Rotoworld.com looks at the best and worst of this year's fantasy waiver wire...
The "Waiver Wired MVP" Award, the "Successful Hype Train" Award, and the "Outhouse to the Penthouse" Award
All go to … Michael Vick, Eagles - Way back in Week 1, before the season started, Vick was recommended as the ideal roster stash because he was the player most likely to become a "weekly asset" if given the opportunity. By Week 2, it was clear that Vick had regained the electric playmaking ability so evident early in his career. I urged all quarterback-needy owners to eschew Brandon Jackson and "pounce on" a difference-making Vick instead. How valuable has Vick been? Non-scientific evidence suggests the majority of his owners are in the Week 16 finals, perhaps still hanging on for Tuesday night's results. The numbers back it up, too. Vick's 29.7 fantasy points per week are 4.7 more than second-place Aaron Rodgers' 25.0.
The "Where Was His Hype Train?" Award
Goes to … Peyton Hillis, Browns - The Albino Rhino was a recommended pickup in Weeks 1 and 2, but who saw his second-place fantasy finish coming? Though he failed to score in the fantasy playoffs, Hillis piled up 13 touchdowns in the first 12 games of the season while finishing fourth among running backs with 60 receptions.
The "Missed the Boat" Award
Goes to ... Brandon Lloyd, Broncos - It's not that I ignored Lloyd early in the season. He made the waiver list, but I couldn't have whiffed harder in pointing out that he had always been an immature, unreliable, injury-prone tease. Lloyd responded by leading the NFL in receiving yards while placing second in receiver fantasy points.