If only fantasy hindsight were 20-20 ...

... then I would have selected these MVPs

  • Why is Peyton Manning celebrating this time? Because he's Dan Richman's fantasy football MVP, of course.
Why is Peyton Manning celebrating this time? Because he's Dan Richman's… (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images )
December 26, 2012|By Dan Richman | For RedEye

Here you have it, the last word on fantasy football MVPs this season.

As with mideason MVPs, I selected the season's overall honorees based on performance with respect to draft position. My midseason MVPs were Peyton Manning, Arian Foster, A.J. Green and Rob Gronkowski. Would that list hold up? Read on to find out.

Peyton Manning, quarterback

Who would have thought Manning would be this good a year coming off of neck surgery? He's has been "Manning the Great" for the Broncos and fantasy owners, throwing 34 touchdowns and averaging more than 290 yards passing per game. For a guy who was picked in the third or fourth round in most leagues, he's been a steal.

Adrian Peterson, running back

If there is anyone who has overcome as much or more than Peyton Manning this offseason, it's Peterson. The Vikings stud is coming off major knee surgery and is a truly remarkable story. All he's done is turn in a career year, rushing for 14 touchdowns and almost 1,900 yards.

Brandon Marshall, wide receiver

I am not showing Bears love here; I am simply letting the whole fantasy football world know Marshall is the best fantasy receiver this year. Marshall has been fantastic, with 1,466 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns so far. He was taken in rounds 3 to 5 in most leagues and has been an amazing value.

Tony Gonzalez, tight end

All the preseason tight end hype centered around Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham. However, the man who paved the way for the "new" style of play at that position is Gonzalez, and he delivered big time this season. In what could be be his last season in the NFL, the Atlanta Falcon has racked up 889 receiving yards and eight TDs—not too shabby.

RedEye special contributor Dan Richman hosted a fantasy football show on 670-AM for years under the moniker "Super Fan Dan." Disagree with him? Tweet Dan @danrichmanffl.

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