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January 31, 2014

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

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The 2013 Knowshon Moreno Award (for running back who got no respect on draft day): Knowshon Moreno:

Is it going to be Montee Ball? Ronnie Hillman? I wonder how much work C.J. Anderson is going to get? For me, Moreno was the Broncos running back to draft, and he paid off extremely well, finishing as the No. 4 overall running back in PPR leagues. Remember, he was drafted on average in the ninth round. He had a 3-TD game, a 200-yards rushing game and an 8-catch game, but Moreno's value really was his consistency in a high-powered offense. He'll likely test the free agency waters in 2014.

The 2013 Reggie Bush Award (for career comeback performance): Charles/Moreno

I don't like to give multiple awards to the same players, but it's impossible not to put these guys on here. I was shocked where I was able to draft Charles this year. After an ACL tear in Week 2 of 2011, Charles put up sub-par numbers in 2012. Not every running back is Adrian Peterson. It usually takes time to get back to full power. Oh, and I've owned running backs in Andy Reid offenses before, making Charles an easy pick anywhere in the top five. Like I said in the Moreno blurb, drafters were focusing on the rookie, Ball, and last year's rookie, Hillman, while Moreno kept dropping. But smart fantasy owners saw this coming. In 2012, Moreno had 25+ touches each week from Week 12-Week 16 and averaged 18.5 fantasy points per game.

The 2013 Doug Martin Award (for rookie of the year): Eddie Lacy

I was anti-Eddie Lacy during my fantasy drafts. I didn't want any part of that mess in the Green Bay backfield, and Lacy was the most expensive option of the bunch. Turns out, everyone who guessed Lacy guessed right. He had six games of 20 or more fantasy points in PPR leagues, showed flashes as a pass-catcher, posted a handful of 100-yard games and found the end zone a bunch of times. With a healthy Aaron Rodgers back under center for 16 games, there is scary potential for Eddie Lacy in 2014.

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