This article outlines the top-performing college players each week. There is a table for each position organized by draft eligibility and, below each table, I’ll note things I find interesting.
The best metrics for year-over-year correlation at the QB position are QBR, EPA/Play, AYA, and Completion %.
Sam Hartman – Holds onto his place at the top spot this week. He and Kenny Pickett look very similar in terms of advanced stats.
Kenny Pickett – Hitting good marks for this season. I’d be more excited for his pro prospects if this wasn’t his 5th college season and his only good one.
Matt Corral – This was a decent game so he may be out of the woods in terms of his injury.
Grayson McCall – He was a last-minute inactive this week due to injury so hopefully he comes back next week.
Hendon Hooker – Looking like another under-the-radar prospect. His 12.0 AYA and 23.2 Rush Yards Share are really good marks. His 68th percentile QBR is the only thing that gives me pause.
Malik Willis – Played his toughest competition of the year and had his worst game of the year. It was brutal, only earning a QBR of 23.3.
Sam Howell – Look at that Rush Yards Share. Something we didn’t expect to see after his performance last year.
KJ Jefferson – Makes his first appearance of the season. His AYA and Rush Yards Share are good numbers but he’ll need to improve his QBR for him to be a real prospect. Keep an eye on him to rise in the rankings next year.
Payton Thorne – Has seen a big fall in performance since the start of the year.
C.J. Stroud – Had his worst game since he came back from his shoulder injury earning a QBR of 68.8. Not a bad game by any means, though.
Bryce Young – Currently behind Stroud in QBR but his AYA and QBR are still really good.
Tyler Van Dyke – He’s looking like a legit prospect after these last 3 games!
Will Rogers – He’s starting to earn a good QBR but his AYA is still a BIG concern.
Small sample size galore.
Seth Henigan – Played his first game in almost a month and played pretty well against SMU. He passed for 392 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT. He should be a really good C2C asset next year.
Caleb Williams – Bye week.
The best metrics for RB’s are Yards per Team Play which is a measure of volume and efficiency, Backfield Dominator Rating which is the share of the backfield production, rushing and receiving, that an RB earns, Dominator Rating which is the share of the total team rushing and receiving production, and Reception Share which tells you how big of the reception pie the RB earned.
Kenneth Walker III – One of the best runners in the class. His RYOE/Att is impressive and has been very efficient on the ground.
Breece Hall – I see him as the most well-rounded player in this class. Great rushing ability and great receiving ability.
Tyler Badie – It’s insane how he’s his team’s entire offense.
Tyler Allgeier – Didn’t do much this week. Maybe because they destroyed Idaho State so badly? Slightly concerned with his negative RYOE/Att.
Isaiah Spiller – Not dominating the touches but he’s performing well with the ones he gets.
Kyren Williams – Starting to look more efficient and his receiving ability is very attractive.
Chase Brown – Keep an eye on him. He’s an older player but he and Joshua McCray should own that backfield even more next year and he’s been very good with his touches earning a 1.28 RYOE/Att which is in the 97th percentile.
Sean Tucker – Bye week.
Bijan Robinson – 8 receptions this week. That’s what you love to see.
Jahmyr Gibbs – Still my RB3 behind Bijan and TreVeyon. His receiving ability is just soooo good.
Devon Achane – Looks like a well-rounded prospect from both the rushing and receiving sides.
Tank Bigsby – Still not very impressed by his performance this year. Low Rec Share, DR, BDR, and negative RYOE/Att. I think the NFL will still like him but I’m seeing some red flags for fantasy.
Tyrell Robinson – I know we don’t talk about the academy teams much, but keep an eye on him. He’ll never be an NFL prospect but he may post some usable numbers for C2C. Also, peep that RYOE/Att.
TreVeyon Henderson – Had one of his best receiving games of the year earning 6 rec for 44 yards.
Carson Steele – Is hitting some good marks over 25% DR, over 60% BDR, and a good RYOE/Att. He’s going to kill it in C2C next year.
Braelon Allen – Had his 5th 100-yard rushing game in a row! I need Wisconson to fully hand over the reins to him.
The most important stats for a WR are their Reception Yards per Team Pass Attempt and their Weighted Dominator Rating. Generally, over 2 is good and 3 is great for RYPTPA, and over 20% is good and 30% is great for Weighted Dominator.
Now that MACtion has started we’re going to see these MAC receivers shoot up the board. These are your C2C playoff MVPs.
Treylon Burks – Went 6-82-1 through the air and 3-39 on the ground against #17 Mississippi State. He doesn’t miss.
Tyquan Thornton – Had another huge day going 5-121-2 against a bad TCU defense. He’s had some spike games this week.
Wan’Dale Robinson – Killed Tennessee this week going 13-166-1. I love to see this target share.
Jameson Williams – Quickly moving up the table and improving his draft stock.
Josh Downs – Last week: Does he ever not produce? This week: Whelp, I jinxed it. He had his first down game of the season only going 4 rec for 35 yards.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba – Had a signature blowup game this week earning 15 rec for 240 yards and 1 TD. He took full advantage of Garrett Wilson being out with an injury. He’s solidly my WR2 for the class now.
Jordan Addison – Hitting that 30% WDR and >2 RYPTPA. Both are over the marks I really want to see.
Quentin Johnston – Got back on track this week going over 140 yards and 1 TD against #12 Baylor.
Xavier Worthy – Had an underwhelming showing this week with only 22 yards and 1 TD. His WDR and RYPTPA are still in the 100th percentile.
Keagan Johnson – I haven’t seen much talk about him but he’s earning some good numbers as a year 1 player.
Trey McBride – Dominates week in and week out.
Michael Mayer – He killed it to start the year, but his last few games haven’t been anything special.
Ben Yurosek – On par with Michael Mayer in RYPTPA. Keep him on your radar.
Brock Bowers – Nothing more to add other than he’s so good.