NFL Approximate Value Year-by-Year Leaders

For some seasons (1960-1969 & 1947-1950) leaders for both leagues are shown.
+ Indicates Hall of Famer, season age in parentheses

Leaders

Leaders Table
Year Player AV Tm
2020Aaron Donald (29)23LAR
2019Lamar Jackson (22)25BAL
2018Patrick Mahomes (22)22KAN
2017Tom Brady (40)20NWE
2016Matt Ryan (31)21ATL
2015Cam Newton (26)21CAR
2015J.J. Watt (26)21HOU
2014J.J. Watt (25)23HOU
2013Richard Sherman (25)21SEA
2012Richard Sherman (24)20SEA
2011Aaron Rodgers (27)23GNB
2010Arian Foster (24)20HOU
2009Darrelle Revis (24)22NYJ
2008Cortland Finnegan (24)20TEN
2008Ray Lewis+ (33)20BAL
2007Tom Brady (30)23NWE
2006LaDainian Tomlinson+ (27)26SDG
2005Tiki Barber (30)21NYG
2004Edgerrin James+ (26)21IND
2004Peyton Manning+ (28)21IND
2003Ahman Green (26)20GNB
2003Priest Holmes (29)20KAN
2002Priest Holmes (28)23KAN
2002Derrick Brooks+ (29)23TAM
2001Marshall Faulk+ (28)22STL
2000Ray Lewis+ (25)23BAL
2000Samari Rolle (24)23TEN
1999Marshall Faulk+ (26)25STL
1998Terrell Davis+ (25)22DEN
1997Michael Strahan+ (25)19NYG
1997Terrell Davis+ (24)19DEN
1997Barry Sanders+ (29)19DET
1996Deion Sanders+ (29)23DAL
1995Randall McDaniel+ (30)23MIN
1994Steve Young+ (32)22SFO
1993Steve Young+ (31)22SFO
1992Steve Young+ (30)22SFO
1991Pat Swilling (26)23NOR
1990Randall Cunningham (27)20PHI
1990Pepper Johnson (26)20NYG
1990Rod Woodson+ (25)20PIT
1989Karl Mecklenburg (29)20DEN
1988Carl Lee (27)21MIN
1987Andre Tippett+ (27)18NWE
1986Wilber Marshall (24)23CHI
1985Lawrence Taylor+ (26)23NYG
1984Dan Marino+ (22)21MIA
1983Doug Betters (27)20MIA
1982Wes Chandler (26)22SDG
1981Dan Fouts+ (30)19SDG
1980Herbert Scott (27)18DAL
1980Lester Hayes (25)18OAK
1979Wilbert Montgomery (24)18PHI
1978Roger Staubach+ (36)17DAL
1978Tony Dorsett+ (24)17DAL
1978Jim Zorn (25)17SEA
1977Rolland Lawrence (26)24ATL
1976Lydell Mitchell (27)23BAL
1975O.J. Simpson+ (28)25BUF
1974Otis Armstrong (23)21DEN
1973Willie Brown+ (32)20OAK
1973Dick Anderson (27)20MIA
1972Ron Johnson (24)20NYG
1972Larry Brown (24)20WAS
1971Alan Page+ (26)21MIN
1971Ted Hendricks+ (23)21BAL
1970Alan Page+ (25)24MIN
1969Lem Barney+ (23)23DET
1969Alan Page+ (24)23MIN
1969Carl Eller+ (27)23MIN
1969Bobby Bell+ (29)17KAN
1968Bobby Boyd (30)21BAL
1968Don Maynard+ (33)17NYJ
1967Johnny Unitas+ (34)19BAL
1967Fran Tarkenton+ (27)19NYG
1967Joe Namath+ (24)16NYJ
1967Mike Garrett (23)16KAN
1967Miller Farr (24)16HOU
1967Don Maynard+ (32)16NYJ
1966Otis Taylor (24)20KAN
1966Leroy Kelly+ (24)18CLE
1965Jim Brown+ (29)21CLE
1965Dave Grayson (26)18OAK
1964Jim Brown+ (28)23CLE
1964Tom Sestak (28)17BUF
1963Jim Brown+ (27)22CLE
1963Lance Alworth+ (23)16SDG
1963Clem Daniels (26)16OAK
1962Herb Adderley+ (23)22GNB
1962Abner Haynes (24)20DTX
1961George Blanda+ (33)21HOU
1961Charley Hennigan (26)21HOU
1961Jim Brown+ (25)19CLE
1960Jim Brown+ (24)21CLE
1960Mark Johnston (22)18HOU