NFL Superteam: Building the perfect offense

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Dec 22, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) directs the offense against the Houston Texans during the first half at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 22, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) directs the offense against the Houston Texans during the first half at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

 

The 2014-15 NFL season is officially underway!

Between now and the start of the season, it’s going to be a mad dash to opening night. There’s so much still left to do, like fantasy drafts, preseason games, roster cuts, and injuries (booooooo!). But, it feels like the season is about to kickoff.

Before the season officially kicks off, there’s one last thing I have to do:

Make my NFL superteam.

Basically, the superteam is the best players at each position. The recipe for picking a superteam is:

Two parts statistical analysis

One part expectation for the upcoming season

One part fantasy football

Ranking each player at every position is incredibly difficult. There’s so much parity in the NFL. That’s why I needed the recipe. It’s basically splitting hairs when analyzing the stats and trying to find out which player is better than all the others. That’s why the statistical analysis is weighted double for expectation and the fantasy aspect of the analysis.

Obviously, the expectation for next season is also important. I have to weigh whether or not that player has a chance to make All-Pro. If he doesn’t have a chance, like he’s getting way up there in age, he’s not making the super team.

Of course, there’s bias involved in my decision-making. I’m partial to different players based on which teams I like and which players I like. I try my hardest not to let my preference get in the way and keep it on the game. Still, it does get a little fantasy football-ish. But, that’s okay, because it’s a SUPERTEAM!

Bottom line: I choose all the best players to make my team at every position. There’s not going to be any upsets, like some third-stringer isn’t making the list. I think that goes without saying.

Also, to all the offensive lineman fans and fullback fans out there, I apologize. There will be no offensive lineman or a fullback, which is basically another offensive lineman, named to the team. Unless you’re a football coach and know all the small details of offensive line play, it’s impossible to know which lineman are THAT much better than others. It’s probably the most important position in the league, but there’s no way to know who is better without stealing from other people who know the in-and-outs of the offensive line.

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