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Better Than Average (BTA) Rankings For Wide Receivers
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 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 for wideouts 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"
Calvin Johnson 3
Dwayne Bowe 3
Hakeem Nicks 2
Ben Obomanu 2
Greg Jennings 2
Deion Branch 2
Brandon Lloyd 2
DeSean Jackson 2
Mike Wallace 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 different receivers per week. To do it more than once is a major feat and we witnessed a big change with not only Calvin Johnson taking the lead, but Dwayne Bowe, Hakeem Nicks, Dieon Branch, Brandon Lloyd and Mike Wallace being major surprises last season.

There could be a major shake up in this listing this year. The wideouts are not getting as much time to meld in the passing game thanks to the lockout and there will be a number of new quarterbacks in the league. This will change greatly next year as it does almost every season.


NAME BTA   1     4     8   NAME BTA   1     4     8   NAME BTA   1     4     8  
Calvin Johnson 17 3 6 8 Mike Sims-Walker 6 0 3 3 Davone Bess 3 0 1 2
Brandon Lloyd 16 2 6 8 Reggie Wayne 6 0 2 4 Earl Bennett 3 0 1 2
Mike Wallace 16 2 6 8 Kenny Britt 5 1 1 3 Jordy Nelson 3 0 1 2
Dwayne Bowe 15 3 5 7 Austin Collie 5 0 2 3 Lance Moore 3 0 1 2
Miles Austin 12 1 5 6 Dez Bryant 5 0 2 3 Mark Clayton 3 0 1 2
Roddy White 12 1 3 8 Jacoby Ford 5 0 2 3 Patrick Crayton 3 0 1 2
Andre Johnson 12 0 5 7 Nate Burleson 5 0 2 3 Randy Moss 3 0 1 2
DeSean Jackson 11 2 4 5 Pierre Garcon 5 0 2 3 T.J. Houshmandzadeh 3 0 1 2
Terrell Owens 11 1 4 6 Santonio Holmes 5 0 2 3 Anthony Armstrong 3 0 0 3
Hakeem Nicks 10 2 4 4 Johnny Knox 5 0 1 4 Brian Robiskie 3 0 0 3
Greg Jennings 10 2 3 5 Santana Moss 5 0 1 4 Darrius Heyward-Bey 2 0 1 1
Mike Williams TB 10 0 3 7 Braylon Edwards 5 0 0 5 Dezmon Briscoe 2 0 1 1
Anquan Boldin 9 1 2 6 Jerome Simpson 4 1 1 2 Donald Driver 2 0 1 1
Percy Harvin 9 0 2 7 Nate Washington 4 0 2 2 Eddie Royal 2 0 1 1
Marques Colston 8 0 4 4 Roy Williams 4 0 2 2 Hines Ward 2 0 1 1
Larry Fitzgerald 8 0 2 6 Mike Williams SEA 4 0 1 3 Jordan Shipley 2 0 1 1
Mario Manningham 8 0 2 6 Wes Welker 4 0 1 3 Seyi Ajirotutu 2 0 1 1
Deion Branch 7 2 2 3 Derrick Mason 4 0 0 4 Danario Alexander 2 0 0 2
Malcom Floyd 7 1 2 4 Lee Evans 3 1 1 1 James Jones 2 0 0 2
Michael Crabtree 7 0 2 5 Sidney Rice 3 1 1 1 Josh Morgan 2 0 0 2
Stevie Johnson 7 0 2 5 Vincent Jackson 3 1 1 1 Mike Thomas 2 0 0 2
Ben Obomanu 6 2 2 2 Brandon Tate 3 0 1 2 Robert Meachem 2 0 0 2
Brandon Marshall 6 1 2 3 Chad Ochocinco 3 0 1 2  
Jeremy Maclin 6 1 2 3 David Gettis 3 0 1 2


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