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Colts Madden-style player ratings - Week 10

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In this series on Stampede Blue, I’m going to break down each player on a 50-100 Madden-style scale each week to help identify and illustrate which players are the best and most valuable players on the team. Please take note that these are current values and don’t think into account the value or future potential (or regression) of a player. Here is a breakdown of the tiers:

Tiers

95 to 100 — One of the 3, 4 best players at his position in the NFL

90 to 94 — An elite, top 10 NFL player at his position in the NFL

85 to 89 — A borderline elite player who will make plenty of plays in each game

80 to 84 — An above average starter

75 to 79 — An average starter who won’t hurt you

70 to 74 — An average starter who should only be used in small spurts

65 to 69 — A below average starter and above average backup

60 to 64 — An average backup

60 or below — A borderline roster player


Quarterbacks

Philip Rivers — 79 (-3)

Jacoby Brissett — 76

Jacob Eason — 68


Running Backs

Nyheim Hines — 76

Jordan Wilkins — 74

Jonathan Taylor — 73 (-2)

Marlon Mack — 79 (Injured Reserve)


Wide Receivers

T.Y. Hilton — 80

Zach Pascal — 76 (+1)

Michael Pittman — 75 (+1)

Marcus Johnson — 72 (-1)

DeMichael Harris - 68 (+2)

Ashton Dulin — 67

Dezmon Patmon — 61

Parris Campbell — 77 (Injured Reserve)


Tight Ends

Mo Alie-Cox — 77

Jack Doyle — 75

Trey Burton — 73 (-1)

Noah Togiai — 60


Offensive Line

Quenton Nelson — 96 (-1)

Anthony Castonzo — 85

Ryan Kelly — 84 (+2)

Braden Smith — 80 (+1)

Mark Glowinski — 79

Le’Raven Clark — 65

Danny Pinter — 65

Chaz Green — 62


Defensive Line

DeForest Buckner — 97

Grover Stewart — 83 (+4)

Justin Houston — 82 (-1)

Denico Autry — 79

Al-Quadin Muhammed — 76

Tyquan Lewis — 73 (+1)

Sheldon Day — 72

Taylor Stallworth — 66 (+2)

Ben Banogu — 67

Ron’Dell Carter — 60

Kemoko Turay — 76 (Injured Reserve)


Linebackers

Darius Leonard — 96 (+2)

Anthony Walker — 79

Bobby Okereke — 77

Zaire Franklin — 69

E.J. Speed — 66

Jordan Glasgow — 63

Matthew Adams — 64 (Injured Reserve)


Secondary

Kenny Moore III — 84

Xavier Rhodes — 81 (+1)

Rock Ya-Sin — 75

Julian Blackmon — 75

Khari Willis — 72

TJ Carrie — 70

George Odum — 68

Tavon Wilson — 66

Isaiah Rodgers — 63

Tremon Smith — 62

Malik Hooker — 70 (Injured Reserve)


Special Teams

Rigoberto Sanchez — 80 (-1)

Luke Rhodes — 78

Rodrigo Blankenship — 73


Biggest Climbers

Grover Stewart

Grover Stewart over the past few weeks, but especially against the Ravens, has taken major leaps forward. He has played phenomenally well as a nose tackle and seems like a perfect fit next to DeForest Buckner, hence the reason why he gets the highest one week jump of any player this season. He has proven to be an above average player and at this pace, he might finish the season in the “borderline elite player” category. He has been the most improved player for the Colts this season.

Darius Leonard

The Maniac played fantastic football on Sunday, stifling Lamar Jackson and essentially shutting down a fierce Ravens run defense. He made plays all over the field and his tremendous speed was on display. He has proven this year that he is, without a doubt, one of the 3-4 best linebackers in the NFL and could eventually become the best in the league within the next year. The Colts have a great front 7 and it’s led by him.


Biggest Droppers

Philip Rivers

The Rivers roller coaster continues! After having his best game of the season against the Lions, Rivers came back to earth in a crashing way against the Ravens, with his age showing up in a bad way. Rivers’ inconsistency will cause him to rise and fall throughout the season, but the big question is: can he win you the big game against a top team? That remains to be seen.

Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan Taylor continues to disappoint in his rookie season with the Colts. After getting the ball often early in the game, Taylor ran what was going to be one of his best runs of the year, but he fumbled the ball and the Ravens recovered the ball for a touchdown. The Colts were up by 7 at that point and moving the football; they had all the momentum. Taylor’s fumble killed the momentum and swung the game in the other direction. He has not been as good as advertised and he officially drops into the “An average starter who should only be used in small spurts” category.