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 %.
Kenny Pickett – shot up the board after this week overtaking Casey Thompson with the top QBR. He’s put together a good string of games and is absolutely killing it.
Casey Thompson – Had a subpart game against TCU this week and only had a QBR of 55. His overall numbers are still good but maybe his numbers were inflated from facing bad teams.
Matt Corral – Not his best game but still had a QBR of almost 70 against Alabama. This should be his low point in the season.
Chance Nolan – He was exposed by Washington and doesn’t see too many easy matchups from here on out.
Adrian Martinez – His numbers are starting to fall back to where they were expected, but his EPA/Play and QBR are still in good condition. His rushing is saving him.
Tanner McKee – His numbers are steadily dropping and his play leaves something to be desired.
Sean Clifford – Welcome to the top 10!
Spencer Rattler – Just ughhhh. Great completion %, but that AYA and EPA/Play are just gross for a supposed top-tier QB.
Bryce Young – Over the 95th percentile in all passing categories. It’ll be scary when Alabama actually uses his rushing potential.
C.J. Stroud – 99.3 QBR this week against Rutgers. Beastly numbers. Maybe the week off allowed his arm to heal?
Will Rogers – Looks like he plays the dink and dunk game with his high Comp % and low AYA and EPA/Play.
Max Johnson – Looking like a decent prospect in the class. Might just be his WRs, though.
D.J. Uiagalelei – Still only 1 game with a QBR above 50. Not good.
Small sample size galore.
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 another great week on the ground but nonexistent in the passing game. I need to see more there.
Chris Rodriguez Jr. – Nothing says your coach trusts you like a 100th percentile BDR.
Breece Hall – Finally starting to take his rightful place at the top of this class. 3 big games in a row now and a solid Rec Share to show with it.
Mataeo Durant – Not getting enough love. Not great in the receiving game but he’s a solid rusher.
Rachaad White – He’s had the bulk of the backfield’s receiving work and that shows with a 26.1 reception share. We’ll see what happens now with Trayanum back in the picture.
Zach Charbonnet – He has a solid amount of the backfield work but I’d like to see his coaches trust him more.
Tyler Badie – He’s getting the bulk of the backfield work, but his team is just bad.
Tyler Goodson – He won’t knock your socks off, but his numbers are respectable.
Sean Tucker – Another day, another 100th percentile BDR and YPTP. He’s good and his coaches trust him.
Bijan Robinson – 35-216-2 on the ground. RB1.
Deuce Vaughn – I want to see this kid get draft capital. He’s so good.
Zach Evans – He’s solidly in tier 2 of RBs for this class now..
Blake Corum – He had a tough day against Wisconsin, but they’re the toughest P5 team against the run.
Jahmyr Gibbs – Finally featured as he should be, but it wasn’t in the run game. 10 for -10 yds on the ground and 6-125 through the air.
Tank Bigsby – Still a little worried he isn’t being featured like we thought he’d be.
Devon Achane – Holding his own and earning his share of the looks away from Spiller.
TreVeyon Henderson – Above the 95th percentile for all rushing stats for Freshmen. He’s earned RB2 in college football already.
Jarquez Hunter – Still stealing snaps from Bigsby. Their BDR is almost identical. That really says something.
Devin Neal – HAS ARRIVED. He has officially taken over the backfield. I want to see a little more receiving work from him now.
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.
Treylon Burks – He had a down week against the toughest pass defense in college football, but he’s still the WR1.
Wan’Dale Robinson – Hitting the 99th percentile for WDR and RYPTPA is nice.
Drake London – I was a skeptic, but he’s proving he belongs in the top 5 discussion.
Garrett Wilson – I’d like to see him take over more of the receiving share, but his efficiency is great. Still the top WR on the team.
Samori Toure – I was skeptical he would stay in the top 10 but here he is! Dominating his team’s receiving work and doing it efficiently.
Jordan Whittington – Welcome to the top 10! Finally showing up in his third year.
Jahan Dotson – He’s posting great numbers and had a big day going 8-84-2.
Erik Ezukanma – Finally fell off the top 10.
This 2023 WR class is amazing.
Josh Downs – Over 97th percentile in WDom and RYPTPA for Sophomores. Just amazing. He went 8-168-1 this week. He’s so good.
Jordan Addison – Has had 3 great games in a row now! He’ll be tested this week against a good pass defense in Virginia Tech.
JSN – Really making a case to be a top 5 asset in the class. He’s probably already there with his 5-star pedigree.
Kayson Boutte – Yup, he’s still dominant.
Xavier Worthy – And just like that he has a freshman game against TCU going 1 for 7 yards. Still leads the class, though.
Jack Bech – Looks like the solid #2 on LSU. He had a good game going 7-84.
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
Malik Willis – At the top spot of all college football. Look at that AYA and Rush EPA Share.
Grayson McCall – His passing is just soooo good. We know he can run, from what he did last year, but it’s nice to see his impeccable passing improve even further.
Bailey Zappe – He had a good game at Michigan state this week.
Michael Pratt – Not looking like anything special, unfortunately.
Seth Hennigan – Keep an eye on this guy. His passing stats are all above the 50th percentile for year 1 QBs.
Kyren Williams – Still out of the top 10. Not what you like to see from a G5 RB going into their draft year.
Alton McCaskill – WOW. Look at those numbers for a year 1 RB. over 90th percentile!
Jacob Cowing – 100th percentile in WDR and RYPTPA. I’m in love.
Jaivon Heiligh – Had a down week this week and is still #2. He’ll bounce back
Calvin Austin III – Killing it behind two high-powered G5 WRs. He’s dominating for his C2C team.
Jalen Tolbert – Not getting the raw stats the above player are, but his efficiency and domination are looking great.
Corey Rucker – The G5 player I like the most from this year. I’d like to see him up his efficiency a little.
Gerrit Prince – 100th percentile everything, huh!
Trey McBride – Might be my #3 or 4 TE in all of college.
Isaiah Likely – Another great TE to remember. I like that RYPTPA.
Michael Mayer – Still VERY good.