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Better Than Average (BTA) Rankings - Wide Receivers
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 in 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 wide receiver truly was last year compared to all other wideouts. 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"
Andre Johnson 3
Randy Moss 2
Larry Fitzgerald 2
Miles Austin 2
Brandon Marshall 2
Vincent Jackson 2
Roddy White 2

It is a challenge enough for any wideout to turn in the best performance against any defense given that it will typically face at least three per week. To do it more than once is a major feat and to no surprise, Andre Johnson managed to do it a league high three games where he outperformed all other wideouts that would end up facing that defense for the season.While Randy Moss and Larry Fitzgerald would be expected in the elite grouping, Miles Austin and Brandon Marshall showed up as well. Even Roddy White who seemingly had an off year rated a top seven performance in overall BTA which indicates a softer schedule for 2010 should be even more fruitful along with a more experienced Matt Ryan.

There could be a major shake up in this listing this year. Moss may not benefit from Welker and Jackson gets a new quarterback as does Fitzgerald. Austin may share with the rookie Dez Bryant and Marshall heads to Miami where they like to run. Even Vincent Jackson starts out with a suspension so this group could really change next year.

NAME BTA   1     4     8   NAME BTA   1     4     8   NAME BTA   1     4     8  
Randy Moss 17 2 6 9 Calvin Johnson 7 1 2 4 Antonio Bryant 4 0 2 2
DeSean Jackson 14 1 6 7 Percy Harvin 7 0 2 5 Justin Gage 4 0 1 3
Larry Fitzgerald 13 2 5 6 Robert Meachem 7 1 2 4 Santana Moss 4 1 1 2
Miles Austin 13 2 5 6 Hines Ward 7 1 2 4 Steve Breaston 3 0 0 3
Brandon Marshall 13 2 4 7 Lee Evans 6 0 2 4 Mohamed Massaquoi 3 0 0 3
Vincent Jackson 13 2 4 7 Greg Jennings 6 0 2 4 Patrick Crayton 3 0 1 2
Roddy White 12 2 3 7 Mike Wallace 6 1 2 3 Ted Ginn Jr. 3 0 1 2
Chad Ochocinco 12 1 4 7 Devin Hester 5 0 2 3 Devery Henderson 3 0 0 3
Andre Johnson 12 3 4 5 Roy Williams 5 0 2 3 Jason Avant 3 0 1 2
Wes Welker 12 1 5 6 Hakeem Nicks 5 0 1 4 Nate Burleson 3 0 1 2
Reggie Wayne 11 1 4 6 Mario Manningham 5 1 1 3 Donnie Avery 3 0 1 2
Sidney Rice 10 0 4 6 Louis Murphy 5 1 2 2 Kenny Britt 3 0 1 2
Derrick Mason 9 0 2 7 Devin Aromashodu 4 0 1 3 Nate Washington 3 0 0 3
Mike Sims-Walker 9 0 3 6 Jabar Gaffney 4 0 2 2 Devin Thomas 3 1 1 1
Terrell Owens 8 1 3 4 Austin Collie 4 0 1 3 Johnny Knox 2 0 0 2
Steve Smith CAR 8 0 2 6 Pierre Garcon 4 0 1 3 Julian Edelman 2 0 0 2
Donald Driver 8 0 3 5 Chris Chambers 4 0 1 3 Chansi Stuckey 2 0 1 1
Marques Colston 8 1 3 4 Dwayne Bowe 4 0 1 3 Chaz Schilens 2 0 0 2
Steve Smith NYG 8 0 3 5 Davone Bess 4 0 2 2 Malcom Floyd 2 0 1 1
Santonio Holmes 8 1 3 4 Braylon Edwards 4 0 1 3 T.J. Houshmandzadeh 2 0 0 2
Anquan Boldin 7 1 3 3 Jeremy Maclin 4 1 1 2 Josh Morgan 2 0 0 2

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