The "Better Late Than Never" Award
Goes to … Laurent Robinson! An injury-prone tease released by the Rams and Chargers after the lockout, Robinson latched on with the Cowboys as Tony Romo’s most trusted receiver in October and November. For a seven-week stretch with eight touchdowns, Robinson was the No. 1 receiver in fantasy.
The “Mario Manningham, We Hardly Knew Ye” Award
Goes to … Victor Cruz! After a slow start, Cruz was the No. 1 pickup for Week 5 on the heels of 110 and 98 yards against the Eagles and Cardinals. He was the hottest fantasy receiver in the league from there, making Manningham an afterthought while breaking Amani Toomer’s single-season receiving yards record.
The "Biggest Tease" Award
Goes to … Denarius Moore
! The fifth-round rookie went from training camp sensation to apparent breakout star to Carson Palmer
’s top deep threat only to go down with an ankle just as fantasy owners began penciling him in as a high-upside WR2. He still has the talent that inspired this column lede
, so don’t be afraid to draft him again next year.
The "Just Pick Him Up Already" Award
Goes to … Jabar Gaffney
! A recommended pickup in each of the first three weeks of the season, again at mid-season and twice during the fantasy playoffs, Gaffney finished as fantasy’s No. 23 receiver behind a career-high 919 yards and five touchdowns. Not bad for a role player picked up for the price of Jeremy Jarmon
after the lockout.
The "Biggest Waste of a Column Lede" Award
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Goes to … Jonathan Baldwin
! The troubled first-round rookie drew the lede in our Week 9 column
after what appeared to be a breakout game. That Monday night game would turn out to be Baldwin’s only one over 30 yards on his way to a 110th place finish among fantasy receivers.
The "Hoisted with His Own Petard" Award and “I Put Cooley on the Pine” Award
Go to … Fred Davis
! Chris Cooley
’s nagging knee injury opened the window for Davis to become the best player on the Redskins offense as well as a top-five fantasy tight end through 12 weeks. He was hoist with his own petard by the fantasy playoffs, leaving fantasy owners in the lurch thanks to multiple failed drug tests for marijuana. The "It's About Friggin' Time" Award
Goes to … Jared Cook
! The Titans’ freakishly athletic first-year starter was a recommended pickup six different weeks, starting with the season opener. After back-to-back goose eggs, Cook finally came through 17 receptions and 272 yards in the final two weeks of the playoffs.
I have admittedly suffered more than a few misses along the way as well, but hopefully we served you well with Waiver Wired this season -- if not with one of the award winners above, then with the honorably mentioned Matt Hasselbeck, Jordy Nelson
, Nate Washington
, Demaryius Thomas
, Antonio Brown
, Michael Crabtree
, Kahlil Bell
, Toby Gerhart
, Brent Celek
and Jake Ballard
. Seasons greetings, and we'll see you here at Waiver Wired next September. For a Cliff's Notes version of waiver options for this week, keep reading.