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Colts Madden-style player ratings - Week 17

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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 — 88

Jacoby Brissett — 76

Jacob Eason — 68


Running Backs

Nyheim Hines — 82 (+1)

Jonathan Taylor — 82 (+1)

Jordan Wilkins — 74 (-1)

Marlon Mack — 79 (Injured Reserve)


Wide Receivers

T.Y. Hilton — 87

Zach Pascal — 79 (+1)

Michael Pittman Jr — 75

DeMichael Harris — 69 (-1)

Marcus Johnson — 68

Ashton Dulin — 67

Dezmon Patmon — 61

Parris Campbell — 77 (Injured Reserve)


Tight Ends

Jack Doyle — 78 (+2)

Mo Alie-Cox — 76

Trey Burton — 71 (-3)

Noah Togiai — 60 (Injured Reserve)


Offensive Line

Quenton Nelson — 96 (+1)

Ryan Kelly — 81

Braden Smith — 80

Mark Glowinski — 79

Jared Veldheer — 69

Danny Pinter — 65

Will Holden — 63 (+1)

Chaz Green — 61

Anthony Castonzo — 85 (Injured Reserve)

Le’Raven Clark — 60 (Injured Reserve)


Defensive Line

DeForest Buckner — 98

Grover Stewart — 86 (+1)

Justin Houston — 85 (+1)

Denico Autry — 79

Al-Quadin Muhammed — 76

Kemoko Turay — 73 (-2)

Tyquan Lewis — 73

Taylor Stallworth — 70 (+1)

Ben Banogu — 67


Linebackers

Darius Leonard — 98

Bobby Okereke — 81

Anthony Walker — 74

Zaire Franklin — 69

E.J. Speed — 67

Matthew Adams — 64

Jordan Glasgow — 63


Secondary

Kenny Moore III — 90

Xavier Rhodes — 82

Julian Blackmon — 77

Khari Willis — 77 (+2)

TJ Carrie — 74 (+1)

Rock Ya-Sin — 69 (-3)

George Odum — 68

Tavon Wilson — 66 (-1)

Isaiah Rodgers — 64

Tremon Smith — 62

Malik Hooker — 70 (Injured Reserve)


Special Teams

Rigoberto Sanchez — 82

Rodrigo Blankenship — 80

Luke Rhodes — 78


Biggest Climbers

Jack Doyle

Doyle has had a mini resurgence the last few games and has had a larger impact as a receiver. This type of play is encouraging to see and if the Colts make the playoffs, it gives Rivers a very reliable secondary receiving option.

Khari Willis

Willis is a beast and his play gets better every game. He made some big plays for the Colts and while he’s always been a good tackler, he’s play in coverage has improved as well. Good things are ahead for him and Blackmon.


Biggest Droppers

Rock Ya-Sin

He gets beat, he takes bad penalties and he’s a liability at the worst times. This isn’t his first time on the Biggest Droppers list and it’s becoming obvious that he should not be a long-term option at cornerback.

Trey Burton

Burton had an ugly performance with some drops and he’s clearly the #3 tight end and should see his minutes adjust accordingly to that. He should only be used in small spurts and even then, it might not be worth it.