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As we close the book on another fantasy football season, it's time to dole out MVPs. In other words, these guys should be at the top of your draft board for 2014.
OVERALL MVP: Peyton Manning, Denver
Manning is the only choice for this award. Amazing, off the charts, mind boggling. The statistics are through the roof: over 250 yards per game and 51 touchdowns.
RUNNING BACK: LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia
McCoy is thriving in Chip Kelly's new offense for the Eagles and crushed it for fantasy owners with more than 2,000 combined rushing and receiving yards. Honorable mentions to Jamaal Charles and Marshawn Lynch.
WIDE RECEIVER: Calvin Johnson, Detroit
I've said repeatedly 2013 is the year of wide receivers, and Johnson is still the best of the bunch. The stats don't lie: 12 touchdowns and just under 1,500 yards. Honorable mention to A.J. Green, Brandon Marshall and Dez Bryant.
TIGHT END: Jimmy Graham, New Orleans
Coming off a subpar 2012, Graham bounced back huge. The stats are great: over 1,100 yards and 15 touchdowns. Honorable mention to Julius Thomas and Vernon Davis.
KICKER: Justin Tucker, Baltimore
If I must pick a kicker as an MVP, the choice is Tucker. Confidence, ability, huge distance with his kicks, and the fact that he plays fantasy football put him over the top. Tucker connected on 92 percent of his field goal chances, has not missed an extra point and has six field goals over 50 yards—including the 61-yard game winner against Detroit.
RedEye special contributor Dan Richman hosted a fantasy football show on 670-AM for years. @danrichmanffl