9 Fantasy Football Players Who Helped Teams Win the Most on CBS
It’s always interesting to look at the lineups of Fantasy Football championship teams to figure out some common denominators. In other words, what are some of the reasons these teams won titles and others didn’t? Outside of your shrewd lineup maneuvering, it usually comes down to which players were drafted the most on these teams?
Every year, the team over at CBS Sports, does their own data mining to figure out which players helped Fantasy team owners to the most wins.
This doesn’t mean they were all drafted by these clubs, but it means that at each position, these were the players that helped teams to the most Fantasy Football wins. They could have been drafted, picked up off waivers or added via trade.
Three things I found interesting about this list, before we delve in:
- The list wasn’t full of just sleepers drafted in the middle rounds.
- A second-round tight end made the list.
- The Fantasy Rookie of the Year and the Fantasy Breakout Player of the Year didn’t make the list.
Todd Gurley AP Photo Credit: Alex Gallardo
9 Fantasy Football Players Who Helped Teams Win the Most on CBS
These are the players that contributed to the most wins in CBSSports.com’s Fantasy Football leagues. I’m kind of mirroring CBS’ results, but I haven’t read Jamey Eisenberg’s article yet, as not to muddle my own thoughts. At the end, I’ll react to his piece.
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Wilson was considered the fifth-best quarterback in Fantasy drafts, which made him a sixth-/seventh-round pick, depending on your type of league. The fact he outscored all Fantasy players, and was drafted three or four rounds later than Tom Brady, made him the winningest Fantasy signal-caller.
Surprised It Wasn’t: Alex Smith. Not to say he was amazing throughout his entire season, but he mostly went undrafted, and still finished with the fourth-most Fantasy points at his position. It might be that his ownership wasn’t high enough early on to rack up all those wins.
Todd Gurley, RB, L.A. Rams
With an ADP of 2.05, the people that drafted Gurley also happened to have added a top-10 player already. You have to assume Gurley added to any team that didn’t draft David Johnson (wrist) or Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) had a great chance of getting a playoff bye. Gurley led all running backs in Fantasy points, scoring 28% more Fantasy points than the second-best running back (Le’Veon Bell).
Surprised It Wasn’t: No one else.
Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Consider that a large percentage of owners drafted Hunt in the sixth, seventh and eight rounds before Spencer Ware’s knee injury in the preseason. That means those teams were able to load up on other stars with higher picks, then they added Hunt, the third-highest Fantasy scoring RB.
Surprised It Wasn’t: Alvin Kamara. How is the Fantasy Rookie of the Year not on this list? The only thing I can guess is that, like Smith, he wasn’t owned in enough leagues in the first four weeks. It is interesting, though, that the stats say one thing (Hunt was on teams with more wins) and the fan voting says another.
Vote for the 2017 Fantasy Football Rookie of the Year! This award goes to the best first-year Fantasy player, regardless of where they were drafted. #FNTSYawards
— FNTSY Sports Network (@FNTSYSportsNet) December 28, 2017
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
With a rookie quarterback under center, it was tough to put all your trust in Hopkins with anything more than a third-round pick this past summer. He went on to lead all wide receivers in Fantasy points, even beating Antonio Brown, who will likely still be a top-five pick this summer. (Interestingly, Hopkins also scored the most points in the first 13 weeks of 2015, just ahead of A.B.).
Surprised It Wasn’t: Terrelle Pryor. Just kidding! Hahaha, I can’t believe people drafted him so high. I’m surprised Antonio Brown wasn’t on this team, but that would mean the first RB taken would be a second-rounder at best.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Looking back at JuJu’s season, I didn’t realize he had produced since early in the year, including four touchdown catches in his first eight games. He was named by fan voters as the greatest rookie free-agent pickup of the year.
With 71% of the votes from fans, and majority vote from FNTSY & @RotoExperts, #Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster has been named the 2017 Fantasy Football Rookie Free-Agent Pickup of the Year! Congrats @TeamJuJu! RT if you owned him! #USC #FNTSYawards pic.twitter.com/4VlsHRdbOm
— FNTSY Sports Network (@FNTSYSportsNet) January 5, 2018
Surprised It Wasn’t: Adam Thielen. The biggest surprise is that Thielen wasn’t among either WR spot. This guy was a top-10 Fantasy scorer at his position, and he was drafted with a measly 10th-round pick! And look at his consistency numbers! He scored 14 or more Fantasy points in eight games, with five games over 20 points) in the first 14 weeks of the season.
Le’Veon Bell, RB (FLEX POSITION), Pittsburgh Steelers
Hey, after Johnson, Bell was the top Fantasy pick available for most leagues, and he came through with those kinds of numbers.
Surprised It Wasn’t: Maybe Kamara or Thielen?
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
This one is a little surprising to me because of what Gronk owners have to do to be good enough in the other positions after taking a tight end with their second or even third pick. Despite playing in just 14 games, he scored the most Fantasy points at his position, so it’s tough to argue!
Surprised It Wasn’t: Zach Ertz. If someone drafted Ertz with an eighth-round pick, they could have built up a pretty nice team ahead of him. Or what about rookie Evan Engram, who went undrafted in most leagues?
Harrison Butker, K, Kansas City Chiefs
Three rookie kickers were on NFL teams in summer camps, including Butker (Carolina), Zane Gonzalez (Browns) and Jake Elliott (Cincinnati). Gonzalez was the only one to stay with his team, and Butker got his “butt kicked” out of Carolina after Graham Gano proved to be healthy. He was a huge find for K.C., and Fantasy owners that smartly waited on kickers. Just six other kickers outscored Butker in Fantasy.
Surprised It Wasn’t: Greg Zuerlein. How was this guy, the best Fantasy kicker this season on one of the most prolific offenses, not on more winning teams? He scored three or more field goals in seven games! Butker didn’t even start kickingfor the Chiefs until Week 4! (Although, Butker did kick five field goals in championship Week 16.)
Chicago Bears Defense
Da Bears! They’re not even on the Fantasy Football Calculator’s ADP! They did have 10 games with 10 or more Fantasy points, but I’m still shaking my head over this one.
Surprised It Wasn’t: Jaguars defense. This unit was also not on FFC’s ADP, and the Jaguars were the unquestioned best defense in Fantasy Football this year! And they had 13 games with 10 or more Fantasy points, and seven games with 20 or more Fantasy points! This one makes absolutely no sense to me.
Really Interesting Points After Reading Eisenberg’s Article
- Gurley was on the most Fantasy Championship rosters!
- There were 19 players among the top 50 drafted after Round 10 or added off waivers!
- You should read this article to also see a great list of players with high ADPs and the lowest winning percentages (BUSTS!).
- KAMARA has the THIRD-HIGHEST WIN PERCENTAGE! Why was he not on this list? I will find out and get back to everyone.
Every year, a few Fantasy Football players stand out that help team owners become Fantasy Football champions. Our hopes are that you had several of these guys, which led to several Fantasy titles!
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