Peterson, Morris top fantasy MVP suitors 

December, 18, 2012
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Just a few weeks ago, the NFL MVP race seemed wide open, with Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and perhaps a few others (Tom Brady, Matt Ryan) as the leading candidates. But Peterson's remarkable run at the league's all-time rushing record has likely put any debate to rest. His amazing recovery from a serious knee injury, his team's surprising wild-card run and arguably the best season of his career make him the clear-cut leader.

From a fantasy football angle, his owners have to be pleased. Peterson was a mid-second round choice in ESPN average live drafts, but he has been so good that where you drafted him (or how you acquired him) is somewhat irrelevant.

Make no mistake, when discussing fantasy MVP choices, when the candidates were drafted (if at all) matters. Look at the quarterbacks chosen in the first round of 2012 drafts. Aaron Rodgers, Brady and Drew Brees have certainly been usable this season, but they haven't delivered commensurate value related to their first-round draft position. Other quarterbacks, young and old, have been more valuable when you factor in ADP, and there also have been surprising performances at running back and wide receiver that trump some of the bigger names.

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