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# The 20 Best Offensive Players From Week 11

Marshawn Lynch was a late inactive yesterday, and his backup entered the game and dominated.

Week 11 games aren't over yet, so maybe the title of this article is a little misleading. It should read something like The 20 Best Offensive Players From the Thursday and Sunday Games in Week 11.

That just doesn't flow all that well.

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 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 from the Thursday and Sunday games.

Here are Week 11's results:

PlayerPositionRating
Thomas RawlsRB100
Doug MartinRB98
Giovani BernardRB97
JJ NelsonWR97
DeAndre HopkinsWR94
Jameis WinstonQB94
Spencer WareRB93
Julio JonesWR93
Russell WilsonQB92
James JonesWR91
Cam NewtonQB91
Carson PalmerQB89
Theo RiddickRB89
Patrick DiMarcoFB87
Jonathan StewartRB87
Bilal PowellRB85
Cecil ShortsWR83
Andy DaltonQB82