Patrick Mahomes, Quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs just keep on rolling and Mahomes just keeps throwing touchdowns. There will be some tough match ups coming soon for Mahomes, with one being against the Rams and the second meeting with the Chargers. If he performs well in those games I think he’ll have the award locked up! There is a QB down South that will definitely have his say in discussion as well.
Drew Brees, Quarterback New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees and his Saints secured a statement win against the undefeated Rams to move to 7-1. Brees has been solid all year and it was announced that the Saints signed Dez Bryant. The signing improves the depth at receiver but will it come at the expense of chemistry?
Todd Gurley, Running Back Los Angeles Rams
If not for Brees and Mahomes, Gurley would be the clear favorite. He’s carried a huge load for an explosive Rams offense. He’s done it all as a runner and a receiver and has not shown any signs of slowing down.
Philip Rivers, Quarterback Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers have not lost since week three and Rivers has been amazing over that stretch. Over the last four games, Rivers has had a QB rating over 100 and has thrown two touchdowns in each game. The Chargers are starting to hit their stride and have kept pace with Kansas City.
Tom Brady, Quarterback, New England Patriots
Tom Brady took on another MVP hopeful in Aaron Rodgers and came out on top. This week he comes in at number five. Brady has been consistent all year minus the dud against Detroit back in week three. The AFC North looks all but locked up for New England but they still have meetings against Minnesota and at Pittsburgh.
Rookie of the Year
Saquon Barkley, Running back, New York Giants
Saquon Barkley is already one of the best backs in the NFL has lived up to the hype after being selected second overall. When teams shut him down running, he’s still a threat as a receiver. In their game against Washington, Barkley was held to just 38 yards on 13 carries but also managed to catch nine balls for 73 yards. Barkley has also produced with an inconsistent Giants offense. Big things are in store for this young back!
Kerryon Johnson, Running back, Detroit Lions
It’s been long overdue but I have finally listed Johnson this week at number two. The Detroit Lions have not been known for their ability to run the ball and have had countless players try to change that trend. Johnson has given the Lions balance and that has helped tremendously! In the games in which the Lions have won, Johnson was heavily involved. As of this writing, Johnson currently sits at fourth in the NFL at yards per carry with an average of 5.7. He’s given Detroit an explosive play maker on the ground to compliment the air attack led by Matt Stafford.
Calvin Ridley, Receiver, Atlanta Falcons
Ridley trails Barkley in receiving yards by a slim margin but has seven touchdowns on the season to lead all rookies and is tied for second in the NFL. He’s become a vital part of the Falcons offense and has helped them gain the explosiveness that they had when they reached the Superbowl.
Derwin James, Safety, Los Angeles Chargers
James comes in as my number one rookie this week on the defensive side of the ball. I really like what I’ve seen from him and the Chargers look good as ever. With this unit missing Joey Bosa, the rest of the unit has stepped up and have arguably one of the more talented defenses in the NFL.
Da’Ron Payne, Defensive Tackle, Washington Redskins
Someone who has been drastically overlooked by even myself has been Da’ron Payne. The Redskins defense has been very underrated this season. Payne has been the main reason why as much of the defense is the same from last season. Payne has been the anchor in the middle clogging running lanes and has been very productive rushing the passer too. Though his numbers won’t show it, Payne has impacted the defense in a big way. The Redskins numbers as a unit tell the entire story!
Roquan Smith, Linebacker, Chicago Bears
Smith started his career slow out of the gates after a long holdout. He’s hit a nice stride and has been very key for a hungry Bears defense. He’s always near the ball and has played alright in pass coverage.