Last night in the Chinstrap Ninja offices – for clarification, that’s the space surrounding my desk and jzak’s desk at The Daily Item – we started our 2009 fantasy football awards discussion.
We should have done a podcast. There was a pretty interesting discussion about one player in particular who might have to get his own award.
We’ll talk more about him in the future, but let’s talk about defining the valuable part of Most Valuable Player.
Taken by itself as a word, value, has a different meaning to fantasy football players than it does to regular footballers.
Drew Brees is easily the most valuable player for the Saints and Peyton Manning is MVP for the Colts. That’s reality. They are irreplaceable and therefore team MVPs.
But are they fantasy MVPs? Value, as most fantasy draftniks know, is winning a low bid or using a late draft pick on a player who outperforms his cost.
So, while Brees was consistently awesome week after week, you probably had to draft him in the late first or early second rounds, or pay a fortune at auction. At that price, we expect him to perform at that level.
Basically, no player in the first or second rounds can be anything but as good as expected or a bust. We expect those players to be our workhorses. If we’ve already put their points on the board on draft day, they would have to be productive to a ridiculous level beyond expectations to be values.
If we gave an award to the Most Productive Player, we could use end of season statistical rankings. Most of those players would be first or second round picks. But that’s boring. Anybody can look at a list of the top scorers and see that Aaron Rodgers was the top quarterback and Chris Johnson was the top running back.
Convinced yet? It probably doesn’t really matter if you are or you’re not. Our fantasy MVPs will be decided by reader/contributor votes and you’ll be able to write in whoever you want if you don’t like the options. Lists are being compiled and award nominees will be announced very soon.