It's hard to single out an MVP, not just because I play in a boatload of leagues, but because I've had a few star-studded lineups and a lot of players have stepped up in such a big way too. Here are my fantasy awards:
Most Valuable Player: David Ortiz
He's been a driving force in two of my three H2H league championship teams all year long.
(Honorable Mention: Carlos Beltran)
2006 Cy Young: Roy Halladay
I had him in three of my leagues, including the 20-team H2HWS California. He was my most consistent ace all year, even if I was always meaning to dump him off for a big bat. I wound up trading Halladay for Vernon Wells at the trade deadline, a few weeks before he was sidelined for the year. That trade didn't do me much good in the end...because I coughed up now-red-hot Raul Ibanez on the side for Jose Contreras.
(Honorable Mention: Johan Santana
2006 Rookie of the Year: Cole Hamels
My best move in H2HWS California by far was picking up Hamels off the WW. I stayed patient with him through the downtrodden times and he was a pivotal player down the stretch for me.
(Honorable Mention: Justin Verlander)
2006 Best Pickup: Hanley Ramirez
Hands down, my favorite pickup in my roto league. I picked up Hanley three days into the season and never let go. He carried me to a top 5 finish in SB's on a team originally drafted without a primary basestealer. A big reason why I locked up my roto title.
(Honorable Mention: Justin Morneau)
2006 Best Draft Steal: Matt Holliday
He was my favorite draft bargain this year, as I had him on three teams. On two, I had dealt him for a handsome return (one that included for Teixeira and Peavy). However, on the team I've retained him on is romping its way to the championship. Where did I get him? Well, he went as late as Round 10, Pick 9.
(Honorable Mention: Scott Kazmir, Jeremy Bonderman, Justin Verlander, Francisco Liriano)
2006 Best Trade: Carlos Beltran, Roy Halladay, and Richie Sexson for Jim Thome, Nick Swisher, Javier Vazquez
I've turned in a lot of great deals this season, but when I got Beltran, Halladay, and Sexson, it was smooth sailing into the playoffs, from a fringe team into a first-round bye team into a championship team.
(Honorable Mention: Aramis Ramirez for Todd Helton)
2006 Worst Trade: None to speak of
2006 Finals MVP: Nomar Garciaparra
I'm not speaking this out of bias, but as my H2HWS California team has struggled offensively, Nomar has been one of the key contributors in keeping me afloat in contending for my offensive numbers. I could put down Andruw Jones, Matt Holliday, and Mark Teixeira, but Nomar posted a walkoff HR to sink the Pads, a walkoff grand slam to take down the D'Backs last Sunday, and a 2-run shot in a romp over the Rockies...all this while playing with two or three nagging, painful injuries. He surely helped my Dodgers and my fantasy team out the last couple of weeks.
(Honorable Mention: Richie Sexson - another big help in H2HWS California)