Offence (11 Personnel)
Matt Ryan- 4,944 yards, 38 touchdowns
Ryan has been simply outstanding this year leading the number one offence in the league. He runs the system like a master. The best part is he doesn’t care who he throws the ball too. He has eight players with at least 20 receptions and thirteen different touchdown scorers. Some would consider this a break-out season for Ryan, but I think he’s just entering elite status.
Ezekiel Elliott- 1631 yards, 16 total touchdowns
I don’t think anyone expected Elliott to look this good when he was picked number 4 in the draft. He has lead the league in rushing by over 300 yards, and he didn’t even play the last two games. He’s taken a team from 4-12 to 13-3 in one offseason. On my all-pro team he’s the exact runner I want due to his hard-running style. He had 936 yards after contact which lead the league.
Outside Wide Receivers
Julio Jones- 83 receptions, 1409 yards, 6 touchdowns
When I look for my outside receivers I want a burner that can take the top off. Julio is the best in the league in this area. With a whopping 17 yards per catch! Another stellar season for a guy climbing up the all-time best list.
Mike Evans- 96 receptions, 1321 yards, 12 touchdowns
To go alongside my “burner” I want a big guy with great hands. There was no receiver this year that was harder to match up against. He finally worked out his difficulties in the “redzone” where he was dominant all year.
Antonio Brown- 106 receptions, 1,284 yards, 12 touchdowns
When it comes to a slot receiver Brown is the best. He has elite quickness and agility and is the best route runner in football. Put that all together with some of the best hands in the league and you get Brown. Perfect to play inside with my two monsters outside!
Travis Kelce- 85 receptions, 1,125 yards, 4 touchdowns
Kelce has really broken out this season. He was always an elite athlete at the position but now he’s added route running to his game. He was instrumental for the Chiefs this year. He’s perfect for my team for one massive reason, he can block! The perfect mixture for a tight end and without Gronk playing most of the season, he’s the clear best.
Tyron Smith- 2,396 total rushing yards, 4.8 average, 24 rushing touchdowns, 28 sacks
Smith has been a true beast this year even while fighting injuries. He’s helped a rookie quarterback and runningback have possibly the best rookie seasons ever. There have probably been players better in pass protection and run blocking separately but Smith gives me a consistent player that does both at a very high level.
Marshal Yanda- 1,463 total rushing yards, 4.0 average, 10 touchdowns, 33 sacks
Although Baltimore didn’t have the great offence statistics, it wasn’t due to Yanda’s play. He’s been simply outstanding this season in both pass pro and run blocking. Great feet allow him to get to the second level and he’s been one of the best “trappers” in the game.
Travis Frederick- 2,396 total rushing yards, 4.8 average, 24 rushing touchdowns, 28 sacks
A good centre is imperative to success for an offensive line, they control the pass pro and are responsible for blocking responsibility. Frederick has been exceptional this year, he can reach block gaps either side of him even against the best defensive tackles and is great at getting to linebackers on the second level.
Zach Martin- 2,396 total rushing yards, 4.8 average, 24 rushing touchdowns, 28 sacks
Martin has the best feet on any guard in the NFL. He moves so fluently and his hand placement is always precise. Like the other Cowboys lineman, he can block the down lineman anywhere and get to the second level with ease. He pulls and crosses better than anyone in the league. A true pleasure to watch.
Donald Penn- 1,922 total rushing yards, 4.4 average, 17 touchdowns, 18 sacks
Penn has been an outstanding pass blocker this season. Although he isn’t the most dominating run blocker, he is savvy and intelligent enough to make the holes needed. The Raiders had the least sacks in the NFL and Penn was a huge part of that. Perfect for my offence in today’s NFL where pass rushers attack the right side of offensive lines a lot more.
Khalil Mack- 78 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 3 forced fumble
The Raiders have not been the best defence this season but Mack still is one of the most disruptive players in the NFL. Relentless pass rusher and plays with a tonne of effort against the run. His versatility makes him so valuable on my defence where he will be asked to do a lot of different things.
Jadaveon Clowney- 52 tackles, 6 sacks, 17 tackles for loss
Although Clowney’s stats won’t blow you away, don’t let that fool you. He has been simply outstanding this season. I feel like when you watch Clowney that he lives in the backfield. He’s a huge reason why the Texans were the number one defence in football this season.
Aaron Donald- 47 tackles, 8 sacks, 2 forced fumbles
Donald is such a difficult player to deal with on the inside. He’s leverage is the best in the NFL and mix that with outstanding power and acceleration, he’s close to unstoppable. His effort and attitude is what it’s all about for a defensive tackle.
Ndamukong Suh- 72 tackles, 5 sacks
Watching Suh this season was frustrating at times due to all the double teams he must handle. However, when they don’t double team him he is simply unstoppable. Perfect for my defence where you don’t have the ability to double team anyone.
Bobby Wagner- 167 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 1 interception
Wagner has been the standout middle linebacker this season. He can go sideline to sideline better than any other backer in the game. Perfect fit for my 4:3 defence where a sure tackling athlete in the middle is needed.
Sean Lee- 145 tackles, 1 fumble recovery
Lee hasn’t made the splash turnover plays we are used to seeing out of him this season but I still think it’s been the best year of his career. He doesn’t have a lot of defensive line or other linebacker talent however the Cowboys were the best run defence in the NFL, thanks mainly to Lee. He has an innate ability to make blockers miss him and mix that with his great intelligence and coverage skill, he’s the perfect outside linebacker for my scheme.
Von Miller- 78 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, 1 touchdown
Miller has been a beast this season continuing on from his amazing playoff performance. I like him in my scheme mainly due to his versatility. I can use him as an off the line backer or a pass rushing defensive/outside linebacker. He’s a must have on this team and a real chance to be defensive player of the year.
A.J Bouye- 63 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception, 16 pass breakups
I’m sure this is the guy people will have a problem with on my team. Bouye has been a pure shutdown corner this season for the best defence in football (total yards). I need a guy like this to lock down against the oppositions best receiver.
Marcus Peters- 45 tackles, 6 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 3 fumble recoveries
To go opposite my shutdown corner, I want a ball hawking, playmaking corner. Peters is exactly that. Although his coverage isn’t always perfect he makes enough plays for it not to matter. His stats are stacked and is a sneaky chance for defensive player of the year.
Chris Harris- 63 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 2 interceptions
When it comes to covering the slot, there is none better than Harris. He has the innate ability to go both ways in coverage. He almost runs the receiver’s routes for them by reading their feet. A perfect fit for my defence where you need a great slot corner to survive.
Eric Berry- 77 tackles, 4 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 2 touchdowns
Berry has all the attributes I need for my scheme. He can play deep, man cover, tackle and has exceptional ball skills. His play this season is a massive reason the Chiefs are going in to the playoffs as the number 2 seed.
Landon Collins- 125 tackles, 4 sacks, 5 interceptions, 1 touchdown
Collins has been simply spectacular for the Giants this season. He is a safety, corner and linebacker all in one. He’s a perfect fit for this team as he will be asked to do a whole variety of different things, which he will handle with no issues!
Justin Tucker- 38/39
Tucker has been unbelievable this season. The only kick he missed was when it was blocked. He’s 10 of 10 from outside fifty yards. No brainer.
Johnny Hecker- 47.8 average, 51 inside 20
Hecker has had the second most punts (98), the best average and the most inside 20’s. Not his fault the Rams are terrible. Terrific season.
Tyreke Hill- 27.4 KRA 1 touchdown, 15.2 PRA 2 touchdowns
Hill has been electric this season for the Chiefs. I couldn’t get him on the team as a wide receiver or runningback so I had to get him on as the return man, where I feel he can be very helpful.
Harris plays on every special team unit for the Giants. He is a versatile athlete that is a must have for my special team unit.