All-Star Team of the Week: Week 6

This week's best from every position assembled into a full lineup of outstanding performers.

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All-Star Team of the Week: Week 6


2014-TOTW-WK06With the season flying by, we were once again treated to an excellent slate of games on Sunday, with comebacks and big performance all around. That’s not what you came here for though, so let’s dig in to the top performers at each position so far this week.

Who made our Team of the Week in Week 6?

(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.)

OFFENSE

Quarterback: Jay Cutler, CHI (+6.6)

Picking up the win in Atlanta, Jay Cutler produced one of the best performances you’ll see all year to edge out Joe Flacco as our starting quarterback this week. He went 8-of-13 for 239 yards on throws traveling at least 10 yards downfield.

Honorable Mention: Joe Flacco, BAL

Running Back: Matt Forte, CHI (+3.5)

An impressive and well rounder game from Forte saw him just edge out Houston’s Arian Foster. His work as a receiver in recent weeks has been noticeable, with 182 yards through the air in the past two weeks alone.

Honorable Mention: Arian Foster, HOU

Fullback: Kyle Juszczyk, BAL (+1.8)

With the lack of a true fullback standing out this year, the versatility of Juszczyk sees him find a spot in the Team of the Week once again. He might not be the most dynamic pass-catcher in Baltimore, but through six weeks he has yet to drop a pass, continuing that on Sunday as he picked up a first down as a receiver and added some solid second-level blocks.

Honorable Mention: Jamize Olawale, OAK

Tight End: Rob Gronkowski, NE (+3.4)

Slowly but surely getting back to his best, Gronkowski showed how important he is for the Patriots’ offense with a big showing on Sunday. 94 yards from seven receptions sees him at 194 yards in the past two weeks alone, giving opposing defenses reason to fear him again.

Honorable Mention: Brent Celek, PHI     

Wide Receivers: T.Y. Hilton, IND (+4.1) and Mohamed Sanu, CIN (+4.0)

Hilton’s inclusion here seemed like a given since Thursday night when he put up 223 yards against the Houston Texans. He’s had a fine start to 2014, and already has 605 yards through six games. Sanu stepped up big time for the Bengals this week, with 11 receptions for 132 yards in A.J. Green’s absence.

Honorable Mentions: Brandon Marshall, CHI and Larry Fitzgerald, ARZ

Tackles: Trent Williams, WAS (+6.1) and Mitchell Schwartz, CLE (+3.9)

Perfect in pass protection, solid as a run blocker, and some nice work on screens for good measure, you won’t find a better performance on the offensive line than the one we saw from Williams on Sunday. On the other side, Schwartz continued a solid start to the season with his best performance yet. He did allow a hit on quarterback Brian Hoyer, but added some impressive work as a run blocker to make up for it.

Honorable Mentions: Joe Thomas, CLE and Menelik Watson, OAK

Guards: Shawn Lauvao, WAS (+4.1) and Marshal Yanda, BAL (+5.8)

Combining with Williams for an All-Washington left side of the line, Lauvao was perfect in pass protection but really stood out with his run blocking. If we’re going to talk about run blocking this week though, look no further than Marshal Yanda. He’s rebounded after an up and down season a year ago and is currently our highest graded guard as a run blocker by some distance.

Honorable Mentions: Fernando Velasco, TEN and Zach Martin, DAL

Center: Roberto Garza, CHI (+3.6)

Both Garza and David Molk each allowed two hurries this week but Garza just edged it with his overall performance, including adding a solid block on a screen in his first start at center since Week 1.

Honorable Mention: David Molk, PHI

 

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  • GB Steve

    I’m guessing the Packer’s Tackles would be on the “Had a Bad Day” team.

    • glblank

      At least it wasn’t Sherrod, from bad day to why bother.

  • Brian Bigger

    Mercilus over Von Miller? hmmm

  • Barron Buc

    Damn, McClain looks like an ideal Tampa 2 MLB. Marinelli is a fantastic defensive coach

    • coolguyJB

      We sure he isn’t some kind of sorcerer? Unbelievable how he has this D playing.

      • http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/author/jesusflores/ Jesus Flores

        He learned a thing or two about motivation in ‘Nam

      • Brandon

        The question is can they keep it up?

  • Chiryder

    no love for Kyle Fuller at CB?

    • loosenut

      He has the picks, but has been very average in coverage. Verrett does not have as many picks, but is by far the best rookie cover corner and huge as a run stopper. That being said, I would love to have Fuller AND Verrett for the next 10 years.

      • Chiryder

        this is week 6…not the year. He was matched up against Roddy White and handled his own.

        • loosenut

          Verrett started as the nickel because of the quality starters ahead of him, but has been a starter for the past three weeks. Verrett does have fewer snaps, but it’s about quality not quantity. To this point in this season, Fuller has more picks, but Verrett has been the better one in coverage.

          • Chiryder

            Let’s talk quality… 3 weeks as a starter vs. the Jags, Jets, and Raiders. Really?

            Btw, don’t discount those picks. He took those picks. They didn’t just fall to him.

            Either way… this about week 6 not the entire season. You want to talk quality over quantity. Look at the quality of the opposition — Raiders vs. Falcons?

          • loosenut

            I am not going to break down week to week. The schedule is what it is. Fuller has had timely picks, as was Verrett’s. To this point in the season, both have graded the highest among rookie CB’s along with Roby. Right now, Verrett is the highest rated cover CB of the rookies, along with second best run stopping CB among all CB’s to this point. I like all three of those guys, and all are neck and neck playing at a very high level. You make it seam that I do not like Fuller, but that is not even close to true. I really like Fuller and Verrett both. They have each had a huge impact in their own ways. I expect both to be pro bowlers very soon. Roby too. No direspect intended to you or the player.

  • Josh Knepshield

    Why do you guys do this before Monday Night Football? Kinda unfair.

    • Jason Pevitt

      They update it accordingly after the Monday Night game

  • Phanton of the Oprah Winfrey

    McClain is doing it in reverse, doesn’t he know players are supposed to start on another team and do well, then go to Oakland and suck? Not the other way around.

    • Nathanlazarus

      Lol. I thought he’d be amazing during the 2010 draft cycle; it’s cool to see him reaching his potential in the Tampa 2.

  • Darnell

    As a Seahawks fan – major props to Marinelli. What a great gameplan and scheme, a dominant performance out of a bunch of very nondescript names.

  • JJ

    So…. where is the Had a Bad Day team? anyone?

  • Phillip

    WTF happened to Clinton Dix and Guion making this list??? Just last week Clinton Dix was 1 of the Safeties and Guion was 1 of the Interior guys, why are they not there anymore???

  • ChickenHunter

    Go Ian!