The 20 Best Offensive Players From Week 1

Week 1 had no shortage of huge performances. Was Sammy Watkins' day the best?

As you know, we like math here at numberFire. Our algorithms help tell a better story about sports -- they're able to dig through the nonsense, helping us look at things that matter on the court, field or rink.

With football, we love our Net Expected Points (NEP) metric, which measures the number of points a player adds (or loses) to his team versus what he's expected to add. Rather than counting statistics like yards, touchdowns and receptions, NEP looks at down-and-distance situations and field position and relates these instances to history. When a player outperforms what's happened in the past, he sees a positive expected points value on the play. When he doesn't, his expected points value gained on the play is negative. All of these little instances add up, then, to be a player's Net Expected Points total.

You can read more about NEP in our glossary.

Using a formula that compares individual single-game performance to history, the numberFire Live platform takes this Net Expected Points formula and assigns a rating to a player's performance. Each week, that's what we'll show here -- the 20 best ratings.

Here are Week 1's results:

PlayerPositionStat LineRating
Sammy WatkinsWR9 Rec, 198 Yds, 11 Tgt, 3 TD100
Christian McCaffreyRB19 Rush, 128 Yds, 2 TD
10 Rec, 81 Yds, 11 Tgt
Dak PrescottQB25/32, 405 Yds, 4 TD
4 Rush, 12 Yds
DeSean JacksonWR8 Rec, 154 Yds, 10 Tgt, 2 TD100
Lamar JacksonQB17/20, 324 Yds, 5 TD
3 Rush, 6 Yds
Marlon MackRB25 Rush, 174 Yds, 1 TD99
John RossWR7 Rec, 158 Yds, 12 Tgt, 2 TD98
Austin EkelerRB12 Rush, 58 Yds, 1 TD
6 Rec, 96 Yds, 7 Tgt, 2 TD
Mark AndrewsTE8 Rec, 108 Yds, 8 Tgt, 1 TD98
Case KeenumQB30/44, 380 Yds, 3 TD97
Mark IngramRB14 Rush, 107 Yds, 2 TD97
Carson WentzQB28/39, 313 Yds, 3 TD
4 Rush, 5 Yds
Saquon BarkleyRB11 Rush, 120 Yds
4 Rec, 19 Yds, 6 Tgt
Patrick MahomesQB25/33, 378 Yds, 3 TD
1 Rush, 2 Yds
Terry McLaurinWR5 Rec, 125 Yds, 7 Tgt, 1 TD96
Marquise BrownWR4 Rec, 147 Yds, 5 Tgt, 2 TD95
Michael GallupWR7 Rec, 158 Yds, 7 Tgt95
TJ HockensonTE6 Rec, 131 Yds, 9 Tgt, 1 TD93
DJ CharkWR4 Rec, 146 Yds, 4 Tgt, 1 TD93
Tom BradyQB24/36, 341 Yds, 3 TD93

- Sammy Watkins' huge day came after an early Tyreek Hill injury. Watkins played virtually every snap for the Kansas City Chiefs. He added 18.68 Reception NEP to the Chiefs' total -- or 1.53 points on the scoreboard every time he got targeted.

- Christian McCaffrey totaled 29 touches en route to a perfect 100 of his own the Carolina Panthers' 30-27 loss. In total, he added 4.57 Reception NEP and 8.26 Rushing NEP with elite rushing efficiency on a per-carry basis.

- Dak Prescott went bonkers generating a 31.79 Passing NEP that was bested just once all of last season. Prescott was 3 for 3 for 82 yards and 2 touchdowns on passes traveling at least 16 yards downfield in a standout win for the Dallas Cowboys.

- DeSean Jackson rounded out the four perfect scores. Jackson turned 2 deep targets into 104 yards and a pair of touchdowns against his former team, but he also added 50 yards on shorter passes while playing 69.3% of the Philadelphia Eagles' snaps in Week 1.

- Lamar Jackson didn't get a perfect 100 because the Baltimore Ravens put the game away early, but Jackson tossed 5 touchdown passes and ran only 3 times while accruing 29.54 Passing NEP and churning out 155 yards and 2 scores on deep throws.