The 2007 Guru Awards

Even though the fantasy season is at an end in most cases (you can still sign up for our **Playoff Challenge**), we here at will continue to cover fantasy football 24.7. We'll have rank lists, keeper information, season reviews for all the fantasy positions, and of course, our Fantasy mailbag, so we'll be you're one stop for everything fantasy football.

Our first "off-season" feature is the 2007 Guru Awards for statistical excellence in fantasy football. So without further adieu, let's hand out some online hardware.

Fantasy MVP

Tom Brady, QB, New England: In what is the no brainer of all no brainers, Brady takes the title with his 4,450 passing yards and 50 total touchdowns in the 2007 fantasy season. Of course, he would also finish with 52 total scores and break Peyton Manning's record for touchdown passes with 50 in 16 starts. While I've always told owners to beware the "magical" season (Brady has little chance to reach such immense totals in 2008), the former sixth-round draft choice out of Michigan will no doubt be the top overall selection in countless fantasy drafts next season.

Runner-up: Tony Romo, QB, Dallas

Top fantasy sleeper

Derek Anderson, QB, Cleveland: Anderson started the season second on the depth chart in Cleveland to Charlie Frye, but he took over the top spot in Week 1 and never relinquished the role. He would finish the fantasy season with 3,635 passing yards and 31 total touchdowns, which are incredible numbers when you consider he was a preseason afterthought with rookie Brady Quinn looked upon as the Browns' franchise quarterback of the future. It will be interesting to see if he can duplicate such solid totals again, but Anderson will be seen as a top fantasy option in 2008.

Runner-up: Braylon Edwards, WR, Cleveland

Top fantasy rookie

Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota: Despite the fact that he missed time with an injured knee, Peterson recorded an incredible 1,305 rushing yards and 13 total touchdowns in the fantasy season. One of the most explosive runners to hit the NFL circuit in recent decades, A.P. was one of the main reasons the Vikes had a chance to reach the postseason. Should the team decide to trade veteran Chester Taylor in the offseason, Peterson could end up as the No. 1 overall selection in 2008 fantasy drafts. For now, he's a cinch top-three choice and a superstar across the board.

Runner-up: Marshawn Lynch, RB, Buffalo

Top fantasy quarterback

Tom Brady, New England: See above. Believe it or not, but Brady had the best fantasy football season ever in 2007, and he did it one season removed from what was the best fantasy football season ever. That of course was produced from LaDainian Tomlinson. The first time in his career, Brady had an offensive arsenal at his disposal that rivaled that of Peyton Manning, who has had Edgerrin James, Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne in his pro tenure. NFL fans should marvel at Brady, as he could be the best quarterback to ever grace the NFL gridiron.

Runner-up: Tony Romo, Dallas

Top fantasy running back

LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego: The consensus No. 1 overall selection in all 2007 fantasy drafts, Tomlinson started the season slow but turned it on down the stretch. He won his second consecutive rushing title and finished the fantasy season with 59 catches, 1,886 all-purpose yards and 17 total touchdowns. Tomlinson was also a points machine in the fantasy postseason, as he averaged 22.3 points on from Week 14-16. He'll be a top-three overall choice in all 2008 drafts and the most attractive running back on the board in almost all formats.

Runner-up: Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia

Top fantasy wide receiver

Randy Moss, New England: Moss returned to his one-time status as the top wide receiver in fantasy land, as he caught 92 passes for 1,393 yards and scored 21 touchdown in the fantasy season. The Marshall product would also smash Jerry Rice's record for touchdown catches in a season with 23, and his success led countless owners to a title. Much like Brady, it will be a difficult task for Moss to duplicate such extreme statistical season in 2008. However, that won't change the fact that he'll be the first wide receiver selected in almost off fantasy drafts.

Runner-up: Terrell Owens, Dallas

Fantasy tight end

Jason Witten, Dallas: Witten was devalued in all drafts after a 2006 season that saw him record one touchdown, but he exploded under new offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. He recorded an impressive 94 catches for 1,121 yards and seven touchdowns in the fantasy season and overtook Antonio Gates as the cream of the crop at the position. While I think Gates will remain the first tight end chosen in most 2008 drafts (even more so if Garrett leaves Dallas to become a head coach), but Witten has proved that he has the skills to be an elite option for fantasy owners.

Runner-up: Antonio Gates, San Diego

Top fantasy kicker

Mason Crosby, Green Bay: The Packers offense experienced a statistical resurrection due to effectiveness of Brett Favre and emergence of Ryan Grant and receivers like Greg Jennings, James Jones and Donald Lee. That was a real positive for Crosby, who came out of nowhere as a rookie to become the top kicker in fantasy football. Overall, Crosby converted on 29 of 37 field-goal attempts (78 percent) and 44 of 44 extra points in the fantasy season. It's impossible to predict kickers from season to season, but Crosby will be one of the top options at the position in 2008.

Runner-up: Nicholas Folk, Dallas

Top fantasy defense

New England Patriots With Brady and Moss on our list of the top fantasy performers of the season, it's evident that the Patriots offense found a ton of success. But the P-Men also produced on the defensive side of the football, as this unit recorded eight touchdowns, 46 sacks, 18 interceptions and 18 forced fumbles in the fantasy season. New England also allowed 239 points (tied for the fewest in the NFL) and 4,297 total yards allowed (fourth-fewest in NFL). This unit is a little old in spots, but the Pats will be one of the first units taken in all 2008 drafts.

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