Thursday, May 30, 2013

MY NFL TOP 100 PLAYERS LIST: 21-30


Now we are getting to the true superstars and elite game changers.  I have the past two Super Bowl winning QB's here, along with the top two OT's in the league. I also have my #2-4 WR's here.  The #4 RB, #4 DT and #6 pass rusher.

21. BRANDON MARSHALL-CHICAGO BEARS-WR #2
In 2012 Marshall proved that all he needed was a solid QB.  Marshall's reunion with QB Jay Cutler was a great success.  He had a career high 118 receptions.  Only Calvin Johnson had a better season than Marshall.  At age 29, Marshall is clearly in his prime so other young WR's like AJ, Julio, Dez and Demaryius may have to wait their turn to take the #2 WR spot in the NFL.
SeasonTeamReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
2012Chicago Bears16161181,50812.856111-2-2.0-2020
2011Miami Dolphins1616811,21415.065T611313.013011
2010Miami Dolphins1414861,01411.8463231.54021


22. ANDRE JOHNSON-HOUSTON TEXANS-WR #3
He just continues to dominate.  After playing a total of 20 games in 2010 and 2011, Andre was healthy for a full season in 2012 and the results were another 100+ catch, 1500+ season.  The Texans also made the playoffs for the 2nd straight season.  Johnson is turning 32 this summer, so he  is hoping that the Texans reach the Super Bowl very soon while he is still in his prime.
YearTeamGRecYdsAvgYds/GLngTD20+40+1stFUM
2012Houston Texans161121,59814.399.960T4235790
2011Houston Texans73349214.970.3502103230
2010Houston Texans13861,21614.193.5608185591

23. JOE FLACCO-BALTIMORE RAVENS-QB #5
Super Bowl MVP!!!  He held out for a better contract and then backed up his talk by leading the Ravens to a Super Bowl win.  He then got an enormous contract this off season.  Is he worth it?  NO  Is he really a top 5 QB?  We will see.  I'm not putting him in the top 10 players with Brady, Peyton, Brees and Rodgers but #23 overall seem about right.

SeasonTeamPassingRushingFumbles
GGSCompAttPctYdsAvgTDIntSckSckYRateAttYdsAvgTDFUMLost
2012Baltimore Ravens161631753159.73,8177.222103522787.732220.7394
2011Baltimore Ravens161631254257.63,6106.720123120380.939882.31116
2010Baltimore Ravens161630648962.63,6227.425104029493.643842.0194

24. AJ GREEN-CINCINNATI BENGALS-WR #4
A young superstar in the making.  AJ Green had an incredible 2012, improving on all of his rookie numbers. Many are quick to put him ahead of Marshall and Johnson for the #2 WR spot but I give the vets the very slight edge over the young guy.  Green should be challenging Calvin Johnson for the #1 WR spot in 2-4 years.
SeasonTeamReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
2012Cincinnati Bengals1616971,35013.973T114389.520021
2011Cincinnati Bengals1515651,05716.358755310.622010

25. ELI MANNING-NEW YORK GIANTS-QB #6
Two time Super Bowl winning QB and MVP.  I may have had him a little too high last year but I was caught in the moment.  He had a down year in 2012 as WR Hakeem Nicks battled injuries and WR Victor Cruz battled inconsistency.  I would still take Eli over any young QB.
SeasonTeamPassingRushingFumbles
GGSCompAttPctYdsAvgTDIntSckSckYRateAttYdsAvgTDFUMLost
2012New York Giants161632153659.93,9487.426151913687.220301.5051
2011New York Giants161635958961.04,9338.429162819992.935150.4184
2010New York Giants161633953962.94,0027.431251611785.332702.2075

26. MARSHAWN LYNCH-SEATTLE SEAHAWKS-RB #4

BEAST MODE was in full effect in 2012.  Lynch along with rookie QB Russell Wilson led the revamped Seahawks offense to the playoffs.  Expectations will be even higher in 2013 with arrival of elite offensive play maker Percy Harvin.  Lynch, Harvin and Wilson make arguably the best RB-WR-QB trio in the league.

SeasonTeamRushingReceivingFumbles
GGSAttYdsAvgLngTDRecYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
2012Seattle Seahawks16153151,5905.077T11231968.527152
2011Seattle Seahawks15152851,2044.24712282127.626132
2010Seattle Seahawks12111655733.5396211386.622033

27. DUANE BROWN-HOUSTON TEXANS-OT #1
In my opinion Brown is the best offensive lineman in the NFL.  Pro Football Focus graded him at 35.6.  For the first time in his four year career Brown was a first team All Pro selection by both the AP and PFWA.  He has proved to be one of the best OT's from the 08 draft class that produced Ryan Clady, Jake Long and Branden Albert.


28. VINCE WILFORK-NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS-DT #4
Another year, another All Pro season for the big man in the middle of the Patriots defense.  Big Vince has also made five Pro Bowls since 2006.  Wilfork and Tom Brady are the only remaining members of the Patriots 2004 Championship team.  If Big Vince can win another Super Bowl and reach maybe two more Pro Bowls, he will be a Hall of Fame candidate.

SeasonTeamTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSCombTotalAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFF
2012New England Patriots16164829193.0--6----0.0----2
2011New England Patriots16165229233.50524723.52801
2010New England Patriots16165746112.0--2----0.0----0

29. CLAY MATTHEWS-GREEN BAY PACKERS-OLB/PR #6
After a down year in 2011, Matthews proved once again that he is an elite pass rusher by tallying 13 sacks in only 12 games.  If he can stay healthy, he should approach the 20 sack mark for the first time in his career.
SeasonTeamTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSCombTotalAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFF
2012Green Bay Packers121243321113.0--2----0.0----1
2011Green Bay Packers15155037136.00934715.738T13
2010Green Bay Packers15156054613.50416262.062T12


30. JOE STALEY-SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS-OT #2
Pro Football Focus graded Staley as the best OT in the NFL with a grade of 40.4.  I think some of that grade has to do with him playing with the best offensive line in the NFL and alongside left guard Mike Iupati. On the NFL Network Players list he is way down at #78.  What an insult.

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