Most likely NFL MVPs of 2017
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan will follow up his 2016 NFL MVP season with a new offensive coordinator in 2017. Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports

Most likely NFL MVPs of 2017

The start of the NFL season is nearly two months away, but it's not too early to evaluate the MVP candidate. As you probably suspect, the list is riddled with quarterbacks, which makes a ton of sense given QBs have taken home the past four NFL MVPs and nine in the past decade.

The second most represented group is running back, and again that's not by accident. In the few years a quarterback hasn't won MVP over the past three-plus decades, a running back has. No other position outside of QB and RB has been named NFL MVP since 1986, when Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants achieved the rare feat of a defensive player taking home top individual honors.

With all that in mind, here are the odds for the 2017 NFL MVP from Bovada.lv as of July 19, 2017.

 
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Tom Brady: +550

Tom Brady: +550
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The winner of two MVPs already, Brady is the favorite to take home the award again in 2017 despite entering his age 40 season. The Patriots' offensive additions, including Brandin Cooks and Mike Gillislee, along with a healthy Rob Gronkowski, make Brady an easy pick.

 
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Aaron Rodgers: +600

Aaron Rodgers: +600
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Rodgers is going on age 34 come December but is still coming off a great year leading the way for Green Bay in 2016. The two-time NFL MVP threw for 40 touchdowns last season, leading the league.

 
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Derek Carr: +800

Derek Carr: +800
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Carr is coming off a breakout season and has a lucrative contract he signed in the offseason. The Raiders' signal caller had a terrific 28/6 TD/INT in 15 games last season.

 
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Ben Roethlisberger: +900

Ben Roethlisberger: +900
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The retirement talk picks up every offseason for Big Ben, now entering his age 35 season. He last played a full 16-game season in 2014 but did throw 29 touchdowns in 14 games last year.

 
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Dak Prescott: +1200

Dak Prescott: +1200
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A remarkable rookie season brings momentum for Prescott in his second year. He completed 67.8 percent of his passes with 23/4 TD/INT for the Cowboys.

 
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Russell Wilson: +1500

Russell Wilson: +1500
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Wilson regressed last year while playing through lower-body injuries. However, he's just one year removed from getting MVP consideration when he threw 34 touchdowns in 2015 for Seattle.

 
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Matt Ryan: +1600

Matt Ryan: +1600
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The reigning NFL MVP, Ryan will have to adjust after the loss of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. He still has most of the same weapons from his epic 2016 season in which he threw for nearly 5,000 yards and 38/7 TD/INT.

 
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Le'Veon Bell: +1600

Le'Veon Bell: +1600
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Despite missing four games last season, Bell was spectacular for the Steelers, rushing for 1,268 yards and adding 616 yards receiving. He's a true difference maker in the Pittsburgh offense.

 
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Ezekiel Elliott: +2000

Ezekiel Elliott: +2000
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Elliott was an All-Pro in his rookie season, rushing for a league-leading 1,631 yards and adding 15 touchdowns on the ground. A possible short suspension for off-field transgressions does cloud his MVP candidacy, however.

 
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Cam Newton: +2500

Cam Newton: +2500
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After winning the MVP in 2015, Newton was terrible last season as he played through injury. Carolina is hoping for better offensive line play, which could be aided by drafting Christian McCaffrey at running back.

 
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Andrew Luck: +2500

Andrew Luck: +2500
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Luck had offseason shoulder surgery, which the team hopes helps his arm strength. After an elite season in 2014, Luck has struggled with injuries and hasn't gotten back to an elite level with poor offensive line play. He did have a career-high 7.8 passing yards per attempt last season, however.

 
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Drew Brees: +2500

Drew Brees: +2500
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Brees lost top weapon Brandin Cooks, but the addition of Adrian Peterson to the running game could be a viable alternative. The veteran signal caller has led the NFL in passing yards in five of the last six seasons.

 
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Jameis Winston: +2500

Jameis Winston: +2500
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Winston made some strides in his sophomore season, and the Bucs expect further improvement after signing DeSean Jackson. He threw for 28 touchdowns last year.

 
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David Johnson: +3300

David Johnson: +3300
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A household name for fantasy football owners through two seasons, Johnson had 2,118 yards from scrimmage last season to lead the NFL. He hopes for even more this year.

 
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Marcus Mariota: +3300

Marcus Mariota: +3300
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Mariota looked great in 15 games last season before fracturing his leg. Tennessee looks like an up-and-coming team, and Mariota has effectively moved the ball over his first two seasons, averaging 7.6 yards per pass attempt.

 
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Carson Wentz: +3300

Carson Wentz: +3300
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Wentz stagnated late in his rookie season but showed plenty of promise. Philadelphia added significant help for him this year, including LeGarrette Blount, Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, so there are high hopes for his second season.

 
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Antonio Brown: +5000

Antonio Brown: +5000
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The most productive wideout in football from 2013-15, Brown's numbers dropped off slightly last season. He could see more single coverage in Pittsburgh this year with Martavis Bryant's return from suspension.

 
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Julio Jones: +5000

Julio Jones: +5000
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Jones fought through a toe injury late last season but still managed 83 receptions for 1,409 yards and six scores in 14 games. He's led the league in receiving yards per game over the last two seasons.

 
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Carson Palmer: +5000

Carson Palmer: +5000
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Palmer showed major signs of age last season with only 7.1 yards per attempt and 14 picks in 15 games. At age 37 to start the year, a huge rebound could be asking for a lot.

 
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Eli Manning: +5000

Eli Manning: +5000
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Manning and the New York offense sputtered last season with only 26 touchdown passes in 16 games. The addition of Brandon Marshall alongside Odell Beckham Jr. does make the possibility of a rebound better.

 
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Philip Rivers: +5000

Philip Rivers: +5000
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Despite a change at the top, Rivers still has offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt in San Diego. The 35-year-old has led the league in interceptions in two of the last three seasons, but the hope is that the return of Keenan Allen along with first-round pick Mike Williams will help him.

 
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Adrian Peterson: +5000

Adrian Peterson: +5000
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It remains to be seen how much Peterson has left after a major knee injury last season, but head coach Sean Payton should find ways to get AP into space. The Saints have tried to build a viable running game for several years, and Peterson could be the answer.

 
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Sam Bradford: +5000

Sam Bradford: +5000
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Bradford did an admirable job in the Minnesota offense despite joining the team just before Week 1 last season. He led the NFL with a 71.6 completion rate and threw only five interceptions.

 
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Matthew Stafford: +5000

Matthew Stafford: +5000
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Stafford has been a different quarterback since the Lions promoted Jim Bob Cooter to offensive coordinator in 2015. He did struggle late last season while fighting through a finger injury, however.

 
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Kirk Cousins: +5000

Kirk Cousins: +5000
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Cousins threw for more than 4,900 yards last season, but he's lost key receiving weapons Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson in the offseason. He's had an ongoing fallout with the organization as well, which could also cloud his 2017 status.

 
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Alex Smith: +6600

Alex Smith: +6600
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Smith could be entering his final year in Kansas City after the team traded up to draft Patrick Mahomes in the first round. Of course, Smith has won 11 games in three of his four seasons with the Chiefs and threw for a career-high 3,502 yards last year.

 
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Ryan Tannehill: +6600

Ryan Tannehill: +6600
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Tannehill showed significant improvement under new head coach Adam Gase last season, albeit in a much more conservative offense. With a full year in the system under his belt, Tannehill could be expected to make another big jump.

 
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Odell Beckham Jr.: +6600

Odell Beckham Jr.: +6600
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Beckham Jr. gained more than 1,300 receiving yards in all three of his NFL seasons. He's now set to see more single coverage after the Giants signed Brandon Marshall away from the Jets.

 
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J.J. Watt: +6600

J.J. Watt: +6600
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Watt is healthy after playing only three games last year due to a back injury. It remains to be seen if he will have the same impact following the injury and now going into his age 28 season, but there's little debate that Watt was the best defensive player in football at his best.

 
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Rob Gronkowski: +6600

Rob Gronkowski: +6600
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Gronk played only eight games last season due to multiple injuries, including back surgery that ended his season. He's an unstoppable force when healthy, and the offensive additions in New England will force defenses to pick their poison.

 
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Khalil Mack: +6600

Khalil Mack: +6600
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Emerging as a defensive game changer in Oakland, Mack has 26 sacks over the last two seasons. He's needed more help in the pass rush, and it remains to be seen if the Raiders have the personnel to limit the attention paid to Mack.

Seth Trachtman is a fantasy sports expert and diehard Kansas City Chiefs fan still hoping for a Super Bowl win during his lifetime. He doesn't often Tweet, but when he does, you can find him on Twitter @sethroto.

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