The 2018 fantasy football season is over and it’s time to take a look back at what transpired throughout the year. The studs, duds, values, sleepers and busts of 2018 will appear somewhere on this list as we take a look back at the season that was.
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MVP: Patrick Mahomes
It was an absolutely sensational season for Mahomes and the Chiefs. The second-year QB threw for more than 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns and finished as the No. 1 overall player in fantasy. He was No. 2 in fantasy points per game, but he gets the edge over Todd Gurley because he actually played over the final two weeks of the season during the fantasy championships. Drafted as QB16, fantasy owners lucked in to an all-time great fantasy season from the player who might win the NFL’s MVP award as well.
Runners-up: Todd Gurley, Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara
LVP: LeSean McCoy
The LVP award is supposed to the player who’s drafted high, plays most of the season and still does not produce. Bills RB LeSean McCoy definitely qualifies. After being drafted in the late-second or early-third round, McCoy played in 14 games and scored an average of 9.1 fantasy points per game. He was drafted as RB15 and finished as RB39 in total points. The most frustrating part of owning him was all of the questionable designations. At least if you owned a player like Devonta Freeman, you didn’t have to think about him after Week 2. If you owned Leonard Fournette, at least he produced in the games he actually suited up for. With McCoy, he didn’t do either. Being hurt but active and unproductive is a fantasy quagmire.
Runners-up: Chris Hogan, Jimmy Graham, Carlos Hyde, Michael Crabtree
Playoff MVP: Derrick Henry
I have no idea how it happened, but Henry just found a whole new level once Week 14 rolled around. He was by far the No. 1 running back in fantasy over the last four weeks, scoring 17 more points than the No. 2 RB Christian McCaffrey. His 47.8-point performance to open the fantasy playoffs was one of the greatest performances of all time. He outscored his Week 1-13 totals in Weeks 14-17. Going from droppable to playoff MVP was quite the turnaround, surprise and boon for fantasy owners that kept him on their bench through the tough times.
Runners-up: DeAndre Hopkins, Deshaun Watson, Julio Jones, George Kittle
Playoff LVP: Philip Rivers
Rivers finished the season as QB11 in total points, but was a complete dud when it mattered. Over the final four weeks he was QB22 in terms of average points per game with 10.6. He was brutal over the final two weeks, scoring a combined 10.3 points. He might’ve done just enough early in the playoffs to get you to the semis or finals, but he certainly cost you big time once you got there. The hardest part was that it was so unpredictable and you would’ve had every reason in the world to start him.
Runners-up: Rob Gronkowski, Golden Tate, Drew Brees, Corey Davis
Best draft value: Patrick Mahomes
It’s hard to do better than taking the fantasy MVP in the 10th round as a high-upside bench option. Mahomes was typically the 16th QB off the board, with most fantasy owners hoping he would sneak into the top 10-12 by season’s end. No one expected the type of performance we got. Odds are, he’ll move up 8 full rounds in 2019 drafts.
Runners-up: James Conner, Phillip Lindsay, Matt Ryan, George Kittle
Worst draft value: Le’Veon Bell
This pick here is undisputed. Those who had the misfortune of drafting Bell before news broke that he would be holding out regular season games were stuck with a big goose egg for the season. Worse yet, Bell was a very popular No. 2 overall pick, always going in the top 3-4. The worst thing you can do in fantasy is miss on your first-round pick. Getting literally nothing from a top-five pick is a disaster. For those who didn’t handcuff him with James Conner, the fantasy season was over before it even began.
Runners-up: Devonta Freeman, Royce Freeman, Rob Gronkowski, Leonard Fournette
Comeback player: Andrew Luck
First off, it’s just so nice to see Luck playing football again. After missing more than 500 days of action with a shoulder injury, we all were wondering if he would even play football again. He did and he looks as good as ever, leading the Colts back to the playoffs as the No. 6 seed in the AFC. He also finished as a top-5 fantasy QB, averaging more than 20 points per game. He gets the nod here over Matt Ryan because he was coming back from an injury, not poor performance.
Runners-up: Matt Ryan, Deshaun Watson, David Johnson, Adrian Peterson
Rookie of the year: Saquon Barkley
He somehow lived up to all of the hype. Barkley — in a fairly underwhelming offense, mind you –finished as the No. 2 overall player in fantasy and No. 3 on a points per game basis. The only RB who scored more points per game was Todd Gurley. Usually a rookie with all this hype busts out and fantasy owners spend the year kicking themselves for spending a top pick on them. Not here. Barkley is an absolute stud and contender for a top-3 pick next season.
Runners-up: Phillip Lindsay, Nick Chubb, Baker Mayfield, Calvin Ridley
Rookie bust of the year: Ronald Jones
What an absolutely dreadful season for Jones. He had a brutal preseason and spent a lot of time early in the season on the inactive list. That was massively disappointing for fantasy owners that took him in the ninth round hoping for a sleeper. Jones played in only eight games this season and averaged only 2.6 points. Brutal. He just barely edges Rashaad Penny who averaged 5.4 fantasy points per game and was a first-round pick in real life and a seventh-round pick in fantasy drafts.
Runners-up: Rashaad Penny, Royce Freeman, Michael Gallup, Jordan Wilkins