…

Moneyball

Animated

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Cars 2, Puss in Boots, Rio, Kung Fu Panda 2, Arthur Christmas, Gnomeo & Juliet, Winnie the Pooh, Hop, The Smurfs, AND…

Rango

The 84th Academy Awards

Best Actor

  • Demian Bichir, A Better Life
  • George Clooney, The Descendants
  • Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Brad Pitt, Moneyball
  • Jean Dujardin, The Artist – Winner 

Best Supporting Actor

  • Kenneth Branaugh, My Week With Marilyn
  • Jonah Hill, Moneyball
  • Nick Nolte, Warrior
  • Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • Christopher Plummer, Beginners – Winner

Best Actress

  • Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
  • Viola Davis, The Help
  • Rooney Mara, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
  • Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady – Winner

Best Supporting Actress

  • Berenice Bejo, The Artist
  • Jessica Chastain, The Help
  • Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
  • Janet McTeer, Arthur Hobbs
  • Octavia Spencer, The Help – Winner 

Best Picture

  • Hugo
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Moneyball
  • Warhorse
  • The Tree of Life
  • The Descendants
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • The Help
  • The Artist – Winner

Music

Rock Albums

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Hip Hop Albums

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Pop Albums

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Billboard Year-End Top 25

1. “Rolling In The Deep” – Adele

2. “Party Rock Anthem” – LMFAO

3. “Firework” – Katy Perry

4. “E.T.” – Katy Perry featuring Kanye West

5. “Give Me Everything” – Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo

6. “Grenade” – Bruno Mars

7. “F**K You” – Cee Lo Green

8. “Super Bass” – Nicki Minaj

9. “Moves Like Jagger” – Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera

10. “Just Can’t Get Enough” – The Black Eyed Peas

11. “On the Floor” – Jennifer Lopez featuring Pit Bull

12. “S&M” – Rihanna

13. “Pumped Up Kicks” – Foster the People

14. “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” – Katy Perry

15. “Just The Way You Are” – Bruno Mars

16. “Tonight (I’m Loving You)” – Enrique Iglesias

17. “Raise Your Glass” – Pink

18. “Born This Way” – Lady Gaga

19. “F**k’n Perfect” – Pink

20. “What’s My Name” – Rihanna featuring Drake

21. “Look at Me Now” – Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes

22. “Down On Me” – Jeremih featuring 50 Cent

23. “How To Love” – Lil Wayne

24. “Someone Like You” – Adele

25. “Good Life” – OneRepublic 

Sports

Baseball

League Leaders:

Offensive:

Average: Miguel Cabrera (DET) – .344

Hits: Michael Young (TEX) & Adrian Gonzalez (BOS) – 213

Home Runs: Jose Bautista (TOR) – 43

RBI: Matt Kemp (LAD) – 126

OPS: Jose Bautista (TOR) – 1.056

Stolen Bases: Michael Bourn (HOU & ATL) – 61

Pitching

Wins: Justin Verlander (DET) – 24

ERA: Clayton Kershaw (LAD) – 2.28

Strikeouts: Justin Verlander (DET) – 250

Complete Games: James Shields (TB) – 11

Shutouts: Cliff Lee (PHI) – 6

Saves: Jose Valverde (DET) – 49 

MVP

AL – Justin Verlander (DET)

NL – Ryan Braun (MIL)

CY Young

AL – Justin Verlander (DET)

NL – Clayton Kershaw (LAD)

Rookie of the Year

AL – Jeremy Hellickson (TB)

NL – Craig Kimbrell (ATL) 

World Series: St. Louis Cardinals over Texas Rangers (4-3)

Basketball

NCAA 

Final Four:

(3) UConn, (11) VCU, (4) Kentucky, and (8) Butler

National Championship:

(3) UConn over (8) Butler 53-41

NBA

League Leaders

Points Per Game: Kevin Durant (OKC) – 27.7

Rebounds Per Game: Kevin Love (MIN) – 15.2

Assists Per Game: Steve Nash (PHX) – 11.4

All-NBA Team

Kobe Bryant (LAL)

Kevin Garnett (BOS)

Dwight Howard (ORL)

LeBron James (MIA)

Derrick Rose (CHI) 

MVP: Derrick Rose (CHI)

Rookie of the Year: Blake Griffin (LAC)

NBA Finals: Dallas Mavericks over Miami Heat (4-2)

Football

NCAA

Heisman Trophy

Robert Griffin III, Baylor

National Championship

Alabama over LSU 21-0 

NFL

League Leaders

Passing Yards: Drew Brees (NO) – 5,476

Passing Touchdowns: Drew Brees (NO) – 46

Passer Rating: Aaron Rodgers (GB) – 122.5

Rushing Yards: Maurice Jones-Drew (JAX) – 1,606

Rushing Touchdowns: LeSean McCoy (PHI) – 17

Receiving Yards: Calvin Johnson (DET) – 1,681

Receiving Touchdowns: Rob Gronkowski (NE) – 17

Receptions: Wes Welker – 122

AP MVP

Aaron Rodgers (GB)

Super Bowl

New York Giants over the New England Patriots 21-17 

Hockey 

League Leaders

Goals: Corey Perry (ANA) – 50 

Assists: Henrik Sedin (VAN) – 75

Points: Daniel Sedin (VAN) – 104 

Hart Memorial Trophy

Corey Perry (ANA) 

Stanley Cup

Boston Bruins over Vancouver Cannucks (4-3) 

Did I miss anything? Let me know on Twitter @Mike_PiFF03.

Also checkout past #TBT Years in Review

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