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Thursday, 12 September 2013

TPL Weekly Awards - Week 1

That warm, fuzzy feeling inside is thanks to the NFL being back. Setting your fantasy lineups, making your eliminator picks, then settling down to a Sunday of action - it doesn't get much better than that. And with the start of the new season, here at TPL towers we've decided to launch some weekly awards, for the MVP, LVP (yeah, least valuable), and Offensive Lineman of the Week!

There were some great candidates for each award in Week 1, so take a look after the jump at the nominees and winners!

Most Valuable Player, Week 1: Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos
Also nominated: No-one, it's all Peyton

There really wasn't a lot of debate needed for this pick, Peyton was lights-out in the season opener against the Ravens, tossing 7 TDs and 462 yards driving the Broncos to a 49-27 win. Just about the only people not in awe of his performance were Ravens fans and fantasy owners playing against him in their week 1 match-ups. In a league that's becoming more and more focused on mobile QBs that are as dangerous with their legs as with their arms, it's good to see one of the all-time great pocket generals slinging it around and getting the job done. It'll be exciting to see if Peyton can keep this sort of pace up in week two as he takes on his baby brother in the Manning Bowl.

Least Valuable Player, Week 1: Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Also nominated: Brandon Weeden, Blaine Gabbert

They always say that one play can change a game, and boy did Lavonte David's crazy out of bounds hit on QB Geno Smith change the outcome of the Jets-Bucs matchup this week. 2 points up with mere seconds on the clock, David shoved Smith as he stepped out of bounds on a 10 yard scramble. The resulting 15 yard penalty pushed the Jets into field goal range, and Nick Folk duly provided the 48 yard game winning kick. It's a shame for David who hadn't had a bad game up until that point, picking off and sacking Geno earlier in the day. But that one hit that cost the Bucs the game leaves a real sour taste in the mouth...

Offensive Lineman of the Week, Week 1: Tyron Smith, LT, Dallas Cowboys
Also nominated: Eric Wood

Prime time football is never easy for an offensive lineman. Usually the only time the announcers will mention your name is if you've done something wrong. When you've got to line up opposite one of the premier young pass rushers in the NFL in front of 100,000 people, plus millions at home, there's always a good chance you're in for a long and lonely night. Not Tyron Smith. He seemed in complete control on SNF, completely neutralising any threat from Jason Pierre-Paul coming off the edge. Whilst much of the Cowboys OL was faltering alongside him - Doug Free getting pancaked and allowing the rib-shot to Romo, Mackenzy Bernadeau having his lunch money stolen by Justin Tuck - Smith stayed strong and drew repeated praise from Al and Cris in the booth. With rookie C Travis Frederick and newly acquired FA guard Brian Waters, this Dallas OL may be a much improved unit on the mess that was 2012. Smith will be a big part of that.

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