[caption id="attachment_18113" align="aligncenter" width="496"] Doug Pensinger/Getty Images[/caption] Doesn't seem too long ago that we were all getting geared up for the start of the season, does it? But we’re now half way through the season believe it or not so it’s time to see just who is in the driving seat to become the league MVP. Since my league MVP candidates after week 4 we've seen two new players break into my top five, players that will sound very familiar to most of you, but just where do they rank? Let’s find out; 1, Matt Ryan – Quarterback – Atlanta Falcons. Yes, I know there are Quarterbacks this season with better numbers than Matt Ryan at this point, however passing for 2,018 yards with 17 touchdowns and only six interceptions for a passer rating of 103.0 is certainly not to be laughed at. He’s also shown some later game heroics to keep his team as the only undefeated team in the NFL at 7-0. Matt Ryan, clutch? He’s starting to show it and that’s one of the reasons why he deserves to still be the number one candidate. 2, Peyton Manning – Quarterback – Denver Broncos. Neck surgeries? What neck surgeries? Peyton is back and the Denver Broncos are contenders because of him. He leads the league in passer rating, has thrown for 17 touchdowns with only four interceptions and is on pace to once again pass for over 4,000 yards. The scary part at this point is that he is getting better and better with each game. Now who would bet against Peyton Manning picking up his fifth league MVP award come seasons end? 3, J.J. Watt – Defensive End – Houston Texans. Is there anything this guy can’t do on the defensive side of the ball? J.J. Watt continues to dominate and be a disruptive force for NFL offences and nobody this season has yet to figure out how to stop him. You’d certainly have him as a lock for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award and he could well be the first defensive player to win the league MVP since the great Lawrence Taylor back in 1986. Hell he even deserves to be on this list after his ‘’I’ve eaten burritos bigger than you’’ jibe to Ray Rice alone! 4, Eli Manning – Quarterback – New York Giants. Where would the New York Giants be without Eli Manning? Not 6-2 I bet! Eli continues to show just why he is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL today. He has been clutch as you’d come to expect and has already orchestrated three game winning drives this season, none more impressive than his 77 yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz with 1.13 left in the game against the Washington Redskins in week 7. Eli a three time Super Bowl winner? Don’t rule it out! 5, Adrian Peterson – Running Back – Minnesota Vikings. How can anyone not be impressed with Adrian Peterson coming back off a serious knee injury and to be on pace to rush for over 1,500 yards? He has certainly surprised me and after falling to me in two fantasy drafts I passed on him, as I doubted he’d be productive after knee surgery. Well how stupid do I look!? He leads the league in rushing and is still as explosive as he’s ever been. He could at least be voted Comeback Player of the Year but still deserves to be in the league MVP conversation. So there you have it? Agree or disagree? Let me know!