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Better Than Average (BTA) Rankings: Tight Ends
David Dorey
February 14, 2014
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Better Than Average (BTA) was developed to show which players were truly better than their peers when the advantage of the schedule was removed. . This is a true 1:1 measurement because it only considers how well players did against all others who faced a particular defense. It counts up three occurrences:

"8" - When a TE produced one of the top 8 game performances for fantasy points allowed by a defense.

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

"1" - Who had the best fantasy game against a defense over the past year. There could only by 32 such events since each defense can only allow one "best game".

BTA - Simply adding up the 1, 4 and 8 values for a numerical expression of how effective a tight end truly was last year against all other players in his position. The strength of schedule doesn't matter. Only what a player produced against all other players in that position against that defense. It is a measurement of player ability against the others in his position.

Multiple "Best Games"
Jimmy Graham 6
Vernon Davis 3
Jason Witten 3
Julius Thomas 2
Jordan Cameron 2
Charles Clay 2
Garrett Graham 2

The best tight ends are never hard to figure out since the position offers only marginal value outside of one to three players per season. Comparing how productive tight ends were last year really meant only one - Jimmy Graham. And then the rest splayed out behind with marginal difference from player to player.

Notable though was Jordan Cameron's emergence that may no longer matter since the coaching staff is entirely different. But Charles Clay and Timothy Wright both far exceeded expectations and are new comers to the party. This metric is a little less accurate for tight ends than for other positions because there is so much variance in what tight ends a defense has to face. A few teams rely heavily on the position and a few almost never use them. The schedule is a far bigger element when dealing with tight ends.

NAME BTA   1     4     8   NAME BTA   1     4     8   NAME BTA   1     4     8  
Jimmy Graham 30 6 11 13 Marcedes Lewis 8 0 3 5 Zach Miller 5 1 2 2
Vernon Davis 21 3 7 11 Brandon Myers 7 0 1 6 Anthony Fasano 4 0 1 3
Julius Thomas 20 2 8 10 Brent Celek 7 0 2 5 Kyle Rudolph 4 0 1 3
Jason Witten 17 3 6 8 Jermaine Gresham 7 0 2 5 Logan Paulsen 4 0 1 3
Jordan Cameron 17 2 6 9 Jermichael Finley 7 0 3 4 Mychal Rivera 4 0 0 4
Tony Gonzalez 16 1 7 8 Ladarius Green 7 1 2 4 Andrew Quarless 3 0 1 2
Charles Clay 15 2 5 8 Scott Chandler 7 0 2 5 Brandon Pettigrew 3 0 0 3
Greg Olsen 13 0 3 10 Tyler Eifert 7 1 2 4 Gary Barnridge 3 0 1 2
Timothy Wright 13 1 5 7 Heath Miller 6 0 2 4 Gavin Escobar 3 0 1 2
Antonio Gates 12 1 5 6 Joseph Fauria 6 1 1 4 Lance Kendricks 3 0 0 3
Garrett Graham 12 2 4 6 Zach Ertz 6 0 2 4 Luke Willson 3 0 1 2
Coby Fleener 11 1 4 6 Clay Harbor 5 0 1 4 Sean McGrath 3 0 1 2
Martellus Bennett 11 0 4 7 Dallas Clark 5 0 1 4 Benjamin Watson 2 0 0 2
Rob Gronkowski 10 1 4 5 Jeff Cumberland 5 0 1 4 Brandon Bostick 2 0 1 1
Delanie Walker 8 0 2 6 John Carlson 5 1 1 3 Chris Gragg 2 0 1 1
Jared Cook 8 0 4 4 Owen Daniels 5 1 1 3 Dennis Pitta 2 0 0 2
Jordan Reed 8 1 2 5 Rob Housler 5 0 1 4 Kellen Winslow 2 0 1 1


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