Daniel Jones – NYG (1st round)
In a losing effort, Jones went 26/40 – 308 yards – 4 TD and added 20 yards on the ground. He did lose a league-leading 10th fumble but Jones has been rising above a terrible offensive situation that produces a minimal run game stemming from a poor line.
Josh Jacobs – OAK (1st round)
Jacobs earned a tough 71 yards on 16 carries and scored the game sealing touchdown in OAK’s divisional win over LAC. He also added 30 yards on 3 catches.
Darius Slayton – NYG (4th round)
Slayton had a career game, catching 10 passes for 121 yards and 2 TDs. With Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram out with injuries, Slayton stepped up and continues to blossom his relationship with fellow rookie Daniel Jones.
Deebo Samuel – SF (2nd round)
Samuel is becoming the go-to target when SF needs a big reception. He stepped up with Emmanuel Sanders and George Kittle being injured, finishing their MNF spotlight game with 8 rec / 112 yards.
Dawson Knox – BUF (3rd round)
Knox had 4 rec / 55 yards in their hard fought loss against CLE. His blocking, most notably in space, has been a big difference maker and the athletic ability jumps off the screen as a pass catcher.
Kaleb McGary – ATL (1st round)
In a tough matchup against Cameron Jordan and the Saints, McGary had his best game of the season showing his grit, athletic footwork, and desire to stay in front. His high effort and talent are merging into a really solid piece for ATL.
Dennis Daley – CAR (6th round)
Daley continues to fill in for the injured fellow rookie Greg Little. While he doesn’t look overly comfortable or smooth, he doesn’t get beat often.
Elgton Jenkins – GB (2nd round)
GB continues to dominate the ground game, averaging 6 yards per carry against CAR and when they really needed a tough few yards, it was Jenkins that they ran behind.
Nate Davis – TEN (3rd round)
It has been a tough start to Davis’ career but one improvement I have seen in recent weeks is the consistency in the run game. He is getting plenty of movement and made key blocks on Derrick Henry’s best runs on the day against KC.
Garrett Bradbury – MIN (1st round)
MIN went on the road and stomped on DAL to earn their 7th win of the season. Bradbury held the point of attack as a pass blocker against the undersized but quick DAL interior and the MIN running game continued to be a steady force. They lost OG Josh Kline in the first half but Bradbury’s group never skipped a beat.
Clellin Ferrell – OAK (1st round)
It was a coming out party on the national stage for Ferrell, the fourth pick of the draft and what many considered to be a reach. He had 2.5 sacks – 8 tackles – 2 pressures – 1 pass break up in their 5th win of the season.
Nick Bosa – SF (1st round)
While Bosa didn’t get a sack, he proved he can still be a disruptive and borderline dominant player against the run. He had 8 tackles and helped contain the SEA running game, also making 1 TFL and 2 pressures.
Christian Wilkins – MIA (1st round)
Wilkins is leading the way for the MIA defense that continues to improve weekly. His quickness off the snap and range in pursuit led to 4 tackles and 2 pressures in MIA’s second straight win.
Armon Watts – MIN (6th round)
The MIN defense is able to trot multiple defensive tackles in and out all game, which will prove to be more and more effective as the year goes on. Their newest asset, Watts, finished the game with 3 tackles and a half-sack against the dominant DAL offensive line.
Dre Greenlaw – SF (5th round)
In a position group that is getting more and more banged up each week and missing their top playmaker, Kwon Alexander, Greenlaw had his best game of the season in arguably SF’s toughest game of the year. He had 8 tackles while adding a pass break up and an interception against SEA for the first place Niners.
Drue Tranquill – LAC (4th round)
A 14-tackle performance may cement Tranquill into the starting lineup for the Chargers. He is all over the field and has been equally effective in traffic as he is in space.
Kendall Sheffield – ATL (4th round)
The ATL defense was the surprise unit of the league in week 10 and ever since Sheffield got his starting role in the secondary, that group has been playing much better overall. He finished with 5 tackles and a pass breakup in their road win.
Nik Needham – MIA (UDFA)
Needham earned this spot with his 6 tackle – 3 pass break up – 1 sack – 1 INT performance in their road win at IND. Fast, aggressive, and confident are the notable traits this kid plays with and it will be interesting to see if he can keep up this level of play.
Taylor Rapp - LAR (2nd round)
Rapp’s playing time and role within the defense are becoming more and more influential as LAR tries to keep up with the rest of the NFC. He had 9 tackles and 2 TFL and looks to be the smartest player on the defense already.
Khari Willis - IND (4th round)
Willis finished with 8 tackles and a QB hit as he is yet another rookie who continues to make an impact right away for the playoff hopeful Colts. He is the secondary’s best and most reliable tackler.