Since this is the last edition of this article, I decided to change the last one from the top performers of the week, to the top performers of the year. These guys are on this “perfect team” strictly for fantasy points. Clutch performances and favorites do not apply in this article. The point system is based off the standard ESPN scoring league. The FLEX position was either the third highest scoring wide receiver and running back or second highest scoring tight end. The points listed next to the players are their season total in standard ESPN fantasy leagues. Thanks for reading these articles and enjoy!
QB: Cam Newton, 373 points: Newton has had an MVP caliber season and his stats show for it. Cam threw for 3,837 passing yards and 35 touchdowns while only throwing 10 interceptions. We all know Cam can run and he definitely used his running abilities to his advantage this season. He ran for 636 yards and totaled 10 rushing touchdowns on the year. Newton will likely win MVP this season, considering he led all QB in total touchdowns, among other categories. Surely, a career year for Cam Newton.
RB: Devonta Freeman, 231 points: This breakout star made his name in week 3 of the regular season when he ran for 141 yards and 3 touchdowns. He would end the season rushing for 1,061 yards averaging 4.0 yards per carry and have 11 rushing touchdowns. He was also a threat in the passing game with 73 receptions for 578 yards and 3 touchdowns. He had 14 total touchdowns on the year and he was the #1 running back by far this season.
RB: Adrian Peterson, 217 points: The veteran had another outstanding year and he is definitely my comeback player of the year. The Viking rushed for 1,418 rushing yards for a whopping 4.6 yards per carry and 10 rushing touchdowns. He’s not a huge threat as a receiver but it should be noted that he had 29 receptions for a total of 221 yards. Peterson took criticism before the season started, like, that the 30 year old is running out of gas but clearly, he is not.
WR: Antonio Brown, 243 points: It’s not surprising that Antonio Brown was the # 1 receiver in the NFL this year. The Pro Bowl wide out had a total of 136 receptions that went for a whopping 1,834 yards which equals a 13.5 yards per catch ratio. Brown also had 10 touchdowns this season which is outstanding that landed him 5th among all NFL wide receivers in that category. Brown had another fantastic year and next year he should perform even better considering Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t healthy all season.
WR: Julio Jones, 221 points: Julio! The Falcons receiver had another great season that he can hang his hat on. The Alabama product had 127 receptions this season for 1,722 yards which is a 13.6 yards per catch average. Jones also had 8 receiving touchdowns this season which ties his second highest total of his career. It was a pleasure to watch a healthy Julio Jones play this year because he is one of the most enjoyable players to watch week in and week out.
TE: Rob Gronkowski, 176 points: Gronk had another successful and generally healthy year this season. The Patriots tight end tallied 72 receptions for 1,176 yards, averaging 16.3 yards per catch. Gronkowski also boasted 11 receiving touchdowns on the year which ties his 3rd most in his career. Rob Gronkowski, for the foreseeable future, will continue to dominate in the NFL and set the mark for other tight ends to beat every year.
FLEX: Odell Beckham Jr., 216 points: The sophomore receiver out of LSU continues his run of productive seasons. Following his more than impressive rookie season, Beckham had 96 receptions for 1,450 yards which equals 15.1 yards per reception, all career highs. Beckham also had 13 touchdowns on the year which was also a career high for the Giants wide receiver. Beckham has a very bright future ahead of him and it should be very fun watching him perform throughout his career.
D/ST: Denver Broncos, 182 points: Going into the season, we all knew how great the Broncos defense was and this comes as no surprise that they were the best defense in fantasy. The Denver defense had 52 sacks, forced 14 interceptions, caused 22 fumbles, scored 6 touchdowns, and only allowed 296 points. They gave up an average, 18.5 points per game, which is outstanding. If they keep guys like, Talib, Marshall, Miller, and Ware, they should be set for next year as well and have the same production.
K: Stephen Gostkowski, 168 points: Stephen “GOAT-kowski” had another phenomenal year kicking for the Patriots, going 33/36 on field goal attempts, that’s making 91.7% of field goals. He made a career long, 57 yard field goal and was 4/5 from field goals attempted from 50+ yards. Not usually a problem, but since the extra point kick was moved back to a 33 yard kick and many kickers found this more difficult to make, Gostkowski treated it like an extra point from years past. Gostkowski shook off the thought of the longer kick and was a perfect 52/52 on extra points this season. What more could you want from your kicker who is that accurate?
Total: 2,027 Fantasy Points
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*Comment down below any opinions or suggestions you have about the article. Let me know if you had any of the guys listed above and if they helped you greatly in your quest for a fantasy football championship and most importantly, bragging rights! Since the fantasy year is over, this will be the last edition of this article this year.*