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Now that the season is underway, we can start to predict who is going to shine in the NFL Season. I was a bit late to my picks, but at least now I can have a better understanding on how players will perform this year. I’ll update everyone at the midway point and at the end of the season.

Aaron Rodgers

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MVP- Aaron Rodgers

We saw on Sunday night why Rodgers is so important to the Packers, while Brady is the GOAT, we did see the Patriots win 11 games with Matt Cassel a few years ago. The Packers without Rodgers is not even a playoff team. With a talented receiving core and hopefully a more reliable offensive line, he looks in line for a career year. Honorable Mention: Patrick Mahomes 

 

Not really looking great right now for Rodgers, his team sits at .500 and he has had a rough year due to WR injuries. Meanwhile the honorable mention Patrick Mahomes, is going to probably win MVP. He has 37 passing TDs, and is almost at 4,000 passing yards, while his turnovers have been a bit of a problem 10 INT/7 Fumbles. He has led the Chiefs to a 9-2 record on the season, and is setting them up for a deep playoff run. 

 

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Offensive Player of the Year- Patrick Mahomes

The gunslinging rookie already looks the part, through the first 2 weeks he has 10 TD passes, which is absolutely bonkers. He will have his challenges eventually, but the Chiefs boast one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL with him at the helm. Look out for Mahomes to take a shot at Manning’s single season TD record. Honorable Mention: Phillip Rivers 

 

This one is looking like my best pick so far, like I said earlier, he leads the NFL in TDs, Passing Yards, and has a league leading 9.28 yards per attempt. He has crashed into this league like the Kool Aid man, and is on his way to a OPOY award in February.

 

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ST. LOUIS, MO – DECEMBER 17: Aaron Donald #99 of the St. Louis Rams celebrates after making a tackle in the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Edward Jones Dome on December 17, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Defensive Player of the Year- Aaron Donald

This award kinda seems like a obvious choice, he seems to win every year, and for good reason. I think that he is the most talented defensive player in the league, and I still think that he’s being undervalued even in a massive LA market. Honorable Mention: Jalen Ramsey 

 

While this pick hadn’t gone quite so well through the season, Aaron Donald has come to life and offenses everywhere are terrified. He leads the NFL with 14.5 sacks, and he also has 3 FF. I will even one up myself and say that he is the greatest defensive player of the decade, and he will go to the HOF once his career is over. He is that much of a transcending talent. 

 

Todd Gurley

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Fantasy Player of the Year- Todd Gurley

If Monday showed us anything, it was that Gurley is the best back in the league. He is coming off one of the best seasons that we have seen from a running back in year. Where he combined for over 2,000 total yards and 19 TDs. He looks to be the back-to-back fantasy player of the year, and I think he has the stuff to do it, with Bell holding out and Johnson stuck in a miserable McCoy led offense, he should run away with this. Honorable Mention: Michael Thomas

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Offensive Rookie of the Year-  Saquon Barkley

Had a rough start to the year, spending most of the pre-season injured. He also had a slow start to his week 1 game, granted he was playing the tough Jaguars defense. In the second half, he busted off a 68-yard touchdown run, showing off his insane explosiveness. There’s a reason why the Giants spent the second overall pick on him, and he will show it this season. Think Zeke in his rookie season. Honorable Mention: Sam Darnold

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Defensive Rookie of the Year- Derwin James

There might be a little bit of bias here, but he showed out well in week one. With a TD saving pass deflection and his first career sack. Everyone was surprised when Derwin fell down to the 17th pick in the Draft. Chargers got a steal, James was a projected Top 5 pick up until draft day. He is a ball-hawking safety that can also lay the wood in the box. Update, he got 2 more sacks against the Bills, now up to 3 on the year. Honorable Mention: Denzel Ward

Andrew Luck

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Comeback Player of the Year- Andrew Luck

Luck went down with a shoulder injury, and then no one heard from him. He practically went M.I.A during the season last year, there were stories of him going to Europe for special treatment on his shoulder. We also learned that he hid an AC joint injury that he got from snowboarding. To summarize, Luck hadn’t thrown a football for over a year and now he’s back dotting up NFL defenses like he never left. Honorable Mention: Odell Beckham Jr 

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