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This NFL season has been extremely unpredictable.

From the amount of injuries to the last minute drives, this year has made Fantasy owners cringe.

Most Fantasy owners have seen one or more of their players go down with season ending injuries.

To add to the list of injuries, Ben Roethlisberger and Teddy Bridgewater both got hurt this week.

But on a more positive note, we are nine weeks into the NFL season and that means it times for Fantasy Football midseason awards!

Fantasy Football Midseason Awards

 

Best Sleeper Pick

Thousands of articles are written during the preseason about which underrated players or “sleepers” you should pick in your Fantasy draft. Of the numerous articles I read, none of them mentioned the second string running back for Atlanta.

Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

He has been head and shoulders over every running back in the league. To put it in perspective, his average draft position on ESPN was 113.

The reason for this draft position is due to the fact that Tevin Coleman was starting in the backfield for the Falcons at the beginning of the season. But Freeman has fully taken advantage of his starting role with 12 touchdowns! Halfway through the season, he is averaging almost twenty points game, which is seven more points than any other running back.

I will be shocked if Freeman does not get double-digit Fantasy points for the rest of the season. 

Runner-up

Deandre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

Hopkins has had a breakout year for the Texans. Even amidst the quarterback fiasco in Houston, Hopkins remains one of the best receivers in the league.

Currently, he is the No. 2 Fantasy wide receiver with 870 yards and six touchdowns. For Hopkins it does not matter who is under center, he is going to catch anything thrown his way.

 

Best Team

There are still three undefeated teams left halfway through the season. Unfortunately, there is not much discussion to who is the best team because one team is unanimously regarded as the team to beat.

New England Patriots 

Tom Brady has led the New England Patriots to a convincing 8-0 start. They have dismantled every opponent that they have played. In fact, their average margin of victory is 17 points!

The combination of Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and Julian Edleman has become nearly unstoppable this year. Opposing defenses have been able to stop one or the other, but not both. Their defense has also played a role in their undefeated record. Chandler Jones leads the league with 9.5 sacks and Logan Ryan is tied for third with four interceptions.

I would not be surprised if the Patriots went undefeated again this year.

 

Runner-up

There is no runner up for this category. The Patriots are by far the best team in the NFL. The other two 8-0 teams, the Bengals and Panthers, have scraped their way to an undefeated record winning a plethora of close games. Although Cincinnati and Carolina have not lost, they still lag far behind the Patriots in terms of the best team.

 

Rookie of the Year 

In the first round of this year’s NFL Draft, two quarterbacks, two running backs, and six wide receivers were chosen. Surprisingly, a good amount of those players have had a profound effect on their team. One player in particular is having a great season and his athleticism is second only to the great Randy Moss. 

Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders 

Most people (including myself) did not think Cooper could maintain the level of play that he was accustomed to in Tuscaloosa, but he has proved otherwise. Amari Cooper has been electrifying this year for the Raiders.

Initially, when Cooper was drafted by Oakland, I cringed at the thought of a Pro-Bowl caliber receiver going to waste. It was a fair assumption because the Raiders finished in the bottom third of the league in passing the last two seasons, in addition to an unproven quarterback in Derek Carr.

However, Cooper has proved me wrong because through eight games, he has 45 receptions for over 650 yards and four touchdowns. In addition to the eighth best passing offense in the league, Cooper has helped Oakland to a 4-4 record and potential Wild Card spot.

The Raiders have not made the playoffs since losing the Super Bowl in 2002, and I believe Amari Cooper will be one of the main reasons they make the playoffs. 

Runner-up

Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams

Most people would put Todd Gurley as ROTY, but midway through the season Cooper has had a bigger impact on his team. The Rams have relied mostly on their defense, while the Raiders have relied on their passing to win games. I think at the end of the year, Gurley will win the award if he stays healthy.

 

Worst Division

For the most part every division is fairly balanced with one team as the clear leader of the pack. This is the case for all but two divisions in the league. Both the NFC East and the AFC South are still up in the air, meaning that every team can still win the division. Both of the divisions have an overall losing record.

NFC East

This race was neck and neck until last week when the NFC East prevailed and retains their title as the worst division the NFL. The Redskins, Cowboys, Eagles, and Giants have a combined 14-19 record.

The only reason that Giants have a winning record is because they beat an injury ridden Dallas team last Sunday. If it were not for the current system where the division winner gets an automatic player berth, the NFC East would not have a team in the playoffs this year.

Runner-up

AFC South

The AFC South has a worse total overall record (11-22) than the NFC East, but the Colts are back to where they should have been all season. I give the edge to the AFC South because when we compare the best teams from both divisions, the Colts are a far superior team to the Giants.

Editor’s Note: This was written before the Andrew Luck injury

 

MVP

Seven out of the last eight MVPs have been given to quarterbacks. This is mainly due to the fact that quarterbacks receive most of the praise when their team does well. This year will not be any different in that a quarterback will be the MVP. 

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

No brainer. Tom Brady is the obvious choice for MVP. He has played at such a high level this season, making minimal mistakes and coming up big when it counts.

So far he has thrown for 22 touchdowns and only two interceptions. The fact that his team is still undefeated solidifies his case for being the MVP.

Runner-up

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals

Has also makes a strong case to be considered for MVP. His Bengals, like the Pats, are also undefeated. In addition, Dalton has thrown for 18 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Although Dalton is the runner up, he would have to put up insane numbers during the second half of the season to surpass Brady. I do not think that will happen because Cincinnati also relies on their run game with Giovanni Bernard and Jeremy Hill.

Do you agree with my Fantasy Football Midseason Awards?  If not, post in the comments section and we will discuss!

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