NFL Offence 2010: Top Players

Here is my current list in order of my rankings at mid-way through the season.

Stats are a great start for qualifying and screening but not everything of course.

Fire away with commentary if you are watching the NFL as well.

Top 5 QBs

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Minimum Completion Percentage: 60.0%
Minimum Completions: 144 (For at least 8 games that is 18/game minimum)

Tie: Rivers & Peyton Manning
Brees
Brady
Orton

Top 2 TEs

Gates
Miller

Top 8 WRs

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Minimum 36 Receptions
Minimum 500 Yards

Lloyd
Owens
White
Wayne
Calvin Johnson
Andre Johnson
Nicks
Austin

Top 8 RBs

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Minimum 4.2 yards/carry
Minimum 100 carries
Minimum 560 yards

Foster
Peterson
Charles
McFadden
Bradshaw
Turner
Mendenhall
Hillis

Updated below after 12 games completed for THIS SEASON, here are my lists ...
fire away with your take hopefully looking at the stats as well and in some cases for those not making this high cut, not just the media hype ...
also note that I leave a gap between where I think is he separation between the elite players at the position and the great ones:

Top 5 QBs
Minimum Completion Percentage: 60.0%
Minimum Passing Yards/Per Game: 220

Brady

Rodgers
Vick
Rivers
Brees

Top 8 RBs
Minimum 4.2 yards/carry
Minimum 600 yards
Total TDs, Total Receiving Yards, Rubmles, and 1st Down %, In Consideration Too In That Order

Foster
J. Charles & Peterson

Chris Johnson
Michael Turner
Hillis & McCoy
McFadden

Top 2 Tight Ends

Gates
V. Davis

Top 8+ Receivers
Minimum 54 Receptions
Minimum 700 Yards
Total TDs, Yards Per Reception, 1st Down %, & Fumbles In Consideration Too In That Order

Lloyd
Andre Johnson
Owens
Wayne
R. White
Calvin Johnson
G. Jennings

Colston, Maclin, & Austin

Top 5 Kick Returners

Stephens-Howling, AZ
L. Washington, SEA
Logan, DET
Tate, NE
Mariani, TEN (also #1 punt returner)

All I can say at this point Paolo X; New England is bound to win Super Bowl 2011......

Let's see how the QBs stack up when it will matter most for most of these in the playoffs. Beyond these six I'd say that taking aside system QBs like Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, and Garrard that there are only 10 total good NFL QBs.

Also below TEs, KRs, PRs with WRs and RBs to follow in another post.

Top 6 QBs 2010 and the Only Excellent Overall NFL QBs
Brady

Rivers

Rodgers
Peyton Manning
Vick
Brees

Top 4 Tight Ends
Gates, SD

Vernon Davis, SF
Witten, DAL

Cooley, WAS

Note: Dallas Clark, IND, injured

Top 5 KRs
Stephens-Howling, AZ
Leon Washington, SEA
Brad Smith, NYJ
Logan, DET
Ford, OAK

Top 2 PRs
Ted Ginn Jr
Mariani

I'd like to know how QB ratings are calculated. Peyton's number seems just a tad low to me. His numbers are almost identical to those of Rivers and Rodgers, yet he's almost 10 points behind each...

(The areas Peyton leads in are in bold.)

Peyton: 66.3% 4,700, 33 TDs, 17 picks, 16 sacks
Rivers: 66.0%, 4,710, 30 TDs, 13 picks, 38 sacks
Rodgers: 65.7%, 3,922, 28 TDs, 11 picks, 31 sacks

Even Joe Flacco is had of him by a couple points, and his stats are worse...

Flacco: 62.6%, 3,622, 25 TDs, 10 picks, 40 sacks

Do they really take away that many points for a pick? Seems to me the QB ratings are a little screwed... :expressionless:

Wikipedia has a complete explanation of this pro QB formula as is complex.

And of course I do not think that QB rating alone tells the whole story when >=85, but it sure tells me all I need to know when it is <85.

In short to provide part of the answer to your question, you lose major points for each pick or when your completion ratio is under 60%, but it seems like you gain a whole lot more with every TD pass.

Note how high for example the ratings are for system QBs like Cassel and Roethlisberger with low interceptions and low yardage compared to system QB Eli Manning with high yardage and league-high interceptions at 25.

Mind you Cassel, like Orton, are the only two with a completion percentage lower than 60% to somehow make the "85er list."

A completion percentage of <60% kicks them off my own "good QB" list in any league akin to Trestman's own comments about any such prospective college QBs.

One explanation otherwise for the high rating of Cassel is that he has 27 TD passes, only 7 Int's, and receivers with a whole lot of YA Catch/Contact.

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Top 6 RBs

Min 4.2 yards per carry
Max 4 fumbles

Foster, HOU
Charles, KC
Chris Johnson, TN
Peterson, MN
McCoy, PHL
McFadden, OAK

Top 10 WRs

Min 1000 yards receiving

Lloyd, DEN
Jennings, GB
Roddy White, ATL
Wayne, IND
Wallace, PIT
Bowe, KC
Calvin Johnson, DET
Andre Johnson, HOU
DeSean Jackson, PHL
Hakeem Nicks, NYG