All-Star Team of the Week: Week 13
With the top performances from each position all brought together, Gordon McGuiness has Week 13's PFF Team of the Week.
All-Star Team of the Week: Week 13
After tonight we’ll just be four weeks away from the end of the regular season. There’s no time to wonder where the season has gone to so quickly, though, as the races for the playoffs and individual end of season awards heat up. Before we get to that, however, let’s focus on who the best players from Week 13 were.
So who made the Team of the Week this week? Let’s find out.
(Note: Team will be updated as needed after Monday Night Football and by Wednesday when All-22 footage helps us study plays in even more detail.)
Quarterback: Ryan Fitzpatrick, HOU (+7.0)
Taking advantage of the injury to Ryan Mallett, Fitzpatrick had himself quite the game on Sunday. Adding his name to the growing list of quarterbacks to throw for six touchdowns in a single game this season, he’s helping keep the Texans in the playoff race right now.
Honorable Mention: Joe Flacco, BAL
Running Back: C.J. Anderson, DEN (+4.1)
Have we transported back to the late 90’s and early 00’s when the Denver Broncos could plug any undrafted free agent in at running back and see them have success? Anderson has been phenomenal for them over the past month, and he forced an impressive 13 missed tackles on the ground yesterday.
Honorable Mention: Le’Veon Bell, PIT
Fullback: Ryan Hewitt, CIN (+3.0)
In a week were we saw several fullbacks do some damage as lead blockers, it was Hewitt who stood out as the best blocker of the bunch against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Honorable Mention: Henry Hynoski, NYG
Tight End: Rob Gronkowski, NE (+3.0)
You really could take your pick between either Gronkowski or Washington’s Jordan Reed this week. As it is, we have Gronkowski with a slightly higher grade as a receiver, forcing three missed tackles on seven receptions.
Honorable Mention: Jordan Reed, WAS
Wide Receivers: DeAndre Hopkins, HOU (+7.6) and Julio Jones, ATL (+3.7)
That was something to behold from Hopkins, as he proved himself to be Fitzpatrick’s best weapon, lighting up the Titans’ defense for 238 yards. There were several other standouts to choose from as the second receiver here, but Jones just earned it over Calvin Johnson and Kenny Stills.
Honorable Mentions: Calvin Johnson, DET and Kenny Stills, NO
Tackles: Andrew Whitworth, CIN (+5.6) and Lane Johnson, PHI (+3.9)
The Bengals on the whole may not have performed well, but Whitworth was excellent once again, failing to allow any pressure as a pass blocker and doing his best work as a run blocker. Johnson did allow the one quarterback hurry, but that was it in pass protection, while he finished as one of our highest-graded run blockers this week.
Honorable Mentions: Tyron Smith, DAL and Derek Newton, HOU
Guards: Evan Mathis, PHI (+5.6) and Marshal Yanda, BAL (+5.2)
Big games from the two best guards in the NFL. Neither were perfect in pass protection, with Yanda giving up the first pressures he has allowed in the past month, but both were utterly dominant as run blockers.
Honorable Mentions: Orlando Franklin, DEN and Joe Berger, MIN
Center: Nick Mangold, NYJ (+5.9)
A quiet week from centers around the league, or it was until Monday night. Mangold’s run blocking was a joy to watch against the Dolphins, despite the score going against the Jets. He’s our highest graded center this season, and it’s not even close.
Honorable Mention: Jason Kelce, PHI
Gordon McGuinness | Analyst, Lead Special Teams Analyst
Gordon has worked at PFF since 2011, and now heads up the company’s special teams analysis processes. His work in-season focuses on college football, while he is also heavily involved in PFF’s NFL draft coverage.