It’s hard to believe that we are already over the halfway point of the 2017 NFL season. With 11 weeks in the bank, and Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, here is a look at the biggest storylines from the first half of the fantasy football season.
Rookies Stealing the Show
Certainly one of the biggest stories early on this season was the success of young players, particularly: DeShaun Watson, Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook, Alvin Kamara, Christian McCaffrey, Kareem Hunt, Evan Engram, Cooper Kupp, Tarik Cohen, JuJu Smith-Schuster. Joe Mixon, Kenny Golladay, Austin Ekeler, and Samaje Perine just to name a few.
All of these guys are fantasy relevant and worth rostering in week 12 of the NFL season, which is astonishing. I can’t recall a season where we had 14+ fantasy-relevant rookies, and more are coming on every week. We will see if these guys remain relevant over the last month of the fantasy season, but they all have looked capable of doing so.
The Best are Still the Best
All that being said about this rookie class, in the end there are a bunch of familiar names at the top of the scoring lists this season: Tom Brady leads all QB’s in scoring, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown are really coming on for the Steelers, LeSean McCoy has excelled despite weak quarterback play. DeAndre Hopkins is unstoppable regardless of who his QB is, and Gronk and Kelce are still the best tight ends in football.
Despite all the familiar names at the top, that isn’t to say that we haven’t had a few surprises… Who could honestly say they saw LA instantly becoming the juggernaut they have? I mean McVay is good, but already having this team turned around? Crazy. It’s also a stunner to see how bad offenses like the Giants, Broncos, and Ravens have been. All three teams came into the season with insanely high expectations.
MVP – Carson Wentz
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Playing behind one of, if not the, best lines in football Wentz has been unbelievable this season.
Offensive POY – Tom Brady
It doesn’t matter who is around him, Brady gets it done. This past week he played without half of his already thin receiver corps, and hung a 30 spot on the Raiders in Mexico City.
Defensive POY – Cameron Jordan
This pick won’t come without controversy, but Cameron Jordan has been the driving force behind New Orleans improved defense. He has 8.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 4 batted passes, an interception, and a touchdown. He single handedly destroyed the Detroit Lions in a crucial wild card game the Saints stole earlier in the year.
Rookie of the Year – Leonard Fournette
Initially we though Hunt was running away with it, then Andy Reid lost his mind, then we though Watson had it, then his knee imploded, right now it appears Fournette is the ROY. He’s leads all rookies in carries, yards, and touchdowns despite constantly being hurt and playing through injuries.