The 2020-21 NFL season was like no other that we have seen. COVID-19 eliminated off-season workouts and limited the number of fans that could catch the action live and in person. I do have to say, all things considered, the season was a success. Sure, we had some postponements, but the league did a great job of pushing through and making everything run smoothly. The season and its games provided a some much needed sports in our lives and was a nice way to get away from everything that is going on in the world.
From a fantasy perspective, the season was a ton of fun. We saw some prolific play from the Quarterback position as well as some dynamic performances from the high-end Wide Receivers. For me personally, the season was highlighted by a deep run into a Best Ball tournament on Draft Kings, with a team being led by Dalvin Cook and Davante Adams. I had the 7th pick in the draft, so it was a miracle that I was able to lockdown both of those players. DFS wise, my season started hot, hit a cold stretch in the middle and then ended with some of the best weeks I’ve ever had. All and all, the season was a success and a ton of fun to watch. A few guys stood out from the rest, so I decided to do a piece highlighting these elite players. Here are my Fantasy Award winners:
Most Valuable Fantasy Performer
Davante Adams - GB: For me this is a no-brainer. We have never seen a Wide Receiver put up these kinds of numbers and do so on a consistent basis. Adams put up 1,374 yards on 115 catches, in just 14 Regular Season games. Most importantly, he scored 18 touchdowns, while becoming the primary Red Zone target for the Packers. Adams showed he is not only the best Wide Receiver in the game, but the most elite fantasy performer in the league.
Runner-up: Travis Kelce – KC
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Out of Nowhere MVP
James Robinson – JAX: Robinson came into the league as an undrafted rookie from Illinois State, likely as a result of his 4.64 40-yard dash time. After the Jags released Leonard Fournette prior to the season, Robinson took over as the lead back. He piled up 1,414 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns before shutting it down for the season after Week 15. Robinson seemingly came out of nowhere, but I promise you, he will not be overlooked in the 2021-22 season.
Runner-up: Miles Gaskin - MIA
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Breakout Player of the Year
Stefon Diggs – BUF: Diggs displayed flashes of star potential during his time in Minnesota, notably scoring one of the biggest touchdowns in NFL Playoff history against the Saints. However, this was the first season that Diggs became the clear go-to option in an offense. His connection with Josh Allen is one of the best in the game. Diggs piled up 1,535 yards on 127 catches, proving to be one of the elite Wide Receivers in the game.