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
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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.
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.
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Consistency Leaders – YTD – Quarterbacks
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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
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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.
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.
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Consistency Leaders – YTD – Running Backs
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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
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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.
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.
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Consistency Leaders – YTD – Wide Receivers
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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
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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.
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.
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Consistency Leaders – YTD – Tight Ends
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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.
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