Tony Romo started out the season one for four in Quality Games. However, since the bye week, Romo has earned six Quality Games out of the past seven games, including five straight. The only hotter quarterbacks have been Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
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 12
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Cam Newton is another quarterback who has been getting back on track with his consistency. He took the top spot this week and has earned four straight Quality Games. Tom Brady ranks second for the week and is “quietly” still perfect on the season for consistency. Robert Griffin III still holds the top spot in total points. Eli Manning finally got back onto the good list this week after missing for three straight weeks. Remember when many “experts” said that Drew Brees would have a down year because of Sean Peyton’s suspension? Brees is second in total points and has a 91 percent Quality Success Rate (QSR).
Colin Kaepernick has earned three straight Quality Games and the respect of Head Coach, Jim Harbaugh. That should earn him some more starts for the 49ers and your Fantasy team. Russell Wilson has earned four straight Quality Games and five out of his last six games. Chad Henne has earned back-to-back Quality Games and could hold the starting job for the remainder of the season.
Here is a group of those bad surprises; quarterbacks who didn’t earn a Quality Game this week. Aaron Rodgers had his fourth non-Quality Game of the season. In 2010, he went 11 of 15 for the year. In 2009, he was 14 of 16. Could Rodgers be destined for his worst season right after his best season as a pro? I’m betting yes.
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Consistency Leaders – YTD – Quarterbacks
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Tom Brady remains as the sole perfect quarterback. Drew Brees and Peyton Manning are the only other two quarterbacks over a 90 percent QSR. Many of the other quarterbacks are hovering around the 73 percent QSR range.
Running Backs – (Quality Game Factor – 10.35)
Quality Game Earners – Week 12
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The top three running backs were from Houston, Baltimore and Philadelphia. However, one of them was not LeSean McCoy. McCoy sat out Week 12, and rookie Bryce Brown exploded on Monday night to grab this week’s top spot. Trent Richardson continues to shine for the Browns and his Fantasy owners. One of the big surprises this week was the number of running backs who earned a Quality Game. 36? That’s a typical week for wide receivers. Winter weather must be playing a role in the offensive scheme changes already. Darren Sproles came back from his injury and appears to be healthy again, with 13.50 points this week and a big game versus the Falcons on Thursday night.
Shane Vereen has earned two straight Quality Games and appears to be pushing Danny Woodhead out of a job. But remember, this isNew England that we’re talking about; so don’t get too excited just yet. Beanie Wells also returned from his injury hiatus and earned a Quality Game in his first game back. Rashad Jennings seems to have regained his status as the Jaguars main back, especially with Jalen Parmalee going on injured reserve this week.
Below is a list of some of the top running backs in football that did not earn a Quality Game this week. Marshawn Lynch makes a rare appearance here this week.
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Consistency Leaders – YTD – Running Backs
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There are still only four perfects, even though McCoy’s injury decreases his status. Doug Martin and C.J. Spiller now are tied with Lynch for the second highest QSR for the year at 82 percent, while Trent Richardson and Chris Johnson each have eight Quality Games for the season.
Jamaal Charles has been a little more consistent recently, but he’s certainly my poster boy forhigh pointtotals and horrible consistency. Matt Forte continues to fade.
Wide Receiver – (Quality Game Factor – 10.85)
Quality Game Earners – Week 12
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Dez Bryant may frustrate Fantasy owners and Cowboys fans at times, but he has certainly had some big weeks this season. Calvin and Andre Johnson both put on a Fantasy show in their game on Thanksgiving. Brandon Marshall earned his ninth Quality Game of the year with the return of Jay Cutler to the lineup. Wes Welker is just a consistent PPR stud. That is all. Demaryius Thomas will always remain consistent as long as Peyton Manning, and not Tim Tebow, is throwing him the ball
With Danny Amendola going back to injured reserve, grab Chris Givens. When Amendola plays, Givens doesn’t earn a Quality Game, when Amendola is out, Givens has earned five straight Quality Games. If you’re looking for some consistent waiver wire potentials, these receivers have recently earned multiple Quality Games and could be waiting for you to pick them up: Danario Alexander, Justin Blackmon, Davone Bess and Brandon LaFell.
Here is the list of top wide receivers that didn’t earn a Quality Game this week. This list is huge again this week! Mike Wallace is playing so badly right now; he may get benched this week. Be cautious!
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Consistency Leaders – YTD – Wide Receivers
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Reggie Wayne continues to remain as the only perfect. However, breathing down his neck at a 91 percent QSR is the duo of A.J. Green and Demaryius Thomas. Vincent Jackson may be one of the biggest surprises in consistency this season. He normally floated around the 50-60 percentile when he played in San Diego. So far this season, he’s tied with Calvin Johnson at 73 percent.
Extreme disappointments include Larry Fitzgerald (23rd in total points and 45 percent QSR) and Dwayne Bowe (30th in total points and 45 percent QSR).
Tight Ends – (Quality Game Factor – 9.40)
Quality Game Earners – Week 12
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Jason Witten was the highest regular in the fourth spot this week, while many of the top tight ends didn’t earn a Quality Game at all. Tony Gonzalez got back on track after his horrid game two weeks ago. Owen Daniels continues his extremely consistent season with his ninth Quality Game of the year. If you’re looking for a breakout tight end next year, look at Jermaine Gresham. He’s ranked eighth in total points this year but has earned all eight of his Quality Games in the last nine games. He could easily be a top five tight end next year.
The top three on the list this week are either no-names or inconsistent regulars. Charles Clay earned only his second Quality Game of the year and is not worthy of a waiver wire pickup. Dave Thomas earned a Quality Game for the Saints, but Jimmy Graham did not. Lance Kendricks was supposed to be a stud tight end coming out of college. He hasn’t been since he’s arrived in the NFL, that’s for sure.
Here are the top tight ends that didn’t earn a Quality Game this week. This is ridiculous! So many solid players not earning Quality Games, while we had 22 tight ends earn one this past weekend.
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Consistency Leaders – YTD – Tight Ends
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There are only six tight ends over a 70 percent QSR and half of them weren’t drafted before the tenth round in most drafts.
There’s your Week 12 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 Thirteen – 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.
This week’s home teams are:
Atlanta, Chicago, Tennessee, Miami, Buffalo, Detroit, Green Bay, Kansas City, St. Louis, New York Jets, Denver, Baltimore, San Diego, Oakland, Dallas and Washington
Teams that are playing away versus a bottom ten defense include:
New YorkGiants @Washington
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.
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