Sports Info Solutions provided updates on the Total Points leaders at various intervals throughout the season. Now with the regular season about to end, SIS presents the complete All-Total Points Team for the 2020 season.
|Position||Player||Team||Total Points Earned||Total Points Earned/Game|
Quarterback – Patrick Mahomes
We’ve already declared the MVP race over and that it’s Mahomes’ award to win. He’s done everything he’s been asked to do and done it better than he did last season. Mahomes is averaging better than 11 Total Points per game, two points per game better than in 2019. His 168 Total Points match his 2018 total in one fewer game.
Deshaun Watson has had a fantastic season and is even within statistical striking distance of Mahomes with 161 Total Points with a week to go. That the Texans have been awful this season is a statement to the lack of support that Watson has gotten.
And yes, we’re leaving out Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers is fourth in Total Points behind Mahomes, Watson, and Josh Allen. However, if we were looking at efficiency and not total value, Rodgers would be the leader as he ranks first in Total Points per Play.
Second Team – Deshaun Watson, Texans
Running Back – Derrick Henry, Titans
Henry is leading the NFL in rushing attempts and yardage for the second straight season. He’s one rushing touchdown shy of tying his 16th from 2019. Henry ranks first among running backs in Positive Percentage (percentage of plays with a positive EPA). He’s been a dominant running back all season and barring a crazy turn in Week 17, he’ll be the first player to lead the NFL in rushing yards in consecutive seasons since LaDainian Tomlinson did it in 2006 and 2007.
We’ll make a note of our second-team choice here too. Nick Chubb is outdoing Henry in Total Points per game this season, but we went with Henry, as Chubb was limited by injuries to 11 games. Why does Chubb score higher than some of the other players with more yardage than him? It has to do with his leading the NFL in yards after contact per rush (3.5). Chubb also led the league in that stat in 2018 and 2019 as well. He has earned the yardage he’s gotten.
Second Team – Nick Chubb, Browns
Fullback – Kyle Juszczyk, 49ers
There aren’t many fullbacks getting snaps these days. Kyle Juszczyk and Alec Ingold are the only ones with more than 1 Total Point Earned. You can take your pick. Juszczyk edges out Ingold on a per-game basis, though Ingold wins out on a per-snap basis. We went with Juszczyk to reward his usage. The 49ers averaged 7 passing EPA per 60 plays when he was on the field compared to -4 per 60 when he was off the field.
Second Team – Alec Ingold, Raiders
Wide Receivers – Steffon Diggs, Justin Jefferson, Davante Adams
There were a lot of possibilities here, but these were the three leaders in Total Points per game.
Stefon Diggs enters the final week of the regular season leading the NFL in receptions and yards, making him an easy choice by any statistical evaluation. Justin Jefferson’s 14 receptions on passes thrown at least 20 air yards are tied with Calvin Ridley for the NFL lead. Davante Adams leads the league in receiving yards per game (102.2) and has the fourth-lowest drop percentage among the 40 wide receivers with the most targets (1.7%).
Second Team – Calvin Ridley, Falcons; Keenan Allen, Chargers; Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
Tight End – Travis Kelce
With George Kittle out for much of the season, there is significant distance between Travis Kelce and the rest of the league’s tight ends. His 57 Total Points are 24 more than the runner-up at the position, Darren Waller. The difference between Kelce and Waller is about the same as the difference between Waller and the tight end who ranked 28th in Total Points.
Kelce has set career highs in receptions (105), receiving yards (1,416), and touchdown receptions (11). He plays the game at a different level than everyone else.
Second Team – Darren Waller, Raiders
Offensive Line – Orlando Brown, Bradley Bozeman, Frank Ragnow, Shaq Mason, Rob Havenstein
The Ravens lead the NFL in rushing yards per attempt, which can certainly be credited to Lamar Jackson, but also is a credit to the team’s offensive line, and they’re represented by the left side of it here in tackle Orlando Brown and guard Bradley Bozeman. Brown and Bozeman had only 21 combined blown blocks. There were 31 NFL players that had at least 21 by themselves.
Ragnow protected Matthew Stafford ably. He had the fourth-lowest blown block rate among centers.
Shaq Mason secured room for the Patriots’ run game. New England ranks fourth in the NFL in rushing yardage. When Mason was on the field, 49% of the Patriots’ run plays had a positive EPA. When he was off the field, that dropped to 36%. Havenstein was important for a Rams team that frequently runs outside zones that rely on tackles at the point of attack and lost All-Pro left tackle Andrew Whitworth to injuries that limited him to nine games. Havenstein was just about equally valuable blocking for the run as he was for the pass.
Second Team – David Bakhtiari, Packers; Joe Thuney, Patriots; Trey Hopkins, Bengals; Kevin Zeitler, Giants; Kelvin Beachum, Cardinals
|Position||Player||Team||Total Points Saved||Total Points Saved/Game|
Edge Rushers – T.J. Watt, Jason Pierre-Paul
T.J. Watt is basically an automatic for a spot on this list. His 15 sacks set a career-high and currently leads the NFL. Watt got a pressure on 18% of his pass rushes, the highest percentage in the league. Pierre-Paul is benefitting a lot from strip-sacks. He has four which is tied for the lead among defensive ends. That alone netted him 15 Total Points. He is also getting 12.4 points from run defense, which ranks sixth among defensive ends.
Second Team – Cameron Heyward, Steelers; Shaquil Barrett, Buccaneers
Interior Defensive Linemen – Aaron Donald, Quinnen Williams
Aaron Donald led all interior linemen in Total Points Per Game for the fifth straight season. Donald recorded double figures in sacks (13.5) for the fourth straight season. He’s improved upon a “down” 2019 when he averaged 2.8 Total Points Per Game.
Williams ranks tied for second to Sebastian Joseph-Day of the Rams in solo tackles with 31 and is also among the leaders among interior linemen on tackles for loss against the run. You may also remember him as the highest-graded player in the inaugural SIS Football Rookie Handbook.
Second Team – Daron Payne, Football Team; DeForest Buckner, Colts
Inside Linebackers – Roquan Smith, Foyesade Oluokun
Third-year man Roquan Smith ranked second among all defensive players in Total Points. He was notable in pass coverage, where he had the fourth-lowest yards per attempt allowed among linebackers who were targeted at least 40 times (4.0). Oluokun had a balanced season. He netted 20 Total Points from run defense, 15 from pass rush, and 27 from pass coverage.
Second Team – Eric Kendricks, Vikings; Fred Warner, 49ers
Cornerbacks – Xavien Howard, Tre’Davious White, Jason Verrett
Xavien Howard leads all defensive players in Total Points. He ranks second among cornerbacks in lowest completion percentage allowed (41% on 70 targets) and leads the NFL with nine interceptions.
Tre’Davious White ranks third in pass coverage Points Earned and 11th in run defense among cornerbacks. Jason Verrett’s basic numbers don’t look particularly impactful, but he accumulated Total Points by being good against the pass (fifth in Total Points per Game among cornerbacks) and the run (sixth among CBs).
Second Team – Jaire Alexander, Packers; Cameron Dantzler, Vikings; Marlon Humphrey, Ravens
Safeties – Malcolm Jenkins, Budda Baker
Jenkins previously made three Pro Bowls and our numbers showed him worthy of a fourth. After two seasons with the Eagles, he was solid in his first season with the Saints playing nearly every snap. Jenkins was targeted fourth-most among safeties and held his own. He was boosted by ranking seventh in Totals Points in run defense at the position.
Budda Baker was a run stopper for the Cardinals, leading all safeties with eight tackles on running plays per game, and as a result had the most Run Defense Total Points of any safeties.
Second Team – Marcus Maye, Jets; Jalen Mills, Eagles
|Position||Player||Team||Total Points Earned||Total Points Earned Per Game|
Kicker – Brandon McManus
McManus has made 25-of-28 field goal attempts, including an NFL-best 10 from 50 yards and beyond. That’s one more 50-yard kick than he had in the last three seasons combined.
Second-Team – Graham Gano, Giants
Punter – Jake Bailey
It was a stellar second season for Bailey, who has thus far upped his gross punting average by more than four yards per punt to 49.1. Bailey led the NFL in net punting average (47.2 yards per punt) and ranked second in the league in percentage of punts inside the 20 (57%) and inside the 10 (25%).
Second Team – Michael Dickson, Seahawks