Better Than Average (BTA) Rankings For Tight Ends 2014

Better Than Average (BTA) Rankings For Tight Ends 2014

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Better Than Average (BTA) Rankings For Tight Ends 2014

Other BTA Rankings:  Quarterback  |  Running Back  |  Wide Receiver  |  Tight End

Better Than Average (BTA) was developed to show which players were truly better than their peers when the advantage of the schedule was removed. . This is a true 1:1 measurement because it only considers how well players did against all others who faced a particular defense. It counts up three occurrences:

8” – When a TE produced one of the top 8 game performances for fantasy points allowed by a defense.

4” – When a TE scored in the top 4 game performances for fantasy points allowed by a defense.

1” – Who had the best fantasy game against a defense over the past year. 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 for a numerical expression of how effective a tight end truly was last year against all other players in his position. The strength of schedule doesn’t matter. Only what a player produced against all other players in that position against that defense. It is a measurement of player ability against the others in his position.

Multiple “Best Games”
Rob Gronkowski 5
Jimmy Graham 4
Martellus Bennett 3
Delanie Walker 3
Antonio Gates 2
Julius Thomas 2
Owen Daniels 2

The best tight ends are never hard to figure out since the position offers only marginal value outside of one to three players per season. Comparing how productive tight ends were last year really meant only one – Rob Gronkowski. And then the rest splayed out behind with marginal difference from player to player.

Other than Gronkowski, all tight ends were subject to the same phenomena – they were much more productive in the first half of the season than they were in the final eight games. Travis Kelce’s high rating at least gives more optimism what 2015 could mean.

Julius Thomas was a top three tight end after eight weeks and one of the worst from then on partially due to inury. The point differential between players was not that significant outside of the top five players so there isn’t much to glean about up-and-comers other than Kelce was a nice surprise.

NAME BTA   1     4     8   NAME BTA   1     4     8   NAME BTA   1     4     8  
Rob Gronkowski 24 5 7 12 Dwayne Allen 11 0 3 8 Jace Amaro 4 0 1 3
Jimmy Graham 23 4 8 11 Jermaine Gresham 10 0 3 7 Jordan Cameron 4 0 2 2
Martellus Bennett 23 3 9 11 Owen Daniels 10 2 3 5 Josh Hill 4 0 1 3
Greg Olsen 20 1 8 11 Mychal Rivera 9 0 3 6 Kyle Rudolph 4 0 1 3
Antonio Gates 18 2 6 10 Jared Cook 8 0 1 7 Lance Kendricks 4 0 0 4
Travis Kelce 18 1 7 10 Timothy Wright 8 1 3 4 Chase Ford 3 0 1 2
Coby Fleener 16 1 6 9 Niles Paul 7 1 3 3 Cooper Helfet 3 1 1 1
Delanie Walker 16 3 4 9 Scott Chandler 6 0 2 4 Daniel Fells 3 0 1 2
Jason Witten 15 0 4 11 Clay Harbor 5 0 2 3 Garrett Graham 3 0 1 2
Charles Clay 14 1 4 9 Jordan Reed 5 0 2 3 Jeff Cumberland 3 0 0 3
Heath Miller 14 1 5 8 Luke Willson 5 1 1 3 Marcedes Lewis 3 0 0 3
Julius Thomas 14 2 6 6 Andrew Quarless 4 0 1 3 Vernon Davis 3 0 1 2
Zach Ertz 13 0 5 8 Austin Seferian-Jenkins 4 0 1 3          
Larry Donnell 12 1 3 8 Gavin Escobar 4 1 1 2          


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