Jay-Mo, a good friend and contributor here at Chinstrap Ninjas, posed that question to me on Saturday.
I had to think about it for a couple minutes. Now, there are some obvious choices, like Maurice Jones-Drew and Drew Brees on some rosters, but looking at it from a fantasy MVP perspective, they can’t compete with Ronnie Brown.
Two of my teams have been among the best in their leagues all season long, and they have three things in common, Lawrence Tynes, Roddy White and Brown.
Let’s throw Tynes out right now because, y’know, he’s a kicker.
While White has been hit or miss, he does have eight TDs and 874 yards this season. Still, the price for White on draft/auction day was far higher than for Brown. White was a keeper in one league and I took him with my bookend rounds 2-3 picks in another league.
Brown, who played like a first-round running back for four consecutive games at the start the season, was chosen much later. He was unprotected in the keeper league. We keep five, so essentially he was a round 6 pick.
In the other league, he and Brian Westbrook happened to both be available at my 4-5 picks.
With Ronnie Brown, both teams started the season 7-3.
Brown had three games with 100 or more total yards, five with at least 88 yards and had two TD games in a three-games-out-of-four stretch early in the year. In just nine games, Brown rolled up 648 yards rushing with eight TDs, 98 yards receiving and 22 yards passing with a passing TD.
Then, he got hurt.
While the team with Westbrook (and Adrian Peterson, Rashard Mendenhall and Tony Romo) has thrived without the Dolphins wildcat star, the other team is mired in a four-game skid, dropping from the top of the league to holding onto a playoff spot at 7-6.
Ronnie Brown’s affect on my team, considering how much I had to pay to acquire him, easily makes him my personal fantasy MVP.
Who is your 2009 fantasy MVP and why?