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January 31, 2014

2013 Fantasy Football Awards | The Running Backs: Jamaal Charles, C.J. Spiller, Knowshon Moreno

— Other awards: QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs

The 2013 Jamaal Charles Award (for dominance): Jamaal Charles

There's no doubt Jamaal Charles' late-season 8-catch, 195-yard, 4-TD game against the Raiders skewed his numbers a bit, but it was really only a bit. Take away that game and Charles is still the No. 3 fantasy running back in PPR leagues. He still has 1,600 total yards, 15 total TDs and 62 catches -- in just 14 games. Now, let's bring that game back into the equation. It happened in Week 15, which was the fantasy semifinals in most leagues.

The 2013 Trent Richardson Award (for biggest flop): C.J. Spiller

In the preseason, I Tweeted that C.J. Spiller seemed like the kind of player you pick No. 3 overall in mock drafts, but you don't pick at all in real drafts because he'll be overpriced. Fantasy owners who took the plunge were probably feeling bad after Week 1 and encouraged after his 100-yard game in Week 2. I know a couple fantasy owners who tried trading low for him. Recent reports-of-the-obvious say Spiller just didn't look like himself at times this season. I'm not going to speculate on  why. However, Spiller will be on my 2014 fantasy football sleepers lists.

The 2013 Matt Forte Award (for neck-snapping arrival): Zac Stacy

Darryl Richardson was one of my keepers. Not that I thought he was great, I just figured he'd get the bulk of the work and could hold off Isaiah Pead. For a lot of fantasy owners like me, Stacy wasn't even in the conversation. After Week 8, Stacy posted four 100-yard games, all seven of his rushing touchdowns and had a 4-catch game and a 6-catch game. Those all came after Sam Bradford got knocked out for the season. Bradford, you might not remember, had thrown 14 TDs to only four INTs through the first seven games. I'm excited to see what happens with Stacy in 2014.

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