By Dan Richman
6:29 PM CDT, October 30, 2013
It's time again to hand out midseason fantasy MVPs. Of course, Peyton Manning tops the list, but let the debate begin on the other choices. I can take it.
Quarterback: Peyton Manning, Denver
Peyton Manning is taking fantasy quarterback play to a whole new level. His start has been simply awesome: more than 2,900 passing yards already and 29 touchdowns in only half a season. He's putting up numbers that are unimaginable. In his 16th season, Manning seems to be getting better, and he could do even more in the second half of the year.
Running back: Marshawn Lynch, Seattle
Going into the year, you would have thought Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster, Trent Richardson or Doug Martin would be a lock for this award. But no, it goes to the man who is always in "Beast Mode." Lynch continues to dominate, despite a blip against subpar St. Louis. Here's why he gets the award: seven touchdowns in eight games, and averaging 75 yards per game. Lynch continues to be a workhorse.
Wide receiver: Calvin Johnson, Detroit
I know I wrote a column last week singing the praises of other wide receivers. However, Calvin Johnson's performance last week against Dallas changed everything. Johnson is battling a bad knee and still coming up huge. The stats are also huge: 821 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in seven games. There are many receivers having great years, but Johnson is in a class by himself.
Tight end: Jimmy Graham, New Orleans
Coach Sean Payton being back on the sidelines seems to be sitting well with Jimmy Graham. After an average 2012 season, Graham is on fire this year. The stats are great: 630 yards receiving and eight touchdowns in seven games. He is battling a foot injury but should be able to produce the rest of the way.
RedEye special contributor Dan Richman hosted a fantasy football show on 670-AM for years. @danrichmanfflWant more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye Sports' Facebook page.
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