2016 - Clutch Awards - RB

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

WORST VALUE

This award goes to the running back 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 running back in 2016.

And the winner is….

Jamaal Charles

We were all lied to about Charles’ health status! He was nowhere near healthy! His ADP was RB8 and many of us jumped on him in the second and third rounds to get him as our RB2 on our Fantasy teams. Week after week, there was some hope until he “played” and then the hope was gone. We all wasted our pick on him! He played in two games for a total 13.67 Fantasy points for the entire season. Both Charles and Jordy Nelson had the EXACT same injury (torn ACL). Nelson not only played all season but was the #1 most consistent receiver. Jamaal Charles? Complete opposite. Therefore, it’s tough to separate the injury risk amongst players. Charles was the worst value by a long shot!

BEST VALUE

This award goes to the running back 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 running back in 2016.

And the winner is….

Frank Gore

Gore is an ageless wonder. For the past three seasons, Gore was allegedly “washed-up” as the main running back in San Fran and in Indy and each year, he’s solid, consistent RB2. This preseason his ADP was RB32. He was barely in the first backup area of most Fantasy drafts. Gore played all 16 games and ended the season ranked 12th in total points and ranked tied for eighth in consistency with a Clutch Rating of 69%. Will he be doubted next season? Yep! Can he earn RB1 rankings in both points and consistency? I wouldn’t bet against him!

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

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

And the winner is….

Ezekiel Elliott

Yes, he won this easily with his amazing rookie season. But don’t forget about Jordan Howard, who ended the season ranked 10th in total points and seventh in consistency at a 73% Clutch Rating. Back to Zeke now…Elliott was placed in the perfect spot with the perfect scenario. A great offensive line and great passing weapons! He wasn’t a one-man team, so teams couldn’t focus their defense just on stopping him. Elliott broke LeVeon Bell’s record for the highest consistency in a rookie season with a 93% Clutch Rating. He also finished second in total points behind David Johnson. He will be a Top 3 pick overall in most Fantasy drafts next year and will certainly be well worth it.

CLUTCH-LESS

This award goes to the running back 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….

Terrance West

West teased Fantasy owners all season with his big games every once in a blue moon. This inconsistency is why he’s the winner of this award. West’s big games helped him to end the season ranked 23rd in total points (RB2 status). However, his Clutch Rating was only 31% and that ranked him 49th in consistency (not RB2 status at all). Let someone else see the 23rd in total points and let them draft him next year. So, you can just pass on by.

CLUTCH-MORE

This award goes to the running back 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….

Todd Gurley

Ok, being “worth more” may be a stretch since he was a first round pick in most leagues. However, his season was not the disaster that many noted in the media. His total points ranking (in a PPR format) was 15th overall. However, his consistency was much better as he ended the season tied for eighth place with Devonta Freeman and Frank Gore at 69%. Yes, he may have burned many Fantasy owners who drafted him  in the first round, but he could be an excellent value in 2017 as his value will plummet. Keep this in mond as we head into next season.

CLUTCH COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

This award goes to the running back 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….

DeMarco Murray

Murray’s one year in Philadelphia, under Chip Kelly, was as disastrous as all the other players under Chip Kelly have been. Therefore, his move to Tennessee didn’t really give any one a “warm and fuzzy” feeling. His 2015, Murray ranked 15th in total points and he had a Clutch Rating of 60%. However, his 2016 was as good as his years in Dallas, as he ended the year ranked fifth in total points and had a Clutch Rating of 88%, which was good for fourth place! I would expect him to continue his consistent performance into 2017 as long as he stays healthy.

CLUTCH MVP

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

And the winner is….

David Johnson

His second half of 2015 proved that he was going to be a consistent stud in the Fantasy world and in 2016, he was exactly that! Johnson dominated the running back position, even with the amazing talent around him. He ranked #1 in total points by a margin of almost 85 points. There were only two running backs who earned over 300 total points and Johnson earned 411! His consistency was almost perfect! He ended the year 15 of 16 for a 94% Clutch Rating. Only LeVeon Bell’s perfect 12 for 12 was better. He should be hands-down the #1 pick next year in Fantasy drafts.

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