Top 5 Fantasy Football MVP Choices Through Week 7
Remember how I didn't include Aaron Rodgers as a candidate for Fantasy MVP last week? That didn't go so well.
In a 42-24 route, he threw six touchdown passes, good for 38 fantasy points - which was the most for anybody that week. In fact, three of Rodgers' touchdown passes went to Jordy Nelson, who also played big for his owners by racking up 30 fantasy points - fourth highest total of the week.
The runner-up was an unexpected surprise.
If anybody had still faith in starting Jets RB Shonn Greene, then it finally paid dividends.
In what was easily the best performance of his career, Greene carried the shoulder of the load against the Colts, rushing for 161 yards and three touchdowns. His owners received 34 points for his efforts. If I'm a Greene owner, it's a safe bet that his owners are thinking they got lucky, and rightfully so as he won't repeat this again.
Robert Griffin III played the Vikings like he never had a concussion, dominating with his legs, rushing for two touchdowns on 138 yards. For his performance, owners received 34 points.
And with what looked to be A.J. Green's spot, the second half resurgence of the Denver Broncos defense valuted them into the top five, with their 28 point outbreak.
The Broncos forced four interceptions and two forced fumbles. With those six turnovers, the Broncos scored on two of them. What a sequence of events that game turned out to be.
So, without further ado, will these individual performances carry over enough to include them in this week's list?
Number 5: QB Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
QB Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins - Perhaps this isn't the best match-up for Griffin III, but let's face it, with knowing what the Giants front four can do, he's going to be running for his life.
Why is that a good thing? Well, it's because he gets a majority of his owners' fantasy points by scrambling, and he'll continue to be included in this list if he continues doing so.
The Giants run and pass defense is solid in fantasy rankings, so don't be surprised if he doesn't have a prototypical RG3 performance, but considering the circumstances he dealt with last week, I would not bet against him again. The man is a bona fide game-changer.
Number 4: WR Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Cruz has unquestionably been Eli Manning's favorite target, especially in the last three games - catching five touchdowns.
Hakeem Nicks is likely to return, meaning Cruz could lose targets; after all, he does lead the NFL in targets coming into Week 7.
However, Manning could determine a solution for both to be involved. It wouldn't be the first time he has done so. Besides, the Skins secondary will allow Manning to have lead-way, giving him the luxury to target different receivers.
Number 3: RB Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
RB Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans - If the picture doesn't show it, then it should be known that Johnson has had a down year, so far.
The elusive back has had games where he has struggled to get beyond 30 rushing yards. But in the last three weeks or so, Johnson is beginning to demonstrate that he still has a pulse.
The Bills have been very courteous to Johnson, allowing him, in two career games, to amass a total of 389 yards and four touchdowns.
Look for him to give owners shades of his magical 2009 season.
Number 2: QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints - You know, it's probably not far-fetched to say that Brees should be a candidate on this list, every week. All the Saints do is pass. Owners wouldn't have to second-guess.
The Saints are facing a divisional opponent (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) who's defense has been great against the run. But as mentioned, the Saints running the ball is like asking Gilbert Gottfried to speak normally.
The Bucs allow 312 pass yards per game, second most in the NFL. He threw for 383 last meeting, which was in Tampa. Expect Brees to be a contender for the Week 7 MVP.
Number 1: QB Eli Manning, New York Giants
Why? Well, once again, this secondary is flawed. I remember mentioning how Christian Ponder could have a career game before he faced the Skins a week ago, and he did. Ponder threw for a career high 352 yards and two touchdowns.
Therefore, it should be concluded that owners shouldn't be surprised if Manning throws for 400 yards. It is known that he loves to take chances and sling it deep for big plays - something he could certainly get away with against this defense. Plus, it is a divisional game. The bigger the game, the better Manning plays.