Oh what a year we witnessed from the two dueling it out in Super Bowl 46 in Indy. We saw â€œEliteâ€ Eli emerge from the enormous shadow of his big brother Cooper, I mean, Peyton to throw for 4933 yards, topping the 300-yard mark for half a season. Meanwhile his counterpart, Tom Brady was one of 3 quarterbacks to top the 5,000-yard mark this season on his way to 5,235 yards, 39 touchdowns and 12 INTs. If it werenâ€™t for a couple of other guys which will remain nameless, Brady easily couldâ€™ve cruised to another MVP. When this Super Bowl is won or lost, it will likely be that one of these two was a major factor.
Oh but the QBs canâ€™t take all of the credit for getting the teams here, someone had to catch it and in New Englandâ€™s case, they caught it at a record pace. Rob Gronkowski turned in the best statistical season ever seen by a tight end with 1,327 receiving yards and 17, yes 17!, touchdowns. Good luck trying to grab him as a sleeper in 2012, wonâ€™t happen. As if thatâ€™s not enough stats alone, those that grabbed Wes Welker in the 4th-5th round were delighted to see him account for 1,569 yards and 9 TDs, easily the best totals of his career. And then thereâ€™s Ochocinco! Waitâ€¦he didnâ€™t do much? Oh. Moving on.
On the other side, those grabbing Hakeem Nicks high after his monstrous 2010 campaign were left wanting more as Nicks dealt with off and on injuries throughout the season. Even with that said, nicks turned in 1,192 yards and 7 TDs, a very respectable year by most standards, just not enough to warrant his draft position. But where there are valleys, there is salsa dancing. Waitâ€¦ignore that. Victor Cruz made some waiver owners happy this year by possibly being the best free agent pickup of the year. Cruz danced his way to 1,536 yards and 9 TDs, even with playing very sparingly in the 1st two weeks of the year. Heâ€™s also skyrocketed up draft boards for next year, warranting a selection for some brave owners as early as the 2nd round. Heâ€™s hoping his contract sees the same kind of raise!
Fantasy Football Life hopes you had a successful, championship season in 2011 and enjoy the Super Bowl.