Patrick Daugherty

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The Year That Was

Monday, December 30, 2013

Top 10 Fantasy Running Backs By Raw Points

1. Jamaal Charles (312.1 points) — ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Receptions And Touchdowns

2. LeSean McCoy (280.7 points) — Shady had 268 more rushing yards than anyone else, and 166 more yards from scrimmage.   

3. Matt Forte (265.3 points) — An all-purpose animal who fit Marc Trestman’s offense like a custom-made Italian glove.

4. Marshawn Lynch (241.3 points) — Lynch seemed to wear out down the stretch, but his 14 total touchdowns were a new career high.

5. Knowshon Moreno (236.7 points) — Whatever McCoy thinks, Moreno brought the goods in one of 2013’s most unlikely breakout seasons.

6. Adrian Peterson (209.7 points) — AD rushed for 831 yards fewer than he did in 2012, and was still the league’s No. 5 back by yards.    

7. Eddie Lacy (209.5 points) — Lacy averaged 23.3 touches per game after returning from his Week 2 concussion.

8. DeMarco Murray (207.2 points) — Once Murray got over his obligatory injury, he was the league’s fiercest runner, banging out 5.2 yards per carry.

9. Chris Johnson (202.2 points) — Getting here was as tedious as ever, but CJ?K refuses to let go of his RB1/2 value. Whether he maintains it in 2014 will depend on where he’s playing.  

10. Reggie Bush (193.2 points) — Bush beat out a host of notable names despite missing two games with injury and withstanding multiple benchings for fumbling. He’ll remain on the RB1 fringe in 2014.

Top 10 Fantasy Receivers By Raw Points

1. Josh Gordon (227.4 points) — Gordon led the league in receiving despite being suspended for Weeks 1 and 2 and catching his passes from Brandon Weeden, Jason Campbell and Brian Hoyer. Did I mention he won’t turn 23 until April?

2. Demaryius Thomas (227.0 points) — It’s all about the YAC, baby. No one had more of it in 2013.  

3. Calvin Johnson (220.9 points) — Megatron’s latest top-three finish is all the more remarkable considering he missed two games and was severely limited in two others. A man without peer at his position.

4. A.J. Green (208.6 points) — Perhaps the most underrated superstar in all of football.  

5. Dez Bryant (203.0 points) — Bryant has 25 touchdowns since the start of the 2012 season.

6. Brandon Marshall (201.5 points) — Marshall has now caught 100 passes in five of his eight NFL seasons. He’s averaging 98.8 catches since becoming a starter in 2007.

7. Antonio Brown (198.2 points) — Brown became the first player in league history to catch at least five passes for 50 yards in all 16 games.

8. Eric Decker (194.8 points) — Decker might get overpaid in free agency, but that’s missing the point. He’s going to get real paid.

9. Alshon Jeffery (194.6 points) — Remember when Jeffery was too fat?

10. DeSean Jackson (187.4 points) — As usual, D-Jax was boom-or-bust, but he boomed much bigger than in years past, while his valleys weren’t nearly as low as they were under Andy Reid.

Top 10 Fantasy Tight Ends By Raw Points

1. Jimmy Graham (217.5 points) — It was Graham and then everyone else.

2. Vernon Davis (163.0 points)  — Davis’ 13 touchdowns were more than he scored in his first two seasons combined under Jim Harbaugh.

3. Julius Thomas (150.8 points) — Thomas caught at least three passes in every single game. He averaged 4.6 catches.

4. Jordan Cameron (133.7 points) — Cameron’s 917 yards were second only to Graham’s 1,215.

5. Jason Witten (133.1 points) — About to become the league’s tight end emeritus with Tony Gonzalez’s retirement.

6. Tony Gonzalez (132.7 points) — Gonzalez totaled 859 yards in his final NFL campaign. Gonzo was held below 800 yards just four times in 17 seasons, and only twice after 1998.

7. Charles Clay (119.4 points) — Will hopefully be more creatively and consistently utilized in 2013.

8. Greg Olsen (117.6 points) — Olsen topped 80 yards only three times all season, but set his watch to 5-50.

9. Antonio Gates (111.2 points) — 48.4 of Gates’ points came in his first four games. He topped 6.0 points only four more times all season.

10. Martellus Bennett (105.9 points) — Bennett continued his gradual breakout, recording his first top-10 fantasy campaign.

Awards Section 

Week 17 Fantasy All Pro Team: QB Drew Brees, RB LeGarrette Blount, RB Matt Forte, WR Demaryius Thomas, WR Jordy Nelson, WR Anquan Boldin, TE Jason Witten, TE Jimmy Graham

2013 All Memories Team: QB Jeff Tuel, RB Matt Asiata, RB Mike James, WR Andre Caldwell, WR Ricardo Lockette, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, TE Zach Sudfeld, TE Jake Ballard  

The 2013 All Bust Team: QB Robert Griffin III, RB Trent Richardson, RB Ray Rice, WR Hakeem Nicks, WR Vincent Brown, WR Danny Amendola, TE Coby Fleener, TE Kyle Rudolph

Most Inexplicable Player of 2013: Matt Flynn

Tweet of the Week, via @DonBanks: Listening to Jason Garrett in the post-game, he makes 8-8, year after year, sound almost heroic.

Tweet of the Week II, via @themantz: I have jeans I haven't washed since before Chud was hired.

Stats of the Week

This stat courtesy of Adam Levitan: Over the final five games of what had been a lost year, Roddy White averaged 8.6 catches for 100.4 yards.

Per the Miami Herald’s Adam Beasley, the Dolphins scored just one touchdown over their final 25 possessions of the season. Seriously.

Via Colts Authority’s Kyle J. Rodriguez: Trent Richardson’s 2.92 yards per carry was the worst mark in franchise history (minimum 150 attempts).

Ray Rice’s 3.08 YPC was the fourth worst mark in the league, ahead of only Trent Richardson, teammate Bernard Pierce and Willis McGahee.

Ryan Tannehill had three 20-plus yard carries this season. Ray Rice had one.

Pierre Garcon was the most targeted player in the NFL.

Peyton Manning threw 16 more touchdowns than anyone else in the NFL. Eli Manning threw 18 touchdowns.

Ryan Tannehill took 58 sacks, the most since Jon Kitna took 63 in 2006.

Most Desirable Current Head-Coaching Vacancies

1. Detroit

2. Tampa Bay

3. Houston

4. Minnesota

5. Washington

6. Cleveland  

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