FANTASY FOOTBALL: CONSISTENCY AWARDS – RB’s

Bob Lung, Staff Writer January 12, 2012 1

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2011 Fantasy Football Consistency Awards! I’m your host, Mr. Quality Game Scores, Bob Lung. This week, we award the running backs that have been the most consistent in leading their Fantasy teams to a championship.

Will Ray Rice take the coveted Mr. Consistency Award at running back?  Photo Credit: Icon SMI

This week I want to take the opportunity to highlight my fellow RotoExperts writers, who are consistently the most knowledgeable Fantasy sports writers in the business! I know this because the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) picked 13 of them as finalists for the best Fantasy Sports Writers in many categories this week. RotoExperts tied for first with the most nominations of any Fantasy site.

Ok, let’s start with some of the lesser awards before we award the Mr. Consistency Award for the most consistent running back in 2011.

 

MOST IMPROVED

The most improved award is basically the running back who has taken that next step in consistency from prior seasons.

The nominees are: Darren Sproles, Ryan Mathews and Marshawn Lynch.

Darren Sproles has always been a decent bye-week replacement in the past, especially in PPR leagues. In 2010, he ranked 30th overall in total points and had a 44 percent Quality Success Rate (QSR), which ranked 28th overall. However, his trade to the Saints this past offseason gave him the opportunity that he and his Fantasy owners had been waiting for. He ended the season with an 88 percent QSR, which ranked fourth overall and ranked fifth in overall Fantasy points.

Ryan Mathews was hyped tremendously in 2010 coming out of college, but he just couldn’t stay healthy and ended the 2010 season with a 50 percent QSR in 12 games. He was ranked 31st in QSR and in total points. However, Mathews showed why he was hyped with a very consistent season in 2011. He ended the season ranked seventh in total points and sixth in QSR with an 86 percent rate.

Marshawn Lynch showed the Fantasy world in the 2010 playoffs that he was a beast as he ran over the Saints. However, that wasn’t enough for Fantasy owners, as he was barely picked as a RB2 or RB3 in most Fantasy drafts last August. His 2010 regular season was boring with a 42 percent QSR. However, the beast was unleashed and Lynch and his Skittles rambled to a sixth place finish in total points and a 10th place finish in consistency with a 73 percent QSR.

The WINNER is: Darren Sproles

This was an extremely tough decision, but Sproles’ top five finishes in both total points and consistency earned him the award.

 

MOST DISAPPOINTING

 

The most disappointing award is for the running back that had the highest ADP, highest expectations, etc. for the 2011 season and let Fantasy owners down with his actual performance or lack thereof.

The nominees are: Peyton Hillis, Rashard Mendenhall and Adrian Peterson.

Peyton Hillis surprised many Fantasy owners last season with his rank of second overall in total points and a fourth place rank in Quality Games with an 81 percent QSR. His drop in 2011 was bad, as he ended the season ranked 44th overall, and while he had a 60 percent QSR, he missed six games due to questionable ailments.

Rashard Mendenhall also had a very good season in 2010, as he ranked 12th overall and had a 69 percent QSR. Poor performance and injuries led to him ending up 22nd overall in points with a 53 percent QSR, which ranked 22nd as well. He was a first round pick in most drafts and even though he had some injuries, he only missed one game.

Adrian Peterson was the top pick for many leagues. His 2010 QSR was 80 percent and he ranked sixth overall in total points. However, Peterson missed four games in 2011 and ended the season ranked 15th overall in total points and had a 75 percent QSR.

The WINNER is: Adrian Peterson

This decision was also extremely difficult, as each of these players hurt their teams’ chances with poor play and/or injuries. However, I picked Peterson because you can’t be listed as one of the top overall picks and perform this poorly, injuries or not.

 

CONSISTENT ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

This award goes to the rookie running back that shows the most consistency in the Fantasy world this season.

The nominees are: Mark Ingram, DeMarco Murray and Roy Helu

Mark Ingram was supposed to be the man in New Orleans and certainly did look good at times. However, he never really lived up to the hype due to a crowded backfield in New Orleans and injuries. He ended the season with a 50 percent QSR and ranked 46th in total points.

DeMarco Murray was the talk of the Fantasy world for the five weeks that he replaced Felix Jones as the Cowboys’ starter. However, injuries did him in as well and he ended the season with a 38 percent QSR and ranked 30th in total points.

Roy Helu quietly did his job when Coach Shanahan asked him to. He ended the season ranked 24th in total points, leaving him with a ranking at the end of the RB2 level. If you realize that he didn’t start in every game, that’s quite impressive. His QSR for the year was only 40 percent, but again he didn’t start in every game.

The WINNER is: Roy Helu

This was also a tough decision mostly because none of the rookies performed at a consistent level. However, since Helu ended the season ranked so much higher and was very consistent when he started, I gave him the coveted award.

 

Ok, folks….the moment you have all been waiting for!

 

THE 2011 MR. CONSISTENCY AWARD – RB

This highly coveted award is based on the following criteria:

  1. Highest Quality Games Earned
  2. Highest QSR
  3. Most points overall
  4. Highest QSR during Fantasy playoffs (Wks 14-17)

The nominees are: Ray Rice, Maurice Jones-Drew and LeSean McCoy

Ray Rice came back to Fantasy stud level in 2011 after a down year in 2010. He was ranked first overall with 370.80 points. His QSR for the season was 94 percent and he was a perfect four for four in the Fantasy playoffs.

Maurice Jones-Drew defied odds by performing at his usual consistent level with a crappy rookie quarterback leading the Jaguars all season. He ended the season ranked third overall with 306 points and tied for first with a 94 percent QSR. He was also a perfect 100 QSR in the Fantasy playoffs.

LeSean McCoy was the leader for this award for almost the entire season until he let his Fantasy owners down in Weeks 16 and 17. He ended the season with a 93 percent QSR and ranked second overall with 329 points.

The WINNER is: Ray Rice

McCoy had this title in his hands until he decided to dog the final two weeks. This allowed Rice to sneak in and grab the title! Congrats to Ray!

 

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