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Better Than Average (BTA) Rankings For Tight Ends
David Dorey
June 28, 2011
 

Other BTA Rankings:  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 2010 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 for tight ends 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"
Antonio Gates 4
Jason Witten 3
Vernon Davis 2
Dustin Keller 2
Todd Heap 2
Jermichael Finley 2

Jason Witten and Antonio Gates both dominated this measurement last year while several old stalwarts disappointed - Tony Gonzalez, Brent Celek and Chris Cooley to name a few. While there are plentiful good tight ends now, there are still but a few truly great fantasy tight ends.

This shows up more since all NFL teams do not use tight ends the same if at all. Any tight end who can turn in at least half of their games in the "8" category is a definite advantage.


NAME BTA   1     4     8   NAME BTA   1     4     8   NAME BTA   1     4     8  
Jason Witten 23 3 7 13 Jimmy Graham 10 1 3 6 Jared Cook 4 1 1 2
Antonio Gates 20 4 8 8 Kevin Boss 9 0 3 6 Randy McMichael 4 0 2 2
Vernon Davis 19 2 7 10 Greg Olsen 8 0 3 5 Billy Bajema 3 1 1 1
Zach Miller 16 1 6 9 Owen Daniels 8 0 3 5 Andrew Quarless 3 0 1 2
Kellen Winslow 15 1 5 9 Anthony Fasano 8 0 2 6 Chris Baker 3 0 1 2
Marcedes Lewis 15 1 4 10 Heath Miller 8 0 2 6 David Thomas 3 0 1 2
Dustin Keller 14 2 4 8 Jermichael Finley 7 2 2 3 Delanie Walker 3 0 1 2
Todd Heap 14 2 4 8 Dallas Clark 7 0 3 4 Ed Dickson 3 0 1 2
Rob Gronkowski 14 1 5 8 Tony Moeaki 7 0 1 6 John Carlson 3 0 1 2
Tony Gonzalez 14 1 4 9 Joel Dreessen 6 1 2 3 Michael Hoomanawanui 3 0 1 2
Benjamin Watson 13 1 5 7 Visanthe Shiancoe 6 0 2 4 Brandon Manumaleuna 2 0 1 1
Brandon Pettigrew 13 1 2 10 Jeremy Shockey 5 1 1 3 Justin Peelle 2 0 1 1
Brent Celek 12 1 5 6 Tony Scheffler 5 1 1 3 Matt Spaeth 2 0 1 1
Jacob Tamme 12 1 4 7 Evan Moore 5 0 2 3 Donald Lee 3 0 0 3
Chris Cooley 12 0 2 10 Fred Davis 5 0 2 3 Jeff King 2 0 0 2
Aaron Hernandez 11 1 4 6 Bo Scaife 5 0 1 4 Leonard Pope 2 0 0 2
Jermaine Gresham 10 1 4 5 Daniel Fells 5 0 1 4  


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