Off the list: Micah Parsons, Cooper Kupp, Tua
8- TJ Watt- Every time I watch a Steelers game, this guy is making big plays. I can’t keep him off the list. He is such a high impact player, always comes up big when the Steelers need him most…5 tackles, 1 crucial sack on Sunday and he leads the league with 17.5 sacks.
7- Deebo Samuel- How about this…7 rushing TD’s, most by a WR in the Super Bowl era. 5 straight games with a rushing TD…also the most since the merger and he could become the only WR ever to lead his team in rushing TD’s. And he’s #6 in receiving yards among WR’s this season. Amazing.
6- Joe Burrow- I was back and forth between Burrow and Tua for this spot and I just can’t go with my guy. Burrow ranks 8th in pass yards, Tua is 27th. Burrow is 8th in TD’s, Tua is 22nd. Tua does have a higher QB and he’s turned the ball over less but all things considered…the Bengals are 8-6 and Burrow has really led that charge, so I’ll give him the nod.
5- Justin Herbert- This one’s not as difficult, I love everything about Justin Herbert’s game, but he falls from 2 to 5 because he was vastly outplayed by Patrick Mahomes on Thursday night. Herbert had gained some consistency within the past few weeks but the inability to convert on key 4th down situations his coach put him in, leads me to knock him down a few notches. Still love ya though Herbie…and thanks for the 26 fantasy points this week.
4- Pat Mahomes- Mahomes played great on Thursday, 410 – 3TD’s – just 1 pick, this Chiefs offense seems to have turned the corner just in time for the playoffs.
3- Tom Brady- He’d been #1 for 3 straight weeks so that’s why I’m only dropping him to 3, but you can’t get blanked at home Tom, I don’t care who is in and out of the lineup. Interested to see how they bounce back on the road against the Panthers in week 16.
2- Aaron Rodgers- Rodgers is dropping some gorgeous dimes this season, he’s got to be right up there in anyone’s rankings, he’s been masterful yet again. Rodgers won the real-life MVP last season and he’s playing basically just as well as he did last year. 30 TD’s just 4 picks all year long. Last 4 games- 13 touchdowns and zero turnovers.
Number 1! Jonathan Taylor- In Saturday's win over the Patriots, Jonathan Taylor had his 11th straight game with a rushing touchdown, the longest streak since LaDainian Tomlinson went 18 straight from 2004-05. He broke through for a game sealing 67 yard touchdown, the dude is just on a different level right now. He has 500 more yards than the next best RB. They threw up a metric on the screen Saturday and I wish I could remember exactly what it was, but basically it was – all the RB’s in the past that have been as productive as JT is this year, won the MVP award.