The Race To The Fantasy MVP: Week 9
It's rare, but a rookie has topped the charts as the Week 8 Fantasy MVP; His name is Doug Martin.
The young Bucs RB produced 32 points against the Vikings back on Thursday Night Football. He rushed for 135 yards, with a rushing and receiving touchdown. This is the best performance of his rookie year, thus far. In fact, it was so good, one TV sports analyst, essentially, called him better than Adrian Peterson. A heat of the moment comment? Yes. But it just shows how valuable he was that night.
Matthew Stafford was a close second. Stafford totaled 31 points in what was his first multi-touchdown game this season. Quite appalling for a player who threw for 40+ touchdowns and 5,000 yards one year ago. Owners who used a high draft pick on him, finally got what output they were expecting out from him.
The Golden Boy, Tom Brady, led the Pats to a 45-point outburst on the Rams. With that performance, came a season-high four touchdowns thrown. Brady gave owners 28 points to cherish in what may have carried some to a victory.
How did Brady do what he did? He received some help from a friend: Rob Gronkowski.
Gronk has been battling injuries all year, but no one would have known last week. He caught a season-high eight passes, for another season-high 146 yards and two touchdowns. His 26-point effort was good for fourth place.
Peyton Manning rounds out the top five, as he produced 24 points. He threw for another 300 yard, three touchdown game. His hot streak continues. But be honest, Manning should've been on this list. After all, the Saints defense are being coached by Casper The Friendly Ghost.
Did any of these noteworthy performances by these players help break them into the Race to the Fantasy MVP? Or are the same suspects listed?
Number 5: QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots
QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots - After Aaron Rodgers' disappointing performance against the Jaguars, he had to be dropped from the list. I'm sure owners expected more than a 186 yard, 13-point fantasy effort from him. He should have torched them, to say the least. But then again, Rodgers has saved his best efforts for better teams. However, that wasn't a problem for Brady in his match-up with the Rams. He threw for four scores, en route to a 28-point fantasy output, his best since week 4 against the Bills. Brady is on a bye week, so his spot could be short-lived. But someone will have to take it from him.
Number 4: QB Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
QB Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos - It's a safe bet to say the Sheriff is back in town. Not only is he a rising candidate for Fantasy MVP, but chances at being a five-time MVP are increasing, tenfold.
Manning is arguably the hottest throwing quarterback right now, with his 14 touchdowns to one interception since his Monday Night Football debut as a Denver Bronco, that being against the undefeated Falcons. During that time span, he has thrown for 300 yards or more in all of them. In fantasy terms, Manning has provided owners no less than 21 points. The Field General appears to have worked out the kinks, and the new found chemistry with his receiving core is on verge of being something special.
Number 3: RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans
RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans - Foster stays put from where he was ranked last week, as his Texans return from a bye week against a very favorable match-up.
It's the league best running back versus the league's worst run defense - the Buffalo Bills - against opposing fantasy backs. Foster has yet to not score a touchdown this season. There is no reason that streak shouldn't continue. In fact, Foster would have to suffer an injury for it to not happen. Either that, or the Texans decide to be pass-heavy. But I'm certain they check their scouting reports.
With the type of performance that should be expected of him, Foster could possibly be the Fantasy MVP front runner by week's end.
Number 2: QB Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
QB Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins - Every player has an off-week once in awhile, and Griffin III finally had his worst fantasy performance of season - exclude his game against Atlanta, as a concussion knocked him out of action.
The Steelers stymied RG3, as he did next-to-nothing on the ground. He didn't drop in the rankings because everyone beneath him didn't do much better. The Carolina Panthers come to town, where he squares off against fellow high-draft pick Cam Newton. Expect his numbers to return to what they were. However, if his struggles continue, then his spot in the rankings will suffer.
Number 1: QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints - On Sunday Night Football, dare I say, the Saints were shut down on offense? With the exception of a garbage TD, New Orleans only scored a measly seven points. How often does that happen?
But much like RG3, Brees benefits from nobody below him putting up a stout performance. Therefore, he stays at his number one spot. Not to mention, it is known how pass-heavy the Saints offense is. Even if he lost the spot, it would only be a matter of time before he sniffed it again. Brees will not go away.
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