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 %.
Casey Thompson – Over 98th percentile in his completion %, AYA, EPA/Play, and QBR. Just playing really well.
Chance Nolan – Played well against USC. He’s making his case to stay towards the top of the class.
Matt Corral – Sitting at a QBR of 89. He may be the #1 QB to come out of this class.
Payton Thorne – Fell out of the top 10 after his bad showing against Nebraska.
JT Daniels – Another good performance this week but his AYA and EPA/Play are still lacking.
Spencer Rattler – Dropped out of the top 10 after a subpar showing at WVU
Sam Howell – Back out of the top 10. I think his 8 sacks really dropped his QBR in this game.
Bryce Young – Over the 95th percentile in all passing categories. Love to see it.
C.J. Stroud – Didn’t play last week.
Max Johnson – Overall he’s looking decent. Might be all the WR help he has though.
D.J. Uiagalelei – Still not looking good. It might be time to worry.
Small sample size galore.
Kyle McCord – Stepped in for the injured C.J. Stroud and played pretty well against a terrible Akron team.
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 – Had a mediocre week on the ground and saw nothing through the air once again.
Zach Charbonnet – He’s starting to take over that backfield. Hopefully, it continues.
Rachaad White – A Chris Moxley favorite. He makes his debuts on the top 10 on the back of a big day in both the rushing and receiving game.
Breece Hall – First day in the top 10.
Sean Tucker – He’s the workload king. Efficient, productive, and receiving upside to boot. Over the 95th percentile in all metrics!
Blake Corum – He has the rushing work along with the top 99th percentile reception share. I love to see it.
Bijan Robinson – Another week, another big game going 18-137 on the ground and 2-54-1 through the air.
Tank Bigsby – I’m starting to get a little worried about Tank. His share of the backfield work is unimpressive to say the least. Hopefully they’re just saving him for the big games?
Zach Evans – Another impressive week. He’s moving up the rankings quick.
TreVeyon Henderson – Above the 94th percentile for all rushing stats for Freshmen. Excited to see how he’s used against tougher competition.
Jarquez Hunter – Still stealing snaps from Bigsby. We’ll see if this is still the case against tougher competition.
Will Shipley – Injured this week, unfortunately.
Devin Neal – Had a big day for Kansas. Looks like he’s taking over that backfield.
The most important stats for a WR are their Reception Yards per Team Pass Attempt and their Weighted Dominator Rating. Generally, over two is good and three is great for RYPTPA, and over 20% is good and 30% is great for Weighted Dominator.
Treylon Burks – He’s taking over the leaderboard. THE WR1.
Wan’Dale Robinson – Hitting the 95th percentile for WDR and RYPTPA is nice.
Erik Ezukanma – Finally falling from his record breaking numbers. I expect the fall to continue as other rise.
Drake London – Welcome to the top 10! Really showing out with a 44% weighted dominator rating.
Zay Flowers – Trying to hang int the top 10 after Jurkovic was injured.
Josh Vann – Fell back out of the top 10.
This 2023 WR class is amazing.
Josh Downs – Over 95th percentile in Wdom and RYPTPA for Sophomores. Just amazing.
Jordan Addison – I love this guy. He’s just good.
Parker Washington – Welcome to the top 10! Posting a huge 5-148-2 day throught the air.
JSN – OK. It’s looking like he’s the real deal stealing targets away from Olave. Olave made a mistake going back to school for another year.
Daniel Jackson – Still hanging in there with impressive numbers on a terrible team.
Quentin Johnston – Fell out of the top 10 after posting a goose egg this week. You never like to see that.
Xavier Worthy – Is the TRUTH. Over 95th percentile as a Freshman! If he keeps this up he’s almost guaranteed draft capital.
Sam LaPorta – Looking productive and efficient.
There is a lot of production in this group based on only a few receptions.
Brock Bowers – TE #2 in all of college football? Yes.
G5 Performances Included
Grayson McCall – The small school darling is dominating by every metric. We’ll see if he can blow up enough to work himself into draft capital.
Malik Willis – Takes a commanding lead of the group this week. Dominating in every aspect.
Bailey Zappe – Still dominated with a 20% rush share and a good AYA and EPA/Play.
Michael Pratt – Looking like the only 2023 G5 QB to write home about. Hi EPA/Play and Comp % are a little concerning, though.
Kyren Williams – Fell out of the top 10 this week with only 33 rush yards on 18 attempts.
Jaivon Heiligh – Over 90 yards and 1 TD in each of his first 4 games. His RYPTPA and WDom are a thing of beauty.
Calvin Austin and Jacob Cowing – Posting almost identical advanced stat lines and both killing it for their C2C teams.
Micah Davis – Whew. Air Force doesn’t throw much, but when they do, Davis is taking full advantage.
Corey Rucker – Welcome to the top 10!
Trey McBride – Might be my #3 or 4 TE in all of college.
Gerrit Prince – Also looking unstoppable and has a very impressive EPA/Play.
Michael Mayer – Still VERY good.