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OK, now that you've had time to digest the top performers at each position in fantasy football this season, let's dish out the real hardware -- the MVFP (Most Valuable Fantasy Performer), LVFP (Least Valuable Fantasy Performer), Surprise Performer of the Year and the Rookie Impact Player of the Year awards.

In order to determine a winner for each award, I looked back at the season and thought about which players had the greatest impact on their team's performance. For the MVFP, it was positive impact. For the LVFP, it was how much they harmed the success of their team. In order to determine a surprise performer, I looked back at the pre-draft rankings and evaluated which players exceeded those predictions the most. I think the criteria for rookie impact player is pretty self-explanatory -- the rookie who made the biggest impact during the season.

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For each award, the winner's weekly statistics are listed, as well as a brief explanation on why I chose him for the award. The statistics and totals of fantasy points come from ESPN.com's scoring leaders.

So, let's head to the podium and begin announcing the awards ...

Rookie Impact Player of the Year: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

Week 1 vs. Atlanta – 163 total yards, 1 TD for 22 fantasy points

Week 2 at Detroit – 118 total yards for 11 fantasy points

Week 3 at Kansas City – 150 total yards, 1 TD, 1 fumble for 18 fantasy points

Week 4 vs. Green Bay – 118 total yards for 11 fantasy points

Week 5 – BYE

Week 6 at Chicago – 233 total yards, 3 TDs for 40 fantasy points

Week 7 at Dallas – 75 total yards, 1 TD, 1 fumble for 11 fantasy points

Week 8 vs. Philadelphia – 70 total yards for 7 fantasy points

Week 9 vs. San Diego – 315 total yards, 3 TDs, 1 fumble for 46 fantasy points

Week 10 at Green Bay – 59 total yards, 1 fumble for 5 fantasy points

Week 11 vs. Oakland – Did not play

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Week 12 at New York Giants – Did not play

Week 13 vs.Detroit – 126 total yards, 2 TDs for 24 fantasy points

Week 14 at San Francisco – 3 total yards for 0 fantasy points

Week 15 vs. Chicago – 95 total yards, 2 TDs for 20 fantasy points

Week 16 vs. Washington – 48 total yards for 4 fantasy points

Week 17 at Denver – 36 total yards for 3 fantasy points

TOTAL – 1,609 total yards, 13 TDs, 3 fumbles for 222 fantasy points

In the fantasy league in which I won the championship, Peterson was selected in the sixth round by the team that I ended up beating in the championship game. People who play fantasy football know that picking a running back in the sixth round is a lot like picking "Mr. Irrelevant" in the NFL draft – you make the pick as a huge gamble and don't expect to get much of a reward. The trend was no different in my league, as 28 different running backs were selected ahead of the former Oklahoma star. In fact, many forget that Chester Taylor was expected to be the featured back in the Minnesota offense, so Peterson probably went undrafted in a lot of leagues.

However, Peterson showed that he was ready to be the primary running back by carrying 238 times for 1,341 yards in 14 games. He even found time to break the single-game rushing record with 296 yards in Week 9 against San Diego. Despite an average draft position near 60th, Peterson finished tied for 12th in fantasy points for the season. Not only did Peterson carry the Vikings this year, he made a tremendous rookie impact in carrying a lot of fantasy teams across the nation.

Surprise Performer of the Year: Derek Anderson, Cleveland Browns

Week 1 vs. Pittsburgh – 184 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT for 7 fantasy points

Week 2 vs. Cincinnati – 328 passing yards, 5 TD, 1 INT for 31 fantasy points

Week 3 at Oakland – 248 passing yards, 1 TD, 2 INT for 16 fantasy points

Week 4 vs. Ravens – 204 passing yards, 2 TD, 1 INT for 14 fantasy points

Week 5 at New England – 287 passing yards, 2 TD, 3 INT for 13 fantasy points

Week 6 vs. Miami – 245 passing yards, 3 TD, 0 INT for 28 fantasy points

Week 7 – BYE

Week 8 at St. Louis – 248 passing yards, 3 TD, 0 INT for 21 fantasy points

Week 9 vs. Seattle – 364 passing yards, 0 TD, 1 INT for 16 fantasy points

Week 10 at Pittsburgh – 123 passing yards, 3 TD, 0 INT for 16 fantasy points

Week 11 at Ravens – 274 passing yards, 0 TD, 1 INT for 14 fantasy points

Week 12 vs. Houston – 253 passing yards, 2 TD, 1 INT for 16 fantasy points

Week 13 at Arizona – 304 passing yards, 2 TD, 2 INT for 15 fantasy points

Week 14 at New York Jets – 185 passing yards, 2 TD, 1 INT for 13 fantasy points

Week 15 vs. Buffalo – 137 passing yards, 0 TD, 0 INT for 5 fantasy points

Week 16 at Cincinnati – 251 passing yards, 2 TD, 4 INT for 10 fantasy points

Week 17 vs. San Francisco – 152 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT for 8 fantasy points

TOTAL – 3,787 passing yards, 29 TD, 19 INT for 243 fantasy points

If you thought Peterson's fantasy draft average was low, then take a look at Anderson. I bet the majority of fantasy owners didn't even know who Anderson was until he blew up for five touchdown passes in the second week against the Bengals. Well, that might have also had a lot to do with the fact that he began the season as the second quarterback on Cleveland's roster, wedged between starter Charlie Frye (who was promptly traded after a disastrous Week 1 performance) and the alleged savior of the franchise, Brady Quinn.

Going into the season, the talk in Cleveland was how long it would be until Quinn took over the controls of their offense. Luckily for those fantasy performers who were able to quickly grab him off the waiver wire, that event didn't happen this year. It remains to be seen if Cleveland will bring Anderson back next season, but one thing is certain for the quarterback in 2008 – he won't win this award again next year.

Least Valuable Fantasy Performer (LVFP): Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals

Week 1 vs. Ravens – 76 total yards for 7 fantasy points

Week 2 at Cleveland – 151 total yards, 1 TD, 1 fumble for 18 fantasy points

Week 3 at Seattle – 42 total yards for 3 fantasy points

Week 4 vs. New England – Did not play

Week 5 – BYE

Week 6 at Kansas City – 8 total yards for 0 fantasy points

Week 7 vs. New York Jets – Did not play

Week 8 vs. Pittsburgh – Did not play

Week 9 at Buffalo – 11 total yards for 1 fantasy point

Week 10 at Ravens – 48 total yards for 4 fantasy points

Week 11 vs. Arizona – 27 total yards for 2 fantasy points

Week 12 vs. Tennessee – 88 total yards, 1 TD, 1 fumble for 14 fantasy points

Week 13 at Pittsburgh – 34 total yards, 1 TD for 9 fantasy points

Week 14 vs. St. Louis – 93 total yards, 1 TD for 15 fantasy points

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Week 15 at San Francisco – 23 total yards for 1 fantasy point

Week 16 vs. Cleveland – Did not play

Week 17 at Miami – Did not play

TOTAL – 607 total yards, 4 TDs, 2 fumbles for 74 fantasy points

Johnson's average draft position ranged from 10th to 15th in most leagues. However, injuries slowed his season and he failed to even crack the top 200 in fantasy points. It should come as no surprise that the teams that drafted him in both of my leagues finished the season in dead last in the standings. I'm sure this was the case in a lot of the leagues across the country.

It doesn't get any better for Johnson either. Cincinnati's Kenny Watson has emerged as a dangerous running back and may seriously limit Johnson's carries in 2008. The fact that his future was also damaged by his 2007 performance helped to push Johnson ahead of Indianapolis wide receiver Marvin Harrison, who I selected in the third round and watched as he was on the inactive list almost every week.

Most Valuable Fantasy Performer (MVFP): Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Week 1 at New York Jets – 297 passing yards, 3 TD, 0 INT for 23 fantasy points

Week 2 vs. San Diego – 279 passing yards, 3 TD, 1 INT for 21 fantasy points

Week 3 vs. Buffalo – 311 passing yards, 4 TD, 0 INT for 26 fantasy points

Week 4 at Cincinnati – 231 passing yards, 3 TD, 1 INT for 19 fantasy points

Week 5 vs. Cleveland – 265 passing yards, 3 TD, 0 INT for 22 fantasy points

Week 6 at Dallas – 388 passing yards, 5 TD, 0 INT for 33 fantasy points

Week 7 at Miami – 354 passing yards, 6 TD, 0 INT for 38 fantasy points

Week 8 vs. Washington – 306 passing yards, 3 TD, 0 INT for 35 fantasy points

Week 9 at Indianapolis – 255 passing yards, 3 TD, 2 INT for 19 fantasy points

Week 10 – BYE

Week 11 at Buffalo – 373 passing yards, 5 TD, 0 INT for 34 fantasy points

Week 12 vs. Philadelphia – 380 passing yards, 1 TD, 0 INT for 20 fantasy points

Week 13 at Ravens – 257 passing yards, 2 TD, 1 INT for 17 fantasy points

Week 14 vs. Pittsburgh – 399 passing yards, 4 TD, 0 INT for 31 fantasy points

Week 15 vs. New York Jets – 140 passing yards, 0 TD, 1 INT for 3 fantasy points

Week 16 vs. Miami – 215 passing yards, 3 TD, 2 INT for 15 fantasy points

Week 17 at New York Giants – 356 passing yards, 2 TD, 0 INT for 22 fantasy points

TOTAL – 4,806 passing yards, 50 TD, 8 INT for 378 fantasy points

As I said in the post about the top performers at each position – was there really any other choice than Brady for this award? You can say what you want about the Patriots having all of the weapons on offense, but it is Brady who makes this team go. Without him, the Patriots definitely would not have finished this year undefeated and they may not have even made the playoffs. The same goes for fantasy football – without Brady, a lot of teams most likely would not have been playing for all of the bragging rights in the final weeks of the season.

The Patriots' offense helped many fantasy owners capture championships and all of those records make Brady the Most Valuable Fantasy Performer this season. Not only has he solidified his place among the greatest quarterbacks in the game, but he can now also be considered the top fantasy football quarterback of all-time. Yes, it's time for Peyton Manning to play bridesmaid again.

-Dean Jones Jr.

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