Off the list: Deebo Samuel, Lamar Jackson, Joe Burrow, Josh Allen
8- Aaron Rodgers- He was @ 8 last week and has done nothing to dissuade me from that opinion, mostly because he didn’t play. But the Packers look like the most well-balanced team in the NFL and Rodgers is obviously the straw that stirs the drink, this is the best shot he’s had to win a Super Bowl in a while, he’ll probably blow it – but he still deserves praise as being one of the league’s best.
7- TJ Watt- It is such a noticeable difference when he’s on and off the field for the Pittsburgh Steelers, an absolute game-wrecker. 16 sacks, leads the NFL. The Steelers as a unit rank 18th in QB pressure rate, yet he leads the NFL in sacks, that basically tells you he’s running this show by himself.
6- Mac Jones- Ok, so, I had him @ 2 last week and while that seemed a little aggressive even then – you just see the steady impact he’s had on the Patriots who now stand atop the AFC by themselves. Jones however threw the ball 3x against the Bills so I had to slide him down. Those are not MVP #’s even if he just did what he was supposed to do. Give some credit to Damien Harris, Mattew Judon, and JC Jackson – big time play makers for this team.
5- Tua Tagovailoa- Yep, just had to do it. 5 straight wins, and this week in particular- highest graded QB in the league according to PFF.com. Last 4 games, 4-0 / 78% comp rate / 5-1 td to int ratio / 109.2 QB rating. Dude is getting it done. Yes its vs inferior competition for the most part but the dude has been lights out for the Phins.
4- Kyler Murray- Back with avengence, very efficient outing after missing the last few games. 11/15 123 through the air…but he threw 2 TD’s and ran 2 in. He finished the game with 59 yards rushing and the guy is just a cheat code, he’s one of the best runners in the league – not relative to his position, he’s just one of the best, and he’s an elite passer. Cards right now are the best team in the NFL.
3- Justin Herbert- On one week, off the next, its like Yoyo with this guy but he’s just so sensational when he’s on the money. Chargers beat the Bengals 41-22 on the road. Impressive. And I might be too hard on the up and down nature of Herbs…last 3 weeks, over 300 yards in each and 8 total TD’s.
2- Jonathan Taylor- Oh just another 140+ yard day for Jonathan Taylor. This is a passing league now – clearly JT (and the Patriots) didn’t get the memo. He’s had 4 games this season where he’s rushed for more than 140 yards. He’s scored a TD in every game since week 3. And as much as he’s carrying the ball, he’s still averaging 5.6 YPC, those are like college numbers. He has 1,348 yards on the ground, next closest is Joe Mixon with 978.
Number 1!- Tom Brady- GOAT. What else can I say?! I’m out of words. Bucs have the 2nd best record in the NFC. Unbeaten at home. Brady leads the league in pass yards and touchdowns. He’s got 6 games where he’s thrown at least 4 TD’s…that’s insanity.