The Race To Fantasy Football MVP: Week 8
Don't get too down in the dumps Chris Johnson fantasy owners, cause he was the fantasy MVP for week 7.
Sometimes, all it takes is to have a remedy prepared for sickness, and that's what the Bills were to CJ last Sunday. In just only two appearances, Johnson has owned the Bills, so it wasn't a surprise to see him perform the way he did. He finished the game with 195 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns - his first two of the season. His performance earned owners 31 points. The Colts are 29th against opposing fantasy running backs. Look for his good fortune to continue.
Drew Brees and Josh Freeman were tied for the runner-up spot, with 29 fantasy points, and go figure, they faced each other. Brees put up his usual passing statistics; that was to be expected. Quite frankly, Freeman's numbers weren't shocking either. The Saints, across the board, are just that defensively challenged.
I just mentioned the Saints defense being that abysmal, because coming in fourth was Bucs WR Vincent Jackson. Jackson could not be contained, even with his calf injury. He caught seven passes for a career high 216 yards and a touchdown. That was good for 27 fantasy points.
And finally, Aaron Rodgers cracked the top five with his 25-point fantasy effort against the Rams. This was business as usual for him.
Now that it's half-way through the regular season, let's take a look at the first power rankings for the Race to the Fantasy Football MVP.
Number 5: QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers - If this were early in the season, Rodgers would be nowhere near this list. But in the last four games, he has picked up from where he left off last season. Rodgers has scored 27, 24, 38, 25, which is good for an average of 28.5 fantasy points in those last four match ups.
Rodgers should have no issues containing his pace against the Jaguars, but the Week 9 match-up against the Cardinals could be intriguing. The only real challenge he has left on the regular season schedule is the NFC North rival Chicago Bears. So in essence, he still has a shot to, at least, claim back-to-back Fantasy Football MVPs.
Number 4: D/ST, Chicago Bears
D/ST, Chicago Bears - For a defense to be averaging 17.7 fantasy points a week is unheard of, and that's simply dominant. They are about the equivalence of starting a quarterback.
This Bears D is ranked ninth overall in fantasy points per game. Ninth overall. Even more unheard of considering I don't think the 49ers were ranked that well dating back to last season, and that defense was considered one of the best that experts have seen in quite awhile. They will be feasting upon a struggling Cam Newton, for their next opponent. The Bears next real test won't be till Houston comes to town in week 10.
Number 3: RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans
RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans - Foster has scored a touchdown in every game this season. He already has nine rushing touchdowns in seven games. Some may frown upon his less-than-stellar 3.9 yards per carry, but when a player finds the end zone as often as he has, it doesn't matter.
The Texans are on a bye week, but in week 9, the Bills come to down. Their run defense has been atrocious all year long. Foster will probably have moved up the ladder once week 10 arrives. As a matter of fact, Foster is a legit candidate for the double-dip, meaning win the Fantasy Football and League MVP.
Number 2: QB Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
QB Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins - Dual-threat quarterbacks are simply double-trouble. That's why Cam Newton was a fantasy darling last year; that's why Michael Vick was a fantasy stud two years ago.
RG3 is next in line, and he's sniffing the top spot. For what its worth, you know how Heisman candidates have signature moments that help determine if they win or not? Well, he has his after returning from a concussion, one that was a 76-yard touchdown run against the Vikings. That wasn't enough to put him number one. If he dominates the Steelers, then we'll see what happens.
Number 1: QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints - Brees leads all of fantasy football in scoring (24.2). In the last three weeks, he has no less than 28 fantasy points. Considering all the Saints do is throw, he's as safe it gets for owners if they need a monster game from a player.
The difference between he and Aaron Rodgers is that while both may throw 40-50 times a game, he doesn't have a Bears defense to eventually face. There are the 49ers, but the last time Brees faced them, he didn't have any problems putting up his usual numbers.
Brees outscored everyone on this list, last week; therefore, he gets the number one spot.....but it might not be for long.