2016 - Clutch Awards - WR

The Fantasy Football season of 2016 is in the books and there were many Clutch wide receivers and some, well, not so much. Therefore, in the heart of Awards season, it’s time to announce the 2016 Clutch Awards for the Wide Receivers!

WORST VALUE

This award goes to the wide receiver that had the highest ADP at the beginning of the season and ended the season with the worst combination of total Fantasy Points and consistency. Thus, making him the worst value at wide receiver in 2016.

And the winner is….

Allen Robinson

Robinson was a ranked as a top wide receiver in pre-season. He was almost always ranked in the Top 10, if not Top 5 in some rankings. However, the Jaguars pass offense was in the dumps early and Robinson never recovered. He ended the season ranked 28th in total points and had a 56% Clutch Rating. This ranked him 33rd in consistency. Can he recover in 2017? He may be undervalued, but be careful.

BEST VALUE

This award goes to the wide receiver that had the lowest ADP at the beginning of the season and ended the season with the best combination of total Fantasy Points and consistency. Thus, making the best value at wide receiver in 2016.

And the winner is….

Michael Thomas

In many leagues, Michael Thomas may not have been drafted at all. His pre-season ADP was around WR50. With Brandin Cooks in New Orleans, no one expected a rookie to step in and become a favorite of Drew Brees, but Thomas did just that. He ended the season ranked SEVENTH in total points and had a Clutch Rating of 80%! This tied him for third in consistency.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

This award goes to the rookie wide receiver that had ended the season with the best combination of total Fantasy Points and consistency.

And the winner is….

Michael Thomas

If you read the award above, you will note Michael Thomas’ incredible season in 2016. His 80% Clutch Rating in his rookie season matches only A.J. Green’s rookie Clutch Rating of 80%. Only Odell Beckham Jr.’s rookie season with a 92% Clutch Rating has been better in the past seven years!

CLUTCH-LESS

This award goes to the wide receiver that ended the season with a high ranking in total Fantasy Points, but his consistency was lower than expected. Therefore, making him look more valuable (due to high points rank) than he was worth to his Fantasy teams.

And the winner is….

Emmanuel Sanders

Sanders had a very consistent past couple of seasons in Denver. While many were worried about the new quarterbacks in Denver, I wasn’t as concerned as I should have been. Sanders had some very good weeks, but his consistency was his worse in the past four years. He ended the season ranked 20th in total points (WR2 status) but his Clutch Rating of 44% ranked him 55th for 2016! Unless the Broncos can change something in Denver, I’m concerned about Sanders consistency next year as well.

CLUTCH-MORE

This award goes to the wide receiver that ended the season with a low ranking in total Fantasy Points, but his consistency was higher than expected. Therefore, making him look less valuable (due to high points rank) to his Fantasy teams, when he was actually worth MORE!

And the winner is….

Donte Moncrief

Just like Jordan Reed at the tight end position, health was the only thing standing in Moncrief’s way of being a top wide receiver in BOTH total points AND consistency. He only played nine games in 2016 and therefore, his total points ranking was only 76th place. However, his Clutch Rating ranked him fifth place at 78%! If he can stay healthy in 2017, his consistency should remain one of the best.

CLUTCH COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

This award goes to the wide receiver that ended the 2015 season with a poor ranking in total Fantasy Points and consistency. However, in 2016, he had the greatest improvement in both categories making him very valuable to his Fantasy teams.

And the winner is….

Pierre Garcon

The Mount Union alumni had a below average 2015 as he ended the year ranked 31st in total points and had a Clutch Rating of 56%, which ranked him 32nd overall. In 2016, he made a tremendous comeback by ending the year ranked 23rd in total points and had a Clutch Rating of 75%, which tied him for sixth place. There’s rumors that he won’t be with the Redskins due to free agency, but we’ll see. If he does, he might be an undervalued draft choice.

CLUTCH MVP

This award goes to the wide receiver that ended the 2016 with the best combination of total Fantasy Points and consistency.

And the winner is….

Jordy Nelson

If season-ending injury in 2015 led to Jordy being a little undervalued in the off-season. In the past Nelson has always been extremely consistent when healthy. In 2013 and 2014, he had a 75% and 88% Clutch Rating, respectively. So, he’s consistently consistent! 2016 was another Clutch season for him as he ended the year ranked second on total points and had a 94% Clutch Rating, which easily ranked him as the No. 1 consistent receiver! Second place was 81%. His ADP will be much higher next season, but don’t worry, he’s still worth drafting in the late first or early second round.

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