It’s always a bit of a let-down to realize just how quickly the NFL season passes. Months and months of buildup are followed by a short-lived whirlwind of actual football. The calendar has turned to a New Year, your favorite team’s playoff dreams are being dashed left and right, and the fantasy playoffs are a fading memory. This year we thought we’d go ahead and take a hard look at our annual predictions series. We’ll see who was very right, who was very wrong, and try to pick a true winner for each category. Here are the categories we tackled:
- Fantasy MVP
- Fantasy Rookie of the Year
- Sleeper Rookie of the Year (outside our top 24)
- Bust of the Year
- Fantasy Sleeper
- Best Dynasty Buy
- Best Dynasty Sell
- Fantasy Comeback Player of the Year
We’ll continue our retrospective by taking a look at our picks for the (Non Obvious) Fantasy Rookie of the Year. A quick note on the category from the original piece:
“We typically have a category for “Rookie of the Year,” but I really didn’t want to bring you an article with 15 of our writers talking about Saquon Barkley. Instead, the directive was to choose any Rookie of the Year other than Saquon.”
On to the retrospective!
Calvin Ridley, WR ATL
It’s hard to feel great about any of the rookie campaigns outside of Barkley’s. It seems as though most offer low ceilings and the rest offer low floors, so you could take a couple of players here. I’ll go with Ridley. He was my WR1 entering the draft, is deftly polished in every facet of the game, and will play in an ecosystem that hopefully boosts his value, rather than subtracting it — which I fear for players like D.J. Moore and Nick Chubb. – Stephen Gill
It’s no secret that I was a big fan of Calvin Ridley. I loved his route running, and I thought his skills could translate quickly, especially with a strong offense around him like Atlanta. It seems Stephen was in the same frame of mind, and picked Ridley here for similar reasons. While Ridley did disappear at times in his rookie year, as young players often do, he also put up some big stat lines. Sadly, not a ton of people started Ridley for his 40-point effort in week three, but they sure started him after that.