Arian Foster - He leads the NFL in rushing with 1,147 yards and 12 touchdowns, to go on top of 453 yards receiving. He's the only running back in the league who averages over 100 yards/game (104.3). But the Houston Texans are only 5-6 and headed no where. You have to at least make the playoffs to be considered for this award.
Jamaal Charles - The Chiefs running back is second in the NFL with 1,021 yards rushing, but he only has three touchdowns. He's also only topped 100 yards twice this season. But the Chiefs look good at 7-4 and have an easy schedule ahead of them. If Charles can finish strong he may have a chance.
Roddy White - Leads the NFL in receptions (84), is second in receiving yards (1,066) and has seven touchdowns. The Falcons are 9-2 and White has a chance to go off the next three weeks against Tampa Bay, Carolina and Seattle. If he finishes with 1,600 yards and at least three touchdowns, he should get some votes.
Defensive Players - It's just too difficult for a defensive player to get recognition for the MVP award. That's why we have a Defensive Player of the Year award. The leading candidates for that one are Green Bay's Clay Matthews (11.5 sacks) and Pittsburgh's James Harrison (10 sacks, 6 forced fumbles).
Matt Ryan/Drew Brees/Eli Manning - With so many quarterbacks having great seasons there's just no room for these three, even though Brees and Manning are tied for the league lead in touchdowns at 23 apiece, and Ryan is the leader of the NFC's best team.