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Fantasy Sports Fix: 2015 Rankings and first half MVPs

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Chris Gingrich

This week, I’m taking a look at how the rankings at each position have shaped up over the first eight weeks and then some first half MVP awards for each position. The rankings are mostly based on fantasy points scored and projected scoring going forward.

Running backs

Devonta Freeman is running away with the No. 1 spot with his 600-plus yards rushing and his nine touchdowns. Mark Ingram and Matt Forte come in at second and third for me. Forte looks like he’s slowing down just a tad, while Ingram looks revitalized in New Orleans. I also feel like Danny Woodhead is in the discussion with 407 receiving yards and four total touchdowns.

Wide receivers

Deandre Hopkins takes the top spot with 776 yards. It remains to be seen if he will keep this production up or if he will be winding it down a notch in the second half, but my bet is that he keeps up the production for the most part. Julio Jones is right there in terms of production with Hopkins, but lurking right behind them is Larry Fitzgerald, who’s finally having another nice year, and Julian Edelman.

Tight ends

It’s obviously Rob Gronkowski here, but Gary Barnidge must be a younger brother or something looking at his performance thus far. Then we have Greg Olsen of the Panthers who continues to give fantasy owners the points they want by consistently catching passes from Cam Newton.

Quarterbacks

Tom Brady is the clear-cut No. 1 here, but Carson Palmer snuck his way into second with 16 touchdowns. It’s funny that Brady wasn’t really on anyone’s radar until his suspension got lifted and Carson Palmer was only on a few people’s lists coming into the season. I’d have to believe in Aaron Rodgers' ability to make his second half better than his first half. Rodgers has 15 touchdowns and only two interceptions, but I believe his second half will be a little more productive, so I have him at third right now.

MVPs

Carson PalmerCarson Palmer — Steady and solid production from the vet, spreading it around the field for 16 touchdowns. I give Palmer the first half MVP because he wasn't expected to do this at all. Sure, Tom Brady might have 20 touchdowns, but sometimes you have to root for the underdog. — Steady and solid production from the vet, spreading it around the field for 16 touchdowns. I give Palmer the first half MVP because he wasn't expected to do this at all. Sure, Tom Brady might have 20 touchdowns, but sometimes you have to root for the underdog.

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Carson Palmer — Steady and solid production from the vet, spreading it around the field for 16 touchdowns. I give Palmer the first half MVP because he wasn’t expected to do this at all. Sure, Tom Brady might have 20 touchdowns, but sometimes you have to root for the underdog.

Gary BarnidgeGary Barnidge — He kind of came out of nowhere to be the second best overall tight end so far this year. He continues to surpass weekly projections by a comfortable amount and is on pace for 900 to 1000 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns. — He kind of came out of nowhere to be the second best overall tight end so far this year. He continues to surpass weekly projections by a comfortable amount and is on pace for 900 to 1000 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.

Gary Barnidge — He kind of came out of nowhere to be the second best overall tight end so far this year. He continues to surpass weekly projections by a comfortable amount and is on pace for 900 to 1000 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.

Deandre HopkinsDeandre Hopkins — He was expected to play a much larger role in the Texans offense and see increased production, but it was not really expected that he would be the No. 1 overall wide receiver in fantasy football, at least statistics wise. — He was expected to play a much larger role in the Texans offense and see increased production, but it was not really expected that he would be the No. 1 overall wide receiver in fantasy football, at least statistics wise.

Deandre Hopkins — He was expected to play a much larger role in the Texans offense and see increased production, but it was not really expected that he would be the No. 1 overall wide receiver in fantasy football, at least statistics wise.

Devonta FreemanDevonta Freeman — It would've been hard to predict this breakout due to the fact that he didn't play at all in the preseason. Not many people saw this guy coming down the road to the tune of 622 yards and 10 touchdowns through the first seven games. — It would've been hard to predict this breakout due to the fact that he didn't play at all in the preseason. Not many people saw this guy coming down the road to the tune of 622 yards and 10 touchdowns through the first seven games.Devonta Freeman — It would’ve been hard to predict this breakout due to the fact that he didn’t play at all in the preseason. Not many people saw this guy coming down the road to the tune of 622 yards and 10 touchdowns through the first seven games.

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