Mid-Year Awards

At the halfway point of the fantasy football season, the experts at Fighting Chance Fantasy voted, and here are the winners of their “Mid-Year Awards.”

10 writers voted on various topics.  We’ll highlight comments from each on various awards.


Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks

Analysis from Corbin Young:

Russell Wilson is my MVP pick. They’re throwing the ball more with 39.3 team pass plays per game (No. 9), and Wilson is averaging 315 passing yards per game. Wilson is cooking and carving up defenses, and I expect that to continue with their porous defense. 

Rookie of the Year:

Justin Jefferson – Minnesota Vikings

Analysis from Kevin Tompkins:

It was between him and James Robinson, but Jefferson has looked like the biggest star among the rookies since getting a starting role in Minnesota. He’s been WR6 in that timeframe (since Week 3) and he’s only getting started.

Breakout Player of the Year:

Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals

Analysis from Brian Drake:

A popular pick in summer drafts, Murray has delivered overall QB 1 numbers through 7 weeks.  His seven rushing touchdowns are setting him apart from other QB’s.  If he continues his 62 yards rushing per game pace he’ll help owners to fantasy championships.

Bust of the Year: 

JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers

Analysis from Steve Rapin:

The emergence of Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool has really hurt JuJu's fantasy value.  With only two games over 50 yards, JuJu has been a non-factor in the Steelers offense.

Waiver Wire Pick-up of the Year:

James Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars

Analysis from Kevin Tompkins:

You got a free RB1 if you had the wherewithal to add him after Week 1. You're likely in contention with that move too.  Robinson currently sits at RB 6 in PPR leagues.

Player You Most Want to Trade Away:

JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers

Analysis:  Well, being our bust of the mid-year this isn’t much of a surprise.

Player You Most Want to Trade For:

David Montgomery – Chicago Bears

Analysis from Corbin Young:

I want to trade for David Montgomery since ranks 7th with 109.4 Weighted Opportunities, meaning he’s receiving touches in the rushing and receiving game. With zero competition in the Bears backfield, Montgomery averages 18 touches per game over the last four games. He also ranks top-15 in evaded tackles with 29 (No. 11) and yards created with 167 (No. 14).  

Comeback Player of the Year:

Alex Smith – Washington Football Team

Analysis from Conner Shears:

For even playing a single snap in an NFL game after that gruesome injury, CPOTY has to go to Smith. I truly didn’t think we would/should see Alex Smith on the field this year, so my vote is for him.

One ROS Prediction:

Brad George:  Keenan Allen continues his recent success with Justin Herbert and finishes as a top-five fantasy wide receiver.

Leo Grandio: Leonard Fournette will finish as a Top 15 running back in PPR leagues.

Steve Rapin: The Detroit Lions will break my heart. Again. 

Jane Baffi: Noah Fant is a TE1 for the ROS.

Conner Shears:  Rookie Running back takeover — JT, CEH, Dobbins, Swift have excellent 2nd halves to the season. 

Corey Hietpas:  D’Andre Swift continues to earn more carries and targets and finishes the season as a top-10 RB.  It’s hard to trust the Lions to do anything right, especially with RBs, but Swift is too good of a player to continue ceding work to an inefficient Adrian Peterson.

Pete Stitzinger: Tom Brady silences doubters one more time by leading the Bucs to become the first team in the NFL to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium. 

Kevin Tompkins:  Tua Tagovailoa will be a QB1 from Week 8 onwards. I think he’s going to be electric and dynamic for a Dolphins team that could use it.

Corbin Young:  Four wide receivers from two different teams will finish as four of the ten best receivers in PPR leagues. These four receivers are Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, D.K. Metcalf, and Tyler Lockett.

Brian Drake:  Antonio Brown dominates targets in Tampa Bay.  He finishes the season as a top 10 WR. 

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