FANTASY FOOTBALL: 2020 Consistency Awards – RB

Bob Lung passes out the Consistency Awards to the running backs for 2020 Fantasy Football season! How did your running backs end up? Follow Bob @bob_lung.

The Fantasy Football season of 2020 is in the books and there were many Clutch running backs and some, well, not so much. Therefore, in the heart of Awards season, it’s time to announce the 2020 Clutch Awards for the running backs!

WORST VALUE

This award goes to the running back that had the highest ADP at the beginning of the season and ended the season with the worst combination of total Fantasy Points and consistency. Thus, making him the worst value at running back in 2020.

And the winner is….

Ezekiel Elliott

While some could argue that Elliott’s downfall wasn’t necessarily all his fault, my thought is “if you’re paid like a stud, you go out and perform like a stud, regardless of the situation around you!” Yes, I know that Dak Prescott missed most of the season, but come on! Zeke was the third overall pick in most leagues. So, when you end the season ranked ninth in total points, it’s not good, but when you are tied for 15th in consistency at only 67%, that’s very bad! All will probably be forgiven heading into 2021 and Zeke will still be a top 5 pick, but his lack of effort told me to look elsewhere early in Round 1.

 

BEST VALUE

This award goes to the running back that had the lowest ADP at the beginning of the season and ended the season with the best combination of total Fantasy Points and consistency. Thus, making the best value at running back in 2020.

And the winner is….

James Robinson

I believe a few years ago, Phillip Lindsay won this coveted award. A complete unknown to the Fantasy world until a week or two into the season and then BOOM! Well, Mr. Lindsay meet Mr. Robinson. James Robinson not only exploded into the league early on, he kept exploding week after week after week! His 93% consistency (yes, you’re reading this correctly) was only topped by Dalvin Cook’s 100% consistency last year at running back. Robinson also ended the year ranked seventh in total points. It will be interesting to see where his ADP will be in 2021 with the Jaguars probably drafting a top quarterback. But, let’s be honest, Robinson was this productive with Gardner Minshew and Jake Luton at quarterback, is a rookie all that bad?

 

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

This award goes to the rookie running back that had ended the season with the best combination of total Fantasy Points and consistency.

And the winner is….

James Robinson

Just like the quarterback position, the Best Value award winner is also a rookie! Now, I’ sure in the top rookie running back pre-season rankings, Clyde Edwards-Helaire was at #1 and Robinson….hmmmm, was probably not even ranked. CEH did have a very nice solid rookie season with a 77% consistency rating. However, as was noted above, that doesn’t come close to Robinson’s 93% consistency. Both will be highly drafted in most 2021’s Fantasy drafts, but if I was a betting man, I would expect CEH will still be drafted ahead of Robinson.

 

CLUTCH-LESS

This award goes to the running back that ended the season with a high ranking in total Fantasy Points, but his consistency was lower than expected. Therefore, making him look more valuable (due to high points rank) than he was worth to his Fantasy teams.

And the winner is….

Kareem Hunt

Hunt and Nick Chubb were both highly productive in the second half of 2019 and looked to be a perfect combination to have in 2020. In the first half of the season, it worked out great, especially with Chubb missing four games and Hunt being 100% in those games. However, once Chubb came back, he went eight for eight in Clutch Games over the second half of the season and Hunt went three for eight. Hunt ended the year 10th in total points but was only 56% consistent on the season, which ranked him 26th. Be careful, not too reach too high for Hunt in 2021, unless it’s a direct handcuff.

 

CLUTCH-MORE

This award goes to the running back that ended the season with a low ranking in total Fantasy Points, but his consistency was higher than expected. Therefore, making him look less valuable (due to high points rank) to his Fantasy teams, when he was actually worth MORE!

And the winner is….

Austin Ekeler

Ekeler had a great 2019 once Melvin Gordon moved on and was my favorite undervalued players heading into 2020. He was very consistent WHEN he was on the field, but he missed six games due to injury. He ended the season ranked 26th in total points over his 10 games. However, his consistency was 80% in those 10 games, which ranked him seventh in consistency. He will certainly be one of my undervalued players again in 2021.

 

CLUTCH COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

This award goes to the running back that ended the 2019 season with a poor ranking in total Fantasy Points and consistency. However, in 2020, he had the greatest improvement in both categories making him very valuable to his Fantasy teams.

And the winner is….

David Montgomery

I’m sure this made my good friend, Brad Evans very happy to see. He’s been a big Montgomery truther since he came into the league. The problem is Matt Nagy wouldn’t give him enough carries to prove his Fantasy worth. Well, an season-ending injury to Tarik Cohen helped that situation and Montgomery was free from Week 5 on. All Montgomery did with that opportunity was earn 10 out of 12 Clutch Games for an 83% consistency rating. He ended the year ranked fourth in total points and had a 73% overall consistency, which ranked him 11th overall. The question for 2021 is “Will Montgomery be held back again with the return of Cohen?” I’m guessing yes.

 

CLUTCH MVP

This award goes to the running back that ended the 2020 with the best combination of total Fantasy Points and consistency.

And the winner is….

Dalvin Cook

The many injuries to Christian McCaffrey ended his string of Mr. Consistency awards. However, Dalvin Cook didn’t “back into” this sward by any stretch of the imagination! He was perfect all season (outside of two games missed due to injury). We know the Cook will rarely play all 16 games, but I’ll take 14 perfectly consistent games any year! Cook ended the year ranked second in total points and was of course, #1 in consistency. Interestingly enough, in the three games that McCaffrey played in, he was a perfect three for three as well. Cook will now probably be drafted in the Top 3 and to be honest, you could argue #1, with the others having their own injury and performance issues.

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