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QUARTERBACKS 2018

Regular season totals, through Week 10

Revised as of 11/13/2018

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 opponent 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 150 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 1,427 1 1,264 2 50.1% 1 43.1% 83.6 2 363 3,041 3,817 31 2 0 6 67.3% 5/69 3.2
D.Brees NO 1,222 2 1,274 1 46.3% 2 48.7% 86.2 1 313 2,516 3,376 21 0 0 1 77.6% 7/91 -0.8
M.Ryan ATL 1,028 3 1,071 3 31.3% 5 33.1% 71.3 7 376 2,846 3,350 21 1 2 3 71.5% 7/176 -0.2
J.Goff LAR 1,023 4 984 4 31.9% 4 30.3% 75.0 5 352 3,013 3,307 22 3 0 5 68.4% 4/93 -0.7
P.Rivers LAC 871 5 871 5 36.5% 3 36.4% 75.5 3 284 2,384 2,659 21 0 0 4 67.3% 0/0 2.3
B.Roethlisberger PIT 805 6 695 6 20.5% 7 16.2% 72.8 6 381 2,798 3,146 21 1 2 7 66.1% 4/55 1.2
R.Fitzpatrick TB 550 7 524 7 24.4% 6 22.7% 69.9 8 238 2,123 1,994 17 2 1 9 67.1% 2/34 2.0
T.Brady NE 440 8 471 8 6.0% 12 7.2% 65.9 11 385 2,626 2,668 17 2 2 7 65.8% 4/76 4.3
A.Rodgers GB 421 9 439 10 6.0% 13 6.7% 56.1 19 378 2,510 2,559 17 1 3 1 62.0% 2/42 3.1
J.Flacco BAL 415 10 258 17 4.8% 14 -1.2% 56.9 18 393 2,374 2,662 12 2 1 6 61.7% 8/159 1.7
K.Cousins MIN 413 11 389 14 4.7% 15 3.7% 64.7 12 388 2,503 2,675 17 2 5 5 71.7% 4/33 0.6
D.Watson HOU 405 12 448 9 9.6% 8 11.8% 58.9 16 312 2,219 2,129 17 5 1 7 66.1% 4/122 0.5
M.Trubisky CHI 389 13 423 11 7.5% 9 9.2% 75.3 4 307 2,192 2,207 19 2 2 7 65.7% 8/182 3.6
C.Newton CAR 358 14 399 13 6.6% 10 8.7% 61.1 14 307 1,933 2,100 17 3 0 5 69.4% 2/40 1.2
A.Luck IND 351 15 375 15 2.7% 17 3.6% 69.3 9 382 2,360 2,522 26 2 1 9 66.7% 5/107 -0.5
C.Wentz PHI 331 16 403 12 6.4% 11 10.2% 66.6 10 290 1,979 1,960 15 1 5 3 71.8% 3/77 0.2
R.Wilson SEA 262 17 249 18 4.5% 16 3.7% 58.4 17 270 1,760 1,700 21 3 2 4 67.9% 2/29 1.3
D.Carr OAK 254 18 172 21 0.0% 18 -3.6% 47.1 25 344 2,275 2,176 10 1 3 8 72.2% 2/30 0.5
M.Stafford DET 217 19 175 20 -1.7% 19 -3.6% 54.1 21 359 2,198 2,158 16 2 2 8 67.0% 6/129 1.2
A.Dalton CIN 174 20 292 16 -3.0% 20 2.6% 61.5 13 329 2,098 1,955 18 1 1 9 63.8% 6/95 0.6
B.Bortles JAX 69 21 108 22 -8.1% 21 -6.4% 52.7 22 348 2,257 1,951 12 3 1 7 61.3% 0/0 -0.3
C.Keenum DEN 50 22 -22 25 -8.9% 22 -12.1% 43.8 28 354 2,233 1,887 11 4 1 9 63.6% 5/61 0.8
A.Smith WAS 12 23 202 19 -10.6% 23 -1.2% 51.3 24 320 1,920 1,655 10 4 1 3 65.0% 4/77 0.0
M.Mariota TEN -2 24 -56 26 -11.3% 24 -14.9% 61.1 15 229 1,352 1,204 7 3 1 5 67.0% 5/64 2.9
B.Mayfield CLE -30 25 33 24 -12.7% 25 -9.4% 46.8 26 307 1,828 1,525 13 1 2 7 62.0% 3/53 -0.8
E.Manning NYG -38 26 78 23 -12.7% 26 -7.8% 45.5 27 377 2,331 1,841 11 2 2 6 67.8% 7/131 -1.5
J.Winston TB -63 27 -119 29 -17.1% 27 -22.3% 55.8 20 161 1,112 767 6 1 1 10 65.3% 2/30 3.2
B.Osweiler MIA -80 28 -61 27 -17.3% 28 -15.9% 38.5 31 194 1,118 930 7 0 1 4 63.8% 1/3 0.8
C.J.Beathard SF -125 29 -207 30 -21.7% 30 -28.7% 43.6 29 188 1,101 782 8 1 3 7 60.4% 1/6 -1.3
D.Prescott DAL -140 30 -117 28 -18.5% 29 -17.3% 51.5 23 305 1,739 1,342 11 0 3 5 64.1% 2/18 -1.1
J.Rosen ARI -367 31 -457 32 -36.8% 32 -43.1% 38.5 30 228 1,122 658 6 2 2 8 56.3% 4/59 -0.9
S.Darnold NYJ -393 32 -394 31 -31.8% 31 -31.8% 33.1 32 311 1,801 1,000 11 1 1 14 55.2% 1/5 0.4
J.Allen BUF -470 33 -512 33 -59.4% 33 -63.7% 32.9 33 162 657 142 2 3 0 5 54.0% 1/20 1.5

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-149 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA QBR Pass Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI ALEX
M.Barkley BUF 124 108 65.8% 55.6% 90.2 26 224 299 2 0 0 0 60.0% 0/0 4.4
N.Mullens SF 92 139 13.4% 26.0% 71.8 59 512 426 4 0 0 2 72.9% 0/0 1.8
L.Jackson BAL 24 14 15.8% 4.8% 48.8 13 79 103 1 0 0 0 58.3% 0/0 4.3
J.Garoppolo SF -75 -59 -22.4% -19.9% 31.6 103 617 435 5 3 0 3 59.6% 3/53 -1.9
B.Gabbert TEN -92 -78 -43.6% -38.8% 30.4 48 204 103 1 0 0 1 56.8% 0/0 -0.9
J.McCown NYJ -110 -161 -59.4% -81.6% 5.6 37 116 34 0 0 0 2 50.0% 0/0 0.8
R.Tannehill MIA -115 -85 -24.1% -20.8% 33.1 140 873 557 8 1 3 5 66.4% 1/12 1.8
C.Kessler JAX -116 -109 -63.5% -60.1% 40.9 34 125 21 1 1 0 1 70.0% 0/0 0.1
N.Foles PHI -206 -82 -48.5% -26.1% 45.5 86 429 171 1 0 1 1 66.7% 3/32 -2.1
D.Anderson BUF -248 -188 -65.7% -52.5% 24.1 75 438 28 0 0 2 4 60.0% 0/0 1.3
S.Bradford ARI -251 -280 -58.0% -63.2% 28.5 86 367 91 2 1 2 4 62.5% 0/0 2.2
T.Taylor CLE -280 -266 -56.1% -53.9% 31.4 97 382 120 2 1 0 2 50.6% 2/34 2.1
N.Peterman BUF -447 -513 -98.3% -111.0% 8.6 88 253 -195 1 0 0 7 55.0% 2/18 -1.2

RUSHING: Minimum 5 rushes, 39 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
M.Trubisky CHI 108 1 110 1 36.2% 4 37.0% 39 323 415 3 0
M.Mariota TEN 81 2 66 3 25.2% 8 18.4% 39 243 346 2 1
B.Bortles JAX 71 3 67 2 22.7% 9 20.7% 37 272 314 1 2
P.Mahomes KC 59 4 65 4 30.5% 6 34.2% 26 166 240 2 0
B.Roethlisberger PIT 52 5 56 6 48.1% 3 53.1% 13 82 185 2 0
D.Prescott DAL 49 6 36 10 9.7% 19 4.0% 42 260 277 3 3
C.Newton CAR 49 7 58 5 1.9% 24 4.7% 64 365 366 4 1
C.Wentz PHI 40 8 34 12 27.9% 7 21.3% 19 99 167 0 0
R.Wilson SEA 39 9 44 7 17.2% 14 21.1% 29 200 189 0 2
J.Allen BUF 37 10 12 23 10.8% 18 -4.9% 33 155 202 3 1
R.Fitzpatrick TB 36 11 29 13 19.9% 11 13.8% 25 143 165 1 0
D.Watson HOU 31 12 19 21 1.3% 25 -3.7% 44 272 235 1 1
R.Tannehill MIA 30 13 36 9 54.7% 2 68.5% 11 97 102 0 0
D.Brees NO 29 14 34 11 21.7% 10 27.5% 11 37 131 3 0
J.Winston TB 27 15 39 8 18.8% 12 31.8% 16 113 128 1 0
J.Flacco BAL 25 16 28 14 18.7% 13 21.7% 12 52 119 0 0
M.Ryan ATL 25 17 28 15 13.7% 17 16.4% 16 82 129 2 0
A.Smith WAS 25 18 27 16 5.8% 21 7.6% 30 140 159 1 1
J.Rosen ARI 22 19 20 19 67.4% 1 61.5% 6 51 71 0 0
T.Brady NE 21 20 19 20 13.8% 16 11.6% 10 36 109 2 0
T.Hill NO 17 21 23 17 -2.2% 26 1.4% 27 155 166 1 1
C.Keenum DEN 17 22 23 18 31.1% 5 47.7% 6 38 67 1 0
N.Peterman BUF 16 23 4 28 17.0% 15 -5.3% 10 49 79 1 0
S.Darnold NYJ 15 24 3 29 1.9% 23 -9.1% 18 70 112 1 2
M.Stafford DET 13 25 7 26 6.1% 20 -2.4% 13 67 85 0 1
A.Luck IND 11 26 12 22 3.3% 22 5.0% 11 74 77 0 0
A.Rodgers GB 7 27 -4 32 -7.1% 28 -15.0% 24 149 105 0 2
L.Jackson BAL 6 28 -3 31 -8.7% 30 -14.0% 28 135 132 1 2
T.Taylor CLE 5 29 -1 30 -4.2% 27 -12.9% 16 122 62 1 2
D.Carr OAK 2 30 5 27 -9.4% 31 -5.1% 12 49 52 1 0
J.Garoppolo SF 2 31 8 24 -7.2% 29 14.0% 6 34 27 0 0
B.Mayfield CLE -1 32 7 25 -13.3% 32 -1.9% 15 116 51 0 2
B.Osweiler MIA -2 33 -8 35 -20.0% 34 -41.6% 5 23 15 0 0
J.Goff LAR -2 34 -4 33 -14.7% 33 -16.4% 18 93 64 0 0
E.Manning NYG -9 35 -15 38 -27.2% 37 -35.4% 9 21 24 0 0
A.Dalton CIN -11 36 -6 34 -35.8% 38 -24.3% 10 51 8 0 0
C.J.Beathard SF -12 37 -10 36 -24.0% 36 -22.0% 18 68 44 1 1
K.Cousins MIN -12 38 -11 37 -22.7% 35 -22.0% 19 77 54 1 1
P.Rivers LAC -32 39 -34 39 -98.4% 39 -102.6% 5 3 -48 0 1