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Who is the fantasy MVP through five weeks?

Updated: October 14, 2009, 4:41 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
How does one define a "most valuable player" in fantasy football? Frankly, it can be viewed in different ways. Maybe your top scorer is deemed most valuable, someone like Adrian Peterson. It could be a sweet free-agent pickup who became a reliable starter, a Joe Flacco type. Maybe it's a player who saved you in key weeks when you really needed help the most, like Fred Jackson. I wouldn't even rule out a defense, if it made a difference in a close matchup or two when you least expected it.

To me you must take into account value, in terms of draft position, cost in a trade or, even better, off the waiver wire. It all matters. Let's pretend the ballot for fantasy MVP honors entering Week 6 can include only five names. Here is who makes my ballot, in alphabetical order … and noteworthy names who do not. See whom I picked for MVP at the bottom of the "ballot."

Cedric Benson, RB, Bengals
Credentials: As hard as it is to believe, Benson leads the NFL in rushing yards and is the No. 4 running back for fantasy points, one spot ahead of Maurice Jones-Drew. Just once has he failed to deliver double-digit fantasy points.


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