Who were the top local fantasy players this fall?

  • Mahar quarterback Sam Paul (7) throws down field against Franklin Tech in the second half on Sunday, Oct. 28, in Turners Falls. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Above, Mahar’s Sam Paul led area quarterbacks in fantasy points this season. He not only passed for more than 1,000 yards, but his rushing numbers (412 yards and nine TDs) are what pushed him over the top of some stiff competition. Below, Turners Falls quarterback led the area in passing yards with 1,247 this fall and also passed for 12 touchdowns to finish second in fantasy points at his position. RECORDER File photos/DAN LITTLE

  • Above, Frontier’s Aaron Landry was the top fantasy performer among area running backs after rushing for 1,355 yards and 19 touchdowns, as well as catching a pair of touchdowns this fall. That helped him narrowly edge backfield mate Stephen Worthley who rushed for 1,330 yards and 19 touchdowns. Below, Turners Falls wide receiver Jaden Whiting (left) was the top fantasy pass catcher in the area this season. He is shown hauling in a pass over Greenfield defensive back Owen Phelps, who was the third-best fantasy quarterback this fall. Recorder File photos

  • Frontier 28 Aaron Landry drops this pass Friday night in Deerfield. October 20, 2017. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Turners Falls' Jaden Whiting (8) brings in a 50-yard reception over Greenfield's Owen Phelps (10) in the third quarter on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 in Turners Falls. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Turners Falls receiver Jaden Whiting (8) extends for a first down catch in the third quarter against Franklin Tech on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 in Turners Falls. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Turners Falls quarterback Kyle Dodge (12) drops back for a pass in the third quarter against Greenfield on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 in Turners Falls. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

Recorder Staff
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Throughout the football season, the Recorder sports department put together a weekly Facebook Live show called ‘The Fumble,’ which previewed each week’s games and added analysis on the impending matchups.

A big part of that weekly program was a fantasy football segment for the local high school teams. Throughout the season, players from the pool of eight schools were picked as the sports department went head-to-head for bragging rights.

With the season wrapping up on Thanksgiving, the final fantasy results offered an interesting picture into the 2017 campaign. Here’s a look at the top fantasy players at each position (scoring was done with a combination of yards, touchdowns, catches, etc.).


Let’s start with the signal callers, as the area had an impressive collection of QBs this fall, including a pair of 1,000-yard passers.

Points for quarterbacks were accumulated for passing yards and touchdowns, while negative points were given for interceptions. Rushing yards and touchdowns were also taken into account for the quarterback.

1. Sam Paul, Mahar (257.7 points)

In regards to fantasy, Mahar Regional School senior Sam Paul led the Recorder-area in points this season with 257.7. It was a big offensive season for Paul, who threw for 1,165 yards and 9 touchdowns to just four INTs. 

Paul’s rushing attack was what set him apart from the pack, however. He ran for a position-high 412 yards and nine TDs on the ground, leading to the high total.

2. Kyle Dodge, Turners Falls (196 points)

The junior threw for an area-high 1,247 yards this fall, and also led the pack with 12 passing touchdowns in what wound up being an outstanding season. After a slow start, Dodge came on down the stretch and really balanced the Powertown offense with an efficient passing game that saw him throw just two interceptions all season.

3. Owen Phelps, Greenfield (133.9 points)

The Green Wave junior QB passed for 823 yards and 9 touchdowns this season to go with seven INTs. Phelps also had a pair of rushing scores as Greenfield capped its season with a win on Thanksgiving where he threw a touchdown and took home MVP honors.

4. Seth Aldrich, FC Tech (119.9 points)

The senior threw for a pair of touchdowns on Turkey Day to give him six for the season. That, along with 773 yards through the air and eight INTs, puts him fourth on the list of QB fantasy scoring this season. Aldrich added three rushing touchdowns.

5. Scott Perlberg, Pioneer (113.7 points)

An injury late in the season slowed the senior, but he still threw for 856 yards, third-best in the area. Perlberg tossed seven touchdowns to 11 INTs, and he added a rushing touchdown to get him into the top five, just ahead of Frontier Regional School’s Matt Hildreth.

Running backs

1. Aaron Landry, Frontier (286.1 points)

In what wound up being a battle between teammates for the top spot, Frontier senior tailback Aaron Landry took home the top running back fantasy spot with 286.1 points this season. Landry ran for 1,355 yards and 19 touchdowns this year, and added two receiving touchdowns to push him into the top spot.

2. Stephen Worthley, Frontier (264.2 points)

The fellow Frontier senior also ran for 19 touchdowns and went for 1,330 yards on the ground this season. Worthley added 72 yards and a receiving touchdown, as he finished in the No. 2 spot just behind Landry.

3. Wyatt Keith, Pioneer (260.4 points)

After bursting onto the scene a few games into the season, the junior tailback exploded for 18 rushing touchdowns and 1,102 yards. Keith scored three TDs and went for over 200 yards on Turkey Day to break the 1,000-yard mark. He was a steady contributor in the receiving game as well, hauling in 242 yards and a touchdown.

4. RJ Byrd, Greenfield (247.8 points)

The leading rusher in the Recorder-area this fall, Byrd ran for 1,578 yards and 15 touchdowns in a stellar junior campaign. He could’ve challenged for the top spot had he not missed a game due to injury. Byrd’s big season came solely on the ground, as he amassed a rushing average of 6.8 yards per carry while not figuring into the receiving game out of the backfield.

5. Robbie Nelson, Athol (224.1 points)

Rounding out the top five, Nelson came on strong down the stretch to finish with 224.1 points. He ran for 907 yards and 15 touchdowns, while adding three receiving touchdowns as his team’s leading receiver with 12 catches.

Rest of top 10: 6. Spencer Telega, FC Tech (193.5), 7. John Gariepy, Mahar (190.6), 8. Bailey Young (172.8), 9. Jordan Grenier, Mohawk (162.3), 10. Bryce Dobosz, Frontier (122.3).

Wide receivers

1. Jaden Whiting, Turners Falls (108.8 points)

The sophomore takes the top prize in the wide receiver category this season after hauling in 19 catches for 414 yards. Both totals were good enough for second overall in their respective categories throughout the Recorder-area, and Whiting also for 124 yards and a touchdown to help pad the total.

2. Danny Vega, Greenfield (107.5 points)

Vega caught an area-high 22 passes this season, amassing 403 yards and five touchdowns through the air as Phelps’ No. 1 target. Vega also threw for a touchdown on Thanksgiving for some extra points, and he ran for 54 yards this season.

3. Andy Craver, Turners Falls (99.3 points)

With Dodge posting a big season, Turners Falls had two players in the top 3 for fantasy purposes, with Craver checking in at No. 3.

Craver caught 16 passes for 429 yards and five touchdowns, putting him safely into the third spot overall.

4. Karl Wheeler, Pioneer (71.9 points)

Perlberg’s top receiver this season, Wheeler finished with a team-high 16 receptions, tying him with Craver for third-best in the area. Wheeler totaled 319 yards and caught four touchdowns passes on the year.

5. Jared Bergmann, FC Tech (63 points)

Rounding out the top 5 was the junior receiver, who did a little bit of everything for the Eagles this fall. Bergmann, who aided the rushing attack with a touchdown on the ground, caught 13 passes for 293 yards and a touchdown.