Top 5 Fantasy Football MVP Choices Through Week 6
The guy in the picture above (Aaron Rodgers)....is he one of the choices heading into week six?
I mean, his Green Bay Packers have their backs against the wall when facing the undefeated Houston Texans. His team needs to win to remain in the hunt for the NFC North. But the match-up doesn't favor Aaron Rodgers, especially knowing how stout the Texans are across the board, defensively.
And what about Tom Brady? Did he make the list?
Survey says nope. His Patriots are facing a tough test in the Seattle Seahawks. Despite the outcome, fans and analysts saw how well the Seattle defense played on Monday Night Football, limiting the Packers offense to 12 points. With that said, the belief is that Brady will have work for his points.
Nonetheless, this week's matchups were difficult to determine. When I mean difficult to determine, I mean as in what players have the advantage that fantasy owners can feast upon.
Much like Brady and Rodgers, other elite players don't necessarily have favorable match ups. As I've been attempting to set my lineups, I've never had to second guess as much in regards to my entire roster.
Usually, my rule of thumb is that if you're a great player, it doesn't matter. But sometimes, it actually does. Just ask Chris Johnson owners, or ask Adrian Peterson owners, who by the way, isn't performing awfully; he's just been struggling to get in the end zone.
Because these players are top five MVP choices, it should go without saying that they are must-starts as well.
Number 5: WR Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
WR Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions - Johnson, better known as 'MEGATRON,' kicks off this list at No. 5.
The Lions are coming off a bye, and their first game will be against the NFC East leading Philadelphia Eagles....on the road.
Detroit is off to a 1-3 start, which is last in the NFC North. This would be a statement game for Matthew Stafford and Co. Much like the Packers, with themselves having their backs against the wall, it'll be time to go back to basics.
The Lions reached the postseason last year because of an electric offense, or otherwise, Stafford to Johnson. Stafford should, and will, lean heavily on him in what will start to be do-or-die games.
Number 4: RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans
RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans - Foster has been everything fantasy owners have wanted out of him.
The Texans have become a run first offense, considering Foster has been receiving 25+ touches. With his increasing workload, owners have gotten no worse than 14 fantasy points from him.
The Packers defense will likely play inspired, which means they know Foster has to be contained. Will it matter? Probably not.
He's the classic case of a great player getting his no matter what team stands in his way.
Number 3: RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs - After a slow start to the season, Jamaal Charles has turned it up another notch.
Picking up from where he left off in 2010, Charles has performed like owners were expecting before last year's season-ending injury.
In his last three games, he has averaged 22.6 fantasy points for owners.
Quarterback Matt Cassel has been ruled out, which means Brady Quinn will start.
Quinn will certainly not be given the keys to have the green light for he hasn't thrown a regular season pass since 2009.
With knowing that, Charles will be in-line for an increased workload, as well as a another potential explosive performance, despite facing a top five ranked rush defense in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Number 2: WR A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
WR A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals - Green has been phenomenal this season.
He has scored in every game, with the exception of week one against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Bengals are facing the winless Cleveland Browns for the second and final time this year.
In the first meeting, QB Andy Dalton connected with Green for seven times and a touchdown.
The Browns are next-to-last in defending opposing fantasy receivers, allowing an average of 31.6 fantasy points.
So even if Green hadn't scored in the first meeting, it would be a pretty safe bet for it to happen this time around.
Number 1: QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons - The Falcons are one of two undefeated teams, and it's in large part due to this guy.
Matt Ryan is the league MVP for the first third of the season.
Their offense is explosive, knowing targets Roddy White, Julio Jones, and Tony Gonzalez can dominate secondaries like no other.
The Oakland Raiders are coming off games in which their defense was torched by Ben Roethlisberger and Peyton Manning.
With the way Ryan is throwing the football, why couldn't he?
And for what it's worth, the Raiders are 31st against opposing fantasy quarterbacks.