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Better Than Average (BTA) Rankings - Tight Ends
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 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"
Jason Witten 4
Antonio Gates 4
Tony Gonzalez 3
Dallas Clark 3
Kevin Boss 2
Greg Olsen 2
Kellen Winslow 2

Not a lot to learn here other than it is encouraging to see how well Kevin Boss and Greg Olsen did with multiple "best games" since they are young and play in offenses that will have different personnel this year. Out in Seattle the rookie John Carlson ended up to be one of the very best tight ends in BTA which should bode well for his future. Tony Scheffler had nine games that ranked as "better than average" which means Jay Cutler in Chicago should really get Greg Olsen's numbers higher this year.

Tight ends are not as high scoring as recent seasons and yet there are enough similar enough in scoring that taking any of them early usually does not make much sense. BTA provides a good measurement so you can determine their real value to their team which then can be applied to their schedule this year.

NAME   1     4     8   BTA NAME   1     4     8   BTA     1     4     8   BTA
Tony Gonzalez 3 10 13 26 L.J. Smith 0 2 6 8 Dante Rosario 0 1 1 2
Jason Witten 4 6 12 22 Martellis Bennett 0 3 5 8 Darcy Johnson 0 0 2 2
Antonio Gates 4 6 10 20 Todd Heap 1 2 5 8 Jeff King 0 0 2 2
John Carlson 1 8 9 18 Marcedes Lewis 0 2 5 7 Jermichael Finley 0 0 2 2
Dallas Clark 3 4 9 16 Vernon Davis 0 1 6 7 Joey Haynos 0 1 1 2
Chris Cooley 1 5 9 15 Jerramy Stevens 0 2 4 6 John Gilmore 0 1 1 2
Kevin Boss 2 6 7 15 Alex Smith 0 2 3 5 Justin Peelle 0 0 2 2
Greg Olsen 2 5 7 14 Brent Celek 0 2 3 5 Mark Campbell 0 0 2 2
Visanthe Shiancoe 1 5 8 14 Jeremy Shockey 0 0 5 5 Michael Gaines 0 0 2 2
Heath Miller 0 5 8 13 Benjamin Watson 1 1 2 4 Robert Royal 0 1 1 2
Owen Daniels 0 5 8 13 Brandon Manumaleuna 0 1 2 3 Tom Santi 0 1 1 2
Tony Scheffler 0 4 9 13 Darnell Dinkins 1 1 1 3 Ben Patrick 0 0 1 1
Anthony Fasano 1 5 6 12 Delanie Walker 0 1 2 3 Billy Bajema 0 0 1 1
Zach Miller 0 3 7 10 Derek Schouman 0 1 2 3 Casey FitzSimmons 0 0 1 1
Billy Miller 0 2 7 9 Desmond Clark 0 0 3 3 Derek Fine 0 0 1 1
Daniel Graham 1 3 5 9 Nate Jackson 0 1 2 3 Gijon Robinson 0 0 1 1
David Martin 1 3 5 9 Steve Heiden 0 1 2 3 Randy McMichael 0 0 1 1
Dustin Keller 1 2 6 9 Alge Crumpler 0 1 1 2 Reggie Kelly 0 0 1 1
Kellen Winslow 2 2 5 9 Chris Baker 0 0 2 2 Todd Yoder 0 0 1 1
Bo Scaife 1 3 4 8 Daniel Wilcox 0 0 2 2 Tory Humphrey 0 0 1 1
Donald Lee 0 3 5 8                    

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