Have you ever been sitting around the room discussing fantasy football when you and your buddies mention a player that you have differing opinions on? It happens all the time. Every Friday we want to bring you four players that owners are unsure about and have varying opinions on. The Four Corner Debate will have each of our writers here at NoHuddle give you their personal opinion on each of the four players listed. Four players, Four writers. Four Differing opinions.
This week we bring to you the MVP Edition, where each writer here at NoHuddle picks out a player that they think is worthy of being the Fantasy Football League MVP and make their case for that player.
The Four MVPs are:
- DeMarco Murray
- David Johnson
- Tom Brady
- Jordan Howard
Here we go!!
Critt= Demarco Murray- Demarco Murray had the average draft position of 21. That is the end of the second round. He was the 8th running back taken off the board in most leagues. He finished the regular season as the fourth-best running back in the league. I am partially biased because he is my RB1 in a league that I have played in for years and he has led me to the championship game this week. He has the second most rushing yards in the NFL and was fourth among running backs in receiving touchdowns. He did all this while Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry was breathing down his neck. Most thought before the season that Murray would be locked into a timeshare, or at best lose 40% of the workload to the talented rookie. Murray did way more than that, he finished the season with 274 touches compared to only 79 for Derrick Henry. That means Henry only received 28% of the Titans backfield touches compared to Murray, and Henry was actually extremely productive in the touches that he received. Demarco Murray was simply so good that there was no way they could yield any of his touches to Henry. If the draft were to be held today, he would be a top 10 pick without question. Everyone expected huge years out of guys like Ezekiel Elliot, David Johnson, and others, but not many people thought they were going to get a top 5 campaign out of Demarco, and that is why he is my MVP!
Byron= David Johnson-David Johnson exploded onto the fantasy landscape last season and helped guide many people to a championship. He finished the 2015 season as the seventh highest scoring running back in standard leagues, despite not starting a single game until week 13 after Chris Johnson was lost to injury. His late season surge guaranteed his spot as a first round draft pick in the majority of leagues this year, and his owners have not been disappointed. Through 15 weeks Johnson only has five games where he has scored less than 20 fantasy points in half point PPR leagues, and his season-low point production is 12 points. He’s an excellent runner and an elite receiver out of the backfield, which is evident when you consider his 800 receiving yards are more than actual wide receivers such as Dez Bryant, Alshon Jeffrey, and Jordan Matthews. While Ezekiel Elliott is a getting all of the attention, David Johnson has outperformed the rookie in every type of fantasy scoring setup. DJ is this year’s fantasy MVP, and it’s not even close in my opinion.
Daniel= Tom Brady-No matter who your vote for NFL MVP is, it’s clear that there are players that continue to separate themselves year in and year out. A usual babe in that conversation is Tom Brady. Brady continues to operate in his system almost flawlessly week in and week out. The seemingly ageless QB will likely finish his career at the top of most major statistical categories and with a handful of Super Bowl rings. He may be the greatest QB ever when it’s all said and done. Today he is my pick for Fantasy Football MVP. Just add another award into that bulging trophy case, Tom. Even with him missing several games at the beginning of the year due to a suspension he has 206 fantasy points! That’s 20.6 points per game. Pretty good for a guy most people drafted really deep in this year’s draft. Tom is a once in a generation player, maybe a once in a lifetime player and for those that took the chance on him late and streamed a QB for the first four weeks may have found themselves in the championship. Congrats Tom, you are the model of consistency and in an ever changing landscape, you are are a true constant. Exactly what we need in a Fantasy QB!
Derk= Jordan Howard-My man! Going into the draft this dude was described as being the 2nd most natural runner in the class behind the living Ewok himself, Ezekiel Elliott. You can see it when he runs! He’s very patient, makes a subtle move, and then he’s off to the races. Now his top end speed isn’t very high, think 88 speed in Madden. However, his vision is what separates him from other rookie running backs. It’s truly impressive when you think about him transferring from a national powerhouse like UAB to Indiana where he still excelled. He didn’t have the stage that Zeke had at Ohio State, which is why you had no idea who he was until week 4. The success he’s had this year with what he’s had to work with in Chicago is nothing short of a Christmas miracle. He’s earned every yard. He’s an unheralded 5th round pick that has a blue-collar work ethic that is the embodiment of Chicago. He deserves a championship and so do you if you have him on your team. He most likely went undrafted in many leagues this year, but I guarantee you that won’t be the case next year. Santa lives in Chicago, and he brings you a championship this year…his name is Jordan Ho-Ho-Howard. Cheesy, right? Shut up. And just win the damn thing.