FANTASY FOOTBALL: 2017 Consistency Awards – RB

Bob Lung passes out the Consistency Awards to the running backs for 2017 Fantasy Football season! How did your running backs backs end up? Follow Bob @bob_lung.

The Fantasy Football season of 2017 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 2017 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 2017.

And the winner is….

Jay Ajayi

Obviously, we don’t take injuries into consideration in this award, because that’s not fair to the David Johnson’s of the world. However, Jay Ajayi was the epitome of terrible value in 2017. He had an ADP in the RB6-RB8 range this summer and was a first-round draft choice in many Fantasy drafts. If you read the Consistency Guide or read any of my articles, you are aware of my distaste for Ajayi due to his lack of consistency in 2016. And it came to fruition, as Ajayi was so inconsistent, his own team traded him! Ajayi’s tour of duty between the Dolphins and Eagles ended in a season consisting of him ranking 35th in total Fantasy points and earned a putrid 50% Clutch Rate, ranking him 25th. He will certainly be valued much lower in 2018, but I’m still sure it won’t be enough to make him and his inconsistency draft-worthy in my mind.

 

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 2017.

And the winner is….

Duke Johnson

Duke was the bright point in the Cleveland Browns’ season, especially for Fantasy owners. Johnson quietly ended the season ranked 11th in total Fantasy points in a PPR scoring and ended the year tied for seventh in consistency with a 75% Clutch Rate. He tied Mark Ingram, LeSean McCoy and Carlos Hyde. Not bad company, eh? Now, before we get too excited about Johnson going into 2018, remember, these are the Browns. They ruin a ton of dreams. Trust me, I live in NE Ohio. Let’s see how the off-season plays out before we rank Johnson to high.

 

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….

Alvin Kamara

In one of the best running back classes for consistency (four backs were over 60%) in years, Kamara was the best overall rookie based on total points and consistency. Leonard Fournette had an 85% Clutch Rate in 2017, slightly better than Kamara’s 81%. However, Fournette missed three games meaning that Kamara’s total points rank of third was better than Fournette’s ranking of 10th. Kamara wasn’t highly regarded as a rookie as Fournette and others, but it just shows that the right player in the right system makes a BIG difference! In 2018, Kamara will be a definite first-round pick, if not in the Top 5 of most drafts.  

 

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….

Jordan Howard

Howard almost beat out Jay Ajayi for worst value as his first-round ADP and his poor consistency in 2017 was closer than you think to Ajayi. If you look at Howard’s total Fantasy points for the year, you see a ranking of 14th. No, it’s not first-round value by any stretch, but it gets even worse, when you see the 50% Clutch Rate, which ranked him 22nd! Yes, having rookie, Mitch Trubisky at quarterback didn’t help. But it wasn’t much better in 2016. Anyways, I’m probably going to stay away from Howard in 2018, especially if his ADP stays in the first two rounds.

 

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….

Leonard Fournette

Fournette missed three games in 2017, as a rookie. One was due to a team disciplinary action. However, when Fournette was on the field, the consistency was there! In fact, his 85% Clutch Rate for the year was fourth behind Gurley, Bell and Elliott. His overall total points ranked him 10th, which is impressive based on missing three games. He would have ranked seventh if you annualized those points. Regardless, Fournette should be a RB1 in 2018. I’m still a tad worried about the little injuries and his mental state at times. But he’s worth it, when he’s on the field.

 

CLUTCH COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

This award goes to the running back that ended the 2016 season with a poor ranking in total Fantasy Points and consistency. However, in 2017, he had the greatest improvement in both categories making him very valuable to his Fantasy teams.

And the winner is…

Mark Ingram

It’s hard to believe, just a couple of years ago, in 2015, Mark Ingram was the #1 overall running back in consistency. In 2016, he was highly regard as an RB1, and was a high Fantasy draft pick. However, something happened between him and Sean Payton and then Tim Hightower was sharing carries with him. Overall, in 2016, Ingram ended the year ranked eighth in total points but only had a 50% Clutch Rate. With the free agency signing of Adrian Peterson, Ingram’s value was quite low. However, after Peterson was traded to the Cardinals, Ingram and teammate, Alvin Kamara exploded! Ingram finished the season sixth in total points and was ranked seventh in consistency with a 75% Clutch Rate. Ingram’s value should be back in the RB1 status in 2018. If his ADP is below that, then draft him as a RB2 and be very happy about it.

 

CLUTCH MVP

This award goes to the running back that ended the 2017 with the best combination of total Fantasy Points and consistency.

And the winner is….

Todd Gurley

While LeVeon Bell certainly made it close, Gurley was the hands-down winner as the Consistency MVP at running back for 2017! If his first place in total points and 93% Clutch Rate, which tied him with Bell for first place, weren’t enough! His performance in Weeks 15 and 16 were HISTORY MAKING! Averaging over 45 fantasy points in a PPR format in those two games led many Fantasy owners (including myself) to a Fantasy title! Gurley was kind enough to Tweet out about it when Week 16 ended. It was a little arrogant and mean, but at least he kinda cares….?  Anyways, Gurley will probably be the #1 pick overall in most drafts in 2018. Bell and David Johnson will be there as well, but it’s hard to argue with Gurley’s youth (over Bell) and better overall team (than the Cardinals).

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