Dave B’s 2011 Fantasy All-Star Team
The 2011 Fantasy Football season is at or near its end – time to hand out some Fantasy Hardware! 2011 was a strange season that saw injuries, Rookies and Waiver Wire Gold dominate some leagues. A look at Dave B’s 2011 Fantasy All-Star Team reveals that there were almost as many surprise All-Stars as there were predictable ones.
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So, without further adieu, let’s get on with the 2011 version of Dave B’s fantasy All-Stars
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – Rodgers has been insane all season long and barely edges out Drew Brees for the QB MVP. Rodgers threw at least two touchdown passes in all but one game this season, has 45 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions to go along with 257 rushing yards and three scores on the ground – that’s an average of 3.2 touchdowns per game! Rodgers goes into Week 17 with 5 combined touchdowns more than his nearest rival and is certainly worthy of this years’ QB Fantasy MVP.
Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – Brees broke Dan Marino’s 27 year old record on Monday night – 5087 yards passing on the season. Brees has thrown a touchdown pass in 42 straight games and is inching closer and closer to the all-time record held by Johnny Unitas (47). With 41 touchdowns to add to his insane yardage totals, Brees is an obvious Fantasy All-Star.
Tom Brady – New England Patriots – Brady was terrific as per usual this season – 36 passing touchdowns and three rushing scores make him an obvious All-Star. He needs just 99 yards passing to become one of the few in NFL history to pass for 5000 yards in a season.
All-Star Alternates: Matthew Stafford, Can Newton
LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles – LeSean McCoy was expected to have a big season but becoming the Fantasy RB MVP was not foreseen. McCoy enters the final week of the season having rushed for 1309 yards and 17, yes 17 touchdowns. He also added 48 receptions for 315 yards and another three scores. 20 total touchdowns are seven more than any other Running Back in the league. There is absolutely no doubt who is this year’s Fantasy RB MVP!
Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens – Rice had himself quite a season but unfortunately registered a few Duds that kept him from MVP honors. Rice had 1173 yards rushing with 10 touchdowns while adding a staggering 74 catches for 696 yards and three scores. Rice was a combined yardage machine and is a worthy Fantasy All-Star.
Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks – Marshawn Lynch was a second half warrior this season – since Week 9, he averaged 19 Fantasy Points per game! As of Week 16, Lynch has scored a touchdown in 11 straight games and has racked up 1,032 total yards from scrimmage over that stretch. Lynch did what no other back has been able to do all season – rush for 100+ and score on the ground against the 49ers ridiculous run defense.
All-Star Alternates: Arian Foster, Maurice Jones-Drew
Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – Johnson had a rather weak second half of the season but there is absolutely no denying what he was able to do in the first half! Johnson has eight touchdowns in his first four games. After Week 16, Megatron had 15 touchdowns, three clear of Jordy Nelson and seven clear of the third best WR in terms of scores. Touchdowns make MVPs an in the case of NFL WRs, Johnson is king!
Wes Welker – New England Patriots – Going into Week 16, Welker has an incredible 116 catches for 1522 yards and nine touchdowns – that’s an average of 7.73 grabs and 101.5 yards per game- ALL SEASON! Welker was a beast and nearly the WR MVP!
All-Star Alternates: Jordy Nelson, Victor Cruz
Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – Gronkowski had the best season that a Tight End has ever had in the history of the game so he has to be the TE MVP. Gronk, as of Week 16 has 82 catches, 1219 yards and 15, count èm 15 touchdowns! The next nearest Tight End has 10 scores. Gronkowski is currently tied for the lead in receiving touchdowns with Calvin Johnson – AND HE`S A TIGHT END!!
Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – Graham, in any other year may have been the TE MVP. He, as of Week 16 has 91 catches, 1213 yards and 10 touchdowns. Only Calvin Johnson and Wes Welker, among wide receivers, have more fantasy points than Graham.
Ravens – Let`s face it, this team is the most consistent fantasy producer in the game and they did it without Ray Lewis for a few games this season. They lead the league in sacks with 47 and are near the top in takeaways as well. The Ravens did it all this season on defense and are the MVP unit at this position.
49ers – The Niners gave up the least yards on the ground (71.50 per game) and they allowed the fewest points in the NFL by a mile (202 in 15 games). No points and no rushing yards against gets the 49ers defense an All-Star nod.
Texans – Where did this come from? The Texans were 2nd against the pass and 4th against the run this season while giving up the 4th least amount of points in the NFL.