FANTASY FOOTBALL: 2017 Consistency Awards - WR

Bob Lung passes out the Consistency Awards to the wide receivers for 2017 Fantasy Football season! Where did your wide receivers end up? Follow Bob @bob_lung.

The Fantasy Football season of 2017 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 2017 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 2017.

And the winner is….

Jordy Nelson

The rollercoaster that is Jordy Nelson’s career over the past three years in beyond bumpy! After missing most of 2015, coming back strong in 2016 to be the #1 receiver in Fantasy Football consistency to being the WORST Value in 2017, is just hard to understand. But, that’s exactly what happened! Jordy Nelson started 2017 in good shape by earning five Clutch Games out of his first six games. But, after Aaron Rodgers went down for most of the rest of the season, Nelson’s productivity went with it. Backup quarterback, Brett Hundley, seemed to completely ignore Nelson in the passing game and Nelson didn’t earn another Clutch Game the rest of the season. Therefore, after starting the year with an ADP of WR6, Nelson finished the year ranked 46th in total points and had a 33% Clutch Rating, which ranked him 60th! His value will be very low heading into 2018. I believe he’s still worth being drafted as a WR3, but not much higher.

 

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….

Marvin Jones

Jones was an afterthought during last year’s draft in most leagues. He was somewhere in the ADP range of WR45 or a WR4 or WR5. I liked him as a WR3 value as his consistency in the past was always pretty good. I drafted in many leagues, especially PPR formats. Well, Jones not only outperformed Golden Tate this year (but barely), he outperformed all but 10 other receivers in total points by ranking 11th overall. His consistency was 69%, which ranked him in 14th place. A great value indeed based on his original ADP!

 

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….

JuJu Smith-Schuster

J2S2, as we call him at Big Guy Fantasy Sports, had a very impressive rookie season by reaching the elite status of earning over a 60% Clutch Rating. He became only the eighth receiver to achieve this lofty consistency mark since 2010! While some will argue that Martavis Bryant’s absence from early in the year, opened the door for JuJu. Regardless, JuJu took the ball and literally ran with it! He ended the season ranked 21st in total points and earned a 64% Clutch Rating, which ranked him 20th in consistency. He should continue to be valued as a WR2 next year.

 

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….

T.Y. Hilton

There were a ton of top receivers who could have taken this award. Dez Bryant, Jordy Nelson and Amari Cooper, just to name a few. However, Hilton’s total points ranking of 27th still sucks when you realize that he was drafted as a WR1 or high WR2. Yes, Andrew Luck not playing didn’t help this situation, but Hilton’s consistency was even worse! He ranked 63rd in consistency with a 31% Clutch Rate for the year. Luck’s alleged return in 2018 should push Hilton’s value back up. However, I wouldn’t take him any higher than a WR2.

 

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….

Mike Evans

Evans is normally my “poster boy” for inconsistency due to him never earning a Clutch Rate higher than 70% in his career, regardless of his total points ranking. So, needless to say, I didn’t draft him in any of my 23 leagues this year! After he ended the season ranked 17th in total points, I was glad I didn’t. Yet, “after further review”, it appears that Mike Evan was very consistent in 2017. He earned an 80% Clutch Rate and was ranked sixth in consistency. Evans has 4 missed Clutch Games and they were VERY bad indeed. Remember, Winston missed four games, so expect Evans to be undervalued in 2018. Maybe, just maybe, I might draft him this year.

 

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….

DeAndre Hopkins

Hopkins had a terrible 2016 as the quarterback situation was a nightmare in Houston. 2017’s quarterback scenario wasn’t looking much better when Tom Savage took the field in Game 1. However, DeShaun Watson came in and looked like Jesus walking on water for the Texans and Fantasy fans. Watson’s injury left a deep depression in the Fantasy world and for Hopkins’ owners, who was expecting him to fall back to 2016 levels. He didn’t. In fact, after 2016’s season of being ranked 27th in total points with a 56% consistency, he ended the 2017 season ranked #1 in both total points and consistency and was the only perfect player in Fantasy! Now, that, my friend is a comeback!

 

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….

DeAndre Hopkins

As was mentioned above Hopkins ended the 2017 season ranked #1 in both total points and consistency and was the only perfect player in Fantasy! When you realize the carousel of quarterbacks that was throwing to him, the perfect season is incredibly surprising and amazing! Hopkins will be back in the first-round in 2018 and should be very close to Antonio Brown in the draft. I can easily see Hopkins go around #5 or #6.

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