FANTASY FOOTBALL: 2018 Consistency Awards – RB

Bob Lung passes out the Consistency Awards to the running backs for 2018 Fantasy Football season! How did your running backs end up? Follow Bob @bob_lung.

 

The Fantasy Football season of 2018 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 2018 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 2018.

And the winner is….

David Johnson

After an injury ruined David Johnson’s 2017 season, Fantasy owners were ready to give him all kinds of love heading into 2018. He was ranked as a Top 4 running back with Gurley, Bell and Elliott. However, the horrid quarterback play and terrible play calling for the Cardinals allowed defenses to focus on Johnson and stop him from being the stud back that he is. Johnson ended the year ranked ninth in total points and had a 69% Clutch Rate, which ranked him only 14th in Consistency. Not exactly what you’re expecting out of your top pick!

 

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 2018.

And the winner is….

James White

While I realize that Phillip Lindsay was undrafted in most Fantasy drafts and had a 67% Clutch Rate and ranked 13th in total points, James White was just a little better in my opinion. White’s ADP was RB40, which means basically he was undrafted in most 10 teams leagues and some 12 team leagues. We were a fan of him as a late-round pick here at BGFS, but not everyone in the Fantasy community was. White ripped off NINE straight Clutch Games at the beginning of the season and ended the year with a 75% Clutch Rate and was seventh in total points.

 

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….

Saquon Barkley

This may be the easiest choice in the awards ceremony! Barkley had no other rookie anywhere near him in total points and consistency in 2018. He ended the season ranked second in total points and was tied for first place in consistency with a 94% Clutch Rate. This was one of the most Consistent rookie seasons ever for Fantasy running backs in a long time!  

 

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….

Tarik Cohen

Interestingly enough, Jordan Howard won this award last year with 14th in total points but only 50% consistency. Cohen almost matches him in 2018. Cohen was ranked 11th in total points but had a 56% Clutch Rate, which ranked him 21st in Consistency. Cohen was all over the place this year with two groups of four straight Clutch Games but had only one more out of the remaining eight games.

 

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….

Dalvin Cook

This award is usually those who missed some games due to injury, but were very consistent when they were on the field. Dalvin Cook fits that mold very well. Injuries cause Cook to miss five games, but in his other 11 games, he earned eight Clutch Games and finished with a 73% Clutch Rate, which ranked him 10th. His total points only ranked him 30th. His ADP will probably be a high RB2/low RB1 next year, but with his past injuries, I’d be very cautious.

 

CLUTCH COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

This award goes to the running back that ended the 2017 season with a poor ranking in total Fantasy Points and consistency. However, in 2018, he had the greatest improvement in both categories making him very valuable to his Fantasy teams.

And the winner is….

Joe Mixon

Mixon had a terrible rookie season. A bad mix of poor offensive line, play calling and too many mouths to feed in Cincy led to lots of inconsistency. Mixon ended 2017 ranked 31st in total points and had a 50% Clutch Rate. 2018 has been a very nice turnaround for Mixon with a better offensive line, play calling and Mixon as the primary ball-carrier. Those improvements led to him ending the 2018 season ranked 10th in total points (even though he missed two games) and had a 71% Clutch Rating, which ranked him 11th. He should be a nice value in 2019.

 

CLUTCH MVP

This award goes to the running back that ended the 2018 with the best combination of total Fantasy Points and consistency.

And the winner is….

Christian McCaffrey

McCaffrey was the odd man out for most of the season as Todd Gurley and Saquon Barkley seemed to be dominate the total points and consistency. However, Gurley missing the last two games and Barkley slowed down a little. McCaffrey quietly snuck by both of them and ended the year ranked #1 in total points with 388 and was tied for first with Barkley with a 94% Clutch Rate. McCaffrey will certainly be in the Top 3-4 running backs ADP-wise in the 2019 draft.

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