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 – still at the top but had a bye this week.
Matt Corral – Had a great game against Arkansas posting a 97.3 QBR!
Chance Nolan – Is officially out of the top 10.
Cameron Rising – Welcome to the top 10!
Adrian Martinez – His EPA/Play and AYA are dropping but his rushing is still saving him. He’s faced three ranked teams already and still hasn’t played a bad game yet.
Tanner McKee – Dropped out of the top 10.
Payton Thorne – Back in the top 10 this week and leading his team to a 6-0 start.
Sean Clifford – Welcome to the top 10!
Casey Thompson – Earned a 67.9 QBR this week facing Oklahoma, so a pretty good game facing a highly ranked team. His overall QBR dropped but his EPA/Play and AYA look good.
Spencer Rattler – Benched this week and seems to have lost the starting job for good.
C.J. Stroud – Two weeks in a row with a QBR greater than 98. 100th percentile EPA/Play and AYA are elite.
Bryce Young – He played a good game this week but earned a 73.7 QBR and Alabama actually lost.
Will Rogers – Bye week.
Max Johnson – Kayshon Boutte was injured last week and is out for the season. We may see if his play is due to Boutte being so good or if he can perform without him.
D.J. Uiagalelei – Still only 1 game with a QBR above 50. Not good.
Small sample size galore.
Caleb Williams – Replaced Rattler mid-game this week and led Oklahoma to a big win earning a 98.1 QBR. Hopefully, he gets the start this 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 – 99th percentile YPTP looks really good.
Chris Rodriguez Jr. – Great rushing production but I’d like to see more receiving work.
Breece Hall – Bye week.
Mataeo Durant – Another big day going 43-152-1.
Rachaad White – Still playing really well with Trayanum being back from his injury.
Zach Charbonnet – Sticks out as being the most underutilized player on this top 10.
Tyler Badie – Loving that 41.5% DR. He IS the offense.
Sean Tucker – Big day after big day.
Bijan Robinson – Played really well against Oklahoma. It’s good to see him perform against highly ranked teams.
Zach Evans – His rushing is really showing why he was a 5-star recruit. I’d like to see more work in the receiving game from him.
Blake Corum – Rounds out the group of top-producing players with a greater than 95th percentile YPTP.
Jahmyr Gibbs – Is basically a receiver at this point since GT’s o-line is so bad.
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.
Raheim Sanders – Looks to have taken over the backfield this week, earning the most carries of the group.
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 – Bounced back this week big time going 7-136-1.
Wan’Dale Robinson – He’s good week after week. Hitting the 99th percentile for WDR and RYPTPA is nice.
Drake London – He’s destroying. I’m interested to see what happens now that he’ll be facing ranked teams.
Jayden Reed and Jalen Nailor – Looks like they’re trading blowup weeks in this Michigan State offense.
Josh Downs – There’s no stopping him. He’s pushing for the #2 spot in the class.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba – For him to be earning a 2.35 Y/TPA with the receiving competition he has is amazing.
Kayshon Boutte – He was playing well until his injury. He’ll be out for the remainder of the season.
Ladd McConkey – Welcome to the top 10!
Marvin Mims – Had a big game once Oklahoma finally decided to pull Rattler and put Caleb Williams in.
Xavier Worthy – Follows up his down game with another blowup game. 9-261-2 as a Freshman is Boutte level good.
Jack Bech – With Boutte out, I see him as the next best receiver on the team.
Greg Dulcich – Stands out with his 1.23 EPA/Play and 2.42 Y/TPA. Great numbers for a TE.
Brock Bowers – TE #2 in all of college football? Yes.
G5 Performances Included
Malik Willis – Had a down week with a QBR of 62. He drops out of the top spot for now.
Grayson McCall – He straight up breaks the passing categories here. So good.
Seth Hennigan – Keep an eye on this guy. His passing stats are all above the 65th 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.
Jacob Cowing – 100th percentile in WDR and RYPTPA. That is all.
Calvin Austin III – Another fantastic game. Went 13-200-1. His second 200 yard game of the season.
Isaiah Likely – Blew up for 8-232-4. Biggest game I’ve ever seen from a TE. 100th percentile Y/TPA and Dominator Rating!
Michael Mayer – Still VERY good.