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3 Sleepers to Win 2019 NFL MVP

By Ian McCafferty
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Over the past 10 years, the NFL has increasingly become an offense-focused, quarterback-driven league. A quarterback has won the MVP for six straight years, with Patrick Mahomes taking home the award in 2018.

History says a quarterback will more than likely win again in 2019 and while many people might predict it will be Mahomes for the second straight year, there are some other players across the NFL who have a shot at winning MVP this season.

Here are three "sleepers" to win the 2019 NFL MVP.

1. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

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It's easy to forget, but Carson Wentz was playing like an MVP candidate before getting hurt and replaced by Nick Foles in 2017. That season, in just 13 games, he threw for 3,296 yards and 33 touchdowns. This season, he's got Jordan Howard, Desean Jackson, Alshon Jeffrey, Zach Ertz and new addition JJ Arcega-Whiteside to complete a loaded offense. If he can rekindle some of 2017, combined with a fully healthy season, Wentz has a real shot of putting up some big numbers.

2. Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns

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Baker Mayfield had a spectacular rookie season and he should only get better. He threw for 3,725 yards and 27 touchdowns, despite not playing in the first two games of the season, and now he gets to throw to Odell Beckham Jr. Mayfield might soon be in the conversation amongst the top quarterbacks in the league and could put up massive stats in his sophomore campaign.

3. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

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It's been two long seasons since the Falcons made a trip to the Super Bowl and Matt Ryan won MVP. The Falcons offense just hasn't been the same the past two seasons, but don't tell that to the Falcons' franchise quarterback. Ryan's stats have not dropped off one bit the last two years, as he threw for 4,924 yards and 35 touchdowns in 2018. As long as he has Julio Jones, Ryan should always be considered a threat to win MVP.


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Ian McCafferty is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Ian McCafferty also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username itmccaff. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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