Week 9. It’s the mid-point of the NFL season, and a week past the mid-point of your fantasy season. Seems like a good time to review the best and worst this fantasy football season has offered us.
I’ve selected a Most Valuable Player, Comeback Player, Least Valuable Player and Best Rookie so far. I’ll also review a Midseason All-Ninja Team based on scoring averages from two different systems.
And the winners are…
MVP: Kurt Warner, QB, Cardinals
- Yes, Saints QB Drew Brees has better numbers, but Brees wasn’t competing with Matt Lienart for a starting job. Brees was a second- or third-round pick. Warner was a 17th-round pick in my one league. On my last cheat sheet, I had Warner ranked as the No. 21 QB. Brees was No. 3. The difference between them in fantasy points? A point or two per game at worst. They are No. 1 and No. 2 overall in total points in all but the most outlandish scoring systems.
Comeback Player: Santana Moss, WR, Redskins
- He’s in the Top-15 overall and was ranked as the No. 41 receiver coming into this season. This is an easy pick. Moss has two more touchdowns than he had last year, needs 17 catches and 136 yards to match last year’s totals. His yards after the catch, yards per game, and yards per reception are all up as well.
LVP: Joseph Addai, RB, Colts
- Brady’s injury has made him, Randy Moss and Wes Welker worthless, but that’s almost too easy a pick and it involves an early season-ending injury. Addai has missed two of his team’s games, but has been putrid when he’s been on the field anyway. He has only 248 rushing yards and four TDs in 6 games. While LT is on pace to score only half (10) as many TDs as he had last year (18), Addai is a significantly bigger bust (18.7 PPG to 7)
Best Rookie: Matt Forte, RB, Bears/Chris Johnson, RB, Titans
- You can’t pick one of these guys. Based on a PPR league, Forte ranks a little higher because he has six more catches. But in non-PPR-land, you’re looking at a dead heat. They each have six TDs, Forte has 869 total yards and Johnson has 879 total yards. They are both Top-20 players.
Midseason All-Ninja Team
Standard Scoring (No PPR, No bonuses)
- QB: Philip Rivers, Chargers (18.0 PPG)
- RB1: Clinton Portis, Redskins (16.22)
- RB2: Frank Gore, 49ers (14.875)
- WR1: Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals (12.62)
- WR2: Roddy White, Falcons/Calvin Johnson, Lions (12.5)
- TE: Antonio Gates, Chargers (8.12)
- K: Jon Carney, Giants (10.0)
- DEF: Titans (11.75)
- FLEX: Matt Forte, Bears (19.11)
PPR Scoring, with bonuses for returns/big games
- QB: Drew Brees (28.78 PPG)
- RB1: Clinton Portis, Redskins (21.27)
- RB2: Reggie Bush, Saints (21.18)
- WR1: Andre Johnson, Texans (22.05)
- WR2: Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals (20.65)
- TE: Owen Daniels, Texans (13.97)
- K: David Akers, Eagles (10.68)
- DEF: Eagles (21.18)
- FLEX: Frank Gore, 49ers (20.62)
Agree with my LVP? Disagree with my MVP? What is the All-Ninja Team based on your league’s scoring system? Let us know in the comments.