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Better Than Average (BTA) Rankings - Quarterbacks
David Dorey
June 1, 2009
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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 quarterback 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"
Drew Brees 4
Peyton Manning 4
Philip Rivers 3
Jay Cutler 3
Donovan McNabb 3
Matt Cassel 3
Tony Romo 2
Kyle Orton 2

For those quarterbacks who had the most best games that defenses gave up all year, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning tied with four each. Manning had no games that registered as the best in 2007 while Brees had the same four. Considering that each quarterback only plays a unique defense 13 times a year, four such efforts are impressive.

There were two surprises that were notable. Aaron Rodgers only had one game where he was the best that a defense faced all season. But he had an NFL high 15 games that he turned in a "better than average" game (top 8). Kurt Warner had almost the exact same numbers with only once ranking as the best QB that a defense faced in 2008 and yet he had 14 games that were BTA. In terms of helping your fantasy team each week, hard not to argue that Brees, Rodgers and Philip Rivers were not the best players to own. Week in and week out, they were the three that most often showed up. A softer passing schedule this year only means even better numbers for them.

NAME   1     4     8   BTA NAME   1     4     8   BTA     1     4     8   BTA
Drew Brees 4 11 14 29 Tyler Thigpen 0 4 8 12 Ryan Fitzpatrick 0 1 4 5
Aaron Rodgers 1 9 15 25 Eli Manning 0 3 8 11 Seneca Wallace 0 1 4 5
Philip Rivers 3 10 12 25 Ben Roethlisberger 1 2 7 10 Tarvaris Jackson 0 1 4 5
Kurt Warner 1 9 14 24 Joe Flacco 0 2 7 9 Trent Edwards 1 1 3 5
Jay Cutler 3 6 13 22 Shaun Hill 0 3 5 8 Derek Anderson 0 2 2 4
Donovan McNabb 3 7 11 21 Matt Ryan 0 2 5 7 Jeff Garcia 0 0 4 4
Peyton Manning 4 6 11 21 Dan Orlovsky 0 2 4 6 Brian Griese 1 1 1 3
Tony Romo 2 9 10 21 Gus Frerotte 0 1 5 6 Jon Kitna 0 1 2 3
Matt Cassel 3 5 8 16 JaMarcus Russell 0 0 6 6 Brady Quinn 0 1 1 2
David Garrard 1 5 9 15 Sage Rosenfels 0 2 4 6 Carson Palmer 0 0 2 2
Kyle Orton 2 5 7 14 J.T. O'Sullivan 0 1 4 5 Marc Bulger 0 0 2 2
Matt Schaub 0 6 8 14 Jake Delhomme 0 1 4 5 Brad Johnson 0 0 1 1
Brett Favre 1 3 8 12 Jason Campbell 0 1 4 5 Daunte Culpepper 0 0 1 1
Chad Pennington 1 3 8 12 Kerry Collins 0 1 4 5 Matt Hasselbeck 0 0 1 1

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