MOP team nominees (all full season projections are for an imagined 18 game season)
BC - Lucky Whitehead edges out Michael Reilly. QBs usually get more attention here, and Reilly has some very good numbers (pro-rated over a full season, 4,782 yards, 74% completion percentage, 26-3 TD-INT ratio, and an almost video game-like 117.8 passer rating), but Lucky on pace for 92 catches, 1,710 yards, 10 TDs.
Cal - Kamer Jordan takes it with the QB injury and minimal running game. On pace for a 100 catch season.
Edm - James Wilder Jr. on pace for just shy of 1,500 yards on the ground.
Sask - Cody Fajardo is still the straw that stirs the Riser drink, despite decent years from William Powell and Kyran Moore carrying the load with Shaq Evans out. Fajardo on pace for over 4,200 yards and a 72.3% completion rate, as well as 738 yards rushing. The 18-18 TD-INT ratio is not good though.
Wpg - Quite a case could be made for any one of 3 Bomber defenders to be up for this award, given how much defence has propelled this team to the top of the standings, especially in the first 4 games while the offence found its footing. But this is almost exclusively an offensive prize, so Zach Collaros is the easy choice. Projects to 4,452 yards, 70% completion rate, 26-10 TD-INT ratio, and 105.3 passer rating.
Tor - With the QBs splitting duties and no real receivers jumping off the page, give it to John White IV
Ham - With all the offensive injuries, the biggest offensive threat has been returner Frankie Williams Jr.
Ott - Good luck finding an MOP in this motley crew on offence, so unless a defensive player gets picked, return threat Devonte Dedman has been a lone standout for them.
Mtl - William Stanback is head and shoulders above all others on the team, on pace for a league-beat 1,854 yards rushing.
West nominee - Wins and losses are a factor when considering award winners, so Zach Collaros would be my nominee (funny that if Lucky Whitehead gets selected for BC, Collaros is the favourite, but if Reilly gets chosen, he might beat out Collaros since the writers look hard at stats and Reilly has better numbers across the board).
East nominee - William Stanback takes this running away (pun intended).
Winner - Collaros becomes the 5th Bomber QB and 8th Bomber overall to be named the league’s best.
And if the league did what I wish they did and made it a top 3 nominees, multiple selections for one team allowed, then it would be Collaros, Reilly, and Whitehead as the finalists.