Fantasy Football Season Recap

posted 5 days ago in Sports, CommRadio by Jeremy Goldman

This campaign was one of the most exhilarating football seasons in the long history of the NFL as many records were shattered and breathtaking overtime thrillers! That being said, let's recap this very memorable season. Here are the best fantasy football players from every position.

There were three fantasy QBs this year in PPR leagues who shined the brightest. They were Aaron Rodgers, Josh Allen and Justin Herbert. Aaron Rodgers had a stellar division-winning season this year. Rodgers’s performance this season made him one of the clear MVP candidates for the 2021 regular season. Rodgers, put up ‘video game stats’ this year finishing with an incredible passer rating of 111.9, 37 TDs, 4,115 yards and only four interceptions.

Josh Allen also went on to win his division this season. Buffalo went on to finish 11-6 thanks to Allen’s great season and their crushing defense. Allen threw for 4,400+ yards, 36 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

The final QB who stood out this season was Justin Herbert, Herbert in only his second year in the league had one of the best seasons that a Charger Quarterback has ever had. Justin Herbert threw for an outstanding 5,000+ yards and 38 touchdowns.

The best running back this season was the Wisconsin alumni Jonathan Taylor. Taylor’s unpredictable and stellar performance this year kept fantasy managers in first place as well as kept the Colts in playoff contention, till the end of the season.  Taylor finished with 1,800+ yards and 20 total touchdowns this season.

Another running back who also was able to put up similar league-winning stats was Austin Ekeler. The Charger running back finished with an amazing 20 touchdowns as well.

The best receiver this year was the Rams' very own Cooper Kupp. Kupp finished the season winning the  ‘triple crown’. The triple crown is being able to lead the NFL in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and total receptions. Kupp is only the fourth player to achieve the rare feat, joining Jerry Rice, Sterling Sharpe, and Steve Smith. Kupp finished with an unreal 145 receptions, 1,947 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns.

Another stud at his position is Tight end and Super Bowl champion Travis Kelce. Kelce was the No. 1 TE in fantasy this year after passing Rob Gronkowski’s red hot TD streak to start the season. Kelce finished with over 1,100 yards and nine touchdowns this campaign. He was a key part of the Chiefs’ eight-game win streak towards the end of the year. 

This record-setting rookie had one of the best first-year seasons we’ve seen in history. Ja’marr Chase, the clear offensive rookie of the year, set the record for most receiving yards in a single game as a rookie, finishing the game with an incredible 266 receiving yards against the chiefs.  Chase finished with 1,450+ yards and 13 touchdowns.

The unfortunate bust of the year was Allen Robinson. Robinson previously recorded 100+ receptions, 1,250 receiving yards and six touchdowns in 2020. Finishing the 2021 season Robinson only had a measly 38 receptions, 410 yards, and 1 touchdown.

Finally the honorable mention this season was SuperBowl champion, Cordarrelle Patterson. Patterson was one of the most versatile players in the entire NFL this season racking up stats on the rushing side and receiving side of the ball. He finished with 50+ receptions for over 500+ yards and 5 receiving touchdowns as a running back. Plus he rushed for over 600 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Last but not least, the best kicker in NFL history and this season was the one the only Justin Tucker. Tucker set the NFL record for longest field goal ever made in a game. This field goal was a 66-yard game-winner against the Lions this year.

Jeremy Goldman is a first-year broadcast journalism major. To contact him, email jmg7714@psu.edu