Sidney Rice - fantasy football stud in 2009 with Favre - retires
Sidney Rice may have been AWOL the last four seasons, but 2009 was special for fantasy football owners.
If Sidney Rice ever reaches for a bottle of wine during retirement, it'll probably be from 2009.
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By Ryan Fowler
Remember Brett Favre's last season? No, not the crappy 2010 campaign. Do you remember his last gunslingin' season in 2009 when he finished with 4,200 passing yards, 33 touchdowns and only seven interceptions with the Vikings?
Fantasy football owners turned Lombardi and asked "What the hell was going on out there!?" But more times than not, the answer wasn't "what," but "who" mattered in Favre's eyes. Sidney Rice became a fantasy football sensation as the season evolved and joined Sterling Sharpe and Robert Brooks as Favre's go-to guy. Granted, Visanthe Shiancoe in the red zone was popular too (11 TD), but let's shine the light on the recently retired wide receiver for a few more paragraphs.
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Rice finished with 83 receptions (led team) for 1,312 yards (led team by more than 500 yards), averaged 15.8 YPR (led team) with 19 receptions of 20-plus yards (led team) with eight touchdowns plus four more scores in two playoff games. He finished with five games where he racked up more than 100 receiving yards with one of those eclipsing 200. It was awesome and memorable because, as is usually the case, he was on two of my teams via a waiver claim for the ages. According to Fantasy Football Calculator data, Rice's ADP (average draft position) was WR68 and Round 14 that season.
Although his fantasy football resume in the seasons that followed failed to live up to the high ceiling he (and Favre) set due to concussions and knee injuries, Rice's 2009 fantasy campaign was a fun tale to pay homage to in the whacky world of fantasy football lore.