Mid-Season NFL Awards

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Mid-Season NFL Awards

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Most Valuable Player
Russell Wilson: Wilson leads all NFL quarterbacks with 17 touchdown passes and has thrown just one interception, giving him the best TD-INT ratio of any QB. Wilson has three rushing TDs and 182 rushing yards, and has carried the Seahawks to a 6-2 record which is second in the NFC West only trailing the undefeated 49ers.

Lamar Jackson: Lamar Jackson has completely taken over the NFL with not only with his precise passing, but his explosive rushing. He has the 11th most rushing yards in the league which just shows his dominance when he decides to take off with the ball. A QB in the top 15 in rushing is unheard of and remarkable. In just his second year in the league he has a 101.7 QBR and 15 passing touchdowns through 9 games. Lamar Jackson is on pace to break Micheal Vick’s rushing yards by a quarterback in a season, and still throw the ball very effectively. He has led the Ravens to a 7-2 start and has put them in first place in the AFC North.

Offensive Player of the Year:

Christian McCaffrey: Christian McCaffrey, also known as “Run CMC”, has truly made his case to win the honors of Offensive Player of the Year. McCaffrey is currently second in the Rushing Leaders race this year only trailing by 2 yards to Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook. McCaffrey is also tied for 1st in Touchdowns this season with 11 rushing TDs and 3 receiving TDs. McCaffrey leads all running backs this season in average yards per game where he averages 109.9 YDS/G. Him along with Backup QB Kyle Allen has been leading the Panthers to a 5-4 record only sitting in second in the NFC South division. If McCaffrey continues his rushing attack, or even elevates it to a whole new level he should definitely be in consideration for this award.

Dalvin Cook: Dalvin Cook the dual threat weapon out of the Viking’s backfield has been tearing up defenses left and right this 2019/2020 season. After coming off injuries in both his rookie and second season many analysts and Vikings fans were concerned on whether or not he’d be able to stay healthy or not. He is currently first in rushing yards with 991 yards, second in Touchdowns with 10, and third overall in average yards per game where he averages 99.1 YDS/G. Cook has a total of 7 plays where he has rushed for 20+ yards on one carry. Cook also helps the Vikings on the receiving end as well where he has 424 receiving yards on 40 receptions. Dalvin Cook has truly been a threat on the gridiron this season.

Deshaun Watson: Deshaun Watson has been on another level this season leading the Houston Texans to a 6-3 record and first place in the AFC South Division. So far, Watson has thrown for 2,432 yards, 18 touchdowns, and only 5 interceptions. Watson is also ranked 5th among QBs in total QBR (Quarterback Rating) with a QBR of 75.2. Watson is ranked 4th overall for completion percentage with 70.2%. Through 9 games this season, Watson averages 270.2 YDS/G through the air. Watson averages 8.1 yards per play this season. Not only is Watson a nightmare for teams on the field, but also for Fantasy Football owners where Watson is ranked second only behind Lamar Jackson for total points. Deshaun Watson should really be considered for this award by the end of the season.

Our Pick To Win: Christian McCaffrey RB, Carolina Panthers

Defensive Player of the Year

Myles Garrett: Myles Garrett the former first overall pick has been all over the field this season. He currently has 19 solo tackles, 10 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. He sits tied for second overall for sacks only behind by 1.5; and he also has 9 assisted tackles. Garrett and the Browns may not have been having the season many people expected them to have, but Myles Garrett has been proving why he was a number 1 overall pick 2 years ago in 2017. As the season progresses, Garrett will continue to turn heads and be in consideration for this award.

Nick Bosa: The rookie from Ohio State has been playing out of his mind in his rookie season. He currently has 20 solo tackles, 7 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 1 interception. He is also constantly breaking through the blocks of the opposing team’s offensive line and getting pressure on the Quarterback forcing incompletions, or allowing for his teammates to make the play. Everybody saw Bosa coming out of college as being good and maybe even better than his brother, Joey Bosa; but he is playing way better than expected. If this rookie continues to play this well over the course of his career, then he will win the Defensive Player of the Year award multiple times.

Minkah Fitzpatrick: After being traded from the Dolphins to the Steelers earlier this season, Fitzpatrick made his presence known immediately. He is currently tied for 1st place in interceptions with 5, he has 33 solo tackles, 2 forced fumbles, and 8 passes defended. In his first game with the Steelers, Fitzpatrick made plays left and right and he hasn’t slowed down since then either. In his second season, Fitzpatrick is looked at as one of the top safeties in the NFL and will continue to be a top safety for years to come in the league. Minkah Fitzpatrick is surely a top contender for the award of Defensive Player of the Year.

Our Pick To Win: Nick Bosa DE, San Francisco 49ers

Comeback Player of the Year
Cooper Kupp: Kupp suffered a pair of injuries to his knee in 2018. He tore his MCL on a horse-collar tackle and then tore his ACL one month later. Over the first eight weeks of the 2019 season, a returning Kupp has grabbed 58 passes for 792 yards and five scores. Kupps’ 792 yards ranks second in the league for receiving and first for yards after catch with 403 yards. Kupp has been targeted 87 times so far this season which ranks second among wide receivers. Over 2017 and 2018, Kupp was targeted on 22.1% of his pass routes. So far in 2019, that’s up to 27.8%, which ranks fourth among receivers with 100 or more routes run. Kupp, one of the few Rams’ skill-position players still on a rookie deal, is in line to get a massive extension this offseason.

Dalvin Cook: The biggest factor for Cook, as it’s been during the first two years of his career, is his health. In his first season, Cook tore his acl and missed the majority of his rookie season. In Cook’s second season, he suffered a hamstring injury that sidelined him for five games and was pitch count for a few other contests with a hamstring injury. In the first eight games of the 2019 season, Cook has a league leading 823 rushing yards and nine touchdowns with 29 catches for 293 yards. And Cook is a top candidate to win Comeback Player of the Year.

Our Pick to Win: Dalvin Cook RB, Minnesota Vikings

Offensive Rookie of the Year
Gardrner Minshew II: Gardner Minshew II came out slinging the football after fromer Super Bowl MVP, Nick Foles, went down with an injury in the first week of the NFL season. The rookie took control of the offense which led to Minshew Mania. The 178th pick in the 2019 draft was not projected to play at all this year, however he did not let this stop him. His 13/4 touchdown to interception ratio is terrific and his sheer leadership of the offense is remarkable. He is only second to Kyler Murray in yards, but does have the edge in quarterback rating at 92.8. Minshew is 4-4 as a starter, but who knows where this team would be without him.

Josh Jacobs: Josh Jacobs came into the NFL with high expectations and he did not disappoint. Jacobs leads the league in rookie rushing with 811 yards and 7 touchdowns. His 90.1 yards per game almost doubles the amount of any other rookie running back. He has dominated the run game in Oakland and sure looks as a prime candidate for rookie of the year.

Kyler Murray: Kyler Murray was the first overall pick and is suppose to be the Arizona Cardinals Franchise quarterback. Right now he is playing at a high level and living up to those expectations. He leads all Rookies in yards per game at 255.3. However, not only can he launch the ball, he is a dual threat quarterback and has an additional 301 yards rushing which makes the defense always on edge. He has a respectable 12/5 touchdown to interception ratio even though Arizona has many issues on their offensive line. Kyler Murray has burst onto the NFL and is here to stay and dominate opposing defenses.

Our Pick to win: Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals

Defensive Rookie of the Year

Nick Bosa:
Nick Bosa leads all rookies in sacks, quarterback hits, and hurries. In the first eight games, Bosa has 21 tackles, 17 of them solo and four assisted. He has accounted for seven sacks. Bosa is essentially an identical player of his brother Joey.

Quinnen Williams: The third pick in this years draft, Quinnen Williams has lived up to expectations. He has racked up 10 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 9 assisted tackles, and 1 fumble recovery. Even though the New York Jets’ team and season has not gone well, Quinnen Williams has been a bright spot for the Jets to look forward to in years to come.

Our Pick to Win: Nick Bosa DE. San Francisco 49ers

Coach of the Year
Kyle Shanahan: Shanahan has led the 49ers to one of their best starts in team history since the 90s at 8-1. His Offense is clicking on all cylinders with Jimmy Garapalo having an MVP type season. His defense is ranked 5th in the league and have been unstoppable. The second year head coach is first place in the NFC West and doesn’t show signs of slowing down. His team’s success is a credit to him and his coaching staff.

Frank Reich: Reich has overcome a lot in his time in Indianapolis. His all-pro Quarterback Andrew Luck retired just before the start of the 2019 season. That did not stop him as he moved forward with Jacoby Brisset, a career Back up. However, another injury occurred and Brisset will be out for another couple of weeks with a lower body injury. The Colts are in a fight to win the AFC South and will look to Head Coach Frank Reich to lead them into the playoffs with Brian Hoyer, a third string Quarterback.
Our Pick to Win: Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers

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