I wanted to add a slide telling you why a few marquee players didn't make the list.
Aldon Smith, OLB, San Francisco 49ers: Smith is tied for No. 7 overall in sacks, but he has just 13 tackles. He's too one-dimensional right now.
Jake Long, OT, Miami Dolphins: I love Jake Long, but he's playing horribly this year. Long has given up five sacks, six quarterback hits and 10 quarterback pressures through eight weeks.
Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans: This one should be obvious. Johnson has been horrible this year.
Reggie Wayne, WR | Dallas Clark, TE, Indianapolis Colts: Without Peyton Manning under center, the two sure-fire Hall of Famers are showing their age. Based on production alone, neither warrant a ranking here.
D'Qwell Jackson, LB, Cleveland Browns: Decent production this year, but there are five to six inside linebackers I would rank ahead of him.
Carlos Dunlap, DE, Cincinnati Bengals: Elite defensive ends need to have more than one sack in eight games.
James Harrison, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Harrison has missed over half of his team's games due to injury.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: A non-factor since Kurt Warner retired, Fitzgerald is No. 7 overall in catches and yards.