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QUARTERBACKS 2018

Regular season totals, through Week 15

Revised as of 12/18/2018

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.

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PASSING: Minimum 200 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 1,883 1 1,714 1 42.2% 1 37.4% 81.1 1 542 4,364 5,405 45 3 2 10 67.4% 7/107 3.7
D.Brees NO 1,450 2 1,500 2 35.1% 2 36.7% 80.2 2 465 3,541 4,496 31 1 1 5 75.1% 10/142 -0.3
P.Rivers LAC 1,307 3 1,288 3 31.7% 3 31.1% 74.1 3 475 3,781 4,233 31 0 1 8 69.4% 1/9 2.2
M.Ryan ATL 1,146 4 1,179 4 19.5% 4 20.3% 69.0 7 577 4,030 4,581 30 4 4 6 70.1% 9/203 0.8
B.Roethlisberger PIT 1,091 5 924 6 15.9% 7 11.7% 72.0 4 598 4,300 4,737 30 1 2 15 67.2% 7/126 1.4
T.Brady NE 960 6 1,014 5 16.2% 6 17.7% 70.8 6 530 3,836 4,138 24 2 2 9 66.3% 7/158 3.0
J.Goff LAR 922 7 907 7 14.4% 8 14.0% 64.9 13 542 4,073 4,161 27 4 3 11 64.6% 7/142 -0.8
A.Luck IND 783 8 888 8 9.3% 11 12.1% 68.8 8 573 3,792 4,151 34 3 1 13 67.7% 7/147 -0.4
A.Rodgers GB 698 9 603 10 7.2% 14 4.7% 57.9 17 579 3,617 4,015 23 1 3 2 62.4% 5/83 4.4
R.Wilson SEA 626 10 593 12 13.1% 9 11.8% 65.1 12 412 2,727 2,926 31 4 2 5 67.8% 7/161 2.9
C.Wentz PHI 614 11 609 9 10.5% 10 10.3% 65.5 10 430 2,851 3,110 21 1 6 6 70.1% 5/106 0.1
D.Watson HOU 601 12 594 11 8.7% 12 8.5% 61.9 14 478 3,243 3,259 24 6 1 9 68.6% 5/122 -0.7
K.Cousins MIN 583 13 560 13 3.9% 16 3.3% 61.8 15 579 3,647 3,926 26 2 6 10 70.8% 6/58 0.7
D.Carr OAK 510 14 437 16 3.6% 17 1.5% 49.1 28 534 3,415 3,469 19 2 6 8 69.4% 4/53 0.3
R.Fitzpatrick TB 462 15 462 14 16.2% 5 16.2% 65.2 11 260 2,283 1,990 17 2 1 12 66.7% 2/34 1.9
B.Mayfield CLE 432 16 451 15 4.6% 15 5.3% 50.2 26 430 2,889 2,793 21 1 3 11 64.4% 4/100 1.0
J.Flacco BAL 376 17 304 20 3.3% 19 0.5% 57.3 19 393 2,374 2,608 12 2 1 6 61.7% 8/159 1.7
A.Dalton CIN 362 18 387 19 3.5% 18 4.5% 61.7 16 383 2,405 2,486 21 1 1 10 62.4% 6/95 1.0
C.Newton CAR 336 19 415 17 -1.0% 22 1.4% 56.6 20 497 3,159 3,116 24 3 0 13 68.7% 6/71 1.1
M.Stafford DET 312 20 199 23 -2.0% 23 -5.3% 52.7 22 527 3,152 3,159 19 2 3 11 67.1% 9/214 1.2
M.Trubisky CHI 309 21 392 18 0.5% 21 3.6% 70.9 5 399 2,684 2,563 23 3 2 12 65.1% 10/197 3.2
J.Winston TB 271 22 262 22 2.1% 20 1.7% 68.7 9 318 2,165 2,000 14 1 1 12 63.9% 6/126 3.4
N.Mullens SF 269 23 304 21 8.4% 13 11.0% 57.9 18 212 1,654 1,477 10 1 0 6 65.8% 5/40 0.3
E.Manning NYG 171 24 161 24 -6.1% 24 -6.4% 47.2 29 547 3,339 2,973 18 3 3 9 66.1% 9/164 -0.8
C.Keenum DEN 54 25 23 27 -9.6% 25 -10.5% 46.0 30 531 3,159 2,841 15 5 1 11 62.4% 7/88 0.4
M.Mariota TEN 7 26 -22 28 -10.8% 26 -12.1% 54.0 21 359 2,191 1,877 11 5 1 8 68.6% 7/117 1.9
A.Smith WAS -33 27 98 25 -12.6% 27 -6.7% 50.3 25 350 2,033 1,750 10 4 1 5 63.3% 4/77 0.3
R.Tannehill MIA -41 28 -37 29 -13.8% 28 -13.6% 40.9 32 249 1,455 1,192 16 1 3 6 65.0% 3/44 0.9
B.Bortles JAX -77 29 -61 30 -14.1% 29 -13.5% 49.4 27 398 2,426 2,004 13 4 2 9 60.4% 0/0 -0.4
D.Prescott DAL -98 30 32 26 -14.2% 30 -10.2% 52.4 23 508 3,011 2,456 17 1 5 8 67.6% 3/31 -1.1
S.Darnold NYJ -221 31 -258 31 -20.7% 31 -22.3% 42.4 31 376 2,199 1,560 14 1 1 15 56.9% 1/5 0.7
J.Allen BUF -480 32 -458 32 -39.1% 32 -37.8% 51.4 24 282 1,418 728 6 4 1 8 52.2% 5/133 3.9
J.Rosen ARI -922 33 -826 33 -51.4% 33 -47.2% 26.7 33 372 1,766 588 10 4 3 14 56.0% 4/59 -1.0

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-199 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA QBR Pass Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI ALEX
M.Barkley BUF 122 112 64.1% 57.8% 88.4 26 224 296 2 0 0 0 60.0% 0/0 4.4
J.Johnson WAS 58 39 11.3% 4.0% 70.5 44 328 289 2 1 0 1 65.9% 0/0 1.4
M.Glennon ARI 37 48 34.8% 49.7% 78.7 15 103 104 1 0 0 0 71.4% 0/0 -10.0
J.Driskel CIN 25 -6 -8.3% -11.8% 33.1 143 696 735 4 0 1 2 60.2% 2/44 -0.8
J.Garoppolo SF -49 -46 -18.5% -18.1% 30.6 103 617 470 5 3 0 3 59.6% 3/53 -1.9
B.Osweiler MIA -67 -45 -16.3% -14.6% 38.4 195 1,112 950 7 0 1 4 63.8% 1/3 0.8
N.Foles PHI -84 -28 -22.7% -14.9% 54.0 117 699 479 1 0 1 2 69.6% 3/32 -1.4
J.Dobbs PIT -86 -73 -125.0% -109.0% 51.1 12 43 -56 0 0 0 1 50.0% 0/0 -3.3
L.Jackson BAL -101 -29 -22.1% -14.3% 44.9 135 748 605 5 0 2 3 59.3% 3/45 0.9
B.Gabbert TEN -118 -87 -41.6% -33.7% 27.3 65 314 151 2 0 0 2 60.0% 0/0 -0.9
C.McCoy WAS -119 -111 -40.9% -39.0% 40.8 58 338 160 3 1 0 3 65.4% 1/13 3.7
C.J.Beathard SF -145 -185 -23.4% -26.7% 42.4 188 1,101 756 8 1 3 7 60.4% 1/6 -1.3
C.Daniel CHI -181 -117 -42.5% -31.5% 32.4 88 453 218 3 4 0 2 69.7% 2/21 -3.9
J.McCown NYJ -202 -223 -38.9% -41.9% 34.6 116 504 309 1 0 0 4 55.0% 0/0 5.3
D.Anderson BUF -211 -179 -57.5% -50.5% 25.9 75 438 79 0 0 2 4 60.0% 0/0 1.3
S.Bradford ARI -212 -268 -50.6% -61.1% 30.0 86 367 144 2 1 2 4 62.5% 0/0 2.2
T.Taylor CLE -254 -254 -51.9% -52.0% 30.6 97 382 156 2 1 0 2 50.6% 2/34 2.1
M.Sanchez WAS -294 -297 -151.7% -153.5% 5.7 42 96 -231 0 1 0 3 54.3% 0/0 -0.7
N.Peterman BUF -382 -500 -85.5% -108.5% 8.9 88 253 -106 1 0 0 7 55.0% 2/18 -1.2
C.Kessler JAX -391 -356 -59.1% -54.8% 32.9 131 476 114 2 2 2 2 64.0% 1/15 -0.3

RUSHING: Minimum 8 rushes, 41 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.Allen BUF 140 1 123 2 26.9% 9 22.2% 69 511 588 6 3
M.Trubisky CHI 120 2 131 1 28.3% 8 32.2% 52 411 495 3 0
B.Bortles JAX 93 3 85 3 26.0% 11 22.7% 45 328 394 1 2
M.Mariota TEN 91 4 63 7 17.8% 15 8.6% 57 357 426 2 2
R.Wilson SEA 73 5 77 4 21.8% 13 23.6% 45 320 328 0 2
C.Newton CAR 67 6 68 5 1.8% 28 2.1% 89 502 504 4 2
D.Watson HOU 65 7 51 9 6.0% 25 2.2% 68 444 408 2 1
M.Ryan ATL 63 8 61 8 31.3% 6 30.0% 23 122 251 3 0
B.Roethlisberger PIT 61 9 67 6 41.4% 3 46.2% 17 101 227 3 0
A.Luck IND 46 10 37 15 25.4% 12 18.4% 21 137 195 0 0
D.Prescott DAL 44 11 36 17 2.4% 27 -0.3% 55 313 323 5 4
D.Brees NO 43 12 46 10 29.3% 7 32.5% 13 40 176 4 0
A.Smith WAS 43 13 40 14 14.4% 20 13.0% 34 173 217 1 1
R.Fitzpatrick TB 41 14 35 18 16.9% 18 12.6% 29 157 197 2 0
J.Winston TB 41 15 41 13 9.6% 23 9.6% 37 251 234 1 1
C.Keenum DEN 38 16 42 12 42.4% 2 47.7% 11 74 139 2 0
A.Rodgers GB 37 17 32 19 7.3% 24 5.1% 34 241 217 0 2
R.Tannehill MIA 34 18 37 16 39.8% 4 44.9% 16 123 123 0 0
J.Flacco BAL 32 19 31 20 26.3% 10 25.3% 12 52 133 0 0
J.Johnson WAS 31 20 29 21 32.4% 5 29.2% 15 96 124 1 0
T.Brady NE 29 21 26 23 17.7% 16 14.7% 12 44 140 2 0
C.McCoy WAS 29 22 17 25 46.5% 1 21.9% 9 64 104 0 0
P.Mahomes KC 29 23 43 11 0.1% 30 6.1% 43 241 237 2 1
S.Darnold NYJ 25 24 5 32 3.6% 26 -8.6% 26 117 173 1 2
J.Driskel CIN 24 25 28 22 17.5% 17 22.0% 15 99 115 2 0
C.Kessler JAX 20 26 19 24 9.9% 22 8.8% 17 122 113 0 0
N.Peterman BUF 17 27 5 33 18.5% 14 -4.1% 10 49 81 1 0
A.Dalton CIN 15 28 16 26 13.3% 21 15.1% 13 101 76 0 0
M.Stafford DET 12 29 9 30 1.7% 29 -1.8% 16 85 91 0 1
J.Rosen ARI 12 30 9 29 16.0% 19 9.9% 10 96 59 0 1
J.Goff LAR 9 31 12 28 -4.8% 32 -2.5% 23 117 110 1 0
D.Carr OAK 8 32 9 31 -0.5% 31 0.6% 13 57 70 1 0
C.Wentz PHI 6 33 -4 35 -7.5% 33 -14.9% 25 101 118 0 0
T.Hill NO 6 34 15 27 -9.1% 34 -5.1% 34 183 170 1 1
T.Taylor CLE 2 35 0 34 -9.2% 35 -12.8% 16 122 54 1 2
K.Cousins MIN -2 36 -4 36 -13.0% 36 -14.4% 29 116 121 1 1
E.Manning NYG -9 37 -14 38 -26.4% 39 -34.4% 9 21 25 0 0
C.J.Beathard SF -13 38 -9 37 -25.8% 38 -21.4% 18 68 40 1 1
B.Mayfield CLE -23 39 -14 39 -33.4% 40 -25.3% 22 124 25 0 2
P.Rivers LAC -51 40 -53 41 -96.2% 41 -98.5% 9 9 -75 0 1
L.Jackson BAL -70 41 -18 40 -24.0% 37 -15.3% 104 565 264 3 7