Sorry Sherman, Tom Brady is still consistently perfect.

Bob Lung, Staff Writer October 17, 2012

Personally I could care less what Richard Sherman and the Seahawks think of Tom Brady, he’s still perfectly consistent in the Fantasy Football world and that’s all that matters to me and the rest of his Fantasy owners. It’s tough to be perfectly consistent. In fact, there were quite a number of perfectly consistent Fantasy players who failed this week to maintain that status. The number of perfects at each position is down to two quarterbacks, five running backs, two wide receivers and one tight end.

Each week this season, the Quality Games Review will be here to assist you. It should help you see who is performing above average to help your team win, along with those who may be hurting your chances. As the year goes on, consistency trends will start to show the players that are becoming consistent performers and who are one-week wonders.

The Quality Game Score is the awarding of a Quality Game to a player each week when they exceed the average points scored in your league for that position. The more Quality Games a player is awarded each year, the more consistent that player is and the more beneficial they are to your Fantasy team. The scoring method used will be a standard PPR format with four points for passing touchdowns and six for all others.

So, let’s begin the review…

 

Quarterbacks – (Quality Game Factor – 18.27)

Quality Game Earners – Week 6

Rank Player Team Score
1 Aaron Rodgers GB 42.60
2 Robert Griffin III WAS 37.90
3 Andy Dalton CIN 28.55
4 Russell Wilson SEA 28.35
5 Josh Freeman TB 27.90
6 Michael Vick PHI 27.45
7 Peyton Manning DEN 26.25
8 Tom Brady NE 25.75
9 Matthew Stafford DET 25.25
10 Sam Bradford STL 25.15
11 Christian Ponder MIN 24.90
12 Ben Roethlisberger PIT 22.55
13 Carson Palmer OAK 20.65
14 Tony Romo DAL 20.05
15 Brandon Weeden CLE 18.85

THE EXPECTED

Aaron Rodgers appears to be fine after his six touchdown performance on Sunday night. Honestly, was anyone really worried? Regarding those quarterbacks who are getting back into the consistent flow, Matthew Stafford earned his third straight Quality Game this week. Peyton Manning’s amazing second half performance on Monday night allowed him to earn his fourth straight Quality Game and is now ranked fourth in total points. I know folks are down on Michael Vick this year, but from a Fantasy standpoint, he’s ahead of Eli Manning, Tony Romo, Philip Rivers, Cam Newton and Matthew Stafford in total points and has a 67 percent Quality Success Rate (QSR). You could have drafted some of those other quarterbacks.

THE UNEXPECTED

Robert Griffin III  was a question mark this week after a concussion last week. So, if he performed decent, it would have been a bonus. However, he took the second spot this week and looked great doing it with a 76 yard touchdown run to boot. Andy Dalton continues to impress with his consistency. He’s earned four Quality Games out of his last five games played. Another 75 percent QSR player over his last five games is Christian Ponder. Both of these quarterbacks should be nice bye week pickups.

Here is a group of those bad surprises; quarterbacks who didn’t earn a Quality Game this week. Matt Ryan fell off the perfect bandwagon this week. Matt Schaub has a horrible 17 percent QSR so far this season.

Rank Player Team Score
18 Philip Rivers SD 16.10
21 Matt Ryan ATL 14.95
22 Eli Manning NYG 13.45
25 Matt Schaub HOU 9.60

Consistency Leaders – YTD – Quarterbacks

Player Name Total Points Rank Total QG Total GP QSR
Tom Brady 142.15 5 6 6 100%
Drew Brees 141.70 6 5 5 100%
Robert GriffinIII 159.85 1 5 6 83%
Matt Ryan 149.50 3 5 6 83%
Peyton Manning 142.60 4 5 6 83%
Ben Roethlisberger 111.70 11 4 5 80%
Matthew Stafford 101.95 18 4 5 80%
Carson Palmer 92.90 23 4 5 80%
Aaron Rodgers 154.75 2 4 6 67%
Andy Dalton 135.50 7 4 6 67%
Michael Vick 128.40 8 4 6 67%
Eli Manning 127.60 9 4 6 67%
Christian Ponder 111.70 12 4 6 67%
Ryan Fitzpatrick 106.70 14 4 6 67%
Andrew Luck 109.70 13 3 5 60%
Jay Cutler 85.25 28 3 5 60%
Cam Newton 105.60 15 2 5 40%
Tony Romo 88.65 26 2 5 40%
Philip Rivers 103.55 16 2 6 33%

We are now down to only two perfects at quarterback so far this season. Tom Brady and Drew Brees are tough to hold down. Matt Ryan, Robert Griffin III and Peyton Manning are holding up the 83 percent QSR range while surprisingly the 80 percent QSR range consists of Matthew Stafford, Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer.

However, the biggest surprise has to be Philip Rivers, who is at a 33 percent QSR so far this season. He’s not even consistent DURING the game! He had earned a Quality Game in the first half on Monday night and then turned around and had six turnovers in the second half to lose it!

 

Running Backs – (Quality Game Factor – 10.35)

Quality Game Earners – Week 6

Rank Player Team Score
1 Shonn Greene NYJ 34.10
2 Ray Rice BAL 23.60
3 C.J. Spiller BUF 21.00
4 Adrian Peterson MIN 19.90
5 Fred Jackson BUF 19.30
6 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG 19.00
7 Darren McFadden OAK 18.80
8 LeSean McCoy PHI 17.80
9 Felix Jones DAL 17.50
10 Arian Foster HOU 17.10
11 Cedric Peerman CIN 16.30
12 Isaac Redman PIT 15.90
13 Chris Johnson TEN 15.40
14 Doug Martin TB 15.10
15 Willis McGahee DEN 13.80
16 Montario Hardesty CLE 13.50
17 Ryan Mathews SD 13.30
18 Alfred Morris WAS 12.60
19 Mikel Leshoure DET 12.40
20 Danny Woodhead NE 12.10
21 Daryl Richardson STL 11.90
22 LeGarrette Blount TB 11.80
23 Reggie Bush MIA 11.10
24 Steven Jackson STL 11.00
25 DeMarco Murray DAL 10.70
26 Mike Goodson OAK 10.60

THE EXPECTED

The Buffalo running game is stronger than ever, as C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson took the third and fifth spots this week against a solid Arizona defense. Ahmad Bradshaw also destroyed a good run defense this past week for his third straight Quality Game and is now at an 80 percent QSR for the season. DeMarco Murray squeaked in this week, but a foot injury could keep him out for a couple of weeks, which should lead to Quality Games for Felix Jones in the future. Willis McGahee earned his third straight Quality Game and is now ranked ninth for the season.

THE UNEXPECTED

Ah yes, another sign of the Apocalypse! Shonn Greene earns the top spot in Fantasy Football. I think its Revelation 1:5. Nope, that’s the Tebow one. Never mind. Cedric Peerman earns a Quality Game and BenJarvus Green-Ellis does not? Who are these people? The Anti-Christ? Oh wait, there are more of these! Montario Hardesty = Yes! Trent Richardson = No? Ok, I realize this was an injury one, but still! Danny Woodhead = Yes! Stevan Ridley = No? I give up.

Below is a list of some of the top running backs in football that did not earn a Quality Game this week. If this list doesn’t tell why there were a ton of unhappy Fantasy owners this past weekend, I don’t know what does.

Rank Player Team Score
27 Frank Gore SF 9.60
31 BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN 8.00
34 Trent Richardson CLE 7.40
37 Jamaal Charles KC 6.70
40 Marshawn Lynch SEA 6.20
44 Michael Turner ATL 4.90
48 Stevan Ridley NE 4.40

 

Consistency Leaders – YTD – Running Backs

Player Name Total Points Rank Total QG Total GP QSR
Ray Rice 125.50 1 6 6 100%
Arian Foster 122.30 2 6 6 100%
LeSean McCoy 98.10 6 6 6 100%
Adrian Peterson 94.80 7 6 6 100%
DeMarco Murray 67.80 19 5 5 100%
Alfred Morris 89.30 10 5 6 83%
Marshawn Lynch 82.90 13 5 6 83%
Ahmad Bradshaw 80.50 14 4 5 80%
Maurice Jones-Drew 75.40 16 4 5 80%
Ryan Mathews 61.00 21 3 4 75%
Matt Forte 53.60 26 3 4 75%
Donald Brown 37.60 41 3 4 75%
Trent Richardson 104.60 4 4 6 67%
C.J. Spiller 100.40 5 4 6 67%
Reggie Bush 92.40 8 4 6 67%
Willis McGahee 90.50 9 4 6 67%
Stevan Ridley 86.50 11 4 6 67%
Frank Gore 85.70 12 4 6 67%
Michael Turner 76.40 15 4 6 67%
Andre Brown 47.80 31 2 3 67%
Mikel Leshoure 45.10 33 2 3 67%
Darren McFadden 73.00 17 3 5 60%
Darren Sproles 72.60 18 3 5 60%
Doug Martin 59.10 23 3 5 60%
Cedric Benson 54.50 25 3 5 60%
Jamaal Charles 105.00 3 3 6 50%

There are only five perfects. You have the Holy Trilogy (Arian Foster, Ray Rice and LeSean McCoy) and Adrian Peterson and DeMarco Murray.

Even the 80-83 percent QSR range has only Alfred Morris as a surprise. The remaining backs were top draft picks in most leagues. Some of the surprises are the less consistent backs who were expected to be more consistent, like Steven Jackson, Chris Johnson and Jamaal Charles.

 

Wide Receiver – (Quality Game Factor – 10.85)

Quality Game Earners – Week 6

Rank Player Team Score
1 Jordy Nelson GB 39.10
2 Dez Bryant DAL 34.50
3 A.J. Green CIN 32.50
4 Wes Welker NE 29.80
5 Jeremy Maclin PHI 25.00
6 Percy Harvin MIN 24.40
7 Vincent Jackson TB 22.60
8 Eric Decker DEN 21.80
9 Denarius Moore OAK 21.40
10 Mike Williams TB 21.30
11 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 21.30
12 Calvin Johnson DET 19.50
13 Roddy White ATL 19.20
14 Josh Gordon CLE 18.90
15 Michael Jenkins MIN 18.70
16 James Jones GB 18.30
17 Victor Cruz NYG 17.80
18 Mike Wallace PIT 17.40
19 Randall Cobb GB 17.20
20 Sidney Rice SEA 17.10
21 Kenny Britt TEN 16.20
22 Brandon Gibson STL 16.10
23 Andre Johnson HOU 15.50
24 Doug Baldwin SEA 15.40
25 Anquan Boldin BAL 14.80
26 Brandon Stokley DEN 14.80
27 Nate Burleson DET 14.60
28 Steve Johnson BUF 14.20
29 Brandon Lloyd NE 14.00
30 Reggie Wayne IND 13.70
31 Marlon Moore MIA 13.60
32 Kendall Wright TEN 13.10
33 Mario Manningham SF 12.90
34 Derek Hagan OAK 12.50
35 Domenik Hixon NYG 11.80
36 Demaryius Thomas DEN 11.70
37 Chris Givens STL 11.50
38 Stephen Hill NYJ 11.30
39 DeSean Jackson PHI 11.00
40 Malcom Floyd SD 11.00

THE EXPECTED

That is the first time that Jordy Nelson has earned a Quality Game on the road versus a good defense in the past three seasons. The Top 10 this week doesn’t really have any no-names in it. Larry Fitzgerald continued his hot streak with his fourth straight Quality Game. Reggie Wayne stayed perfect for the season with his fifth Quality Game of the year. Andre Johnson earned only his third Quality Game of the year and has a meager 50 percent QSR for the season.

THE UNEXPECTED

Looking for some consistent waiver wire potentials? These receivers have earned three straight Quality Games and could be waiting for you to pick them up: Kendall Wright, Denarius Moore, James Jones, Randall Cobb, Nate Burleson and Anquan Boldin. Waiver wire receivers with back-to-back Quality Games are: Chris Givens, Josh Gordon, Mario Manningham and Malcom Floyd.

Here is the list of top wide receivers that didn’t earn a Quality Game this week. Antonio Brown fell off the perfect list this week.

Rank Player Team Score
41 Torrey Smith BAL 10.40
42 Julio Jones ATL 10.30
57 Hakeem Nicks NYG 7.40
61 Antonio Brown PIT 6.00
66 Miles Austin DAL 5.10
67 Dwayne Bowe KC 5.10

Consistency Leaders – YTD – Wide Receivers

Player Name Total Points Rank Total QG Total GP QSR
A.J. Green 142.90 1 6 6 100%
Reggie Wayne 111.30 6 5 5 100%
Victor Cruz 128.60 2 5 6 83%
Percy Harvin 121.30 3 5 6 83%
Wes Welker 121.20 4 5 6 83%
Demaryius Thomas 102.00 8 5 6 83%
Brandon Lloyd 80.10 23 5 6 83%
Brandon Marshall 102.60 7 4 5 80%
Calvin Johnson 96.80 11 4 5 80%
Danny Amendola 83.30 19 4 5 80%
Dez Bryant 82.40 20 4 5 80%
Mike Wallace 79.60 24 4 5 80%
Miles Austin 71.10 33 4 5 80%
Antonio Brown 69.90 34 4 5 80%
Nate Burleson 65.20 39 4 5 80%
Lance Moore 59.70 44 3 4 75%
Denarius Moore 57.70 48 3 4 75%
Roddy White 116.30 5 4 6 67%
Larry Fitzgerald 97.00 9 4 6 67%
Jordy Nelson 97.00 10 4 6 67%
Eric Decker 96.10 12 4 6 67%
Dwayne Bowe 94.30 14 4 6 67%
James Jones 92.00 15 4 6 67%
DeSean Jackson 80.60 22 4 6 67%
Anquan Boldin 77.20 25 4 6 67%
Steve Johnson 76.60 26 4 6 67%
Randall Cobb 74.40 28 4 6 67%
Malcom Floyd 72.80 30 4 6 67%
Vincent Jackson 81.00 21 3 5 60%
Mike Williams 66.20 38 3 5 60%
Steve Smith 59.80 43 3 5 60%
Julio Jones 91.80 16 3 6 50%
Andre Johnson 72.80 29 3 6 50%
Kendall Wright 72.50 31 3 6 50%
Andrew Hawkins 72.20 32 3 6 50%
Michael Crabtree 69.70 35 3 6 50%
Jeremy Kerley 60.50 41 3 6 50%
Sidney Rice 60.00 42 3 6 50%
Brandon Gibson 59.50 45 3 6 50%

There are only two perfects remaining. There is one (A.J. Green) with six games and one with five games (Reggie Wayne). So far, Green is dominating the receivers in total points just like Calvin Johnson did last season. Demaryius Thomas is my pick as biggest surprise in the 83 percent QSR range. I expected a solid season from him but he’s exceeding many expectations so far with his consistency.

The surprises that are not as consistent as they have been in the past are as follows: Jeremy Maclin, Marques Colston, Andre Johnson and Julio Jones. All of these receivers are at 50 percent QSR or below.

 

Tight Ends – (Quality Game Factor – 9.40)

Quality Game Earners – Week 6

Rank Player Team Score
1 Antonio Gates SD 26.10
2 Kyle Rudolph MIN 17.60
3 Jermaine Gresham CIN 15.80
4 Aaron Hernandez NE 15.00
5 Jason Witten DAL 14.80
6 Tom Crabtree GB 14.20
7 Anthony Fasano MIA 13.30
8 Heath Miller PIT 12.70
9 Rob Gronkowski NE 12.10
10 Joel Dreessen DEN 11.70
11 Brandon Myers OAK 11.20
12 Tony Scheffler DET 11.10

THE EXPECTED

FINALLY! That’s what many of the Antonio Gates’ owners yelled after Gates earned his first Quality Game of the season. However, the next question is: Can he keep up the consistency with the poor and inconsistent play of Philip Rivers? My initial thought is no. Aaron Hernandez was back this week after missing four games. He earned his second Quality Game out the two he’s played leaving him as the only perfect tight end. Rob Gronkowski added his fourth Quality Game as well this weekend and is now ranked second in total points.

THE UNEXPECTED

Kyle Rudolph earned his fifth Quality Game and now is tied with Tony Gonzalez and Owen Daniels with an 83 percent QSR. The two hottest consistent tight ends right now are Jermaine Gresham and Joel Dreessen. They have both earned four straight Quality Games. Heath Miller continues his consistent ways this season and is now at an 80 percent QSR for the year and is ranked sixth in total points.

Here are the top tight ends that didn’t earn a Quality Game this week. Tony Gonzalez and Owen Daniels both fell off the perfect wagon this week.

Rank Player Team Score
17 Tony Gonzalez ATL 8.20
19 Owen Daniels HOU 7.60
20 Fred Davis WAS 7.60
22 Brent Celek PHI 7.30
23 Brandon Pettigrew DET 6.80
24 Vernon Davis SF 6.70
32 Jermichael Finley GB 3.20
47 Dustin Keller NYJ 1.60

 

Consistency Leaders – YTD – Tight Ends

Player Name Total Points Rank Total QG Total GP QSR
Aaron Hernandez 33.40 28 2 2 100%
Tony Gonzalez 110.00 1 5 6 83%
Owen Daniels 79.70 4 5 6 83%
Kyle Rudolph 77.50 5 5 6 83%
Heath Miller 72.70 6 4 5 80%
Jimmy Graham 68.20 7 4 5 80%
Brandon Pettigrew 57.10 16 4 5 80%
Brandon Myers 50.00 21 4 5 80%
Rob Gronkowski 81.60 2 4 6 67%
Vernon Davis 81.00 3 4 6 67%
Jermaine Gresham 67.60 8 4 6 67%
Brent Celek 66.70 9 4 6 67%
Joel Dreessen 50.30 20 4 6 67%
Jason Witten 60.60 14 3 5 60%
Greg Olsen 57.30 15 3 5 60%

With basically no perfects left, the tight ends are still very deep as there are seven tight ends over an 80 percent QSR so far this season. Granted that many of them were not expected to be performing at this kind of consistent levels, but they are, and Fantasy owners should take notice. Kyle Rudolph, Heath Miller and Brandon Myers are becoming strong forces on their respective team’s passing game and should benefit Fantasy owners who have them.

There’s your Week 6 list of Quality Games earned. Start watching these Quality rankings to find your next gem on the waiver wire and then let me know how they work out in your drive towards the championship!

 

Week Seven – Quality Matchups

My Quality Game research has also shown that most Quality Games are earned during a Quality Matchup. This is a game where the player is either playing at home OR away versus a bottom ten defense. If you want more analysis to help with setting your lineup each week, check out the Xclusive Edge Package and you will see the Historical Consistency rankings each week.

So, let’s take a look at the schedule.

 

These teams have a bye this week:

Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia and San Diego

 

This week’s home teams are:

San Francisco, Minnesota, Carolina, Tampa Bay, St. Louis, New York Giants, Houston, Buffalo, Indianapolis, New England, Oakland, Cincinnati and Chicago

 

Teams that are playing away versus a bottom ten defense include:

Dallas @ Carolina

Jacksonville @ Oakland

New Orleans @ Tampa Bay

Tennessee @ Buffalo

 

As I mentioned above, the Fantasy players on these teams in these Quality Matchups have a much higher rate of performing above average in comparison to the other players at that position.

If you have any questions about the Quality Game Scores, you can email me at blung@rotoexperts.com. You can also follow me on Twitter.

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