With the 2014 fantasy football season over, it’s time to look back at the top performers and select our one true MVP. We’ve nominated ten of the best players by taking into account overall production, week-to-week consistency, standout performances, and draft-day value. Who deserves to be the 2014 Fantasy Football MVP? The debate starts with the following ten contenders and argument for each one. Decide for yourself.
The Green Bay Packer’s signal caller is a serious contender for the 2014 Fantasy Smack Talk Fantasy Football MVP. With 38 touchdown passes and only five interceptions, plus a couple of touchdown runs, he averaged close to 30 fantasy points each week. It is difficult to argue against him not taking the top spot amongst all quarterbacks. Aside from a Week 15 dud against the Buffalo Bills, he was as consistent and dominant a quarterback as it gets for fantasy football owners. Olivia Munn’s boyfriend must be considered a front-runner for the 2014 MVP.
The Indianapolis Colts took major strides under 3rd year starter and #1 draft pick Andrew Luck in 2014. He is the only quarterback to account for at least 40 touchdown passes while rushing for another three. His Average Draft Position (ADP), at 5th amongst quarterbacks (and taken between the 4th and 6th rounds), was much lower than the other elite NFL quarterbacks. The only negatives were that his number of interceptions were a bit more, at 16 INTs, and he had the worst clunker of the season in Week 16, which was many championship games in fantasy football leagues. Overall, his value has to be one of the best at the quarterback position in a long time. When you throw 40 TDs and beat Peyton Manning in that category, that’s MVP worthy talk.
Russell Wilson or better known as DangeRuss has taken over the top spot statistically among mobile quarterback in the NFL. How can you argue with a Super Bowl champion that accounted for 27 touchdowns and only seven interceptions this season. His legs were as dangerous as his arm at times and his steadiness down the stretch in weeks 14 and 16, averaging close to 35 points in each of those critical playoff games were clutch. With an average draft position of 13th among all quarterbacks, if you were patient enough to wait on Russell in your draft then you lucked out. Was there any more valuable a quarterback in fantasy, which was drafted that late in your draft?
This Michigan State Spartans’ second year in the NFL was a beastly one for the Steelers. As a threat to score on every play, as he dropped 20 pounds in the offseason, he accounted for 11 touchdowns total in 2014. Le’Veon rang the bell to a tune of over 2,000 yards of total offense, of which 1350 were rushing and 850 receiving yards. The latter of which was tops in the NFL for running backs in that category. When it mattered most, Bell couldn’t be stopped down the stretch. Over his last five games (not including week 17) he scored eight touchdowns and averaged nearly 120 rushing yards per game. He starts the conversation for MVP of the 2014 Fantasy Football season from the running back position.
When Murray was not finding himself in a bizarre love triangle that played itself out on Twitter with a former teammate at Oklahoma, he was setting records as a running back for the Dallas Cowboys. DeMarco’s first full season as a healthy runner resulted in setting a Cowboys single season record with 1,845 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. That is very good company to keep, passing all-time great Emmitt Smith on that list. With six touchdowns over the final five weeks of the season, Murray made it count when it matter most to fantasy owners. Was it good enough for fantasy football MVP?
Beastmode, as his beloved fans refer to him, had himself an astonishingly productive and beastly season after being the rumor of trade talks early in the season. With four touchdowns over the primary playoff weeks of Week 14, 15 and 16 he came on strong late for fantasy owners. With over 1,300 rushing yards and a combined 17 total touchdowns (skittles splashdowns), he makes an awfully strong case for MVP. The loss of Percy Harvin and with the season in doubt early on, Lynch was a key cog for the defending Super Bowl champions in winning the NFC West and earning a #1 playoff seed. Many fantasy owners rode his strong stretch run to a title.
Odell Beckham Jr.
With the best performance of the 2014 fantasy football playoffs… the award goes to no other than Odell Beckham Jr (aka ODB). The proud owner of the catch of the year, he came on like gangbusters after the bye week in Week 9 for the Giants. Originally sidelined the first four weeks with a hamstring injury, there was no better free agent pick-up than ODB in all of fantasy football for 2014. Looking for consistency? His torrid nine game stretch saw nine touchdowns total and at least 90 yards receiving in each contest. He topped over 140 yards receiving in five of those games, totaled 12 receiving TDs for the season and averaged over 100 yards receiving per game. MVP?
Without a doubt, one of the most reliable fantasy wide receivers in 2014 and a special player for the Steelers. Leading the NFL in receiving yards, he overachieved for an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 8th from all wide receiver options. 129 receptions, 13 touchdowns and 1,698 receiving yards. Does that stat line has an MVP ring to it? From start to finish his fantasy football production the tops for any wide receiver this season, outscoring all others at his position.
Sports Illustrated cover-boy and Kansas State Wildcat, as Aaron Rodgers most targeted receiver, Jordy Nelson turned his best season as a professional. With a three game stretch where he averaged 105 receiving yards and totaled three touchdowns, during traditional fantasy football playoff weeks of 14, 15 and 16, he was clutch for owners in route to a championship. Jordy also had 13 receiving touchdowns and over 1,500 yards receiving while competing with another elite receiver in Randall Cobb for targets. His physical stature might be deceiving but his prolific fantasy football numbers are not. He’s got the numbers to back up an MVP level season.
The Gronk came back with a fury in the 2014 fantasy football season. After being bitten by the injury bug in 2013, Gronk’s marvelous season has turned the Patriots back into a Super Bowl contender and brought back the relevance of the tight end position. Tight ends will never have the gaudy numbers that wide receivers produce. That being said, the value of having a Gronk compared to anyone else at tight end, propelled many fantasy teams to a championship. His 1,124 receiving yards and 12 touchdown spikes are more impressive than his frat boyish persona. Gronk’s yards and TDs are tops at the position. In a position, where touchdowns come at a premium, he came through with a touchdown in each Week 14, 15 and 16 playoff games. He enters and concludes the conversation as MVP of all tight ends this season.