Fantasy Football: MVP Race Through 2 Weeks

Two weeks into the season, there’s already plenty to overreact, panic, and second guess about. But it is not an overreaction to say a few guys stand far above the rest right now, just two weeks into the season. That does not mean they’ll continue to produce at such a ridiculous pace, as the season wears on, but for now, they are all ahead of the pack in the race for fantasy MVP.

1. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
He was the top WR off the board in drafts. PPR or not, he should have been a top 5 pick in all drafts. There may not be a safer player in fantasy football today. He has tallied over 320 yards in his first two games, with a TD coming in each game. The only reason to think his numbers might take the slightest dip is the return of Le’Veon Bell next week, but that should not change your opinion of Brown. He’s the most valuable fantasy commodity right now.

2. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Everyone knows how talented Julio Jones is. For him, the question was always a matter of health. So far, Julio has shined, posting back-t0-back over the century mark, with 2 TDs. Plus, he was tackled at the one yard line yesterday against the Giants. Roddy White’s time seems to have finally come, and while Leonard Hankerson has stepped up as a serviceable wideout, there is no doubt who Atlanta’s offense runs through. There is no reason to expect Jones’ numbers to decline. Only injury can stand in his way.

3. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
The case could be made fairly easily that Gronk should be first on this list because of how much better he is than the next best TE. He’s on pace to shatter records. He’s averaging around 100 yards per game, but what really makes things zesty is that Gronk has tallied 4 TDs in two games. There’s no one in the NFL that can guard Gronk, especially in the redzone.

4. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
The reason why Gronk is so dominant starts with Brady, who is predictably tearing up the league, after the whole DeflateGate mess. Angry Brady is a force to be reckoned with, as anyone who has faced him in fantasy thus far, can attest to. He’s put up nearly 30 fantasy points in each of his first two games, with the second game coming against the Bills, who are considered one of the top defenses in the league. All year long, the consensus top QBs were Rodgers and Luck, but it does not look like it’d be shocking if Brady finished ahead of both of them, from here on out.

5. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Lots of Patriots and lots of Steelers through two weeks. Big Ben has been over 350 yards in each of his first two games, largely because he’s throwing to Antonio Brown. Le’Veon Bell returns from suspension this week, but that’s not much of a worry, since Bell is a great pass-catcher out of the backfield. And in a few weeks, Big Ben will get his deep threat Martavis Bryant back. Big Ben is a top 5 QB this year, and there’s no reason to expect that to change, as he has arguably the best weapons in the league.

6. Carson Palmer
The best part about owning Palmer is that you probably got him several rounds later than the other top QBs, but as long as he stays healthy, there’s no reason to expect Palmer’s production to dip. He’s 15-2 in the last 17 games he has started. Everyone in the Cardinals offense benefits from his presence, perhaps no one more than Larry Fitzgerald. The only downside about owning Palmer is that he plays in the most competitive division in football, and he’ll have matchups with Seattle and St. Louis sprinkled throughout the season.

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