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The Fantasy Awards

I have to admit that one of my biggest guilty pleasures is award shows. The Oscars, Emmys, Tony Awards and more.

I eat them up like opposing defenses eat up Geno Smith pass attempts, sorry Jets’ fans but I can tease you now without feeling too bad because you are winning these days.

The Fantasys are the awards given out to those who stand out above their peers in the following categories: Best Player, Best Supporting Player and Best Breakout Player. Of course, an awards show would not be worth its weight if it did not have an “In Memorandum” piece. The Fantasys will not disappoint, we have one of those as well.

So in the words of one of Fantasy Football’s all-time great players, Terrell Owens, “Get your popcorn ready!” it’s time for the Fantasys.

In typical award show fashion we will start with the lower awards and build up to the biggest throughout the night. The players nominated all come from the waiver wires and should be considered as players to pick up if you need the help. So with no further ado, we present the nominees for Best Breakout Player.

The Best Breakout Player award is given to the player whose great play in their last match up came as the biggest shock to the rest of the football world.

And the nominees are:

Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns, Wide Receiver

After a two game suspension Gordon made his first start of the season with back-up QB Brian Hoyer at the helm and no Trent Richardson in the Browns backfield. Gordon came out and delivered the performance of a lifetime with 10 catches on 19 targets for 146 yards and a touchdown. Welcome back Gordon.

Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans, Quarterback

Having two previous bad outings most had considered him a lost cause. Locker came out on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers and completed 23-of-37 passes for 299 yards and a touchdown not to mention he had five carries for 68 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.

This true breakout week for locker might prove his last for a while as he gets the
Jets, Chiefs, Seahawks, 49ers and then a bye in the next five weeks but there is no doubting his breakout performance this week.

Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns, Quarterback

Though he had three interceptions, Hoyer completed 30-of-54 passes for 321 yards, with three touchdowns providing us with a stunning breakout performance while making his first start for the Browns after Brandon Weeden went down with a thumb injury that could keep him out for a couple more weeks.

His performance was so good that rumors have already started that point to him playing even when Brandon Weeden returns. After seeing his rhythm in the offense and with Josh Gordon we wouldn’t be surprised.

Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks, Wide Receiver

It’s always nice seeing a player with potential reach it. On Sunday, Rice had five receptions on seven targets for 79 yards and two touchdowns.

With his size and ability this should be the norm for Rice but he had yet to put up respectable numbers in either of his previous games this year. His owners should be happy to see this sort of play out of him but should keep in mind that Seattle is first and foremost a running team.

Donnie Avery, Kansas City, Wide Receiver

Some divas shine brightest on the biggest stage. On a Thursday night game when they had every football fan to themselves, Avery caught seven passes on seven targets for 141 yards. Getting open often and making good moves after many of his catches, Avery looked like a superstar.

Though Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe should draw more touches and targets than Avery, he will continue to be a big part of this offense.

And the Best Breakout Player is…

Brian HoyerNot only are you the only one of those nominated that completely came out of the blue you already have stirred up a quarterback controversy in your first week. Well done!

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