It was yet another sensational week for NFL quarterbacks as Week 10 broke the record for the highest average QB Index rating since 1970 at 59.1%. That means we have seen that record broken for a second time this season after Week 2 produced an average 57.7% rating. The 28 quarterbacks to attempt at least 10 passes had an average completion rate of 68.2%, the second highest ever and second only to week 2 of this season (69.3%). Season to date the average rating has risen to 54.0% vs 49.9% last year through 10 weeks.
In fantasy terms, quarterback scoring has gone through the roof in 2018. Total scoring through 10 weeks is up 15% for the top 10 fantasy quarterbacks (20.48 ppg) and +16% in the top 25 (17.10 ppg).
Week 10 was the first time in NFL history where four different quarterbacks achieved a rating of 90% or above in a single week. The Week 10 top ratings were led by two of the league's youngest quarterbacks, Mitchell Trubisky and Baker Mayfield, who both posted a 95.5% rating in wins for the Bears and Browns respectively.
For Trubisky, it is his second rating of over 90% this season and he now sits as the 13th rated quarterback in 2018, overtaking both Aaron Rodgers (=15) and Tom Brady (17). Trubisky is also up to the QB7 in fantasy scoring, averaging an impressive 28.02 over the past 6 weeks. Baker Mayfield is the first rookie to post a rating over 90% since Marcus Mariota in 2015. Mayfield has started to live up to his first overall draft pick status, as he establishes himself as the pick of the rookie quarterbacks. Mayfield’s 2018 rating of 51.3% is over 10% better than any of the other first round rookies through Week 10, with Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Josh Allen ranked as the lowest rated quarterbacks of 2018 (min. 100 pass attempts). Trubisky and Mayfield keep up the trend of a different quarterback leading the QB Index ratings very week of 2018.
Behind Trubisky and Mayfield came two players at the other end of their careers, Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees who both posted 93.9% ratings as they defeated the Panthers and Bengals respectively. For Brees, the rating takes him back to the top of the 2018 rankings and up to third in fantasy scoring with 22.99 points per game. Roethlisberger moves up four places and up to 8th overall and sits just one spot behind Brees as the QB in fantasy (22.77 ppg).
Andrew Luck makes up the top five passers of week, as he posted his highest rating of 2018 for the third consecutive week with an 86.4% rating, the second highest of his career.
A shout out to Matt Barkley who came off the street to start for the Bills and posted an out of nowhere 74.2% rating as the Bills demolished the Jets 41-10. On the flip side, Josh McCown started his first game of 2018 in the same game and posted a 7.6% rating, which sadly isn’t even is lowest grade of the last 12 months as he posted a 3.0% rating in the Jets’ 23-0 loss to the Broncos in Week 14 of last season.
QB Index Ratings - Week 10
QB Index Ratings - 2018 Season to Date (min 100 attempts)
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