Now 1/3 through the NFL season, let's readdress our initial thinking and formulate a best-value offensive 11 starting lineup. The team was selected by use of our True Value Statistic (TVS) that combines a cumulative statistical rating from Pro Football Focus, and the player's current cap figure (how much better does the player perform in comparison to the average player of his position, times how much does the player make in comparison to the median player of his position).
|QB||Andrew Luck||Colts||$5,024,545 (#3)||15.39|
|RB||Giovani Bernard||Bengals||$955,153 (#42)||7.90|
|WR1||Antonio Brown||Steelers||$3,120,000 (#39)||12.89|
|WR2||Demaryius Thomas||Broncos||$2,430,250 (#51)||8.33|
|TE||Ben Hartsock||Panthers||$620,000 (#67)||9.69|
|LT||Nate Solder||Bills||$2,329,225 (#22)||17.12|
|LG||Kory Lichtensteiger||Bears||$1,800,000 (#16)||8.39|
|C||Manuel Ramirez||Broncos||$981,666 (#32)||8.74|
|RG||Larry Warford||Lions||$579,250 (#32)||7.86|
|RT||Demar Dotson||Buccaneers||$2,000,000 (#19)||12.60|
|Offensive Total Cap:||$19,840,089|
Luck was a close second in terms of overall QB TVS (Peyton Manning, 17.33), but with a cap nearly $13 million less than Manning he's easily the better value. The same can be said for Ben Hartsock who fell just shy of Vernon Davis' overall TVS, but costs more than $8 million less to the cap.
Our combined offensive cap total of $19.84 million is $11 million less than the the Oakland Raiders current offensive cap total - the lowest in the NFL.
The Colts will need to wait another season to consider extended Andrew Luck, but all signs appear pointed in that direction already. Hartsock is easily having the best of his 5 year career in 2013, and will become a free agent after the season. Nate Solder and Demaryius Thomas have rookie contracts that run through 2014 and are both extension candidates this offseason. Bernard, Dotson, Warford, Brown, Ramirez, Lichtensteiger, all signed new contracts prior to 2013 (Bernard/Warford are newly drafted rookies) and are producing at extremely high levels after doing so.
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