All-Star Team of the Week: Week 9

The best individual performances Week 9 had to offer taken together to form this week's Team of the Week.

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All-Star Team of the Week: Week 9

2014-TOTW-WK09We’re now past the halfway stage of the 2014 season, with the push for the postseason now in full swing. We can already see which teams are likely to run away with their division and which teams are going to face a tough battle if they want to still be playing into January.

You already know all that, though, and you’re here instead to see who, in our opinion, the most impressive players have been from this week’s slate of games. So here it is, our Week 9 Team of the Week.

(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 Tannehill, MIA (+5.6)

The Dolphins have started the season well and their third year signal caller had his best game of the season on Sunday. Completing 70.6% of his passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns, there was little to fault about his play against the Chargers.

Honorable Mention: Drew Brees, NO

Running Back: Andre Ellington, ARZ (+3.3)

A close contest between Ellington and fellow NFC West running back Marshawn Lynch, ultimately it came down to the fact that Ellington was a better runner on the day. 135 yards from scrimmage, a touchdown and two forced missed tackles. A nice day all round from him.

Honorable Mention: Marshawn Lynch, SEA

Fullback: Will Ta’ufo’ou, JAX (+1.5)

Playing just 14 snaps, he made the most of them with his grade coming entirely from his work as a run blocker. We’ve seen flashes from him in the past, but that was his best performance of 2014 so far.

Honorable Mention: Ryan Hewitt, CIN

Tight End: Rob Gronkowski, NE (+6.0)

If you needed any confirmation after last week, there it is. He’s back. Fantastic as a receiver, where he forced three missed tackles, picked up 105 yards and scored a touchdown, and brilliant as a run blocker to go along with it.

Honorable Mention: Jimmy Graham, NO

Wide Receivers: DeAndre Hopkins, HOU (+4.1) and Jeremy Maclin, PHI (+2.4)

Two impressive performances from the same game here as Maclin and Hopkins stood out. Hopkins averaged 19.2 yards per reception on his way to a 115-yard receiving day while Maclin caught all six passes thrown his way for 158 yards and two scores.

Honorable Mentions: Percy Harvin, NYJ and Mike Evans, TB

Tackles: Jason Peters, PHI (+6.0) and Zach Strief, NO (+3.3)

Peters allowed a sack and a hit in pass protection, but his work as a run blocker was sublime. Strief on the other have was solid as a run blocker but it was his pass protection that really caught our attention, with him shutting out the Carolina pass rush from his side all game long.

Honorable Mentions: Andrew Whitworth, CIN and Ricky Wagner, BAL

Guards: Zane Beadles, JAX (+1.5) and J.R. Sweezy, SEA (+3.8)

Both of our starting guards allowed just a single hit in pass protection, but find themselves in our Team of the Week for their run blocking. By far the best performance we’ve seen from Sweezy this year, while Beadles now has six positively-graded games through the first nine weeks of the season.

Honorable Mentions: Oday Aboushi and Mike Pollak, CIN

Center: Jason Kelce, PHI (+2.9)

Taking over right where he left off, Kelce had another fine day as a run blocker in the middle of the Eagles offensive line. It’s a big boost for them to get one of the best center’s in the game back on the field for the second half of the season.

Honorable Mention: Nick Mangold, NYJ
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  • Chris

    Wait, there must be something wrong – where is Russell Wilson!

    • Troll Chris

      What the hell is your obsession with Russell Wilson? Do you have a crush on him or something?

      • Chris

        What is your obsession with me? Do you have a crush on me or something?

        • Troll Chris

          Trolling you

          • Chris

            Oh, well I just have a crush on Russell Wilson.

    • Darnell

      I’m a Hawks fan too, but don’t be a homer my man.

      Nah, Russ had a poor game this week. It was all Marshawn and the D.

    • Cattle

      Ben Roethlisberger over the last 12 weeks –

      Russell Plummer – 11 TDs over the entire season (guess who is tied with him? Hints: number 11, wears red).

      • corners

        the key to beating big Rape is letting him sit in the pocket. He kills you when you flush him and his wr’s improvise.

    • Cattle

      Ben Roethlisberger over the last 2 weeks – 12 TDs

      Russell Plummer – 11 TDs over the entire season (guess who is tied with him? Hints: number 11, wears red).

    • mike

      russel wilson was terrible

  • Kings

    Wait, Andy Lee edges out Hekker even though he shanked the punt that ultimately lead to a Rams win? OK PFF.

    • Frank

      Agree with the shank. The team lost the game though. Can’t blame it on Andy Lee. He’s been consistent and has kept the 49ers in many games. Especially in the Alex Smith era.

  • JC Harris

    Not even a mention for Tannehill? 125.6 QBR … 3 TD’s, 0 INT, 288 yars in 3 quarters?

    • Chris

      He was actually the 3rd highest graded QB for the week. His fumble on that scramble gave him a negative rushing grade and likely cost him a spot in this list.

      • JC Harris

        Ah yes … probably right.

    • Jason Pevitt

      that’s also either an inaccurate number for his qbr or you’re looking at passer rating (more likely) since qbr tops out at 100.

      • JC Harris

        From PFF: Tannehill earned a PFF grade of +3.6 and a QB rating of 131.1.

        QBR not Passer rating?

        • eYeDEF

          Nope. Qbr is not passer rating. It is espn’s proprietary formula.

  • Carl

    ANDY LEE??? Of all the weeks you pick his worst performance in years!

    • pbskids4000

      I think you’re confusing 1 play with an entire performance.

  • Bigcatfish80

    Carson Palmer throws a pick six and he is an honorable mention over Roethlisberger with 6 TDs??

    • SeattleSteve

      Probably that “Yards After Catch” thing where they give more credit to Wideouts on those kinds of plays.

      • Madi

        Check out Ben’s 6 TDs. Only one of them (AB’s) was really run into the end zone, and even that was a pretty long and very nice pass. He played lights out, and wasn’t just dumping the ball off. He went deep and had success. PFF knocked him for a fumbled snap (although apparently they didn’t knock Palmer as much for a pick 6 – also, apparently, they didn’t grade very well to begin with, because he finished with a 1.2).

    • JJ

      Because his receivers scored those touchdowns, mainly the guy PFF calls the best WR this season. Stop leaning on stats like a crutch, this isn’t a fanboy site.

  • corners

    Dolphins pitched a shutout 3 int 4 sacks and a fumble less than 180 yards offense,against Rivers.

    Grimes only gets a mention. Ill take 2 picks over 3 breakups any day.

  • Abouthat

    Rather than call you idiots for not having any Dolphins on the team (which the homer in me is tempted to sleep) I’m going to say it attests to the total team dominance. Nobody was truly spectacular, but everyone played great. Not good, great.