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QUARTERBACKS 2018

Regular season totals, through Week 13

Revised as of 12/4/2018

Quarterbacks are ranked according to DYAR, or Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement. This gives the value of the quarterback 's performance compared to replacement level, adjusted for situation and opponent and then translated into yardage. DYAR (and its cousin, YAR, which isn't adjusted based on opponent) is further explained here.

The other statistic given is DVOA, or Defense-adjusted Value Over Average. This number represents value, per play, over an average quarterback in the same game situations. The more positive the DVOA rating, the better the player's performance. Negative DVOA represents below-average offense. DVOA (and its cousin, VOA, which isn't adjusted based on opponent) is further explained here.

The simple version: DYAR means a quarterback with more total value. DVOA means a quarterback with more value per play.

Effective Yards, listed in red, translate DVOA into a yards per attempt figure. This provides an easy comparison: in general, players with more Effective Yards than standard yards played better than standard stats would otherwise indicate, while players with fewer Effective Yards than standard yards played worse than standard stats would otherwise indicate. Effective Yards are not the best way to measure total value because they are more dependent on usage than DYAR.

Total QBR (listed as just QBR) is a metric created by the ESPN Stats & Information group. Total QBR is based on the by the quarterback on each play, then adjusts the numbers to a scale of 0-100. There are five main differences between Total QBR and Football Outsiders' DVOA metric (with further explanation here):

  • Total QBR incorporates information from game charting, such as passes dropped or thrown away on purpose.
  • Total QBR splits responsibility on plays between the quarterback, his receivers, and his blockers. Drops, for example, are more on the receiver, as are yards after the catch, and some sacks are more on the offensive line than others.
  • Total QBR has a clutch factor which adds (or subtracts) value for quarterbacks who perform best (or worst) in high-leverage situations.
  • Total QBR combines passing and rushing value into one number and differentiates between scrambles and planned runs.
  • Beginning in 2016, Total QBR is now adjusted for strength of opponent. Total QBR on other stats pages (pre-2016) has not yet been updated with oppponent adjustment.

Further information about the table below:

  • Passes total includes sacks and aborted snaps. Both count against a quarterback's value.
  • Intentional clock-stopping spikes are not counted as passes, which may cause completion rate to be different from official NFL stats.
  • Fumbles count the same whether lost to the defense or retained by the offense.
  • DPI lists the number of plays and yards where the quarterback drew Defensive Pass Interference. These plays are incorporated into DVOA and DYAR, but are not included in the totals for Passes or Yards.
  • ALEX represents Air Less EXpected on third downs, the average difference between the length of the quarterback's throw and the distance needed for a new set of downs. The number listed here only includes third downs and is not adjusted for passes thrown away or batted down.

Clicking on a player's name will bring you to his FO player page with advanced stats through the most recent season.

PASSING: Minimum 195 passes, 33 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA QBR Rk Pass Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI ALEX
P.Mahomes KC 1,678 1 1,536 1 46.1% 1 41.3% 84.3 1 450 3,791 4,643 41 2 2 9 67.2% 6/95 3.9
D.Brees NO 1,462 2 1,496 2 43.1% 2 44.4% 84.2 2 396 3,155 4,158 30 1 0 3 75.7% 9/124 0.2
P.Rivers LAC 1,234 3 1,185 3 37.0% 3 35.1% 75.6 3 401 3,290 3,742 28 0 1 6 69.7% 0/0 1.9
J.Goff LAR 1,080 4 1,117 4 25.5% 4 26.7% 72.9 5 441 3,589 3,845 27 3 3 6 66.4% 7/142 -0.8
M.Ryan ATL 976 5 1,018 5 19.2% 5 20.6% 69.6 9 495 3,564 3,918 25 3 4 5 71.2% 9/203 0.9
B.Roethlisberger PIT 898 6 691 7 13.9% 8 8.1% 71.1 7 532 3,816 4,112 26 1 2 13 66.2% 6/100 1.3
T.Brady NE 721 7 743 6 13.1% 9 13.8% 70.7 8 448 3,220 3,377 20 2 2 8 66.4% 5/96 3.6
R.Wilson SEA 666 8 617 9 18.6% 6 16.4% 66.2 11 356 2,450 2,702 29 3 2 4 68.2% 6/130 2.4
A.Rodgers GB 589 9 562 10 6.8% 11 6.0% 55.8 19 496 3,220 3,445 21 1 3 1 62.4% 4/77 4.2
A.Luck IND 571 10 628 8 5.9% 12 7.6% 68.6 10 504 3,214 3,480 32 3 1 12 68.2% 6/142 -0.5
K.Cousins MIN 561 11 496 13 4.9% 15 3.1% 64.0 14 521 3,257 3,577 23 2 5 9 71.7% 6/58 0.5
D.Watson HOU 549 12 507 11 10.6% 10 8.9% 61.5 16 401 2,778 2,788 21 6 1 9 67.6% 4/122 -0.1
R.Fitzpatrick TB 435 13 437 15 14.6% 7 14.7% 64.3 13 260 2,283 1,953 17 2 1 12 66.7% 2/34 1.9
C.Wentz PHI 428 14 494 14 5.3% 13 7.8% 65.2 12 396 2,637 2,670 18 1 5 6 70.2% 5/106 -0.2
C.Newton CAR 408 15 506 12 3.4% 17 6.8% 59.7 17 422 2,796 2,815 24 3 0 11 70.2% 5/61 1.6
D.Carr OAK 387 16 281 20 1.9% 20 -1.7% 49.3 28 455 2,894 2,921 16 2 4 8 70.0% 4/53 0.9
J.Flacco BAL 366 17 266 21 2.9% 18 -0.9% 57.0 18 393 2,374 2,594 12 2 1 6 61.7% 8/159 1.7
M.Trubisky CHI 338 18 398 16 3.6% 16 6.2% 75.5 4 339 2,352 2,296 20 2 2 9 65.6% 8/182 3.3
B.Mayfield CLE 313 19 349 17 1.9% 19 3.4% 50.6 23 374 2,483 2,359 18 1 2 10 63.8% 4/100 0.4
A.Dalton CIN 286 20 345 18 0.4% 21 2.8% 61.9 15 383 2,405 2,383 21 1 1 10 62.4% 6/95 1.0
J.Winston TB 262 21 302 19 5.0% 14 7.5% 72.6 6 250 1,835 1,660 12 1 1 11 68.0% 5/117 3.2
C.Keenum DEN 140 22 89 24 -6.1% 22 -8.0% 47.0 29 438 2,765 2,447 14 4 1 9 62.4% 5/61 1.1
M.Stafford DET 136 23 98 23 -6.7% 23 -7.9% 49.5 26 474 2,848 2,649 18 2 3 11 66.7% 8/189 0.8
E.Manning NYG 126 24 129 22 -6.9% 24 -6.8% 49.3 27 476 2,951 2,563 15 3 2 8 68.0% 8/139 -0.9
M.Mariota TEN 3 25 -54 27 -11.0% 25 -13.8% 54.5 20 313 1,949 1,634 11 5 1 7 68.6% 6/97 2.1
R.Tannehill MIA -43 26 5 26 -14.7% 26 -10.7% 44.1 30 193 1,189 930 13 1 3 6 66.7% 3/44 1.9
B.Osweiler MIA -71 27 -58 29 -16.7% 29 -15.7% 38.3 31 194 1,118 941 7 0 1 4 63.8% 1/3 0.8
A.Smith WAS -89 28 59 25 -15.1% 27 -8.5% 50.0 24 350 2,033 1,674 10 4 1 5 63.3% 4/77 0.3
B.Bortles JAX -108 29 -101 30 -15.3% 28 -15.0% 49.8 25 398 2,426 1,961 13 4 2 9 60.4% 0/0 -0.4
D.Prescott DAL -164 30 -57 28 -17.5% 30 -13.3% 52.4 22 409 2,398 1,861 14 1 4 5 66.8% 3/31 -1.3
S.Darnold NYJ -378 31 -387 31 -30.9% 31 -31.4% 31.5 32 311 1,801 1,021 11 1 1 14 55.2% 1/5 0.4
J.Allen BUF -478 32 -486 32 -48.0% 33 -48.6% 53.0 21 216 1,033 393 5 4 0 6 52.9% 2/34 3.3
J.Rosen ARI -625 33 -625 33 -44.5% 32 -44.5% 30.7 33 300 1,464 658 10 4 2 11 54.6% 4/59 -0.8

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-194 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA QBR Pass Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI ALEX
M.Barkley BUF 121 109 63.5% 56.5% 90.1 26 224 294 2 0 0 0 60.0% 0/0 4.4
N.Mullens SF 72 146 -3.0% 5.3% 57.1 144 1,092 820 7 1 0 5 66.4% 1/5 -0.7
J.Driskel CIN 63 -23 2.2% -16.0% 26.9 79 422 462 2 0 1 1 65.8% 0/0 -3.9
J.Garoppolo SF -68 -57 -21.3% -19.7% 29.0 103 617 445 5 3 0 3 59.6% 3/53 -1.9
C.McCoy WAS -105 -118 -37.4% -40.7% 42.3 58 338 179 3 1 0 3 65.4% 1/13 3.7
M.Sanchez WAS -107 -106 -105.5% -105.1% 16.9 23 87 -54 0 1 0 1 61.9% 0/0 -1.3
L.Jackson BAL -121 -55 -32.4% -20.8% 30.1 83 507 292 2 0 1 3 59.7% 2/32 1.0
B.Gabbert TEN -125 -93 -43.4% -35.3% 30.3 65 314 142 2 0 0 2 60.0% 0/0 -0.9
C.J.Beathard SF -143 -206 -23.2% -28.5% 42.2 188 1,101 758 8 1 3 7 60.4% 1/6 -1.3
C.Kessler JAX -163 -126 -52.4% -43.2% 21.8 61 259 96 1 2 0 1 72.2% 1/15 -1.4
N.Foles PHI -174 -83 -42.6% -26.1% 49.8 86 429 215 1 0 1 1 66.7% 3/32 -2.1
C.Daniel CHI -184 -127 -43.2% -33.2% 29.6 88 453 213 3 4 0 2 69.7% 2/21 -3.9
J.McCown NYJ -206 -229 -39.7% -42.9% 35.4 115 504 300 1 0 0 4 55.6% 0/0 5.3
D.Anderson BUF -229 -187 -61.4% -52.1% 25.8 75 438 55 0 0 2 4 60.0% 0/0 1.3
S.Bradford ARI -236 -276 -55.1% -62.6% 28.2 86 367 112 2 1 2 4 62.5% 0/0 2.2
T.Taylor CLE -255 -264 -52.1% -53.6% 31.2 97 382 154 2 1 0 2 50.6% 2/34 2.1
N.Peterman BUF -420 -510 -93.0% -110.6% 8.7 88 253 -157 1 0 0 7 55.0% 2/18 -1.2

RUSHING: Minimum 7 rushes, 40 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Trubisky CHI 119 1 124 1 31.8% 6 33.8% 46 369 473 3 0
J.Allen BUF 96 2 79 3 24.2% 10 18.0% 53 391 413 4 2
B.Bortles JAX 89 3 84 2 24.2% 11 22.4% 45 328 383 1 2
M.Mariota TEN 82 4 58 8 17.9% 15 9.2% 53 331 385 2 2
B.Roethlisberger PIT 63 5 66 5 43.0% 3 45.7% 17 101 231 3 0
P.Mahomes KC 61 6 77 4 17.5% 16 25.3% 38 249 291 2 0
D.Prescott DAL 60 7 51 9 9.1% 23 5.7% 52 311 348 5 4
D.Watson HOU 57 8 42 11 5.8% 24 1.0% 60 382 360 2 1
C.Newton CAR 57 9 63 6 1.3% 27 2.7% 79 464 439 4 2
R.Wilson SEA 49 10 59 7 18.0% 14 24.1% 35 242 234 0 2
M.Ryan ATL 47 11 43 10 27.5% 7 24.0% 20 104 197 2 0
R.Fitzpatrick TB 45 12 35 14 19.8% 13 12.4% 29 157 206 2 0
A.Smith WAS 44 13 41 12 15.2% 20 13.1% 34 173 221 1 1
C.Wentz PHI 36 14 27 18 20.0% 12 11.5% 21 104 167 0 0
D.Brees NO 36 15 38 13 25.7% 8 28.6% 12 39 151 3 0
J.Flacco BAL 31 16 31 16 25.6% 9 25.2% 12 52 132 0 0
R.Tannehill MIA 28 17 33 15 36.9% 5 45.6% 14 109 106 0 0
C.McCoy WAS 28 18 17 24 44.7% 2 22.3% 9 64 102 0 0
T.Brady NE 26 19 24 20 16.5% 19 14.7% 11 41 125 2 0
C.Keenum DEN 22 20 29 17 40.1% 4 57.2% 7 48 82 1 0
A.Luck IND 21 21 21 21 10.7% 22 10.4% 15 95 116 0 0
J.Rosen ARI 20 22 18 22 53.3% 1 46.4% 7 84 70 0 1
J.Winston TB 20 23 25 19 0.3% 28 3.6% 31 203 161 1 1
S.Darnold NYJ 17 24 5 32 3.4% 25 -7.7% 18 70 116 1 2
N.Peterman BUF 16 25 5 31 16.7% 18 -3.6% 10 49 79 1 0
J.Driskel CIN 14 26 15 25 16.8% 17 19.2% 9 52 69 2 0
T.Hill NO 14 27 18 23 -5.0% 31 -3.2% 32 172 180 1 1
A.Dalton CIN 13 28 15 26 10.9% 21 14.7% 13 101 72 0 0
A.Rodgers GB 13 29 5 29 -3.9% 30 -8.7% 28 172 139 0 2
M.Stafford DET 11 30 5 30 1.6% 26 -5.5% 15 78 84 0 1
D.Carr OAK 8 31 9 27 -0.9% 29 0.6% 13 57 69 1 0
J.Goff LAR 3 32 6 28 -9.6% 32 -6.5% 20 101 82 1 0
T.Taylor CLE 2 33 -1 33 -9.7% 33 -13.0% 16 122 53 1 2
C.Kessler JAX -3 34 -6 35 -19.1% 34 -28.6% 7 36 22 0 0
E.Manning NYG -10 35 -14 38 -27.3% 39 -34.5% 9 21 23 0 0
K.Cousins MIN -11 36 -10 36 -20.2% 35 -19.4% 24 101 71 1 1
B.Mayfield CLE -13 37 -4 34 -27.0% 38 -17.4% 17 113 32 0 2
C.J.Beathard SF -13 38 -10 37 -25.8% 36 -22.1% 18 68 40 1 1
P.Rivers LAC -47 39 -48 40 -104.2% 40 -106.8% 7 2 -73 0 1
L.Jackson BAL -62 40 -37 39 -26.0% 37 -20.4% 76 402 180 3 6