NFL Approximate Value Year-by-Year Leaders

For some seasons (1960-1969 & 1947-1950) leaders for both leagues are shown.

Leaders

  • + indicates Hall of Famer, season age in parentheses
Leaders Table
Year Player AV Tm
2019Lamar Jackson (22)25BAL
2018Patrick Mahomes (22)22KAN
2017Tom Brady (40)19NWE
2017Todd Gurley (23)19LAR
2016Matt Ryan (31)21ATL
2015J.J. Watt (26)21HOU
2014J.J. Watt (25)22HOU
2013Peyton Manning (37)19DEN
2013Richard Sherman (25)19SEA
2012J.J. Watt (23)19HOU
2012Adrian Peterson (27)19MIN
2011Aaron Rodgers (27)23GNB
2010Arian Foster (24)20HOU
2009David Harris (25)21NYJ
2009Darrelle Revis (24)21NYJ
2008Ray Lewis+ (33)19BAL
2008James Harrison (30)19PIT
2007Tom Brady (30)24NWE
2006LaDainian Tomlinson+ (27)26SDG
2005Tiki Barber (30)21NYG
2005Willie Anderson (30)21CIN
2004Edgerrin James+ (26)21IND
2004Peyton Manning (28)21IND
2003Priest Holmes (29)21KAN
2002Priest Holmes (28)23KAN
2001Marshall Faulk+ (28)22STL
2001Aeneas Williams+ (33)22STL
2000Samari Rolle (24)27TEN
1999Marshall Faulk+ (26)25STL
1998Terrell Davis + (25)22DEN
1997Terrell Davis + (24)19DEN
1997Barry Sanders + (29)19DET
1997Darrien Gordon (26)19DEN
1997Deion Sanders + (30)19DAL
1996LeRoy Butler (28)21GNB
1996Deion Sanders + (29)21DAL
1996Bruce Smith+ (33)21BUF
1995Emmitt Smith+ (26)20DAL
1994Steve Young+ (32)23SFO
1993Steve Young+ (31)23SFO
1992Rod Woodson+ (27)22PIT
1992Steve Young+ (30)22SFO
1991Pat Swilling (26)23NOR
1990Rod Woodson+ (25)24PIT
1989Eric Allen (23)22PHI
1988Carl Lee (27)20MIN
1988Keith Millard (26)20MIN
1987Barry Wilburn (23)20WAS
1987Ronnie Lott+ (28)20SFO
1986Wilber Marshall (24)23CHI
1985Anthony Munoz+ (27)21CIN
1984Dwight Stephenson + (26)22MIA
1984Ed Newman (33)22MIA
1983Doug Betters (27)20MIA
1982Wes Chandler (26)22SDG
1982Dan Fouts+ (31)22SDG
1981Dan Fouts+ (30)19SDG
1980Herbert Scott (27)20DAL
1979Wilbert Montgomery (24)19PHI
1978Willie Buchanon (27)18GNB
1977Rolland Lawrence (26)27ATL
1976Lydell Mitchell (27)23BAL
1975O.J. Simpson+ (28)25BUF
1974Ron Yary+ (28)21MIN
1974Otis Armstrong (23)21DEN
1973Willie Brown+ (32)23OAK
1972Rocky Freitas (27)20DET
1972Ron Johnson (24)20NYG
1972Larry Brown (24)20WAS
1972Dick Anderson (26)20MIA
1972Larry Little+ (26)20MIA
1972Ken Ellis (24)20GNB
1971Rick Volk (26)22BAL
1970Alan Page+ (25)23MIN
1969Lem Barney+ (23)24DET
1969Johnny Robinson+ (31)18KAN
1968Bobby Boyd (30)23BAL
1968Don Maynard+ (33)17NYJ
1968Miller Farr (25)17HOU
1967Eddie Meador (30)19RAM
1967Fran Tarkenton+ (27)19NYG
1967Johnny Unitas + (34)19BAL
1967Miller Farr (24)19HOU
1966Otis Taylor (24)20KAN
1966Cornell Green (26)19DAL
1965Jim Brown+ (29)21CLE
1965Dave Grayson (26)18OAK
1964Jim Brown+ (28)23CLE
1964George Saimes (23)17BUF
1963Jim Brown+ (27)22CLE
1963Clem Daniels (26)17OAK
1962Herb Adderley+ (23)23GNB
1962Abner Haynes (24)20DTX
1961Charley Hennigan (26)22HOU
1961Erich Barnes (26)21NYG
1960Jim Brown+ (24)21CLE
1960Jerry Norton (29)21STL
1960Mark Johnston (22)20HOU