Each NFL season is unusual, and 2022 was no completely different. However one of many weirdest issues about this season was the way it lacked the meteoric rise of an off-the-radar participant.
We didn’t have a mid-round decide end within the high 5 or 10, like Deebo Samuel final season. You didn’t have a participant go from full obscurity to top-three at his place, like Robert Tonyan in 2020. You didn’t get a shocking vault to the highest like Lamar Jackson in 2019.
Primarily, the highest of the scoring charts have been dominated by those that have been close to the highest of draft boards. That just about eradicated draft worth as a element in selecting our fantasy MVP, which suggests it got here right down to efficiency and availability, and separation from positional friends.
The Madman simply can’t award the MVP to a QB. Even when it was more durable than regular to get by at QB this season, it nonetheless isn’t as exhausting as coping with subpar operating backs or broad receivers.
Talking of operating backs and broad receivers, they once more populated the highest of the scoring charts. But the highest 4 RBs solely had about one PPR level per week separating them on common. The highest 4 broad receivers had an analogous quad cluster on the high. The highest QB outscored the subsequent finest QB by lower than a degree per week.
There was one place that had a transparent runaway chief, somebody to this point forward that the subsequent most suitable choice completed almost a landing per week behind, a man who scored nearly 100 extra in PPR than the subsequent most suitable choice.
The Madman’s fantasy MVP this season, for the primary time ever, is a good finish: the Chiefs’ Travis Kelce.
Travis Kelce appears to evade the Broncos’ Josey Jewell after making a catch throughout a Chiefs sport earlier this season.Getty Photos
BEST QB: Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs — A late-season damage took chief Jalen Hurts out of rivalry. Mahomes was only a contact higher than Josh Allen over the course of the season and within the fantasy playoffs. Honorable mentions: Hurts (Eagles), Allen (Payments), Joe Burrow (Bengals).
BEST RB: Austin Ekeler, Chargers — Tight name with Christian McCaffrey. However Ekeler completed greater than a degree higher per week in PPR. Honorable mentions: McCaffrey (Panthers/49ers), Josh Jacobs (Raiders).
BEST WR: Justin Jefferson, Vikings — This one is nearer than it’d seem. Jefferson was a monster most weeks, however when he wasn’t, he was trash (three video games through which he scored fewer than seven in PPR) — and a type of got here within the title week. However … he solely had one different sport through which he dipped beneath 15, and he had seven video games through which he topped 30. Even a fantastic season by Tyreek Hill isn’t sufficient to beat these numbers. Honorable mentions: Hill (Dolphins), Davante Adams (Raiders), Stefon Diggs (Payments).
BEST ROOKIE: Garrett Wilson, WR, Jets — Perhaps Jets RB Breece Corridor would have run means with this if he hadn’t been injured. However because it stands, as a substitute, we give it to his teammate. Honorable mentions: Chris Olave (WR, Saints), Kenneth Walker (RB, Seahawks).
Garrett Wilson was a fantastic pickup for fantasy homeowners.Corey Sipkin
Aaron Rodgers QB, Packers, vs. Lions (FanDuel $7,100/DraftKings $6,000)
The easiest way to attempt to navigate Week 18 fantasy chaos is to lean on gamers whose groups have one thing to play for. It has been a tough fantasy season for Rodgers, however with playoffs on the road, at dwelling, in opposition to the league’s worst protection vs. QBs, we’re OK utilizing him right here.
Trevor Lawrence QB, Jaguars, vs. Titans (FD $8,000/DK $6,100)
A do-or-die sport, with a QB on the rise. We’re not apprehensive about his toe damage, and Lawrence doesn’t have to fret about Tennessee’s poor go protection.
Trevor Lawrence has made an influence for fantasy homeowners.Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports activities
Tyler Allgeier RB, Falcons, vs. Buccaneers (FD $6,500/DK $5,600)
Getting good quantity since Atlanta’s Week 14 bye. Dealing with a Bucs group with nothing to play for aside from to keep away from damage.
D.J. Moore WR, Panthers, at Saints (FD $7,300/DK $6,100)
Appears to be clicking with QB Sam Darnold (TD in 4 of 5 video games). Not apprehensive about motivation for eradicated Panthers, since everyone seems to be enjoying and training for his or her jobs.
Justin Herbert QB, Chargers, at Broncos (FD $7,500/DK $6,800)
It is unnecessary for the Chargers to danger Herbert with little to realize and him nonetheless nursing a shoulder ailment. Oh, and Denver has the league’s second-best protection vs. opposing fantasy QBs, so there’s that, too.
Christian McCaffrey RB, 49ers, vs. Cardinals (FD $10,000/DK $9,300)
Shot at No. 1 seed could be very slim and never definitely worth the danger to CMC, who’s coping with ankle and knee points. Plus, Elijah Mitchell may return this week. Anticipate extra Jordan Mason as nicely.
Christian McCaffrey wasn’t useful for fantasy homeowners this previous week.Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports activities
Corey Clement RB, Cardinals, at 49ers (FD $5,700/DK $4,900)
Individuals could be tempted, with James Conner out. However dealing with the league’s high run protection, and not using a authentic NFL quarterback or passing-game risk, and an RB who has greater than 10 carries simply as soon as previously 4 seasons? No thanks.
Garrett Wilson WR, Jets, at Dolphins (FD $7,100/DK $5,800)
It ought to go with out saying at this level: Don’t play Wilson. Joe Flacco has gotten the decision, and a few will level to Wilson’s monster Week 2 with him. However we might counter along with his humdrum Weeks 1 and three.
Madness’s Day by day Duel
Website: DraftKings Slate: Solar most important (13 video games) Kind: $20 tourney High prize: $1M
QB — Dak Prescott (Dal, at Was) $6,600
RB — Cam Akers (LAR, at Sea) $6,200
RB — Najee Harris (Pit, vs. Cle)
WR — D.J. Moore (Automobile, at NO) $6,100
WR — Drake London (Atl, vs. TB) $4,900
WR — Rashid Shaheed (NO, vs. Automobile) $4,200
TE — Dalton Schultz (Dal, at Was) $4,500
Flex — Ja’Marr Chase (Cin, vs. Bal) $8,400
DST — Broncos (Den, vs. LAC) $2,500
Ja’Marr ChaseGetty Photos
QB — Geno Smith (Sea, vs. LAR) $6,000
RB — Najee Harris (Pit, vs. Cle) $6,100
RB — Kenneth Walker (Sea, vs. LAR) $6,400
WR — Brandon Aiyuk (SF, vs. Ari) $6,800
WR — DK Metcalf (Sea, vs. LAR) $6,700
WR — Rashid Shaheed (NO, vs. Automobile) $4,200
TE — George Kittle (SF, vs. Ari) $6,000
Flex — Alexander Mattison (Min, at Chi) $5,100
DST — Texans (Hou, at Ind) $2,700
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Season risked: $168 Season winnings: Jarad $135, Drew $27