Better Than Average (BTA) Rankings: Tight Ends

David Dorey, @DMDorey

Other Positions: Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End

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:

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

"Top 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.

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Multiple "#1 Games"
Rob Gronkowski 4
Jordan Reed 4
Tyler Eifert 3
Gary Barnidge 2
Benjamin Watson 2
Zach Ertz 2
Jimmy Graham 2

Rob Gronkowski is just a given as the best tight end each season but the rest of the top was populated by mostly surprises. Jordan Reed, Tyler Eifert, Gary Barnidge, Zach Ertz and even Benjamin Watson all turned in career seasons. Delanie Walker rarely had a big game and yet he ranked #1 with an amazing 13 games where he turned in a Top 8 performance allowed by that defense. Beyond Gronkowski there are not a lot of big advantages to be had though and certainly at least eight tight ends that all carry solid fantasy value.

 

Player BTA  # 1    Top  4   Top  8  
Rob Gronkowski 26 4 10 12
Gary Barnidge 24 2 10 12
Delanie Walker 21 1 7 13
Jordan Reed 21 4 5 12
Greg Olsen 19 1 7 11
Tyler Eifert 18 3 6 9
Travis Kelce 17 1 6 10
Benjamin Watson 15 2 4 9
Antonio Gates 14 1 4 9
Zach Ertz 14 2 4 8
Charles Clay 12 0 5 7
Eric Ebron 11 1 4 6
Heath Miller 11 1 3 7
Jimmy Graham 11 2 4 5
Richard Rodgers 11 1 4 6
Julius Thomas 10 1 4 5
Jason Witten 9 0 2 7
Zach Miller 9 1 2 6
Will Tye 8 0 2 6
Coby Fleener 7 1 3 3
Jacob Tamme 7 0 3 4
Kyle Rudolph 7 1 1 5
Ladarius Green 7 0 2 5
Owen Daniels 7 1 2 4
Austin Seferian-Jenkins 6 1 2 3
Crockett Gillmore 6 0 2 4
Martellus Bennett 6 0 3 3
Vance McDonald 6 0 3 3
Clive Walford 5 0 1 4
Brent Celek 4 0 1 3
Cameron Brate 4 0 1 3
Jared Cook 4 0 1 3
Larry Donnell 4 0 1 3
Scott Chandler 4 0 2 2
Jordan Cameron 3 0 0 3
Maxx Williams 3 0 0 3
Mychal Rivera 3 0 1 2
Vernon Davis 3 0 0 3
Virgil Green 3 0 1 2

Other Positions: Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End

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