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QUARTERBACKS 2018

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 12/31/2018

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, 34 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 2,039 1 1,908 1 40.1% 1 36.8% 81.6 1 607 4,910 5,980 50 3 2 11 66.4% 7/107 4.5
D.Brees NO 1,632 2 1,681 2 36.8% 2 38.2% 80.8 2 506 3,854 4,964 32 1 1 5 74.6% 13/201 0.1
P.Rivers LAC 1,321 3 1,219 4 27.3% 3 24.4% 70.2 7 540 4,104 4,561 32 0 1 12 68.3% 2/24 1.7
M.Ryan ATL 1,233 4 1,355 3 18.2% 4 21.1% 68.2 9 649 4,638 5,064 35 4 5 7 69.6% 9/203 0.7
B.Roethlisberger PIT 1,208 5 1,075 7 14.6% 8 11.8% 71.8 4 696 4,944 5,424 34 1 2 16 67.4% 9/152 1.4
J.Goff LAR 1,092 6 1,086 6 16.4% 6 16.3% 66.4 11 594 4,445 4,678 32 5 5 10 65.2% 7/142 -0.3
A.Luck IND 1,072 7 1,156 5 13.4% 9 15.3% 71.7 5 656 4,430 4,985 39 3 1 15 67.7% 10/169 0.0
T.Brady NE 1,034 8 1,054 8 15.4% 7 15.9% 70.6 6 589 4,197 4,546 29 2 2 11 66.1% 8/167 2.8
A.Rodgers GB 821 9 699 10 8.2% 13 5.3% 60.6 18 644 4,032 4,539 25 1 3 2 62.9% 9/151 4.4
D.Watson HOU 742 10 725 9 9.6% 11 9.1% 63.8 14 562 3,779 3,895 26 5 2 9 69.1% 6/149 -0.3
R.Wilson SEA 679 11 640 11 11.6% 10 10.2% 65.6 12 471 3,090 3,326 35 4 2 6 66.8% 10/205 2.8
B.Mayfield CLE 630 12 613 12 8.1% 14 7.6% 53.9 25 509 3,549 3,488 27 1 3 14 64.2% 4/100 1.7
K.Cousins MIN 596 13 576 14 2.7% 19 2.2% 62.0 16 646 3,988 4,283 30 2 6 10 70.5% 7/69 1.0
C.Wentz PHI 549 14 576 13 8.2% 12 9.2% 64.2 13 430 2,851 3,021 21 1 6 7 70.1% 5/106 0.0
R.Fitzpatrick TB 473 15 461 17 16.8% 5 16.1% 63.7 15 260 2,283 2,005 17 2 1 12 66.7% 2/34 1.9
J.Winston TB 453 16 469 16 6.2% 15 6.8% 68.6 8 406 2,821 2,704 19 1 3 13 64.7% 6/126 3.2
J.Flacco BAL 432 17 332 21 5.5% 16 1.6% 57.4 20 392 2,380 2,679 12 1 1 6 61.7% 8/159 1.7
M.Trubisky CHI 418 18 510 15 2.5% 20 5.5% 72.8 3 458 3,074 3,027 24 3 3 12 66.7% 10/197 2.5
A.Dalton CIN 405 19 408 19 5.2% 17 5.3% 61.9 17 383 2,405 2,544 21 1 0 10 62.4% 6/95 1.1
M.Stafford DET 402 20 278 23 -0.6% 21 -3.9% 54.0 24 594 3,521 3,628 21 2 3 11 66.2% 10/221 1.3
D.Carr OAK 398 21 285 22 -0.9% 22 -3.8% 48.9 29 598 3,734 3,647 19 5 7 10 69.8% 5/59 0.3
E.Manning NYG 344 22 342 20 -2.3% 24 -2.4% 51.8 27 622 3,946 3,615 21 2 4 11 66.1% 9/164 -0.5
C.Newton CAR 322 23 410 18 -1.4% 23 1.2% 55.9 21 497 3,159 3,097 24 3 0 13 68.7% 6/71 1.1
N.Mullens SF 286 24 234 25 4.2% 18 1.4% 54.9 23 287 2,151 1,893 13 1 0 10 65.2% 5/40 0.1
D.Prescott DAL 112 25 256 24 -8.1% 26 -4.1% 57.8 19 582 3,532 3,098 22 1 5 8 67.7% 4/54 -1.0
N.Foles PHI 74 26 144 26 -5.4% 25 -0.1% 67.4 10 202 1,370 1,155 7 0 2 4 73.1% 3/32 -0.4
M.Mariota TEN 67 27 20 28 -8.4% 27 -10.3% 55.5 22 373 2,289 2,038 11 4 1 8 68.9% 7/117 1.6
A.Smith WAS -52 28 97 27 -13.5% 29 -6.8% 49.3 28 350 2,033 1,724 10 4 1 5 63.3% 4/77 0.3
C.Keenum DEN -60 29 -37 29 -12.7% 28 -12.1% 46.9 31 620 3,634 3,131 18 6 2 14 62.6% 7/88 0.0
S.Darnold NYJ -109 30 -137 30 -15.1% 30 -16.1% 48.4 30 445 2,653 2,063 17 2 1 15 57.9% 1/5 1.1
R.Tannehill MIA -185 31 -250 32 -20.7% 32 -24.1% 35.0 33 309 1,694 1,303 17 1 4 9 64.5% 3/44 0.9
B.Bortles JAX -220 32 -175 31 -18.9% 31 -17.3% 45.7 32 435 2,549 1,987 13 4 2 10 60.3% 0/0 0.2
J.Allen BUF -534 33 -475 33 -35.9% 33 -33.2% 52.0 26 350 1,840 1,007 10 4 1 11 53.0% 6/150 3.6
J.Rosen ARI -1,122 34 -1,049 34 -53.0% 34 -50.2% 26.1 34 438 1,949 633 11 4 5 14 55.5% 5/70 -0.8

PASSING, OTHERS: 10-199 passes

Player Team DYAR YAR DVOA VOA QBR Pass Yards EYds TD FK FL INT C% DPI ALEX
K.Allen CAR 158 170 67.4% 73.7% 95.7 31 266 376 2 0 0 0 64.5% 2/69 4.2
M.Barkley BUF 109 111 56.0% 57.5% 87.0 26 224 278 2 0 0 0 60.0% 0/0 4.4
M.Glennon ARI 73 79 45.3% 49.6% 76.4 22 166 194 1 0 0 0 71.4% 0/0 -8.3
L.Jackson BAL 24 70 -9.2% -5.4% 45.2 186 1,119 1,020 6 0 2 3 58.6% 4/54 0.1
J.Garoppolo SF -10 -20 -12.6% -14.1% 29.9 102 620 517 5 2 0 3 59.6% 3/53 -1.9
T.Bridgewater NO -46 -40 -39.7% -36.0% 33.6 25 110 67 1 0 0 1 60.9% 0/0 1.0
J.Driskel CIN -59 -108 -16.2% -20.4% 31.6 193 872 853 6 2 1 2 59.7% 3/54 -2.4
B.Osweiler MIA -85 -49 -17.7% -14.9% 37.5 195 1,112 926 7 0 1 4 63.8% 1/3 1.4
J.Dobbs PIT -85 -74 -124.1% -109.3% 53.8 12 43 -55 0 0 0 1 50.0% 0/0 -3.3
J.Johnson WAS -87 -110 -25.8% -29.6% 50.1 100 520 360 3 2 0 3 57.1% 0/0 1.4
M.Cassel DET -96 -106 -90.7% -99.6% 10.5 18 46 -33 0 0 0 1 41.2% 0/0 -0.3
C.McCoy WAS -116 -113 -40.3% -39.4% 41.5 58 338 163 3 1 0 3 65.4% 1/13 3.7
T.Heinicke CAR -139 -111 -49.0% -41.4% 19.9 58 303 107 1 0 0 3 62.5% 0/0 4.1
C.Daniel CHI -152 -86 -37.9% -26.3% 29.6 87 462 250 3 3 0 2 69.7% 2/21 -3.9
B.Gabbert TEN -154 -102 -35.4% -27.2% 28.4 106 576 306 4 0 0 4 61.0% 0/0 0.3
C.J.Beathard SF -158 -187 -24.5% -26.9% 43.3 188 1,101 738 8 1 3 7 60.4% 1/6 -1.1
J.McCown NYJ -184 -222 -36.5% -41.8% 35.2 116 504 334 1 0 0 4 55.0% 0/0 5.3
D.Anderson BUF -208 -180 -56.8% -50.6% 26.9 75 438 84 0 0 2 4 60.0% 0/0 1.3
S.Bradford ARI -213 -268 -50.8% -61.0% 30.3 86 366 142 2 1 2 4 62.5% 0/0 2.2
D.Kizer GB -262 -233 -102.8% -92.7% 28.2 45 152 -126 0 0 1 2 48.8% 0/0 3.5
T.Taylor CLE -264 -257 -53.5% -52.5% 29.1 97 382 143 2 1 0 2 50.6% 2/34 0.5
M.Sanchez WAS -300 -297 -154.6% -153.4% 5.0 42 96 -240 0 1 0 3 54.3% 0/0 -0.7
N.Peterman BUF -380 -500 -85.2% -108.5% 9.3 88 252 -103 1 0 0 7 55.0% 2/18 -1.2
C.Kessler JAX -457 -392 -59.6% -52.7% 27.4 153 555 131 2 2 3 2 64.9% 1/15 0.0

RUSHING: Minimum 8 rushes, 42 players ranked

Player Team DYAR Rk YAR Rk DVOA Rk VOA Runs Yards EYds TD FUM
J.Allen BUF 192 1 178 1 33.4% 5 29.9% 81 638 758 8 3
M.Trubisky CHI 131 2 138 2 29.0% 8 30.9% 56 433 539 3 0
B.Bortles JAX 107 3 91 4 26.7% 10 20.7% 51 370 450 1 2
D.Watson HOU 95 4 83 5 7.7% 22 5.3% 89 550 564 6 2
M.Mariota TEN 85 5 54 10 15.0% 17 5.1% 59 361 421 2 3
R.Wilson SEA 82 6 94 3 22.8% 12 27.7% 50 382 363 0 2
C.Newton CAR 71 7 71 6 2.6% 26 2.6% 89 502 511 4 2
M.Ryan ATL 68 8 67 7 33.9% 4 32.9% 24 132 268 3 0
A.Rodgers GB 66 9 64 9 18.3% 14 17.7% 38 274 306 2 2
B.Roethlisberger PIT 62 10 66 8 37.9% 2 41.5% 19 111 235 3 0
A.Luck IND 51 11 43 15 25.1% 11 19.5% 26 171 219 0 0
J.Winston TB 48 12 45 13 10.0% 21 8.8% 42 286 267 1 2
D.Prescott DAL 45 13 41 16 2.0% 27 0.7% 58 320 335 6 4
D.Brees NO 43 14 47 12 29.0% 8 32.9% 13 40 175 4 0
A.Smith WAS 42 15 40 17 13.8% 18 12.9% 34 173 215 1 1
C.Keenum DEN 40 16 45 14 30.9% 6 35.7% 15 101 161 2 1
R.Fitzpatrick TB 40 17 35 19 16.1% 16 12.9% 29 157 196 2 0
R.Tannehill MIA 39 18 40 18 34.8% 3 36.6% 21 154 148 0 0
P.Mahomes KC 39 19 51 11 3.0% 24 7.8% 47 276 276 2 1
C.McCoy WAS 30 20 17 26 47.9% 1 21.3% 9 64 105 0 0
T.Brady NE 30 21 27 21 18.1% 15 15.7% 12 44 140 2 0
J.Rosen ARI 28 22 31 20 30.8% 7 35.3% 15 156 117 0 1
J.Johnson WAS 27 23 21 23 12.1% 19 6.9% 22 122 145 1 0
S.Darnold NYJ 23 24 5 34 0.3% 29 -9.5% 30 146 188 1 2
C.Kessler JAX 20 25 22 22 7.4% 23 9.5% 18 124 118 0 0
N.Peterman BUF 18 26 6 33 19.4% 13 -0.9% 10 50 82 1 0
J.Goff LAR 17 27 20 25 0.3% 30 2.6% 25 123 139 2 0
A.Dalton CIN 14 28 16 27 11.9% 20 15.4% 13 101 74 0 0
J.Flacco BAL 13 29 14 28 2.9% 25 3.8% 13 46 94 0 1
M.Stafford DET 12 30 10 31 1.6% 28 -0.8% 16 85 91 0 1
T.Hill NO 12 31 20 24 -7.0% 36 -3.3% 37 194 194 2 1
J.Driskel CIN 10 32 11 29 -2.7% 33 -1.5% 21 134 102 2 1
D.Carr OAK 8 33 9 32 -0.9% 31 0.5% 13 57 69 1 0
C.Wentz PHI 7 34 -4 37 -6.9% 35 -14.8% 25 101 120 0 0
N.Foles PHI 5 35 11 30 -2.7% 32 6.8% 8 18 55 0 0
E.Manning NYG 4 36 -4 36 -7.5% 37 -16.6% 11 24 67 1 0
T.Taylor CLE 4 37 0 35 -6.8% 34 -12.8% 16 122 58 1 2
K.Cousins MIN -2 38 -5 38 -13.5% 38 -15.1% 31 124 125 1 1
C.J.Beathard SF -13 39 -8 39 -25.1% 39 -20.6% 18 68 41 1 1
B.Mayfield CLE -20 40 -8 40 -28.7% 41 -18.9% 25 143 42 0 2
P.Rivers LAC -55 41 -56 41 -96.6% 42 -98.0% 10 10 -81 0 1
L.Jackson BAL -112 42 -61 42 -27.2% 40 -20.3% 133 696 278 5 10