A while back I made mention of several players being in the top five at their position. After receiving a slew of emails from readers saying I was being too vague, and that I needed to share my mysterious “top five” lists, I went ahead and published a defensive version.
This week, I share the offense. These lists reflect who the best players are RIGHT NOW. History and past seasons are factored in, as well as what’s transgressed this season. Any players currently on IR will not show up on these lists.
At quarterback, with Tom Brady hurt, Peyton Manning is the consensus No. 1. Right behind him is his brother. I was surprised to see that I had ranked Eli this high, but the man has proven his mettle (see Super Bowl XLII). He’s also improved his consistency, and he can win any style of game for you. If it’s a shootout, he’s in. If it’s a slugfest, he’ll manage the tempo and flow.
I have Ben Roethlisberger as the third best QB in football, essentially for the same reasons that Eli is No. 2. At four, I have Drew Brees, the game’s most prolific passer right now. And at five is Tony Romo, who narrowly beat out Jay Cutler and Brett Favre.
The running backs were much easier to figure out. The four players in the league who have the best lateral mobility are Adrian Peterson, LaDainian Tomlinson, Brian Westbrook and Joseph Addai. Not surprisingly, this is the order of my top four. Peterson is the best because he offers the most power. LT’s vision is second to none. Westbrook’s versatility in invaluable. Addai’s all-around polish is a big component of Indy’s normally high-powered offense. Rounding out the top five is Steven Jackson, who offers an almost ideal combination of speed and strength.