Boy, is this Player of the Year pick a surprise ... not.
Drum roll, please.
My choice for the 2007 fantasy football MVP is … QB Tom Brady.
No suspense there, huh? Brady, who’s thrown for a career-high 4,450 yards, has 48 touchdown passes and needs just two more to surpass Peyton Manning’s all-time season mark of 49, set in 2004. Brady and his bunch set or tied 36 NFL records this season.
Here is my 2007 fantasy all-star squad.
QB – Tom Brady, New England – Any questions?
RB – LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego – Came on after a slow start this season.
RB – Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia – Quietly had a solid season with 2,005 total yards and 12 TDs.
WR – T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cincinnati – The best Bengal WR for the second straight year.
WR – Randy Moss, New England – Led all receivers with 1,393 yards and 21 TDs.
TE – Jason Witten, Dallas – Tony Romo’s favorite target with 94 receptions and 7 TDs.
DEF – Minnesota – Six defensive TDs beats the Giants, Cardinals and Patriots.
K – Mason Crosby, Green Bay – Rookie kicker led NFL in scoring with 131 points.
Rookie of the Year – Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota – Will be a top three pick next year.
Bust of the Year – Rudi Johnson, RB, Cincinnati – The only player more disappointing than RB Steven Jackson.
Comeback Player of the Year – Randy Moss, WR, New England – Has 50 more catches and 18 more TDs than last year in Oakland.
Surprise of the Year – Ryan Grant, RB, Green Bay – Could finish with 1,000 yards rushing after starting just seven games.
Running backs dominate 2008 mock draft
Owners with the first overall pick will have a tough choice to make next summer. The running back position will be so deep that Steven Jackson and Larry Johnson may be late first-round picks.
LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, San Diego
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota
Tom Brady, QB, New England
Brian Westbrook, RB, Philadelphia
Randy Moss, WR, New England
Willie Parker, RB, Pittsburgh
Joseph Addai, RB, Indianapolis
Larry Johnson, RB, Kansas City
Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis
Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis
Ryan Grant, RB, Green Bay
Marion Barber, RB, Dallas
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Buffalo
Willis McGahee, RB, Baltimore
Clinton Portis, RB, Washington
Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Cincinnati
Brandon Jacobs, RB, New York Giants
Fred Taylor, RB, Jacksonville
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas
Who is the one pick in the draft next season, and why?
“LaDainian Tomlinson has to be the No. 1 pick again next year,” e-mailed Matt Stacionis of West Dundee. “After a bad start to this year, L.T. proved he is who we thought he was.”
“I would take either Tom Brady or Peyton Manning,” e-mailed Mark Probasco of Belvidere. “I do not believe in taking backs high in the draft because they get injured so often. Give it a few weeks with injuries and you can pick up a free agent running back to fill your number two or three spot.”
“Instead of jumping on the bandwagon picking the previous year’s stud, I will pick a proven solid producer like Fred Taylor of Jacksonville or Frank Gore of the 49ers,” e-mailed Dennis Nelson of Rockford. “Even though they usually don’t put up big numbers, you can count on them for the long haul.”
If you haven’t had enough fantasy football this season, NFL.com can help. The Web site is hosting a contest called the NFL.com Playoff Challenge.
Team owners can pick a team of eight players that will compete in the NFL playoffs. The contest is free and could earn one lucky winner a trip to the Super Bowl. To register, visit www.NFL.com/playoffchallenge.
That’s a wrap
Another fantasy season has come and gone. A big thanks to the many readers for the comments and e-mails. Enjoy the offseason. Work on that honey-do list. Re-learn the names of your kids. Volunteer your time to a worthwhile charity. I’ll be back in eight months.
Paul Anthony Arco is the fantasy football columnist for the Rockford Register Star. Email questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.