It was a slight downturn in the numbers this week from the league’s passers, as average rating from Week 11 was 51.3%, which is the second lowest of 2018 and almost eight percentage points down week on week. Season to date the average rating is at 53.8%, still nearly four percentage points above this time last year at 49.9%. Fantasy scoring also remains well up on last year, with total points up +13%, and passing points up +14%.
The trend continued in Week 11 with another different quarterback leading the QB Index. This week it was MVP front runner Drew Brees who continues to set a record QB Index pace as he posted a 97.0% rating as the Saints demolished the reigning Super Bowl champions in the SuperDome. It was Brees’ second highest rating of his entire career and best since 2009. His season to date rating of 75.6% is on course to be the best ever and eclipse Aaron Rodgers 2011 campaign of 72.4%. Given the Saints face just one top half pass defense over the final six weeks of the season (Pittsburgh in Week 16), it is well and truly on. Brees is also up to second in fantasy scoring with 23.75 ppg. Not bad for a 39 year old quarterback who has recorded 3 rushing touchdowns this season, third only behind Cam Newton and Dak Prescott (4 each).
Moving on from my Drew Brees love letter, Andrew Luck had a day himself, finishing with a career high rating of 93.9%. It’s the 4th week in a row Luck has posted an improved rating, and Luck leads the NFL in adjusted sack rate at just 2.4% (league average 6.7%). Luck is up to 6th in the season long rankings and 8th in fantasy with 21.69 ppg.
Eli Manning posted his best rating for three years and his highest ever completion rate (94.4%), as the Giants beat the Bucs 38-35. Eli was 17 of 18 passing in Week 11, which is the 4th best completion rate ever when attempting 10 passes or more.
Cam Newton continues to have a career year as a passer. His season to date rating of 59.5% sees him in 8th place overall, which when compared to career average rating of 49.3% shows how far he has come in Norv Turner’s offense. Cam’s completion rate of 68.4% is nearly seven points higher than his previous best season (2013, 61.7%), and his interception rate of 1.8% is a career low.
Carson Wentz suffered the worst QB Index rating of his career and the lowest rating of Week 11 with just 10.6% against the Saints. It’s only the second time Wentz has thrown three interceptions in a game, and he finished the game with just 0.84 fantasy points.
QB Index Ratings - Week 11
QB Index Ratings - 2018 Season to Date (min 100 attempts)
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