1 Tom Brady, Quarterback, New England Patriots
Tom Brady continued to roll after defeating the Bears this past week. The Patriots seem to be hitting their stride and with the loss of exciting rookie, Sony Michel, Brady had to put the team on his shoulders and pull out the win at Soldier Field while also missing Gronk.
2 Patrick Mahomes, Quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs
Mahomes just continues to amaze with his spectacular performance against Cincinnati on Sunday night. For those who missed it, Mahomes threw for 358 yards to go along with four touchdowns and one interception. He made it look very easy!
3 Todd Gurley, Running-back, Los Angeles Rams
Todd Gurley continues to be a touchdown machine as he racked up three against San Francisco. He now has 11 rushing touchdowns and three receiving on the season. Other than Mahomes, Todd Gurley has been one of the hottest players in the NFL!
4 Philip Rivers, Quarterback, Los Angeles Chargers
Rivers has quietly put together a nice season of his own If not for Brady and Mahomes, he would probably top my list. The Chargers are 5-2 and only trail Kansas City in their division. He’s been very consistent and has thrown at least two touchdowns in every game this season! I am looking forward to the match-up against Mahomes and the Chiefs later in the year!
5 Drew Brees, Quarterback, New Orleans Saints
Brees falls one spot on this list but remains a fixture this week after he and the Saints outlasted Baltimore on the road. Brees continues to reach new milestones every week and the Saints are one of the better teams in the NFC this season.
Rookie of the Year
1 Baker Mayfield, Quarterback Cleveland Browns
Mayfield has been the guy Cleveland thought he would be when they selected him number one overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. He plays with poise and is a proven leader who can make those around him believe that they can win the game. They lost a tough one to Tampa Bay but I really like what I am seeing out of Mayfield in terms of his leadership.
2 Saquon Barkley Running back, New York Giants
Barkley falls one spot on this weeks list. The inconsistencies with the Giants offense has been the main thing holding Barkley back. Eli Manning’s regression, the shuffling of the offensive line. Odell’s comments, these could and should make it tough for a rookie to be productive and while the numbers have been up and down, Barkley is continuing to produce.
3. Tre’Quan Smith, Wide Receiver, New Orleans Saints
With Sony Michel suffering an injury against Chicago and Darnold’s poor performance, it’s a good time to introduce a rookie receiver who is starting to make noise in the NFL. Tre’Quan Smith from the Saints was on the receiving end of Brees’ pass that broke the All-Time yardage mark and has assumed a bigger role in the Saints offense. With Thomas drawing major attention, Smith could put up some huge numbers with Brees as his Quarterback.
1. Derwin James, Safety, Los Angeles Chargers
James has been the second best James in town for Los Angeles but has been very consistent as a rookie for the Chargers. The game has really come easy to James and the fact that he dropped to 17th in the draft might anger a few front offices and fan bases.
2. Denzel Ward, Corner back, Cleveland Browns
Ward, much like James has been very consistent to start his career. He’s been very good in coverage and has displayed an ability to be a ball hawk. On the year, Ward has intercepted three passes, deflected eight and has forced one fumble.
3 Darius Leonard, Linebacker, Indianapolis Colts
Darius Leonard continues to set the pace leading all rookies in tackles and sits currently at number one among all defensive players in the NFL and he is starting to separate himself after his 17 tackle out against Buffalo.