Griffin's cannonball splash sent ripples through the fantasy community. (USAT)
Expect the unexpected. For those that followed the timeless phrase and invested in a rookie quarterback in 2012, chances are they, at the very least, punched a playoff ticket. Carrying on the work started by Cam Newton and Andy Dalton last year, RGIII, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson continued to erase negative stigmas attached to first-year passers. Their success speaks to the position's overall depth and scope. In terms of yards per game (232.8), 2012 was the most prolific passing season in NFL history. No surprise, 15 signal callers averaged at least 20 fantasy points per game, a new century-high. Below is our recap of this season's QB flames and lames with a quick look at what notable names could bring rags or riches in 2013. Ring out the old, ring in the new.
Who is most deserving of MVP honors?
Andy – CAM NEWTON. For me, the fantasy MVP question isn't simply about the numbers, but when you delivered 'em. Cam was a monster down the stretch, in the most important weeks of the fantasy season. Check the scoring leaders from Weeks 12-14; he finished first, second, then first again
Brad – CAM NEWTON. Everyone raked him over the coals after a brief midseason downturn, but the disdain was only temporary. His 30.5 points per game output in traditional formats blazed a trail to the trophy for his fortunate owners.
Brandon – ROBERT GRIFFIN III. RG3 has to be the MVP given his ROI (No. 12 QB drafted, No. 1 in fantasy PPG through Week 15), but it was tough for me to award a QB MVP to a player that missed Week 15 with injury and had two of his lowest scoring weeks leading up to that.
Dalton – ROBERT GRIFFIN III. Comparing his value to his draft day price tag, this seems like close to a no-brainer. RG3 missed the crucial Week 15 due to injury, but he carried many of his fantasy owners that far. Factoring in his rushing stats, his passing production was equivalent to 4,604 yards and 29 touchdowns - in 14 games. He also had a 66.4 completion percentage while getting 8.3 YPA as a rookie, but he was MVP regardless of tenure.
Scott – I'm not getting swayed by the late Newton run; he was outscored (slightly) by other quarterbacks in all of my leagues, and he certainly wasn't as consistent as other brand names. What good is a monster playoff run if your team doesn't make the tournament to begin with? I'll go with AARON RODGERS on the hardware, but if you prefer a Brady, Brees or Manning (no need to ask which one), I will not quibble. I am not a quibbler.
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