Pro Bowl 2016: Team Rice vs. Team Irvin Rosters and Players to Watch

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Pro Bowl 2016: Team Rice vs. Team Irvin Rosters and Players to Watch
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The extra week between the championship games and the Super Bowl is usually just a drag, but at least the Pro Bowl gives you some football to hold you over in this stretch.

While the players on the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will be preparing for the biggest game of their lives in Santa Clara, California, the rest of the sport's biggest stars will be in Hawaii trying to finish the season on a high note. It's a laid-back atmosphere, but that doesn't mean the players won't be trying to put on a show for the fans.

Although the teams are jumbled as Michael Irvin takes on Jerry Rice with fantasy drafted rosters, the top players will be fun to watch regardless of who is playing with them.

Pro Bowl Rosters
Team Rice
Offense Defense/Special Teams
QB: Eli Manning, Giants DT: Aaron Donald, Rams
QB: Derek Carr, Raiders DT: Fletcher Cox, Eagles
QB: Tyrod Taylor, Bills DT: Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers
FB: John Kuhn, Packers DE: Cameron Jordan, Saints
RB: Adrian Peterson, Vikings DE: Everson Griffen, Vikings
RB: Doug Martin, Buccaneers LB: Elvis Dumervil, Ravens
RB: Chris Ivory, Jets LB: Julius Peppers, Packers
WR: Jarvis Landry, Dolphins LB: Tamba Hali, Chiefs
WR: Amari Cooper, Raiders LB: Khalil Mack, Raiders
WR: T.Y. Hilton, Colts LB: Clay Matthews, Packers
WR: Odell Beckham Jr., Giants LB: Bobby Wagner, Seahawks
TE: Travis Kelce, Chiefs CB: Marcus Peters, Chiefs
TE: Gary Barnidge, Browns CB: Vontae Davis, Colts
OG: Richie Incognito, Bills CB: Brent Grimes, Dolphins
OG: Logan Mankins, Buccaneers CB: Jason Verrett, Chargers
OG: Josh Sitton, Packers S: Eric Berry, Chiefs
OG: Nick Mangold, Jets S: Mike Adams, Colts
OT: Kyle Long, Bears S: Charles Woodson, Raiders
OT: Joe Staley, 49ers ST: Cedric Peerman, Chargers
OT: Joe Thomas, Browns KR: Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
C: Eric Wood, Bills P: Johnny Hekker, Rams
K: Josh Brown, Giants
Team Irvin
Offense Defense/Special Teams
QB: Russell Wilson, Seahawks DE: Michael Bennett, Seahawks
QB: Jameis Winston, Buccaneers DE: Carlos Dunlap, Bengals
QB: Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings DE: Ziggy Ansah, Lions
FB: Patrick DiMarco, Falcons DT: Geno Atkins, Bengals
RB: Todd Gurley, Rams DT: Calais Campbell, Cardinals
RB: Latavius Murray, Raiders DT: Jurrell Casey, Titans
RB: Devonta Freeman, Falcons LB: Sean Lee, Cowboys
WR: Julio Jones, Falcons LB: Anthony Barr, Vikings
WR: A.J. Green, Bengals LB: Lavonte David, Buccaneers
WR: DeAndre Hopkins, Texans LB: NaVorro Bowman, 49ers
WR: Allen Robinson, Jaguars LB: Derrick Johnson, Chiefs
TE: Tyler Eifert, Bengals CB: Richard Sherman, Seahawks
TE: Delanie Walker, Titans CB: Desmond Trufant, Falcons
OG: David DeCastro, Steelers CB: Adam Jones, Bengals
OG: Zack Martin, Cowboys CB: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Giants
OG: Marshal Yanda, Ravens S: Malcolm Jenkins, Eagles
OT: Branden Albert, Dolphins S: Reshad Jones, Dolphins
OT: Tyron Smith, Cowboys S: Harrison Smith, Vikings
OT: Andrew Whitworth, Bengals ST: Justin Bethel, Cardinals
C: Travis Frederick, Cowboys KR: Darren Sproles, Eagles
C: Alex Mack, Browns P: Sam Koch, Ravens
K: Dan Bailey, Cowboys

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Top Players to Watch

Russell Wilson, QB

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The first overall pick in the fantasy draft by Team Irvin was an obvious pick. The Seattle Seahawks star was one of the best players in football over the past couple of months, totaling 24 touchdowns and just one interception in the final seven games of the regular season.

While other quarterbacks had great seasons, Russell Wilson separates himself with the ability to show up to this event, as noted by Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk:

Wilson is perfect for a game like this where he can show off his playmaking ability with both his arm and his legs. No one will care if the consistency is there, only if he can put together the type of memorable plays he has been a part of throughout his young career.

With Julio Jones, A.J. Green, DeAndre Hopkins and Allen Robinson at receiver, he could just throw the ball up in the air and watch any of these guys come down with it no matter how accurate the pass. Wilson should get plenty of playing time with a chance to put up some big numbers in this one.

Odell Beckham Jr., WR

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As the captain of Team Rice, Odell Beckham Jr. made sure his team's first pick was New York Giants teammate Eli Manning. Then again, he might not have had a real choice, per ESPN's Dan Graziano:

While he was likely joking, the duo connected for 13 touchdowns during the regular season as well as a plethora of exciting plays. Beckham has become known for his ability to bring down passes in some unbelievable ways, and he has already taken that skill set to Hawaii during practice:

No matter what type of numbers he has or who wins the game, fans will be happy if Beckham can grab another big-time catch or two. Few players in the NFL are more fun to watch than the second-year player, making the Pro Bowl the perfect showcase for his ability.

With former LSU teammate Jarvis Landry alongside him, Manning could end up having a lot of fun throwing the ball.

Marcus Peters, CB

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This game is loaded with defensive stars from the likes of Aaron Donald to Khalil Mack, but the Pro Bowl isn't known for its physicality. There won't be many big hits over the middle or even sacks on blitzes. The defensive linemen won't even have much of a factor.

Instead, the defensive players making an impact will be the defensive backs. Although Marcus Peters is just a rookie, he showed he has playmaking ability with eight interceptions this season, tied for the most in the NFL.

The general manager who drafted him was certainly happy with the production Peters put together in his first season:

Although the cornerback still struggles with consistency and could end up allowing some big plays, he can make up for it by attacking the ball and getting it right back to the offense. Putting the young player alongside veteran Charles Woodson could also be fun to watch.

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