The best candidates for the 2016-17 NFL MVP aren't hard to figure out.
As usual, the list reads something like several quarterbacks and a few guys who had huge years as running backs.
Kidding aside, Dallas Cowboys rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have thrown a wrench in the process this year. Otherwise, the spots on the candidacy list go to regulars such as Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan and Tom Brady.
An outlier like Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr doesn't enter the discussion after he suffered an untimely injury. Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell also falls into the outlier category, though more because he's not as crucial to his team as some of the other guys (no knock on him, just not every team has a backup as quality as DeAngelo Williams).