NFL Network Analytics Expert Cynthia Frelund has released her All-Analytics Team, the best players in the league according to her statistics. She does not go into great deal into her methodology, but her commentary includes several uses of both play-by-play splits and film-based charting data.
You can read the article for her full list, but most of Frelund's picks match up with ours. Here are a few spots where our numbers differ though:
- Wide Receiver: Frelund's choices were Houston's DeAndre Hopkins and New Orleans' Michael Thomas, who finished second and third in our numbers behind Tyler Lockett. Tyreek Hill passes both of them if you include rushing value.
- Offensive Line: We do not have individual offensive line metrics, but Frelund's selection of Philadelphia center Jason Kelce is curious. The Eagles offensive line was in the middle of the pack in adjusted line yards and adjusted sack rate.
- Edge Rusher: Frelund's choices -- Houston's J.J. Watt and Chicago's Khalil Mack -- finished fourth and tied for 13th in defeats at the position. Frelund cites some team defensive stats and ability to draw double-teams in her commentary. As for the top edge rushers in defeats ... well, that article is coming soon.
- Linebacker: No dispute with Luke Kuechly or Darius Leonard, but Frelund's third selection, Bobby Wagner, was just tied for 10th at the position in defeats. Lavonte David, once again, gets overlooked.
- Cornerback: Stephon Gilmore led all corners in success rate and was second in yards allowed per target, so his choice makes sense, but Kyle Fuller didn't make the top 10 in either category, and opponents threw at him a ton. Patrick Peterson and Richard Sherman were the only full-time starters last year to finish in the top 10 in both target rate (as in, opponents avoided them) and success rate, though both were more susceptible to big plays than you might guess.