Nov 12th 12:00, by ELF Network & SportsMetrics

Top 100 Players of 2023, Nos. 60 - 51: A rookie makes the list

Fiona Noever

Nov 12th 12:00, by ELF Network & SportsMetrics

Top 100 Players of 2023, Nos. 60 - 51: A rookie makes the list

The Top 100 Players of 2023 will be reveiled more and more every two days in the month of November. We will be releasing the Top 100 graded players of the season 2023 according to SportsMetrics. The grades reflect the individuals performance on the field.

Luke Glenna was without a doubt the best Barcelona Dragon in 2023. Glenna not only led the ELF with 137 tackles, but also recorded a TFL, seven pass breakups, four interceptions, forced two fumbles and blocked three kicks. The American was nominated for the Defensive Player of the Year Award and was awarded First-Team All-Star honors.

Emil Hovde proved to be the perfect counterpart for two-time Defensive Player of the Year Kyle Kitchens. The young Swede’s seven sacks and 12 tackles for loss ranked him second and third on the Thunder. Additionally, the 23-year-old recorded 42 tackles and blocked a kick.

Malik Stanley was one of the few bright spots on an underwhelming Sea Devils offense. The 2022 Second-Team All-Star ranked first on the team in every receiving category, recording 67 catches for 924 yards and nine touchdowns, over the course of the regular season.

Wrocław Panthers kicker Jakub Ałdaś had quite a season for guy that never kicked a football before. The 27-year-old was the most accurate in the ELF last season, scoring on 86.2% of his kicks. Ałdaś’ 74 points ranked third amongst kicker in the European League of Football, earning him a Second-Team All-Star selection.

In his first season with the team, Zachary Blair brought a much-needed leadership to the Centurions defense. The three-year veteran led the Centurions with 73 total tackles, 18 tackles for loss and two blocked kicks and additionally recorded four sacks and two forced fumbles. His outstanding performances made him a well-deserved Second-Team All-Star selection. 

Jonathan Falk proved to be a tackling machine for the Helvetic Guards. The 33-year-old led all homegrown players in total tackles and his 102 tackles ranked fourth overall in the European League of Football. Besides that, Falk also recorded six tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two pass break-ups, intercepted a pass, and forced a fumble. 

2023 was a career-year for Raiders running back Tobias Bonatti. The 25-year-old rushed for 776 yards and 8 touchdowns on 153 carries and also caught 27 passes for 228 yards. Bonatti was the second-best homegrown rusher and eclipsed the 1000-yard career mark this season.

Tony Tate was well on pace to shatter the single-season receiving touchdown record, before an injury ended his season prematurely. Despite not playing a full season, the speedy receiver turned his 39 catches into 895 yards and 16 touchdowns, earning him a First-Team All-Star selection and a nomination for Offensive Player of the Year. 

Yannick Mayr proved to be a valuable off-season addition for the Surge. The former Tirol Raiders played a good season for Jordan Neuman’s team, recording 50 receptions for 770 yards and five touchdown during the regular season.

The three-time All-Star showed once again why he is one of the best players in the European League of Football. Zec made 70 total tackles, had two tackles for loss, broke up three passes, caught three interceptions, making him a Second-Team All-Star this year.

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