Statistical Nuances from the Nomad: Running Backs by Michael Pichan the Fantasy Nomad Welcome into the realm of Fantasy Football analysis where the focus is on unearthing information that will help your Fantasy Football team gain an advantage over of the competition. Each week, I will dig through the data, so you don’t have to, to provide a deeper explanation of what happened, uncover why those things happened, and whether we should expect those things to continue to happen. And, this week I am adding some new statistical reports, which will appear in bold print below. Running Backs Week Five
- Ahmad Bradshaw led RB’s in snaps with 72 followed by Donald Brown (71, who is out for the next few weeks), Arain Foster (56), Matt Forte (55), and a three way tie for fifth most snaps between Marshawn Lynch, Trent Richardson, and Maurice Jones-Drew (51)
- Jamall Charles and Ahmad Bradshaw topped all backs in carries (30), Arian Foster (29), Stevan Ridley (28), then Matt Forte (22, Michael Bush had only four carries his fewest of the seson)
- Rushing Yardage Leaders: Ahmad Bradshaw (200 yds.), Arian Foster (152), Stevan Ridley (151), Jamaal Charles (140, three weeks in a row Charles has 95 yds. or more in a game), then Alfred Morris (115, back-to-back 100+ yds. rushing for Alf).
- The top targeted backs were Ryan Mathews (8), Trent Richardson and Willis McGahee (6), followed by a four way tie with five targets were Darren Sproles, Ronnie Brown, LeSean McCoy, and Ahmad Bradshaw.
- The top pass catching running back was Ryan Mathews (6), followed by four backs with five receptionsa Willis McGahee, Ronnie Brown, Trent Richardson, and Darren Sproles each with five receptions.
- Elusive Rating: Trent Richardson (79.1 ER, 6 missed tackles), Reggie Bush (51.4, 5), Ahmad Bradshaw (41.2,4), Alfred Morris (40.9), and Ray Rice (34.6)
- Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall: In his first game of the season, Mendenhall saw 22 snaps (16 run plays), carried the ball 14 times for 81 yards rushing and one touchdown to go with two receptions for 2o yards. Mendenhall had two runs of 17 or more yards, but one was called back due to a holding call. The 17 yard run was the longest run from the line of scrimmage for any Steelers RB this season. (Side note: Steelers, Lions, Bucs, and Colts are the only teams to not have a run of 20 yards or more).
- Patriots RB Stevan Ridley has rushed for 492 yards so far this season, (fourth most by a RB this season), and is on pace for over 1,500 rushing yards. Unfortunately, Ridley is also on pace to have six fumbles, and may be one fumble away from losing serious time to either Brandon Bolden or Shane Vereen.
- Niners RB Kendall Hunter: In Hunter's last two games he is averaging 20 snaps and 68.5 yds. rushing on about 10 attempts per game after getting only nine attempts combined the previous two weeks.
- San Diego Chargers Running Backs: In week five, Ronnie Brown led all Chargers RB's in snaps with 33 (two were running plays) followed by Ryan Mathews 30 (14 running plays) and Jackie Battle with only eight (four running plays). If you read my Statistical Nuances from the Nomad article last week, Battle's decline in opportunities would not be as surprising.
- LeSean McCoy leads all RB’s in snaps (302), followed by Ray Rice (289), Arian Foster (265), Marshawn Lynch (254), then Chris Johnson and Maurice Jones-Drew (244)
- Despite seeing 34 less snaps then Ray Rice and about 50 less snaps then league leader LeSean McCoy, Arian Foster still leads the league in attempts (132), followed by Marshawn Lynche (113), Stevan Ridley and Jamaal Charles (102), then Alfred Morris (100)
- Rushing Yardage Leaders: Jamaal Charles (558yds., 5.5 yds/att), Arian Foster (532/4.0), Marshawn Lynch (513/4.5), , Stevan Ridley (492/4.8), then Alfred Morris (491/4.9)
- Arian Foster leads the league in rushing touchdowns with five followed by four players who have four rushing TD's a piece Alfred Morris, Stevan Ridley, Trent Richardson, and Frank Gore
- Yards/att.: C.J. Spiller (7.6), Jamaal Charles (5.5), Darren Sproles, Frank Gore, and Kendall Hunter (5.4)
- The top targeted backs are Darren Sproles (33), Ray Rice (31), Darren McFadden (26), Trent Richardson (25), then LeSean McCoy(23)
- The top pass catching running backs: Darren Sporles (28), Ray Rice (23), Trent Richardson (20), then LeSean McCoy and Darren McFadden (18)
- Elusive Rating: Marshawn Lynch (63.1 leads RB's in causing defenders to miss tackles with 25, eight more then the next RB on this list), Alfred Morris (52.4), Michael Turner (45.5), Frank Gore (41.2), then Trent Richardson (40.8)
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