This is a big year for many of the game’s top guys, and we have seen that many of them already have started to set some records along the way. Although not all of them have been hobby superstars to this point, many of their cards are getting some major bumps as a result of performances. Here are my awards to this point.
MVP – DeMarco Murray, Cowboys
There is no doubt that his play has made Dallas into a contender this year. With Romo banged up, Murray has avoided injury to this point to put up mammoth numbers in the rushing attack. With his injuries at bay for now, he could come very close to a shot at breaking the all time record, or at least put up 2000 yards. Not a bad way to reinvigorate the RB position.
2014 Flawless DeMarco Murray Jumbo Patch Auto
2011 Topps Platinum DeMarco Murray Auto NFL Logo 1/1
2011 Topps Chrome DeMarco Murray Auto Black Refractor BGS 9.5
Offensive Player of the Year – Peyton Manning, Broncos
Sure, the Broncos laid an egg aginst New England, but Manning has put up some incredible numbers along the way. In true NFL fashion, he has shown that the QB is one of the most important parts of a winning formula and should have no problem skating to the playoffs. Manning remains a great signer, which makes his cards a bit undervalued, but his breaking the all time record has helped.
2014 Flawless Peyton Manning Auto Patch Emerald /5
2013 National Treasures Peyton Manning Dual Patch Auto
1998 Bowman Peyton Manning Auto RC
Offensive Rookie of the Year – Sammy Watkins, Bills
The Bills found gold in Kyle Orton reclaiming his former glory since benching EJ Manuel early in the season, but Orton has found his muse in Watkins who has lit up the field with his talent for making dramatic plays. I think Watkins has a great shot at being a top WR, and though Buffalo gave up a ton to get him, so far it has played out well for them.
2014 Inception Sammy Watkins Inscription Auto /10
2014 Valor Sammy Watkins Auto Patch RC
Defensive Rookie of the Year – CJ Mosley, Ravens
Look at the top Linebackers so far, and you will be surprised that Moseley is near the top of the league in many of the categories that are valued among the players like him. Additionally, the Ravens are playing pretty well, which helps his case even more. In the hobby, he will go for nothing because he isnt on the Offensive side of the ball, but he is looking like a pro.
2014 Limited CJ Mosley Auto RC
2014 Bowman Chrome CJ Mosley Gold Refractor Auto /75
Defensive Player of the Year – JJ Watt, Texans
Houston is struggling because of a number of issues, including going to start an unproven backup in Ryan Mallett to hopefully save an offense that hasnt managed much. Watt, on the other hand is showing hands down why he is the guy you have to plan for every down, and has made his presence felt all year.
2014 Flawless JJ Watt Inscription Auto
2011 National Treasures JJ Watt Auto RC Gold
Biggest Surprise – Arizona Cardinals
Who in their right mind picked Arizona to start the year 8-1, and have the top spot in the league? To think they did it with Drew Stanton at the helm is even crazier. Though Palmer has played well, it looks like he will be out for the rest of the year. Not good, but still a huge surprise none-the-less. Andre Ellington has shaken off a slower 2013 to come on as a great player, and Larry Fitzgerald has turned back the clock to play lights out.
2003 Bowman Chrome Carson Palmer Auto Red Refractor
2013 Playbook Andre Ellington Drawn Play Inscription Auto
2004 SP Authentic Larry Fitzgerald Auto Patch Gold
Biggest Disappointment – Johnny Manziel
Although its not his fault that Brian Hoyer is playing as well as he has, no one expected him to spend the year holding a clip board. Not only has this affected the hobby in the way products are selling, but he is getting frustrated as well. We know he isnt the most stable personality in the game, which may be a ticking time bomb for the Browns.
2014 Topps Finest Johnny Manziel Auto Logo Superfractor 1/1
2014 Limited Johnny Manziel Logo Tag Auto 1/1
Im definitely interested to see how the season plays out, especially if some of the rookies can turn it on and make the playoffs.