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2009 RotoRob Football Awards

December 28, 2009 | by Todd Habiger | Comments (0)

By Herija Green and Todd Habiger

Fantasy Stud of the Year

Aaron Rodgers has turned into a major Fantasy stud for the Green Bay Packers.Brett who? Aaron Rodgers (12) has become the top Fantasy player in the game.

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: This was a two-horse race between Rodgers and Chris Johnson, the breakout running back from the Tennessee Titans, but ultimately we’re giving Rodgers the nod since he was chosen later in drafts than Johnson, who was a consensus first-round selection. Rodgers is an absolute machine offensively, passing for 4,199 yards and 29 touchdowns against only seven picks with one game left to play. He makes big plays, is willing to stand in the pocket (sometimes too long) and take hits to deliver a pass. Rodgers’ most underrated skill is his scrambling ability, where he leads all quarterbacks with 314 rushing yards and four touchdowns. The second-year starter has also shown he can still post big numbers even as the weather gets colder, something his predecessor no longer could. Even if he isn’t viewed on the same level as Peyton Manning and Drew Brees yet, that day is coming sooner than you think. Rodgers is an elite talent that continues to improve and is a likely first-round Fantasy selection as early as 2010. — HG

Fantasy Dud of the Year

Matt Forte hasn't built on his fine rookie season of 2008.
Matt Forte has been a major letdown after a fantastic rookie season in 2008.

Matt Forte, Chicago Bears: It’s been a tough season for running backs with first- and second-round picks like Steve Slaton, Clinton Portis, Ronnie Brown, Michael Turner and Brian Westbrook struggling to stay healthy. However, we wanted to go with someone that stayed healthy and simply didn’t perform. That left us with three choices: Forte, Marion Barber and Matt Cassel. Of that group, only Forte was a first-round selection so he received the honour. One year after producing 1,715 total yards and 12 touchdowns, the Tulane product enters Week 16 with 1,209 yards and a paltry four scores. The arrival of Jay Cutler, which was supposed to invigorate the Chicago offense, has instead caused an identity crisis for the Bears, who now feature the passing game despite an underwhelming group of receivers. Forte’s fall is a major disappointment considering many pegged him as a top two or three selection. — HG

Fantasy Rookie of the Year

Percy Harvin has been superb for the Minnesota Vikings.
Impact rookies were scarce in 2009, but Percy Harvin stood out.

It wasn’t really a stellar year for Fantasy rookies, but out of a weak group, I give the award to Minnesota wide receiver Percy Harvin. The Vikings went out and drafted a playmaker despite his questionable reputation. For the season, he has six touchdowns, 49 catches and 691 yards. He’s also helped Fantasy owners with his rushing and return skills. Harvin been also an asset on kick returns.

Honourable mention

Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos: He’s been solid for the Broncos, but not exciting. He only has five TDs and hasn’t logged a 100-yard game yet.

Mark Sanchez, New York Jets: He looked good early on only to stumble with the rest of his team.

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions: Gained some points in my book for that gutty win against Cleveland. The kid’s got promise but only two multi-TD games isn’t good enough to warrant Fantasy consideration.

Chris “Beanie” Wells, Arizona Cardinals: The potential is there, he just need more carries.

Austin Collie, Indianapolis Colts: has quickly gained Manning’s confidence. He hasn’t really had a big game, but has been fairly consistent.

Michael Oher, Baltimore Ravens: If I had any guts, I’d give the award to a guy who doesn’t score your Fantasy team a damn point – at least not outwardly. However, Oher has helped Ray Rice become a 1,000-yard rusher. — TH

Comeback Player of the Year

Brett Favre's comeback was annoying...and impressive.
Yes, Brett Favre’s successful comeback is annoying…but also damn impressive.

Brett Favre, QB, Minnesota Vikings: Yeah, this one pains me. It seemed like the offseason was one big will he or won’t he unretire – again. Well he finally said he was staying retired, only to un-retire. Yes, it got annoying. Anyways, once Favre hit the field he looked like a completely different player. He played smart football, cutting down on his interceptions, but still tossed in some of that Favre flair, leading the Vikings to an 11-3 record, but more importantly for Fantasy purposes, he tossed 27 TDs against a career-low seven interceptions. Love him or hate him, Favre’s turned Minnesota and many a Fantasy team, into winners.

Honourable mention

Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers: For ccoming back from that big Ray Lewis hit.

Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys: For coming back from obscurity.

Ricky Williams, Miami Dolphins: For coming back for the dead to be a 1,000-yard back again.

Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati Bengals: For reinventing himself after Chad Johnson went to parts unknown.

Tom Brady, New England Patriots: For returning from his devastating knee injury. –TH

You Killed Me You Bastard Award

Brian Westbrook just didn't pan out in 2009.
Brian Westbrook didn’t make a fan of Todd in 2009.

Every year, Brian Westbrook kills me whenever my team plays against him. Absolutely kills me. This year, I figured “If you can’t beat them, join them,” and picked up Westbrook in both of my football leagues. Uh, bad move. I got two TDs and 225 yards rushing and more head trauma than Westbrook from banging my head against the wall. Let’s just say I’ve got that out of my system now. Westbrook will add his name to next to Daunte Culpepper (2005), Emmitt Smith (1997) and Steve Young (1995) – all guys who destroyed my season with off years and whom I’ve never liked or drafted again. — TH

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MLB Draft Review: 2001 Part Four

December 18, 2009 | by Todd Habiger | Comments (0)
The White Sox drafted Honel based on the fact that he threw a devastating knuckle-curve ball with great command and a fastball that hit the mid-90s. His stuff lead the Sox to believe that he was going to be a top of the rotation starter. Honel played the part well, moving steadily through the system until 2004 when injuries set in. Tendinitis limited him to four appearances in 2004 and when he came back in 2005, he wasn’t the same pitcher, as he compiled a 5.88 ERA in 93 innings. The following year was another lost season for Honel as he underwent Tommy John surgery. After surgery, Honel struggled to get his fastball back, pitching mostly in the high 80s range. After the 2007 season, Honel retired briefly, before signing with with the St. Louis Cardinals organization soon thereafter. Unfortunately, Honel had nothing left and he never made it through the season with the Cardinals Double-A club. After the Cardinals released him, Honel shifted to Independent Ball, joining the Edmonton Capitals of the Golden League. He had a fine year split between Edmonton and Long Beach, but struggled with massive control issues.
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MLB Draft Review: 2001 Part Three

December 4, 2009 | by Todd Habiger | Comments (0)
Baugh was taken out of the pitching factory known as Rice University, as Detroit ignored the high pitch counts he endured in college. Early on the move looked good as it appeared Baugh would rocket through the Tiger minor league system and join the major league rotation in very short time. He didn’t get the radar gun excited, working in the low 90s, but he knew how to pitch and had excellent command of his fastball and curve to go along with a nice changeup. While Baugh didn’t have the stuff of a top-of-the-rotation starter, he looked like he would slot in nicely in the middle of the rotation. Unfortunately, he tore a labrum in his shoulder and missed the 2002 season. Baugh worked his way back from surgery, recapturing his old velocity, but not his old results. He’s been languishing in the minor leagues ever since, pitching this year in the Astro organization. He’s now a minor league free agent.
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MLB Draft Review: 2001 Part Two

November 17, 2009 | by Todd Habiger | Comments (0)
We’ll pick right up where we left off at the sixth pick in the draft.
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Saving Grace: Nathan is Human After All

September 9, 2009 | by Todd Habiger | Comments (1)
Johnson failed to record an out in that game. He also took a loss on August 27 against Cleveland so he’s not been a shut down guy by any means.
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