All-Star Team of the Week: Week 10
Another week down and more big performances from players all around the league. Neither Rob Gronkowski or J.J. Watt were in action this week, giving others players at their position a much greater chance at making our Team of the Week.
But who would take advantage? And who surprised us and stood out with a big performance? Here’s the Week 10 All-Star 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: Aaron Rodgers, GB (+5.0)
Apparently Aaron Rodgers decided he wanted to match Ben Roethlisberger’s touchdown tally from last week’s Sunday Night Football, as he torched the Chicago Bears for six scores of his own. He’s graded positively in every game so far this year, highlighting how important it is for the Packers to keep him healthy.
Honorable Mention: Colin Kaepernick, SF
Running Back: Marshawn Lynch, SEA (+3.2)
21 carries for Lynch, going for 144 yards with 11 missed tackles forced on the ground and four touchdowns. A nightmare for the Giants to bring down all night, this was Lynch back at his best.
Honorable Mention: C.J. Anderson
Fullback: John Kuhn, GB (+2.2)
Doing it all from the fullback position, with some solid work on his five rushing attempts to go along with some nice blocking, Kuhn stood out as the best of the bunch this week.
Honorable Mention: Jovorski Lane, TB
Tight End: Brent Celek, PHI (+6.0)
Just because Gronkowski wasn’t playing this week doesn’t mean we were starved of a monster game at the tight end position. Brent Celek racked up 116 yards through the air while having the second highest run blocking grade amongst tight ends this week.
Honorable Mention: Greg Olsen, CAR
Wide Receivers: Dez Bryant, DAL (+4.0) and Jordy Nelson, GB (+3.0)
Wowing the fans in London, no receiver impressed as much as Dez Bryant this week so far. He picked up 158 yards and two touchdowns on just six receptions, averaging 26.3 yards per catch. Nelson wasn’t far behind, picking up 152 yards from six catches, and adding two touchdowns of his own.
Honorable Mentions: Demaryius Thomas, DEN and Jordan Matthews, PHI
Tackles: Joe Staley, SF (+5.0) and Justin Britt, SEA (+4.6)
It’s an NFC West tandem at offensive tackle for this week’s Team of the Week. Allowed just the one hurry each while impressing with some solid run blocking in their teams’ respective wins.
Honorable Mentions: Joe Thomas, CLV and Bobbie Massie, ARZ
Guards: Evan Mathis (+3.6) and Marshal Yanda, BAL (+4.2)
Returning to the field after a Week 1 injury, Evan Mathis slots straight into the Team of the Week after an impressive showing as a run blocker on Monday night. On the right, Yanda also impressed in the running game, and added a perfect game in pass protection too.
Honorable Mentions: Kelechi Osemele, BAL and Zach Martin, DAL
Center: Jeremy Zuttah, (+3.8)
Bouncing back after a rough week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Zuttah was dominant as a run blocker against the Tennessee Titans. He’d struggled over the past month but got back to his best in Week 10.
Honorable Mention: Max Unger, SEA
Each week we put forward a hybrid defense that features two edge rushers (4-3 defensive ends or 3-4 outside linebackers), three players on the “interior” of the defensive line (3-4 defensive ends or defensive tackles) and two linebackers (all inside linebackers and 4-3 outside linebackers).
Defensive Interior – Ends: Ndamakong Suh, DET (+7.0) and Fletcher Cox, PHI (+5.9)
Having his best game of the year, Suh was dominant both against the run and as a pass rusher, where he registered a sack, two hits and five hurries, with the big showing coupled with McCoy’s struggles now making him our highest graded defensive tackle on the year so far. Cox had a fine game on Monday night against the Panthers, registering a sack and seven hurries while impressing against the run.
Honorable Mentions: Haloti Ngata, BAL and Aaron Donald, STL
Defensive Interior – Nose: Dan Williams, ARZ (+1.2)
So far this week, it’s only Williams who has a grade in the green amongst nose tackles. This was down to his stellar work against the run once again, where he has continued to impress this season.
Honorable Mention: None
Edge Rushers: Julius Peppers, GB (+7.1) and Von Miller, DEN (+7.9)
If you’re going to play well against your old team, you may as well do it in a primetime game, and that’s exactly what Peppers did here, impressing both as a pass rusher and against the run. Miller was similarly dominant in the Broncos’ win over the Raiders, with a hit and six hurries to go along with some nice work against the run.
Honorable Mentions: Kroy Biermann, ATL and Paul Kruger, CLV
Linebackers: Chris Borland, SF (+5.9) and Nigel Bradham, BUF (+5.5)
Borland’s main impression came against the run, but despite being targeted nine times in coverage, the seven receptions he gave up went for just 41 yards as he finished the game with seven tackles resulting in defensive stops. Bradham graded in the green against the run, in coverage and as a pass rusher, with a well-rounded game in the Bills’ loss to the Chiefs.
Honorable Mentions: DeAndre Levy, DET and Alec Ogltetree, STL
Cornerbacks: Chris Harris Jr., DEN (+3.4) and Bradley Fletcher (+5.3)
Harris continues to play at an impressively high level, not even considering that he’s coming off a knee injury. This week he allowed a mere 8 yards on four completions in his coverage. Meanwhile, on Monday Night Football, Fletcher made the Panthers pay for targeting him nine times, giving up just two receptions while breaking up three passes and picking off another which he returned for a touchdown.
Honorable Mentions: Patrick Peterson, ARZ and Chris Culliver, CB
Safeties: Jaiquawn Jarrett, NYJ (+5.3) and T.J. McDonald, STL (+4.8)
An impressive day all-around for Jarrett, who didn’t allow a reception in coverage, but broke up one pass and picked off two more, also adding a sack and a hit as a pass rusher. McDonald’s best work came close to the line of scrimmage, with some nice work against the run and on short receptions seeing him finish the game with seven defensive stops.
Honorable Mentions: George Iloka, CIN and Antoine Bethea, SF
Kicker: Caleb Sturgis, MIA: A perfect three-for-three on field goals on Sunday, including one from 50+ yards.
Punter: Thomas Morstead, NO: Six punts from Morstead, with just 7 return yards coming from the four which were returned and an average of 49.8 yards per punt.
Returner: Darren Sproles: The two best return men this week played in the Monday night game, but it was Sproles who returned a punt for a touchdown and gets the nod here.