By Kyle Sander
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on June 07, 2016 at 5:40 PM
Hello all you AFL fans and football fans, welcome to the Week 11 edition of the AFL FanZone QB Power Rankings. I rushed out last week’s rankings without really explaining where I came up with my findings. So basically, I have ranked every single true quarterback who has thrown at least one pass this season. That includes everyone from Tommy Grady to Sean Brackett. I have taken all of these quarterbacks’ passing AND rushing stats and compiled them into a spreadsheet, which I will post below.
Tiny background on myself, I like to think of myself as an amateur QB guru. I have always been fascinated with the position regardless of the “kind” of football you are watching. I used to despise when experts would talk about “intangibles” and the “it” factor. Now that I’ve been watching football religiously for 15 years, I can honestly say that I know exactly what the “it” factor is and I’m just as bad at explaining it as all the “experts” are.
With that being said, my Quarterback rankings are based on the 10 statistical factors that I think are the most relevant to ATTEMPT to define this so-called “it” factor of a quarterback:
- Completion Percentage
- Yards Per Attempt
- Passer Rating
- Rushing Touchdowns
- Clutch Trait (Percentage of turnovers in the 4th quarter or overtime)
Some people are probably saying, “That’s too many” or “Some of those factors overlap”. That could be true, but a QB could have a high passer rating, but a very low yards per attempt. That probably means he is a check down QB. Just because his passer rating is high, doesn’t mean you want him leading your team in the fourth quarter.
My one qualifying factor is attempts, we are into Week 11 which means the every week starting quarterbacks are well over 200 attempts. In order to qualify for our list the player must have attempted at least 100 passes. That means guys like Pete Thomas (96 attempts) and Jonathan Bane (97) barely miss the cut. There is a reason for that, at this point in the season (Week 11), the guys who have all started every game average over 30 attempts per game. That means in order to make our list, the player basically has to play three full games. Which is why Pete Thomas is stuck at 96 attempts because he has only played 2.5 games.
Without further ado, here is the official AFL FanZone Week 11 QB Power Rankings for the Arena Football League:
- Nick Davila, Arizona Rattlers – 2.50 (LW #2)
- Dan Raudabaugh, Philadelphia Soul – 3.00 (LW #4)
- Randy Hippeard, Orlando Predators – 3.20 (LW #3)
- Tommy Grady, Jacksonville Sharks – 4.00 (LW #1)
- Shane Austin, Portland Steel – 5.20 (LW #6)
- Arvell Nelson, Cleveland Gladiators – 5.60 (LW #8)
- Jason Boltus, Tampa Bay Storm – 5.70 (LW #5)
- Nathan Stanley, Los Angeles KISS – 6.00 (LW #7)
- Danny Southwick, Portland Steel – 6.80 (LW #9)
Now, you may be asking yourself “What are those numbers next to the name and why are they so much lower than last week?” Well, after thinking about it, I realized that I should not lump in the non-qualifying QB’s into the same pool as the qualifying players. This dropped the number of eligible QB’s from 20 to 9. The numbers next to the name represent an average of the 10 “it” categories. A perfect score is 1, while the worst is the number of qualifying QB’s, which this week it is 9.
What do you think? Do you agree that Nick Davila is the best QB in the league going into Week 11? Log on to our Facebook discussion page to let us know what you think.