SquadQL is supported by Pro Football Focus (PFF), one of the most respected NFL projection providers and hubs for advanced statistics.
Find out more about Pro Football Focus: www.profootballfocus.com
Today, PFF is a market leader in gathering premium stats for NFL and college football. As of the 2011 NFL season, PFF provides customized data to five NFL teams, along with a number of agents, media, and NFL players. PFF began collecting data for every NCAA Division-I college football game in 2014.
PFF has a unique approach to rating players that goes beyond the surface of the game. PFF implements a robust, six-step grading process.
- Grade. An analyst grades every single player and every single play on a scale of -2 to +2.
- Grade again. The initial grading is reviewed by a second analyst to ensure accuracy.
- Grade a third time. The second analyst’s grading is reviewed by a third analyst. As PFF puts it, “You can never be too careful.”
- Verify. The grades are verified by the Pro Coach Network and their 400 years of combined NFL and college coaching experience.
- Advanced Normalization. The raw grades are normalized to better account for the situation. This ranges from where the player lined up to the drop-back depth of the quarterback, to everything in between.
- Grade is set. The grades are converted to a 1-100 scale.
PFF then breaks the 1-100 scale down into several categories.
- 0-59 = replaceable
- 60-69 = backup
- 70-84 = starter
- 85-89 = Pro Bowler
- 90-100 = elite
The thing that truly sets PFF apart from its competitors is the fact that PFF goes beyond the stats. Their grading system doesn’t necessarily care about the outcome of a given play. Instead, they care about how a player performed on that particular play.