Handing out awards for MVP, bust, breakout and prime rookie on the midway level of the season.
In the olden days, Week 8 was the true midseason mark of the NFL marketing campaign. Now, with the addition of a seventeenth sport, there’s no clear break up. Nevertheless with (nearly) half of the 2022 season behind us, it’s time to take inventory of how issues have unfolded on the planet of fantasy soccer.
SI Fantasy is handing out superlatives to place what’s occurred thus far this season in context. That means crowning an MVP, deciding which participant has been the most important bust, selecting the very best shock and handing out rookie of the (half) 12 months honors.
See which gamers in your groups earned recognition—good or unhealthy—by way of the primary eight video games.
MVP: Josh Allen, Bills
Allen is way and away the very best participant in fantasy soccer, and his worst sport of the season really did nicely to additional set up him as such. He completed with 17.62 factors towards the Packers on Sunday evening, which was nonetheless good for a prime-12 end for the week, and he’s had 23-plus in each different sport this 12 months.
Allen already has greater than 190 factors this season, 21 greater than the subsequent closest participant (Tyreek Hill) and Buffalo already had its bye week. He scores 2.3 extra factors per sport than the subsequent closest quarterback (Jalen Hurts) and is greater than 10 factors higher than the QB12. He wins in a number of methods, which is what provides him such a excessive ground and a sky-excessive ceiling: Allen ranks second within the league in passing yards (2,198), second in passing touchdowns (19) and fourth amongst quarterbacks in dashing yards (306).
The consistency with which Allen delivers prime-finish fantasy finishes (six weeks within the prime 5 and one general QB1 outing) makes him probably the most beneficial participant to date and nicely value his excessive worth in drafts.
Honorable point out: Austin Ekeler (LAC), Stefon Diggs (BUF), Travis Kelce (KC)
Biggest Bust: Najee Harris, Steelers
There’s all the time letdowns on the prime of drafts, usually attributable to damage. But Harris, a late first-rounder, has been energetic each week for his sophomore season; he simply hasn’t been in a position to repeat any of what made him profitable as a rookie.
Harris led the NFL in whole touches in 2021 on his solution to an RB3 end and his fantasy viability was all the time going to be depending on quantity. Now, he’s getting the ball much less usually in a worse offense and doing much less with the touches he does get. Harris is tied with Joe Mixon for the fewest yards per carry for a participant with 100 or extra rushes this season (3.3), he’s much less concerned as a receiver and his longest play of the season went for simply 18 yards.
Players like Khalil Herbert and Antonio Gibson, successfully RB2s on their very own group, have scored greater than Harris. He has only one week within the prime 12 at his place and two exterior the highest 40. Pittsburgh has the bottom-scoring offense within the NFL and is 2-7 getting into its bye week. It’s not out of the query that we see a bit extra of rookie Jaylen Warren down the stretch. Warren has run higher than Harris, albeit on restricted alternatives, and had a season-excessive 9 touches in Week 8.
Honorable Mention: Kyle Pitts (ATL), Cam Akers (LAR), James Conner (ARZ)
Best Surprise: Josh Jacobs, Raiders
Stock on Jacobs was down earlier than the season started after Las Vegas performed him a lot within the preseason, didn’t choose up his fifth-12 months choice and drafted a working again within the fourth spherical. The Raiders introduced in a brand new regime and it appeared as if Jacobs wouldn’t be very concerned in what might be his closing 12 months with the group.
A pair months later, Jacobs is a prime-5 fantasy again. He ranks fourth within the league in dashing (676 yards) and thirteenth in yards per carry (5.6). This is the very best season of Jacobs’s profession up to now, the spotlight being a 3-sport stretch by which he totaled at the very least 150 scrimmage yards in every sport and scored all six of his dashing touchdowns.
Jacobs was an absolute steal for managers on the finish of the fourth spherical or presumably later. He had his worst sport of the season Sunday towards the Saints because the Raiders had been shut out, however Jacobs’s three prime-three finishes—every with higher than 30 factors—greater than make up for one down week.
Honorable point out: Geno Smith (SEA), Rhamondre Stevenson (NE), A.J. Brown (PHI)
Best Rookie, Dameon Pierce, Texans
It felt just like the Pierce hype might need hit a breaking level within the preseason and there was no means the primary-12 months professional might reside as much as expectations. Fantasy-wise, his profession received off to an inauspicious begin when Rex Burkhead led the Texans in dashing Week 1. But from there, Houston has been using with its rookie, who has led the group in yards on the bottom each week since.
Pierce is simply exterior the highest 12 working backs in fantasy scoring and ranks twelfth within the NFL in dashing yards (539). From Week 2 on, he’s been at the very least a prime-30 again in each outing and that features three prime-12 finishes. Pierce ran all around the Chargers for a season-greatest 131 yards and a rating a couple of weeks in the past and he has 4 video games this season with 20-plus touches, and he’s steadily getting extra concerned within the passing sport as nicely.
If it weren’t for Breece Hall’s devastating damage, this honor will surely go to the Jets’ first-12 months star (who nonetheless has a couple of extra factors than Pierce on the 12 months). But thus far this season, Pierce has been a gem within the center rounds of fantasy drafts and he’s solely getting higher because the 12 months goes on.
Honorable point out: Chris Olave (NO), Kenneth Walker III (SEA), Breece Hall (NYJ)
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