*Disclaimer* As before, sometimes players dont show on the stats screen under the entire NFL. Tried my best to get everyone, but apologies if anyone worthy of a Top 50 spot was missed.
50. Lenzelle Little MLB – Titans – 121 tackles 12 TFL 4 sacks
The league leader in tackles comes in at number 50, a beastly 121 tackles showed he was all over the field and managed to find his way into the backfield often too.
49. Lorenzo Carter MLB – Giants – 107 tackles 12TFL 1 sack 8 INTs 1FF 2TD
The Giants LB took over most of the duties from Ogletree this year and didn’t disappoint. Led the team in tackles and defensive touchdowns.
48. Marlon Humphrey CB – Ravens – 65 tackles 1TFL 9INTs 1FF 1TD
Humphrey was part of a ball hawking Baltimore secondary. He was a lockdown corner this year and proved his potential.
47. Rob Gronkowski TE – Patriots – 79 catches 888 yards 10TDs
The first (and only) Tight End on this list, Gronk hasn’t retired yet, and is still putting up big numbers in New England. New coach Paul G will be happy that he is staying around to be a big target for new QB Mahomes.
46. Odell Beckham Jr – Giants – 53 catches 1285 yards 9 TDs (12 games)
A great statistical season cut short by injury, OBJ could have been a lot higher if he played all 16 games. He was on pace for a 1700-yard season, but it was not to be.
45. Henry Patrick ROLB – Seahawks – 47 tackles 8TFL 14 sacks 4FF 1FR 1 block
Rookie Patrick led the Hawks in sacks last season and lived up to the 1st round pick expectations. He was great at ripping the ball out and even got in on a blocked kick.
44. Aaron Lynch LOLB – Steelers – 61 tackles 13 TFL 15.5 sacks 5FF 1FR
The first of the back-to-back Steeler duo, it looked like it was fight between Lynch and Jordan as to who could get to the QB first. In the end, they got the same amount of sacks and very similar stat lines.
43. Cameron Jordan LE – Steelers – 57 tackles 14 TFL 15.5sacks 4FF 1 safety
Jordan gets the slight edge on his defensive partner with the safety, but both proved to be a dominant tag team last season. AFC QBs need to be on the lookout.
42. Devante Adams WR – Packers – 47 catches 967 yards 12TDs
Adams was a bit overshadowed by his partner in crime Martinez last year, but still managed to put up the numbers we expect. Just missing out on the 1k yards mark, his 12 TDs certainly make up for that.
41. Darius Leonard MLB – Colts – 74 tackles 7TFL 4sacks 9INTs 2FF 1FR
Leonard is the centrepiece of this Colts defence and proved it last year with another solid statistical season.
40. Trumaine Johnson CB – Jets – 57 tackles 4TFL 1sack 9INTs 1FR
Johnson led the Jets in picks from his CB spot and was the leader of this secondary.
39. Robby Anderson WR – Jets – 64 catches – 1500 yards 9 TDs
While not the statistical season he had last year, Anderson still managed to haul in a lot of yardage and was Cams first read every time.
38. Ahkello Witherspoon CB – 49ers – 51 tackles 5TFL 9 INTs
The 9ers corner broke out this season and put up more interceptions than his previous 3 seasons combined.
37. Taylor Gabriel WR – Cowboys – 75 catches 1428 yards 9 TDs
The Cowboys brought in Antonio Brown, but Taylor Gabriel was the true threat on this offense. Putting up massive numbers, the speed freak was the go-to guy for Dak
36. Landon Collins SS – Giants – 70 tackles 6TFL 9INTs 1FF 1FR 1TD
Collins proved that he is in control of the secondary this year, even with breakout star Middlebrooks in the other safety spot. Landon was in on seemingly every play and made some clutch picks in big games.
35. Demarcus Lawrence LE – Cowboys – 54 tackles 16 TFL 15.5 sacks 1FF 1FR
D-Law was the team leader in sacks by a big margin and was constant pain for the o line to handle.
34. Leonard Fournette – Jags – 1038 yards 16TDs 5.4 AVG – 12 catches 74 yards 2 recTD (12 games)
Fournette had another injury riddled season, but over those 12 games, he went over 1000 yards and 16TDs. If he kept this up, he could have been in for a record-breaking year and be a lot higher on this list.
33. Budda Baker SS – Cardinals – 68 tackles 6TFL 2sacks 10INTs 2 blocks 2TDS
The Cardinal safety took control of the back end this year by leading his team in picks and even managed to get two kick blocks.
32. Carl Nassib LE – Dolphins – 48 tackles 8TFL 16 sacks 4FF 1FR
The DE had a breakout year, tallying 16 sacks. The mot he had in a single year before this was 3. Dolphins will be hoping he can keep it up next season, and that it wasn’t just a one-year wonder.
31. Shaq Lawson LE – Bills – 57 tackles 9TFL 16.5 sacks 4FF 1FR
Another great year for the superstar D lineman, hitting 16.5 sacks after 15.5 the previous year. Its difficult to stand out in that great Bills defence but Shaq certainly did.
30. Tarik Cohen – Seahawks – 1027 yards 16TDs 5.2AVG – 33 catches 357 yards 1 recTD
Cohen managed to break 1000 yards for the first time in his career and doubled his TD record from the previous year.
29. Josh Allen – Chiefs – 4078 yards 29TDs 15INTs
Allen went to the Chiefs from the Bills in a surprising trade, but he definitely didn’t disappoint at Arrowhead. With a brilliant TD:INT ration, he led this offense to become one of the best in the league.
28. Juju Smith Schuster WR – Steelers – 90 catches 1335 yards 11TDs
We all wondered how Juju would do without Brown next to him, but he proved his worth by catching an astounding 90 balls this season, leading the league by a big margin.
27. Travin Howard MLB – Rams – 93 tackles 14TFL 4.5 sacks 10INts 1FF 1 safety
Howard sort of came out of nowhere this year, but he capitalised on his chance and managed to prove himself as a playmaker on this scary defence.
26. Aqib Talib FS – Ravens – 80 tackles 2 TFL 1sack 12INTs 2FR
Another member of the Ravens elite secondary, Talib was the veteran presence and led his team with 12 picks. They love veteran safeties in Baltimore, so they will be hoping he sticks around and adds a few more before retiring.
25. Dante Fowler Jr LE – Jaguars – 43 tackles 8 TFL 18 sacks 2FF
The Jags defensive front was no joke and Fowler put up great numbers this year. His 18 sacks were second on the team and he was a dangerous tandem with Ngakoue.
24. Saquon Barkley HB – Giants – 1443 yards 14TDs 6.8AVG – 24 catches 258 yards 1 recTD
Saquon had his first fully healthy season and was able to take full advantage of it. He hit (well over) 1000 yards for the first time in his career and added 14 scores on the ground. He led the league in rushing yard average as well.
23. Derrius Guice HB – Redskins – 1423 yards, 13TDs 5.0AVG – 32 catches 463 yards 4 recTD
Over in Washington, Guice did business as usual, racking up the yardage and getting it done through the air as well. Always have to be on the lookout for him when you play the Skins.
22. Matt Ryan QB – Falcons – 4620 yards 35TDs 28INTs
Ryan led the league in yardage for QBs and had a tidy number of TDs to add to his name as well.
21. Brandin Cooks WR – Rams – 71 catches 982 yards 15TDs
Cooks was great in the air this season and hauled in an impressive 71 catches and 15 TD’s. Would have been nice to see him hit 1k, but I’m sure the coach will take that production any time.
20. John Ross WR Bengals – 66 catches 1376 yards 13TDs
The speedster had another great year, proving to be consistent and an important member of this Bengals attack.
19. Aaron Rodgers – Packers – 4028 yards 37 TDs 24INTs
We expect these sorts of numbers from A-Rod, and he delivered. Third in the league in TDs, and he seemed very happy with his wide receiver corps after some great performances.
18. DeAndre Hopkins WR – Bills – 73 catches 1436 yards 13TDs
Nuk is another guy we expect big numbers from, and this year he was catching balls from Pat Mahomes. Once again, he exceeded expectations, but he will have to do it all again with a new QB next year… but who?
17. Kolby Listenbee WR – Eagles – 63 catches 1425 yards 15TDs
A somewhat surprise entrant on this list, the Eagles waiver wire pick up from season 1 has burst onto the scene and become the centre piece of this Eagles pass attack.
16. Martinez Sheffield RE- Colts – 52 tackles 13TFL 18 sacks 2FF 1FR
After being tossed around the league, it seemed no one wanted Sheffield. He found a home in Indy though, and put up big numbers to shove it in his previous teams’ face.
15. Myles Garrett RE Browns – 75 tackles 19TFL 18 sacks 3FF
Garrett once again dominated the trenches, constantly getting in the backfield and finding the QB or running back.
14. Martinez Dawson WR – Packers – 55 catches 1629 yards 14TDs
The new star receiver in Green Bay, and probably Rodgers’ new best friend. The ridiculous Dawson is everything you want in a receiver, and put up crazy numbers, including a 30-yard average per catch…
13. Oren Burks MLB- Packers- 83 tackles 6TFL 1 sack 13 INTs 1FF 1FR
Back to back Packers here, and the breakout LB from last year didn’t quite put up the same numbers this year, but still had to be accounted for every play. It is very possible people were trying not to throw in his direction!
12. Tremaine Edmunds MLB – Bills – 79 tackles 8TFL 2 sacks 13INTs 1FR
Edmunds once again controlled this Bills defence and made his impact felt. It’s a bad idea to throw his way! Not a bad follow up for last year’s #1.
11. Jordan Evans MLB – Bengals – 58 tackles 9TFL 3 sacks 13INTs 2TDs
Evans ended the year with 13 picks and 2TDs. This also makes it 3 years in a row he’s tallied 13 interceptions.
10. Patrick Mahomes QB – Bills – 4153 yards 38TDs 19INTs
Mahomes found a new how in Buffalo this year and put up incredible stats. This was enough for the Pats to pick him up on the trade block and will hope he can be the next Brady.
9. Carl Lawson RE – Bengals – 43 tackles 18.5 sacks 10TFL 2FF 2FR
Lawson was another part of that dominant Bengal defence, being the main sack master and controlling the line.
8. Yannick Ngakoue RE – Jaguars – 54 tackles 19 sacks 12TFL 2FF 1FR
Ngakoue was partnered with Fowler to produce another spectacular season. He is a big reason why a lot of people struggle do anything against that Jacksonville defence.
7. Roquan Smith MLB – Bears – 87 tackles 8TFL 1 sack 12INTs 4TDs
Smith did a great job once again. Not quite the 27 INTs from last season, but still very impressive. His 4 defensive touchdowns led the league.
6. AJ Green WR – Bengals – 53 catches 1139 yards 18TDs
Green led all WR’s with 18TDs on the season. A clutch player in clutch situations, he was a go to target when they needed a conversion or a touchdown.
5. Deshone Kizer QB – Bengals – 4055 yards 42TDs 29INTs
And the guy that threw those TDs was Kizer, who led the league in passing TDs and came through in some tough situations.
4. Khalil Mack LE – Raiders – 68 tackles 18.5 sacks 17TFL 6FF 1FR 1TD
Mack had a Mack-like season, getting an amazing 18.5 sacks and recording 6 forced fumbles. Offensive linemen probably had the right idea about getting out of his way.
3. Todd Gurley HB – Rams – 1649 yards, 17TDs 5.7AVG – 33 catches 339 yards, 3recTD
Gurley was unstoppable this season, beating the rest of the RB field in nearly all statistical categories. Anyone who played the Rams this year knows the damage he can inflict on a defence.
2. Simon Chase RE – Rams – 53 tackles 19.5 sacks 4TFL 1INT 1FF 3FR 1 safety 1TD
Chase is the rookie sensation that absolutely blew up this season. After being drafted in the 5th round, he won the rookie of the year and best d-lineman awards and led the league in sacks. A ridiculous season and he would have the top spot if it weren’t for…
1. Joseph Jones MLB – Panthers – 89 tackles 7 TFL 23INTs 2FR 2TDs
In a year where interceptions were down to an all time low, Jones bucked that trend and put up a staggering 23 interceptions on the season, 10 more than the next highest. He was all over the field, and sometimes seemed to be a one-man defence out there. He was a massive reason why the Panthers team was so good, and he will be looking to hold his crown next year.