by Steven Bishop 28.05.2012
The NFL boasts a hugely diverse and talented crop of players. Here at BFB we decided to ask ourselves the question: if we were a fantasy GM, and we could pick our ultimate NFL Dream Team, who would we choose? Across the next week, the BFB team will release their own starting offenses, defenses and specialists – as well as justifying their selections. Undoubtedly some of these picks will prove to be controversial and surprising. We ask you the fans, to look at our choices, and get involved via Twitter or our comment boxes – giving us your changes, perceptions and criticisms. Enjoy!
For more BFB Dream Teams click the links (activated daily): Alex's Dream Team, Rowan's Dream Team, Rackesh's Dream Team, Alec's Dream Team, Marcus' Dream Team, Rich's Dream Team.
Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
If I were a GM building a team from scratch, I’d want Rodgers above Brady and Manning, simply because of the potential he has left in him and his dual threat ability in the red zone.
Running Back: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Without a shadow of a doubt he is the best and most consistent running back in the league. AP can create holes where there aren’t any. Who wouldn’t want him in their team?
Wide Receiver 1: Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Again, he is the most solid and explosive receiver in the league. He delivers year upon year, and it’s scary to think what he’ll do with the Lions this season, unless he’s contracted the dreaded Madden curse.
Wide Receiver 2: Larry FitzGerald, Arzona Cardinals
Whilst I believe Andre Johnson is the better receiver out of the two, Larry is a better compliment to #1 receiver Calvin Johnson in my dream team. Great hands, great route running and it’s frightening to see what he could do with another Kurt Warner-esque Quarterback.
Wide Receiver/Slot Receiver 3: Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Instead of taking the third best receiver in the League, I’ve chosen to take the best receiver who could play in the slot. That man is Nelson, and he plied his trade being ARod’s number three and four a couple of years ago. Massive potential this year, and of course, you know I rank him highly from my Jordy Shore article.
Tight End: Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
It was difficult to separate Graham from Gronkowksi, but Jimmy just edges it for me as a better compliment to the other receivers I’ve chosen. Ever dependable for Drew Brees in New Oleans and he’s be the great pass catching Tight End for ARod to throw balls too.
Left Tackle: Donald Penn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Penn can be incredible on his day and unplayable and would provide premium protection on Aaron Rodgers’ blindside in my team.
Left Guard: Carl Nicks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Nicks is simply the best Left Guard in the league and his departure from New Orleans to rivals Tampa Bay will hurt the already handicapped Saints. This NFC South heavy O-Line is a testament to the Quarterback success the league has produced in recent years.
Center: Casey Wiegmann, Kansas City Chiefs
A little unconventional choice here at Center, but veteran Wiegmann has been vital to the success of the Chiefs in the past couple of years, providing protection for Cassell and opening up lanes for the devastating Jamaal Charles.
Right Guard: Jahri Evans, New Orleans Saints
The Saints have a player in Evans who completes my NFC South heavy Offensive Line, who would provide protection and open up lanes for both Aaron Rodgers and Adrian Peterson in my dual threat team.
Right Tackle: Michael Oher, Baltimore Ravens
A man-mountain of a Right Tackle…and he has a movie about him. Super star dream team much?
Left Defensive End: Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants
Pierre-Paul dominated the front line for the Giants last season, amassing vast numbers of sacks and tackles during the second half of the season (and in the process helping me on my way to winning our Fantasy Football league). Pierre-Paul and Allen coming off the edge will strike fear into the hearts of any of the opposing BFB offenses.
Defensive Tackle: Ndamukong Suh, Detroit Lions
He isn’t a man; he’s a monster. His aggression does get the better of him sometimes, but it’s also the reason why he’s one of, if not the, best DT in the league. Big Suh would captain my defense, hands down.
Defensive Tackle: Haloti N’gata, Baltimore Ravens
Suh makes the headlines, N’gata collects the accolades. As simple as that; he does the job as well as any other, and doesn’t make that much noise about it; a perfect complement to the former Husker beside him.
Right Defensive End: Jared Allen, Minnesota Vikings
He just won’t be stopped. In a Vikings team which is growing progressively weaker, he has become more devastating, leading the league in 22 sacks last season. And plus, it wouldn’t be a dream team without a good ol’ classic American redneck.
Left Oustide inebacker 1: DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys
Like Allen, DeMarcus Ware just gets better with age. What does a man do who get 15.5 sacks in 2010? Better it with an almost career high 19.5. No brainer.
Middle Linebacker: Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers
He’s easily been the best player on the 49ers defence for many years now. Again, not a flashy player, just gets the job done. Perfect partner to Ware, and the player beside him…
Right Outside Linebacker: Brian Urlacher, Chicago Bears
It’s always great when a player lives up to his ninth overall pick potential. Whilst Ware picks up the sacks, Urlacher will mop up the tackles and INTs. Plus, he genuinely frightens me, which works for my solid defensive front.
Cornerback: Darrelle Revis, New York Jets
Best shutdown corner in the league. Completely neutralises one half of the field. Says it all.
Cornerback: Charles Woodson, Green Bay Packers
Though he’s growing older, Woodson is a solid, elite veteran who can shut down any receiver on his day. I’ve gone for sturdiness, and the Green Bay corner is the epitome of this. If Revis is forcing opposition Quarterbacks to throw to the other side of the field, I’m gambling on Woodson to take relish the challenge.
Strong Safety: Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs
Fifth overall pick two years ago, Berry proved himself in his rookie year and has heaps of potential, only squandered by a season long injury in ’11. It’s scary to think how explosive he could be in my dream team in the coming years.
Free Safety: Eric Weddle, San Diego Chargers
Joint-leading the NFL in picks last year, Weddle is the reason why San Diego won eight games and not fewer last season. He was the main factor to their 4-1 start and blends solidity with big play ability. He’s quietly become the League’s best and doesn’t look like slowing down any time soon.