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The best in the business of fantasy football this season.
It’s fantasy football Super Bowl time. This week, the majority of leagues across the country will crown a champion who will win bragging rights, trophies, a few dollars, a trip to Vegas, who knows? And while every league is different, there are several key players acquired throughout the season who push a contender over the top, regardless of scoring, league size or any other variable.
With that in mind, here’s a look at this year’s best fantasy stars — with a mix of high-rounders who lived up to expectations, longshots who panned out and undrafted All-Pros who helped make up for a few expensive, high-pick busts.
QB – Peyton Manning, Broncos
Obviously, Manning wasn’t the fantasy risk in 2013 that he was in 2012, when he was fresh off four neck surgeries and playing for a new team. But the Manning faithful have been rewarded with his best statistical season yet (4,811 yards, 47 TDs).
QB – Nick Foles, Eagles
A waiver wire goldmine, Foles has thrown 23 TDs and just two INTs in just eight starts in place of the injured Michael Vick.
RB – LeSean McCoy, Eagles
“Shady” has bounced back from an injury-riddled 2012 season and thriving in Chip Kelly’s new-look Philly offense — with a league-leading 1,343 rush yards, 507 receiving yards and eight total TDs.
RB – Eddie Lacy, Packers
The rookie out of Alabama got off to a slow start, with 51 yards through the first three games. But he’s been a beast since, with 977 yards and seven TDs in the last 11 games.
WR – Josh Gordon, Browns
Those who stashed away Gordon during his two-game suspension have been rewarded with an NFL-best 1,467 yards and nine TDs.
WR – Alshon Jeffery, Bears
Teammate Brandon Marshall was the early-round pick, but Jeffery has been a second-year sensation, with 1,265 yards and seven TD grabs.
WR – Eric Decker, Broncos
Manning’s WR3 in Denver has been a fringe WR1 in fantasy, with 1,130 yards and eight TDs.
TE – Jimmy Graham, Saints
Drew Brees’ red zone target has scored in nine games, with five multi-TD contests to his credit.
K – Justin Tucker, Ravens
A recent fantasy football playoff hero with six FGs — including two from 50-plus yards — in Week 15.
DEF – Seattle Seahawks
The Legion of Boom has held six opponents to 10 or fewer points.