SO WITH SEASON ONE ALL DONE AND DUSTED THERE WERE PLENTY OF PLAYERS WHO STOOD OUT. SOME ON GOOD TEAMS SOME ON BAD TEAMS. THIS IS THE COMMISSIONERS TOP 50 PLAYERS IN THE LEAGUE.
Y = YARDS
YPC = YARDS PER CARRY
T = TACKLE
TFL = TACKLE FOR LOSS
FF = FORCED FUMBLE
INT = INTERCEPTION
S = SACK
50. Ezekiel Elliott – 1109 Y, 6 YPC, 12 TDs. In a tough year for the Cowboys Zeke led the team in touchdowns. The team finished 6-10 but Zeke helped them to being the 9th best rushing offence in the league, maybe the Cowboys should lean on him more to swap some of those L’s for W’s.
49. DJ Swearinger – 77 T, 6 TFL, 8 FF. Swearinger was part of the Reskins team who made the play offs, he led the league in forced fumbles, 8 times the season is proof you do not want to run in his direction if you can’t take a hit!
48. Jared Cook – 1107 Y, 8 TDs – Oaklands Mr Safe, Cook was Carr’s go to guy in terms of catches and it paid off second only to Amari Cooper in yards and touchdowns.
47. John Ross – 1211 Y, 14 TDs – Rookie John Ross was a big part of the Bengals offence who went on to win the Superbowl. So many times he left opponents for dead with his speed, Averaging nearly a touchdown a game is production that can not be ignored.
46. CJ Beathard – 4397 Y, 33 TDs, 29 INTs, 67% completion, 109.6 QBR – This rookie QB had a monster year that was nearly enough to drag the 49ers into the play offs. They finished with a 9-7 record which amazingly enough meant they finished 4th in the NFC West! If he can cut down some of the INTs he has MVP potential in year 2.
45. Jordy Nelson – 1083 Y, 13 TDs – Touchdowns are money and Nelson was a reliable target, his sidekick Devante Adams may be a little upset at missing out on the list as he finished with more yards than Nelson, but with 4 TDs against Nelsons 13 there is only one winner.
44. Sidney Jones – 54 T, 2 TFL, 7 INTs – The Eagles rookie corner made some big plays in big games, with 7 INTs only 2 other corners in the league had more picks than him.
43. Kevin Byard – 92 T, 10 TFL, 1 S, 2 INTs, 1 FF – In a bad year for the Titans this safety made some plays, he was in the box pressing those runners and QBs with an impressive 10 TFL, which was the best for DBs in the league
42. Myles Garrett – 57 T, 10 TFL, 11.5 S, 1 INT, 1 FF – #1 overall pick showed a sign of things to come, the Browns coach missed the first 5 games, expect to see Garrett’s numbers go up in season 2.
41. Jabaal Sheard – 79 T, 10 TFL, 11 S, 1 INT, 2 FF – A Colts player in the top 50…You better believe it, Sheard was a shining light in a miserable season for the Colts, he could be another who’s numbers go big when he is surrounded by better players on the Colts D.
40. Ameer Abdullah – 1444 Y, 6.1 YPC, 14 TDs – Who said the Lions had no run game? Abdullah had a great year and expect more of the same in the coming seasons. 4th in the rushing yard leaders and 14 TDs on the 13-3 Lions.
39. Odel Beckham JR – 1573 Y, 9 TDs – The Giants just missed out on a play off spot and knocked off some big guns during the season. OBJ had nearly 1000 yards more than the next Giants pass catcher and led the team in TDs, if he gets some support the Giants could win that extra game needed for the play offs next year.
38. Breshad Perriman – 1384 Y, 9 TDs – Yes its 2 Maddens and 2 terrible years in the league but Perriman is still a thing in Madden! Had he not missed 3 games with injury he could have found himself a lot higher up the list
37. Jimmy Graham – 1246 Y, 9 TDs – The leagues leading tight end in yards was a big part of the reason the Seahawks finished 13-3, he led the team in yards, receptions and TDs, that old Jimmy Graham doesn’t work in the Seahawks offence is long forgotten!
36. Mike Daniels – 72 T, 20 TFL, 6.5 S – Mike Daniels played in the Packers team who led the league in sacks, a big part of that reason could be teams could not run his direction! 20 TFL is some number of stops for the run stuffing DE. Pinning teams back in passing situations certainly helped the sack numbers in Green Bay.
35. Shaq Thompson – 121 T, 27 TFL, 7.5 S, 2 INTs – Big Shaq playing as an OLB in a 43 and led the league in tackles for loss! Over 100 combined tackles he was getting to the ball, if the other LBs in Carolina follow his lead expect that win number to increase next year.
34. Martavis Bryant – 1307 Y, 14 TDs – The big bodied receiver finished the year strong in Buffalo.With the Play offs on the line he got 365 yards and 4 TDs in the last 3 games, Found his rythm with Tyrod late in the league and one teams will need to double up on next year as those numbers will go off!!
33. Melvin Ingram – 61 T, 22 TFL, 9.5 S, 2 INTs – The Chargers had a rotten year, changing coach half way through and having to wait till week 17 for their first win! #1 pick in the draft but they won’t need to replace Ingram. 22 TFL was the best for DE and topped it with 9.5 sacks, outplaying Joey Bosa isn’t easy but he did it.
32. Byron Maxwell – 78 T, 7 TFL, 7 INTs – Are those numbers for a linebacker or corner! What do you do when your coach spends the whole off season telling you you’re rubbish? Make the pro bowl of course!
31. Aaron Rodgers – 4424 Y, 35 TDs, 25 INTs, 69%, 110.9 QBR – The Packers had 2 receivers with over 1000 yards, not many teams achieve that, Aaron Rodgers even with a decent run game can!
30. Deone Buccanon – 103 T, 25 TFL, 1 S, 6 INTs, 3 FF – The Cardinals LB was all over the place as they snook into the play offs in week 17. A very tough year to separate the linebackers with not much to choose between some of them.
29. Deion Jones – 113 T, 23 TFL, 3.5 S, 2 INTs, 4 FF – Another Deion, another linebacker! The Falcons were involved in some shootout’s and Jones got plenty time on the field but these are impressive numbers as above!
28. Reshad Jones – 93 T, 3 TFL, 8 INTs, 1 S – A pro bowl year for the veteran safety, once he is out of that DB group the Dolphins are going to miss his playmaker ability.
27. Matthew Stafford – 4085 Y, 36 TDs, 21 INTs, 70% completion, 120.6 QBR – The Lions had a solid run game and that opened it up for Stafford to pile on the numbers too, very impressive season for the Lions QB!
26. Eric Reid – 92 T, 2 TFL, 4 INTs, 4 FF – 49ers DB Reid had a habit of finding the ball and proved a great defensive piece to build around as they look to get over that play off line next year!
25. TJ McDonald – 66 T, 2 TFL, 2 S, 8 INTs, 1 FF – After being shipped to Denver as part of the Shane Ray trade to the Fins, the Broncos will be happy with the hard hitting safeties production! 8 INTs an impressive haul for a DB.
24. Raekwon McMillian – 99 T, 16 TFL, 6.5 S, 10 INTs, 1 FF – Brilliant year for the rookie ILB who proved he had it all from run stuffing to interceptions, rumours are he is on his way out in Miami would be a big loss to the middle of the field
23. Cameron Jordan – 58 T, 15 TFL, 16 S, 2 FF – The Saints were fancied to win the NFC South and underperformed to a 3rd place finish, Jordan can hold his head high free of blame after a year like this though.
22. DeForest Buckner – 64 T, 11 TFL, 19.5 S, 1 FF – A huge year for the 49ers D-lineman, so close to the sack record and will only get better as the franchise moves on.
21. Tyrann Mathieu – 89 T, 3 TFL, 8 INTs, 5 FF – The Cardinals made the Superbowl, but without this kind of season from the Honey Badger even the play offs might have been a longshot.
20. AJ Green – 1421 Y, 11 TDs – Green made am unbelievable start to the season but when he switched teams mid year, the yards went up but touchdowns went down, he still had a brilliant year and is rightly in the top 20
19. Justin Houston – 58 T, 5 TFL, 20 S, 1 FF – Houston is one of the best pass rushers in the league and once again proved it with 20 sacks over the year.
18. Kam Chancellor – 73 T, 3 TFL, 11 INTs, 4 FF – Another Seahawk playing hard for FortWorthJoe, throwing anywhere near the Hawks DBs have been a big no-no this year, if they don’t pick you there was a chance Kam could break you!
17. Brent Grimes – 37 T, 3 TFL, 12 INTs – The veteran corner saved his best season for last as he lead the league in interceptions for cornerbacks. The Bucs won the NFC South and close to a turnover a game for Grimes was a big part of that teams success.
16, Ricardo Allen – 93 T, 2 TFL, 11 INTs, 1 FF – Another DB from the NFC South, the Falcons safety had a productive year with these numbers!
15. Todd Gurley – 1394 Y, 6.4 YPC, 16 TDs – Gurley may have missed a few games through injury but he still managed a monster year on the ground! 16 TDs and nearly 1400 yards when you missed 3 games is an impressive feat!
14. Casey Hayward – 65 T, 5 TFL, 11 INTs – Being traded to the Lions and playing opposite Darius Slay worked out well for Hayward one pick behind Grimes but his tackling skills made him more valuable…Ladies and gentleman the number 1 corner in the game right now!
13. Eric Berry – 61 T, 5 TFL, 11 INTs, 3 FF, 1 S – #JusticeForBerry was a trend when the team of the year was announced, I have a feeling ‘ONLY’ being the 13th best player in the league might be too low for this star safety as well.
12. Russell Wilson – 4161 Y, 39 TDs, 24 INTs, 72% completion, 115.3 QBR – Wilson led the Hawks to a division win, in the closest division in the PFL last year and rarely had to use his legs!
11. Tom Brady – 3900 Y, 29 TDs, 18 INTs, 74%, 122.4 QBR – There is still life in the GOAT! Another great season for TB12 as the Patriots won a very difficult AFC East division…Can he do it again next year
10. Von Miller – 65 T, 10 TFL, 18 S, 1 INT, 1 FF – Von Miller playing to his stats and causing havoc for any offensive line that he faced! Broncos finished 13-3 and that nasty defence was a huge part of the success.
9. Brandon Graham – 52 T, 8 TFL, 22 S, 2 FF – The Eagles DE was the best pass rusher in the league this year, he was injured for the last 2 games or it could have been worse for opposing QBs and even better for his numbers.
8. CJ Anderson – 1581 Y, 6.6 YPC, 19 TDs – Another player who had it not been for injury could of been even higher on the list. CJ Anderson was dragging the Broncos all way the to the post season and his number of TDs were a big miss during his injury
7. Dalvin Cook – 1887 Y, 6.6 YPC, 14 TDs – What a year for the rookie, he churned of a couple of 300+ yard games including against the Superbowl winning Bengals. He is going to be a dominant runner every season if he starts as he means to go on!
6. Jordan Evans – 77 T, 8 TFL, 2 S, 20 INTs – The Bengals offence was a juggernaut and one of the players who benefited most was star rookie Jordan Evans, leader of the pick list and 31 QBs will be scared to throw in his direction after this.
5. Daryl Washington – 65 T, 16 TFL, 5.5 S, 17 INTs – The veteran linebacker was on fire near the end of the year, he almost led the league in picks but was just too far behind to catch up. With TFL, sacks and picks Washington was the best all round LB in the league in 2017.
4. Ben Roethlisberger – 5457 Y, 39 TDs, 28 INTs, 72% completion, 115.3 QBR – Big Ben won Madden’s MVP but not mine, he had a great year over 5000 yards is an incredible achievement, if he halves them INTs he’d be #1 for sure!
3.LaGarrette Blount – 1843 Y, 7.2 YPC, 18 TDs – Blount made the mid season switch back to the AFC East just like everyone predicted (IRL) only it wasn’t to the Patriots! Blount showed up at the Bills and found life way too easy, his power and strength was too much for DE’s never mind when the DBs got in his way
2. DeShaun Watson – 3308 Y, 38 TDs, 9 INTs, 73%, 139.7 QBR – If this is Watson missing a few games I don’t think the league is ready for a full 16 game from Watson, already with the yards and TDs and the only QB under double digit turnovers.
1. Julio Jones – 1477 Y, 22 TDs – Could be a controversial choice as my MVP as a WR has never won the award! But top of the PFL top 50 is Julio Jones, 22 touchdowns and almost 1500 yards is an incredible year, touchdowns are hard enough if you are cheesing running backs inside the 10 so to get 22 with a WR is fantastic, 66 catches and 22 touchdowns….a touchdown every 3 catches….M….V….P