J.J. Watt deserves consideration as the NFL's MVP in 2012, but where does he rank among the top five after Week 8?
In a league of superstars, it's tough to determine exactly which athletes are worthy of being called the league's most valuable player. The easiest way to look at this award is to ask the question: If this player were taken out of the lineup, how badly would it hurt his respective team?
To narrow it down for the sake of this argument, I'm only looking at the players who are on winning teams and who are the driving force behind their team's success.
For instance, I'm not including Robert Griffin III in my deliberations, because the Washington Redskins are currently 3-5. RG3 is undoubtedly the MVP of his team, but leaders of losing teams don't deserve consideration.
Here are the top-five MVP candidates through Week 8 in the NFL.