Popular Features

DEZ BRYANT LED MANY TO A FANTASY TITLE

Bob Lung Staff Writer December 28, 2012 11:34AM EDT
Dez Bryant led many Fantasy teams to titles this past weekend. This includes my own team. It was my only championship, however, which was disappointing. My more powerful teams failed in either the semi-finals or the finals. I made the playoffs in seven out of 11 leagues, but only won one title. It did earn about $700, so no whining here.

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 those 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 16

RankPlayerTeamScore
1Tony RomoDAL36.80
2Aaron RodgersGB36.20
3Drew BreesNO34.20
4Matt RyanATL32.45
5Joe FlaccoBAL28.45
6Peyton ManningDEN27.95
7Russell WilsonSEA26.45
8Cam NewtonCAR23.50
9Matthew StaffordDET21.35
10Nick FolesPHI21.25
11Chad HenneJAX20.60
12Josh FreemanTB20.40
13Tom BradyNE19.35
14Ryan TannehillMIA18.90
15Colin KaepernickSF18.30

THE EXPECTED

Most of the stud and reliable quarterbacks came through for their Fantasy owners during championship week. It was rookies like Griffin and Luck who failed. Eli Manning failed again. Matt Ryan also made his owners happy this week and a fourth place performance.

THE UNEXPECTED

Russell Wilson stayed hot, as did Colin Kaepernick and Chad Henne. Ryan Tannehill had his first back-to-back Quality Games of the season. Nick Foles played well but was injured which should allow Mike Vick to start this week.

Here is a group of those bad surprises; quarterbacks who didn’t earn a Quality Game this week. Some top names here this week. Their Fantasy owners cannot be happy about this.

RankPlayerTeamScore
17Robert Griffin IIIWAS17.30
20Philip RiversSD16.65
21Andrew LuckIND16.35
22Ben RoethlisbergerPIT13.30
23Eli ManningNYG12.30
25Jay CutlerCHI12.10
26Andy DaltonCIN11.90
29Matt SchaubHOU8.90
36Carson PalmerOAK1.55

Consistency Leaders – YTD – Quarterbacks

Player NameTotal PointsRankTotal QGTotal GPQSR
Tom Brady374.352141593%
Drew Brees382.551131587%
Peyton Manning341.856121580%
Cam Newton361.754111573%
Matt Ryan350.755111573%
Matthew Stafford320.5510111573%
Robert GriffinIII341.557101471%
Aaron Rodgers363.803101567%
Tony Romo330.158101567%
Andrew Luck325.559101567%
Josh Freeman291.5512101567%
Carson Palmer279.5015101567%
Andy Dalton299.151191560%
Ben Roethlisberger242.302171258%
Russell Wilson291.501381553%
Joe Flacco283.351481553%
Eli Manning258.001781553%

Tom Brady stands alone at a 93 percent QSR. Drew Brees and Peyton Manning are the only other quarterbacks over 80 percent. The consistency at quarterback this season is down compared to prior year when there were four quarterbacks over an 80 percent QSR and six over a 75 percent QSR.

 

Running Backs – (Quality Game Factor – 10.35)

Quality Game Earners – Week 16

RankPlayerTeamScore
1Reggie BushMIA32.70
2Jamaal CharlesKC30.00
3Ray RiceBAL27.80
4Marshawn LynchSEA27.00
5Ryan GrantGB24.40
6Darren SprolesNO22.20
7Shonn GreeneNYJ22.00
8C.J. SpillerBUF21.30
9LeSean McCoyPHI21.20
10Pierre ThomasNO20.70
11Doug MartinTB18.90
12Alfred MorrisWAS17.80
13Knowshon MorenoDEN17.70
14Joique BellDET17.30
15Matt ForteCHI16.50
16Montell OwensJAX15.90
17Mikel LeshoureDET15.60
18Steven JacksonSTL14.70
19DeMarco MurrayDAL13.10
20Mark IngramNO13.00
21Danny WoodheadNE12.50
22Bernard PierceBAL12.30
23Toby GerhartMIN10.60

THE EXPECTED

Reggie Bush floats between the Expected and Unexpected list more than any running back in the NFL. Jamaal Charles helped those Fantasy owners who started him after his horrible game in Week 15. LeSean McCoy didn’t miss a beat from his concussion. First week back and he’s ninth overall.

THE UNEXPECTED

Ryan Grant finally gave Packers’ fans something to cheer about regarding the running game inGreen Baythis week and an excellent performance. Knowshon Moreno earned his fifth straight Quality Game this past weekend. Toby Gerhart’s vulture touchdown has earned him a place on the Adrian Peterson owners’ hit list.

Below is a list of some of the top running backs in football that did not earn a Quality Game this week. Arian Foster and Adrian Peterson shattered many a Fantasy dream this past weekend.

RankPlayerTeamScore
25Adrian PetersonMIN10.00
26Trent RichardsonCLE9.80
27Michael TurnerATL9.70
30Stevan RidleyNE8.40
32Darren McFaddenOAK7.80
38DeAngelo WilliamsCAR6.80
41Chris JohnsonTEN6.10
44Ahmad BradshawNYG5.70
45William PowellARI5.70
48Arian FosterHOU4.90
61Frank GoreSF2.80
65BenJarvus Green-EllisCIN2.40
86Beanie WellsARI0.30

Consistency Leaders – YTD – Running Backs

Player NameTotal PointsRankTotal QGTotal GPQSR
LeSean McCoy186.70161111100%
DeMarco Murray137.802899100%
Adrian Peterson314.301141593%
Arian Foster282.903141593%
Ray Rice282.604141593%
Marshawn Lynch258.205131587%
Doug Martin286.602121580%
C.J. Spiller238.207121580%
Darren Sproles192.101491275%
Trent Richardson254.706111573%
Alfred Morris213.109111573%
Matt Forte202.0011101471%
Mikel Leshoure175.502091369%
Frank Gore207.7010101567%
Steven Jackson181.6017101567%
Darren McFadden146.602471164%
Jamaal Charles236.20891560%
Reggie Bush201.901291560%
Chris Johnson201.401391560%
Stevan Ridley188.001591560%
BenJarvus Green-Ellis175.801991560%
Michael Turner169.302191560%

With Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster both missing their first Quality Game of the year,  LeSean McCoy and DeMarco Murray stayed perfect with fewer games. Peterson, Foster and Rice are all three tied for second with a 93 percent QSR.

 

Wide Receiver – (Quality Game Factor – 10.85)

Quality Game Earners – Week 16

RankPlayerTeamScore
1Dez BryantDAL43.40
2Roddy WhiteATL35.30
3Calvin JohnsonDET33.50
4Mike WilliamsTB26.20
5Wes WelkerNE25.70
6Jeremy MaclinPHI25.60
7Marques ColstonNO25.30
8Demaryius ThomasDEN25.20
9Eric DeckerDEN24.50
10James JonesGB23.00
11A.J. GreenCIN21.60
12Doug BaldwinSEA21.30
13Justin BlackmonJAX20.90
14Antonio BrownPIT20.70
15Torrey SmithBAL19.80
16Julio JonesATL19.40
17Larry FitzgeraldARI19.10
18Reggie WayneIND19.10
19Brandon MarshallCHI18.80
20Vincent JacksonTB17.80
21Greg LittleCLE17.80
22Greg JenningsGB17.50
23Andre JohnsonHOU16.70
24Anquan BoldinBAL16.30
25Pierre GarconWAS15.90
26Danario AlexanderSD15.90
27Randall CobbGB15.20
28Jason AvantPHI15.00
29Miles AustinDAL14.50
30Steve SmithCAR14.50
31Jordan ShipleyJAX13.20
32Lance MooreNO13.00
33Domenik HixonNYG12.60
34Brandon LloydNE12.20
35Kenny BrittTEN12.10
36Santana MossWAS11.80
37Marvin JonesCIN11.50
38Cecil ShortsJAX11.40
39Jarius WrightMIN11.10

THE EXPECTED

Dez Bryant, Roddy White and Calvin Johnson were the big guns at wide receiver this past weekend. Demaryius Thomas stayed consistent, as did A.J. Green and Reggie Wayne. Greg Jennings regains some consistency as well.

THE UNEXPECTED

James Jones leads the NFL in touchdown receptions with 13. This is amazing when you realize he only has 58 receptions for the season. Justin Blackmon earned six Quality Games out his last eight games and depending on the quarterback next season, could be a nice sleeper.

Here is the list of top wide receivers that didn’t earn a Quality Game this week. The list is huge again this week! Victor Cruz has certainly not been anywhere near as consistent as last season.

RankPlayerTeamScore
42Michael CrabtreeSF10.50
50Stevie JohnsonBUF8.40
68T.Y. HiltonIND5.40
72Darrius Heyward-BeyOAK5.10
74Victor CruzNYG5.10
94Danny AmendolaSTL2.50
100Mike WallacePIT2.20
119Hakeem NicksNYG0.00

Consistency Leaders – YTD – Wide Receivers

Player NameTotal PointsRankTotal QGTotal GPQSR
Brandon Marshall325.602131587%
A.J. Green296.203131587%
Demaryius Thomas270.005131587%
Reggie Wayne262.008131587%
Calvin Johnson333.201121580%
Dez Bryant288.604121580%
Randall Cobb235.6014121580%
Antonio Brown165.503491275%
Wes Welker265.907111573%
Vincent Jackson250.4011111573%
Steve Smith205.8018111573%
Miles Austin195.3022111573%
James Jones208.2017101471%
Cecil Shorts193.5023101471%
Danny Amendola139.704971070%
Andre Johnson269.706101567%
Julio Jones253.2010101567%
Victor Cruz240.0013101567%
Marques Colston234.2015101567%
Stevie Johnson201.5019101567%
Lance Moore189.002491464%
DeSean Jackson126.305671164%
Roddy White259.90991560%
Eric Decker242.801291560%
Michael Crabtree213.101691560%
Mike Wallace195.502191560%
Brandon Lloyd187.202591560%

There are four receivers now tied at an 87 percent QSR. Nobody stands out like Randall Cobb on this list. He was drafted either late or not at all and could end the season tied for the second most Quality Games of the season. Unbelievable!

 

Tight Ends – (Quality Game Factor – 9.40)

Quality Game Earners – Week 16

RankPlayerTeamScore
1Lance KendricksSTL21.90
2Jimmy GrahamNO15.80
3Delanie WalkerSF15.40
4Kyle RudolphMIN12.90
5Antonio GatesSD12.40
6Jermichael FinleyGB12.00
7Jason WittenDAL12.00
8Greg OlsenCAR11.30
9Dennis PittaBAL9.60

THE EXPECTED

It’s a slow week for tight ends this week. Only nine tight ends earned a Quality Game and most of them didn’t earn higher than a 50 percent QSR for the year. Jimmy Graham took the second spot and rebounded nicely after a semi-slow start. Antonio Gates frustrated so many Fantasy owners this year, so let’s hope this good game this past weekend helped their teams win a championship.

THE UNEXPECTED

Dennis Pitta earns his third straight Quality Game. Lance Kendricks had a career game during Fantasy title week. Now, the real questions is, “Did anyone start him?” I’m assuming no.

Here are the top tight ends that didn’t earn a Quality Game this week. Tony Gonzalez hurt some Fantasy owners this week and a disappearing act during a big week.

RankPlayerTeamScore
14Heath MillerPIT7.50
16Dallas ClarkTB7.30
19Brent CelekPHI6.90
20Jermaine GreshamCIN6.80
25Owen DanielsHOU5.70
26Joel DreessenDEN5.20
29Brandon MyersOAK4.00
31Vernon DavisSF3.70
39Aaron HernandezNE2.30
41Tony GonzalezATL1.90

Consistency Leaders – YTD – Tight Ends

Player NameTotal PointsRankTotal QGTotal GPQSR
Jason Witten213.302131587%
Jimmy Graham210.703121486%
Rob Gronkowski186.80581080%
Aaron Hernandez120.40196875%
Tony Gonzalez224.901101567%
Heath Miller200.604101567%
Jermaine Gresham166.709101567%
Brandon Pettigrew128.401581267%
Owen Daniels163.901091464%
Greg Olsen175.00691560%
Brandon Myers174.30791560%
Kyle Rudolph152.301191560%
Dennis Pitta169.90881553%

There are only three tight ends over an 80 percent QSR, showing that tight ends are not real consistent. Remember that next year when you’re thinking about drafting a tight end before the fifth round.

There is your Week 16 lists 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!

As I mentioned above, the Fantasy players on the 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.

Listen to me live on Sirius channel 210 and XM channel 87 every Friday mornings at 9:30 am ET

 

Listen to the only FREE 24/7 Fantasy Sports Radio channel on the go! Get the FNTSY Sports Radio Network app now in the iTunes store or on Google Play. Listen to Fantasy Football Frenzy, the RotoExperts in the Morning, Fantasy Best Friends Forever and the award-winning On Target. Plus a whole lot more from all of your Fantasy favorites for FREE!

 

 

Popular Features