NFL

# The 20 Best Offensive Players From Week 16

Saquon Barkley had a career game in Week 16. Was he the NFL's best offensive player?

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.

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 16's results:

Player Position Passing
NEP
Rushing
NEP
Reception
NEP
Rating
Saquon BarkleyRB7.305.88100
Daniel JonesQB27.66-1.4198
Michael ThomasWR14.5898
Christian McCaffreyRB0.118.6197
Julio JonesWR13.0796
Devonta FreemanRB0.297.3595
Phillip LindsayRB4.992.1794
Alvin KamaraRB6.210.3992
Jordan WilkinsRB6.5992
Lamar JacksonQB11.874.5487
Mark IngramRB0.494.1983
Carson WentzQB11.850.5682
Matt RyanQB14.470.6181
Sterling ShepardWR9.6981
Patrick MahomesQB14.082.7380
Brian HillRB3.8077
Golden TateWR8.9476
Steven SimsWR-0.139.0676