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Better Than Average (BTA) Rankings: Quarterbacks
David Dorey
June 26, 2012
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Better Than Average (BTA) was developed to show how players truly rank between themselves by looking at every game from last season and for each defense and determining three things:

"8" - Which players scored in the top 8 game performances for fantasy points allowed by a defense. Basically, which players had an above average performance (top 8 in a 16 game season) that a defense gave up.

"4" - Which players scored in the top 4 game performances for fantasy points allowed by a defense.

"1" - Who had the most fantasy points scored in a game against each defense last season. There could only by 32 such events per position since each defense can only allow one "best game".

BTA - Simply adding up the 1, 4 and 8 values to arrive at a numerical expression of how effective a quarterback truly was last year against all other players in his position. The ease or strength of schedule doesn't matter. Only what a player did against all other players in that position against that defense.

Multiple "Best Games"
Drew Brees   6  
Tom Brady 5
Cam Newton 3
Matthew Stafford 3
Aaron Rodgers 2
Eli Manning 2
Joe Flacco 2

Last season was a historic year for passing stats but there were still just the same amount of quarterbacks who had more than one instance of scoring more fantasy points against a particular defense than any other quarterback. Brees and Brady were both much bigger than the others since they stung opponents with season high scores five or six times.

Matthew Stafford and Cam Newton were big surprises last season and Newton did it largely with rushing scores and yardage that rarely happen two seasons in a row. Nothing too dramatic at the top but a slight surprise that Aaron Rodgers only had two opponents that suffered their worst game against him. He just had a nice division and schedule to play like every year.

NAME BTA   1     4     8   NAME BTA   1     4     8   NAME BTA   1     4     8  
Drew Brees 34 6 12 16 Mark Sanchez 11 0 2 9 Matt Flynn 3 1 1 1
Tom Brady 31 5 11 15 John Skelton 10 0 4 6 T.J. Yates 3 1 1 1
Aaron Rodgers 28 2 12 14 Alex Smith 8 0 2 6 Tarvaris Jackson 3 0 1 2
Cam Newton 26 3 11 12 Matt Schaub 8 1 2 5 Vince Young 3 0 1 2
Eli Manning 22 2 8 12 Rex Grossman 8 0 2 6 Dan Orlovsky 2 0 0 2
Matthew Stafford 20 3 5 12 Carson Palmer 7 0 2 5 Joe Webb 2 0 0 2
Tony Romo 17 0 7 10 Josh Freeman 7 0 1 6 Kyle Orton 2 0 0 2
Joe Flacco 16 2 5 9 Colt McCoy 6 0 1 5 Matt Cassel 2 0 1 1
Michael Vick 16 1 6 9 Tim Tebow 6 0 1 5 Sam Bradford 2 0 0 2
Ben Roethlisberger 15 1 5 9 Chad Henne 5 1 1 3 Caleb Hanie 1 0 0 1
Matt Ryan 15 0 5 10 Kevin Kolb 5 0 1 4 Jake Locker 1 0 0 1
Philip Rivers 15 1 3 11 Jay Cutler 4 0 0 4 John Beck 1 0 0 1
Matt Hasselbeck 14 1 5 8 Christian Ponder 3 0 1 2 Kellen Clemens 1 0 0 1
Ryan Fitzpatrick 12 0 4 8 Curtis Painter 3 0 0 3 Kerry Collins 1 0 0 1
Andy Dalton 11 1 3 7 Jason Campbell 3 0 1 2 Matt Moore 1 0 0 1


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