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2012 Waiver Awards

Tuesday, December 25, 2012


The “Biggest Waste of a Column Lede” Award

Goes to … Austin Collie / Jahvid Best. With stretches of top-10 fantasy production earlier in their careers, the Concussion Brothers were deemed worthy of early-season waiver consideration at the bargain-basement price of a roster spot. The “Best Option” couldn’t find a doctor willing to clear him for football activity while Collie’s “Head Games” gave way to a ruptured patellar tendon. The end result was unfulfilled promised.

The “Biggest Tease” Award

Goes to … Kevin Ogletree / Brian Hartline. An in-demand waiver pickup after a career game of 8/114/2 in the season-opening upset win over the Giants, Dallas’ third receiver managed double digit fantasy points just one more time the rest of the way. Hartline “broke out” with his first career 1,000-yard season on the strength of a 12/253/1 overtime mirage in Week 4. Although he topped 100 yards in two other games, Hartline never again found the end zone, falling shy of reliable WR3 value.

The “All He Does Is Catch Touchdowns” Award

Goes to … James Jones. A fantasy tease beginning with his -1 yard performance as a fill-in starter versus the Bears in Week 2, Jones piled up six touchdowns in Weeks 4-6 and four more in the all-important Weeks 15-16. In between, he was a non-factor as an alleged WR3. Jones finished 16th in fantasy points thanks in large part to his NFL-leading 13 receiving scores.

The “Saboteur Has Struck” Award

Goes to … Titus Young. Typically awarded to an overhyped mediocrity such as Jackie Battle sabotaging the waiver priority of duped fantasy owners, this award goes to a player who actually subverted his own team’s chances of winning by intentionally lining up in the wrong place. Young’s knucklehead antics got him banished to injured reserve just as he was flirting with WR3 value opposite Calvin Johnson.

The “Rookies Can Catch, Too” Award

Goes to … T.Y. Hilton. The speedy third-round steal topped 100 yards in four games and scored in two others, good for a 30th-place fantasy finish -- 15 spots ahead of “starter” Donnie Avery. Hilton’s 750 receiving yards trail only Josh Gordon (766) and Justin Blackmon (786) among rookies.

The “Tale of Two Seasons” Award

Goes to … Dennis Pitta. A top-five tight end over the first three weeks, Pitta disappeared from the fantasy radar until the playoffs. Thanks to a monster 7/125/2 stat line against the Broncos in Week 15, Pitta topped all tight ends in fantasy points over Weeks 14-16. Despite the roller coaster act, Pitta still managed a seventh-place finish on the season.

The “Just Pick Him Up Already” and “Garbage-Time King” Award

Go to … Brandon Myers. Recommended as a waiver pick-up in seven different weeks, Myers was one of the few consistent fantasy tight ends until a late-season fade in the Raiders’ struggling offense. The garbage-time king ended up fourth in receptions, sixth in yards, and 11th in fantasy points at the position.

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 Josh Freeman, Nick Foles, Mikel Leshoure, Joique Bell, Jonathan Dwyer, Jackie Battle, Jacquizz Rodgers, La’Rod Stephens-Howling, Pierre Garcon, Danny Amendola, Josh Gordon, Kyle Rudolph, Martellus Bennett, and Greg Olsen. 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.

 


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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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