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Fantasy Front Office

January 23, 2014

2013 Fantasy Football Awards | The Quarterbacks: Peyton Manning, Nick Foles, Geno Smith

— Last weekend was a sad one for fantasy football fans. My emails kept telling me it was my last chance to play fantasy football this season.

Surely some of you are out there playing in playoff leagues, survivor leagues and pick’em leagues. Good luck in the Super Bowl. If you’re submitting a lineup somewhere for the Pro Bowl this week, I’m holding up my hand to give you a long-distance high-five.

Me? I’m feeling good about the NFL in the rear-view.

I had a roller coaster of a season on the daily fantasy sites, suffered some serious injuries at inopportune times in some standard leagues, and just plain dreadful performances in others.

But the season ended nicely. I played minimal lineups in DFS, but doubled my meager bankrolls.

I’ll throw my hat into a few NBA dailies over the next month or two, but that meager bankroll is going to stay mostly dormant until fantasy baseball season.

Yep, it’s soon time to start hunting fantasy baseball sleepers and busts. But before we start yearning for spring, we’ll look back on the fall and winter and dish out some fantasy football awards.

Let’s start with the quarterbacks:

The 2013 Peyton Manning Award (for dominance): Peyton Manning

Um, yeah, Peyton Manning. I don't know if there's more to be said about Manning's 2013 performance. That's not going to stop TV personalities from gushing over the next week and a half lead-up to the Super Bowl. Manning's career has been legendary, and 2013 might be his most legendary season.

The 2013 JaMarcus Russell Award (for biggest flop): Aaron Rodgers

His talent is without question, but fantasy owners who spent a pick on Aaron Rodgers in the first three rounds of 2013 drafts can back me up on this one. Rodgers played just seven games during the fantasy football regular season. He missed the playoff stretch run, and two of his performances were sub par (12 points in Week 3 before GB's bye and 16 points in Week 5 after the bye). The light at the end of the tunnel: Some fantasy owners will devalue a healthy Rodgers in 2014, meaning he could fall in drafts and provide value.

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