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After six weeks, who's the NFL MVP? Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady are having great years, but if you're looking just at the 2015 season, Andy Dalton and Cam Newton are right there with them. Dalton is taking full advantage of the Bengals' ridiculous assortment of offensive weaponry, as his 14 TD passes, 1,761 passing yards, 116 QB Rating and 9.1 YPA all rank second in the NFL. (For some perspective, Rodgers' YPA is 8.2). Newton lacks those gaudy stats, but leading Carolina to an undefeated record with a stirring comeback in Seattle, even though the Panthers may have the worst set of receivers in the NFL, puts Cam in the conversation.
• Choosing a fantasy MVP (the best fantasy performer, taking into account acquisition cost) might be even tougher. Devonta Freeman would arguably be the No. 1 overall pick in a redraft, and his acquisition cost was bottom-of-the-barrel. But how can I make him the fantasy MVP when his fantasy owners lucked into him? Am I just bitter at not having Freeman anywhere? Maybe. But let's be honest – nobody saw this coming. Same with Gary Barnidge, a 30-year-old career backup whose stats – 27-413-5 – now resemble those of Rob Gronkowski – 23-425-5. Instead, I'll give the six-week fantasy MVP to DeAndre Hopkins, whose owners (not me, sadly) correctly predicted Hopkins would become a target monster. Let Hopkins' gaudy stats – 52-726-5 be a reminder that targets (89 through six weeks, 14 more than anyone else)