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Better Than Average (BTA) Rankings - Tight Ends
David Dorey
June 21, 2010
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Other BTA Positions:  Quarterback  |  Running Back  |  Wide Receiver  |  Tight End

Better Than Average (BTA) was developed to show how players truly rank between themselves by looking at every game from 2009 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 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 tight end 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"
Vernon Davis 4
Dallas Clark 3
Antonio Gates 2
Jason Witten 2
Greg Olsen 2
Owen Daniels 2
John Carlson 2
Fred Davis 2

Vernon Davis' break out season shows up in this anaylsis with a league high four games where he outscored all other tight ends who faced that particular defense. He was slighlty less consistent than either Dallas Clark or Antonio Gates but then again - that was the first time we discovered Davis wasn't a bust. He'll get better with the same system and coaches in place again this year.

The position is always defined by the dozen or so players who happen to play in an offensive system that uses them as a receiver. That's always important and allows guys like Brent Celek and Vishante Shiancoe to have big years and yet never have truly monster games. As always - there is a lot to be said for consistency. There is about half of the NFL teams which will rely on a single tight end enough to merit fantasy attention but as always, it continues to be a position with scant difference makers.

NAME BTA   1     4     8   NAME BTA   1     4     8   NAME BTA   1     4     8  
Dallas Clark 26 3 8 15 Benjamin Watson 10 1 3 6 Chris Baker 4 0 2 2
Antonio Gates 26 2 9 15 Kevin Boss 8 1 1 6 David Thomas 4 0 1 3
Vernon Davis 23 4 8 11 Dustin Keller 8 0 3 5 Ben Patrick 3 0 1 2
Brent Celek 20 0 8 12 Dante Rosario 7 1 3 3 Justin Peelle 3 0 1 2
Tony Gonzalez 18 1 7 10 Anthony Fasano 7 1 1 5 Kellen Davis 3 0 1 2
Jason Witten 15 2 4 9 Jeremy Shockey 6 0 1 5 Robert Royal 3 0 1 2
Kellen Winslow 15 1 5 9 Bo Scaife 6 1 2 3 Shawn Nelson 2 0 1 1
Visanthe Shiancoe 14 0 5 9 Chris Cooley 6 0 2 4 Jeff King 2 0 1 1
Greg Olsen 13 2 5 6 Daniel Fells 5 0 2 3 J.P. Foschi 2 0 0 2
Jermichael Finley 13 1 4 8 Gary Barnidge 4 0 1 3 Steve Heiden 2 0 1 1
Owen Daniels 13 2 4 7 Tony Scheffler 4 0 1 3 Daniel Graham 2 0 0 2
Heath Miller 13 1 6 6 Brandon Pettigrew 4 0 2 2 Tom Santi 2 0 1 1
Marcedes Lewis 12 1 3 8 Will Heller 4 0 1 3 Sean Ryan 2 0 0 2
Zach Miller OAK 12 0 4 8 Spencer Havner 4 0 1 3 Jeff Dugan 2 0 0 2
John Carlson 12 2 2 8 Joel Dreessen 4 1 1 2 Randy McMichael 2 0 0 2
Todd Heap 11 1 3 7 Zach Miller JAC 4 1 1 2 Jerramy Stevens 2 0 1 1
Fred Davis 11 2 3 6 Joey Haynos 4 0 2 2 Alge Crumpler 2 0 0 2

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