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2009 awards


MVP -- Aaron Rodgers (Packers): Several quarterbacks could win the award, but I’ll go with Rodgers, who was very impressive and showed tremendous toughness. He didn’t have the greatest offensive line as he got sacked 50 times. He completed 64.7 percent of his passes, threw for 4,434 yards, 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Rodgers also rushed for 316 yards on 58 carries and five touchdowns.

2. Peyton Manning (Colts), 3. Drew Brees (Saints)

Surprise -- Brett Favre (Vikings): Favre was viewed by many as a No. 2 QB before the season and he turned into a must start every week. Favre was terrific completing 68.4 percent of his passes for 4,202 yards, 33 TDs and 7 INTs. He

Breakout -- Matt Schaub (Texans): His season was no surprise, including myself who ranked him No. 5 before the season. He stayed healthy and played 16 games. That was the biggest knock on Schaub, who missed 10 games over the last two years. Schaub completed 68 percent of his passes for 4,770 yards, 29 TDs and 15 INTs.

Bust -- Jay Cutler (Bears): Cutler did pass for 27 touchdowns, but he also threw 26 INTs, so if you were in a league that deducted points for INTs, Cutler hurt. He also made his stats appear better with eight TDs in the final two games. He averaged 6.6 yards per pass attempt and wasn’t a worth starter many weeks.

Comeback Player -- Brett Favre (Vikings)


MVP -- Chris Johnson (Titans): An easy choice here. Johnson rushed for 2.006 yards on 358 carries and 14 TDs and had 50 catches for 503 yards and two TDs. He gained 2,509 yards from scrimmage.

2. Ray Rice 3. Maurice Jones-Drew

Surprise -- Jamaal Charles (Chiefs): Charles started the final nine games of the season and was probably a big part of many championship teams. Charles showed he could handle a heavy workload and delivered even in tough matchups. He had rushed for 1,120 yards on 190 carries and averaged 5.9 yards per carry behind a shaky offensive line. He scored 7 rushing TDs and caught 40 passes for 297 yards and a TD. He rushed for 143, 154, 102 and 259 yards with 20, 25, 24 and 25 carries, respectively, over the final four games.

Breakout -- Ray Rice (Ravens): Some questioned whether Rice could be the feature running back and he answered it emphatically. He had 1,339 yards on 254 carries with seven TDs and averaged 5.3 ypc. He was even better in PPR leagues with 78 catches for 702 yards and a TD.

Bust -- Brandon Jacobs (Giants): Jacobs was drafted in the first two rounds of most drafts and was a major disappointment. He didn’t have a 100-yard game and much of his value comes from TDs and he didn’t score much. He rushed for 835 yards on 224 carries with five TDs and averaged 3.7 ypc. He had 18 catches for 184 yards and a TD.

Comeback -- Ricky Williams (Dolphins): At age 32, Williams rushed for over 1,000 yards. Williams rushed for 1,121 yards on 241 carries, scored 11 TDs and had a 4.7 ypc. He had 35 receptions for 264 yards and 2 TDs.

Rookie -- Beanie Wells (Cardinals): Wells didn’t get many touches early in the season, but came on very strong towards the end of the season. He rushed for 793 yards on 176 carries with 7 TDs and averaged 4.5 ypc.


MVP -- Andre Johnson (Texans): Johnson eclipsed 100 catches and 1,500 receiving yards for the second consecutive season. He had 101 catches for 1,569 yards and nine TDs.

2. Wes Welker (Patriots), 3. Reggie Wayne (Colts)

Surprise -- DeSean Jackson (Eagles): Jackson developed into a top-10 wideout every week. He was a threat to score anytime he touched the ball and broke many big plays. He had 63 catches for 1,167 yards and an 18.5 average with nine TDs. He also returned two punts for TDs.

Breakout -- Miles Austin (Cowboys): I mentioned Austin as a good pick late in drafts with some upside back in July on Fantasy Playbook, which I co-hosted with Scott Engel of and it was nominated for two FSTA awards (cheap plug). My prediction didn’t look good the first few weeks, but Austin emerged as one of the best fantasy receivers. He didn’t started until Week 5 when he had 10 catches for 250 yards with 2 TDs. He had 81 catches for 1,320 yards with 11 TDs.

Bust -- Eddie Royal (Broncos): Royal became useless, even in deep fantasy leagues. He had just 37 catches for 345 yards, a 9.3 average and he didn’t have a receiving TD.

Comeback -- Chad Ochocinco (Bengals): He had a nice bounce back season with 72 catches for 1,047 yards and nine TDs. He had just 53 catches for 540 yards and 4 TDs in 2008.

Rookie -- Percy Harvin (Vikings): Harvin was very impressive with 60 catches for 790 yards and six TDs. He also returned two kickoffs for TDs. He had 15 carries for 135 yards.


MVP -- Dallas Clark (Colts): Clark had 100 catches for 1,106 yards and 10 TDs.

2. Antonio Gates (Chargers), 3. Vernon Davis (49ers)

Surprise -- Brent Celek (Eagles): Celek had a big postseason last season and carried into the season. He was often drafted outside of the top 10 tight ends and was a waiver wire pick in many leagues. Celek had 76 catches for 971 yards and 8 TDs.

Breakout -- Vernon Davis (49ers): Many gave up on the talented Davis after being teased by him for years. Davis finally came through with 78 catches for 965 yards and 13 TDs. He had nine TDs in his first three seasons.

Bust -- Greg Olsen (Bears): Olsen was drafted as a top-5 tight end in many leagues and 60 catches for 612 yards and 8 TDs.

Comeback -- Todd Heap (Ravens): Heap didn’t have a great season, but was better than he has been the last couple of seasons. He had 53 catches for 593 yards six TDs. He scored two TDs in Week 15 and Week 16 and probably helped some desperate owners in the postseason.

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