All-Star Team of the Week: Week 6
This week's best from every position assembled into a full lineup of outstanding performers.
All-Star Team of the Week: Week 6
With 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.)
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
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.