Fantasy Football: DeMarco Murray leads potential contenders for Fantasy Football MVP

DeMarco Murray

With week 9 of the NFL Season is in the books, it seems like a good time to look at which players are aiming to by Fantasy Football MVPs come seasons end. These players outperform their ADP and best players taken several rounds before them. Four names have separated themselves as contenders for the crown, come seasons end including DeMarco Murray, Jeremy Maclin, and a pair of teammates in Antonio Brown Ben Roethlisberger.

DeMarco Murray

DeMarco Murray has arguably been the best player in all of Fantasy Football. He has surpassed the 1,100 yard mark already and is approaching double digit touchdowns. Murray has been the image of consistency tallying more than 100 rushing yards in every game before last week. He has averaged 18 points in ESPN standard scoring. That kind of reliability, especially from the running back slot is both welcomed and hard to find.

Murray was drafted as a late first or early second round pick, but was take after several running backs including Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte, and LeSean McCoy. Arian Foster is the only running back that is close to Murray in fantasy points. Foster has found the end zone three times via the pass which helps boost his numbers. Foster is much more peaks and valleys, not offering the same reliability as Murray.

Antonio  Brown

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Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown is having an incredible season thus far. He has 71 catches for 996 yards, finding the end zone 8 times. These numbers have given Brown a 26 point lead on all wide receivers. He currently leads all pass catchers in yards and is 2 behind the Broncos’ Julius Thomas for most touchdowns.

Going into the season, Brown was drafted as the 27th player off of the board per ESPN ADP. He went a full round or two after names like Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall and A.J. Green. Demaryius Thomas is the only receiver drafted in front of Brown, that is close in terms of fantasy points, and yet is still 26 points behind.

Jeremy  Maclin

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Jeremy Maclin

Currently sitting at seventh in fantasy points amongst all non quarterbacks, Jeremy Maclin is having a fantastic season. He has 790 yards and 8 touchdowns through 8 games.

For a guy who was barely drafted as a top 75 player, Maclin has significantly outplayed his ADP. He is currently behind only Brown and Thomas, which is some quality company. Maclin didn’t miss a beat when Nick Foles went down Sunday and Mark Sanchez stepped in. He should continue to perform well for fantasy owners.

Ben  Roethlisberger

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Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger is sitting a mere 10 points behind Peyton Manning. Manning was a borderline first round pick in most leagues while Roethlisberger went undrafted in most leagues, unless he was taken as a back up.

Despite Big Ben being right on the heels of Manning, it is hard to declare him the MVP at this point. Roethlisberger has had a tremendous past two weeks, including back to back 6 touchdown performances. Throwing for 842 yards over that stretch. Those two games has vaulted Big Ben into the top 5 at quarterback.

Owners who played Roethlisberger the past two weeks have loved every minute of it. However prior to the two week explosion, he had surpasses the 20 point mark just once. Between inconsistency and most owners not playing Roethlisberger, he is behind the other names at this point. If he continues this hot stretch and continues to produce, he will likely take home the trophy comes seasons end.

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The next eight weeks will key for all of these guys. It wasn’t too long ago when it looked like Philip Rivers and Giovani Bernard were destined for monster seasons.


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