The 2013 Nick Foles Award (for most neck-snapping arrival): Nick Foles
I hear you over there saying you saw this coming. You may have seen Nick Foles as a potential star, but you absolutely did not see this coming. Foles tied a record with seven touchdown passes in a game -- Manning did it this year too. And he fell just short of Manning's 20 consecutive TD passes without an interception record. Foles also completed 238 passes, dating back to last season, without throwing an interception, the eighth longest such streak in the history of the game. Foles finished with 27 TDs, 2 INTs, 3 rushing TDs and 2,891 yards passing in 13 games. Foles looks like a future star. I'm excited to see what he does in 2014, but fear fantasy owners will overpay for him in 2014.
The 2013 Tom Brady Award (for quarterback who got no respect on draft day): Andy Dalton
There are several candidates for this award. Some will appear on comeback quarterback of the year, but the final choice was easy: Andy Dalton. Dalton was drafted on average in the 10th or 11th rounds and was considered the No. 16 quarterback. He finished 2013 as a top-5 fantasy quarterback (depending on your scoring system, of course). Dalton finished with 33 TDs, 4,296 yards and a pair of rushing TDs. His 20 interceptions are troubling in leagues that penalize for turnovers, but Dalton was a win for fantasy owners who waited on QB and "settled" for Dalton. He scored 20 or more points in nine of 16 weeks and posted 32.9 points in Week 14, either the first week of playoffs or a playoff play-in week. He also scored 35.3 points on championship weekend.
The 2013 Kurt Warner Award (for career comeback performance): Philip Rivers
After he posted 27.6 points against the Texans in Week 1, everyone was saying "target the Houston D!" Then Rivers went for 34.1 points against the Eagles. The battlecry became, I'm targeting the Texans and Eagles defenses every week. I picked up Rivers in any league I could. After a 13.2-point performance in Week 3, Rivers went on to post two more 30-point games and finished the season as a top-6 quarterback. Not bad for a quarterback left for dead after a horrible 2012. He was the No. 20 quarterback in the preseason and was drafted on average in the 14th round, in leagues where he was drafted at all.