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What I like to do every now and then is show how consistent or inconsistent players really are. As we all know, fantasy football is primarily a head to head matchup game and thus if your team isn't producing consistently high point totals, you are not going to win. Thus, digging deeper behind the scenes to uncover which players may not have the highest point totals at the end of the year but do post a good baseline of points every week can really help you out. 

Today we focus on the running backs. We all know that the RB position can be your best friend or worst enemy. No position suffers the kind of devastating injuries and complete hollowing out of production than RB’s. But, as we’ve learned from the coaching systems breakdown, the right system will produce steady fantasy points regardless of who the player is that is carrying the ball. Thus, you can lock in that production by insuring yourself with handcuffs and late round RB’s who consistently touch the football.

That is the focus of this breakdown today. By knowing the systems, the tendencies of the head coach, offensive coordinator and ability of the offensive line we can properly gauge what a running back is capable of in a game or an entire season. The hard part though is knowing how often they are going to touch the football. Sure, we know that certain offenses will run the ball more and throw the ball more to the RB’s but many times that is heavily dependent on the flow of that particular ballgame. Touches are one of the most difficult thing to assess for RB’s. Yeah, I know that many of you out there will disagree with that but the sooner you realize that you are not nearly as good at predicting game flow as you think you are, the better you will allow yourself to become at fantasy football.

With that I present to you a recap of just how many touches each of the top 40 RB’s had last season. I’ve also broken them down into how many games they had within each tier of touches. What we are looking for here is consistency. We want to put a higher value on RB’s that saw a regular dose of touches while accumulating a good amount of fantasy points. We want to also identify those players who saw huge upswings in their touches which probably led to a massive amount of points coming in those games. Those players will give you false hope in believing you have a guy that scores 16 points per game when really he averaged just six with a couple huge days mixed in. 

# NAME TEAM GAMES 0-5 6-10 11-15 16-20 20+ TOTAL
1 Adrian Peterson Vikings 16 0 0 2 1 12 357
2 Devonta Freeman Falcons 15 1 0 2 2 10 337
3 Doug Martin Bucs 16 0 0 5 2 9 321
4 Latavius Murray Raiders 16 0 0 2 8 6 308
5 Frank Gore Colts 16 0 1 2 8 5 294
6 Darren McFadden Cowboys 16 0 4 4 4 4 279
7 Chris Ivory Jaguars 15 0 2 3 4 6 277
8 Matt Forte Jets 13 0 0 4 4 5 262
9 Jonathan Stewart Panthers 13 0 1 2 1 9 258
10 Todd Gurley Rams 13 0 3 1 2 7 250
11 Lamar Miller Texans 16 0 3 5 3 5 241
12 DeAngelo Williams Steelers 10 0 1 1 2 6 240
13 DeMarco Murray Titans 15 1 3 4 3 4 238
14 Jeremy Hill Bengals 16 0 4 3 7 2 238
15 LeSean McCoy Bills 12 0 0 2 5 5 235
16 Rashad Jennings Giants 16 1 2 8 3 2 224
17 Melvin Gordon Chargers 14 0 2 4 6 2 217
18 Mark Ingram Saints 12 0 1 2 6 3 215
19 Eddie Lacy Packers 15 2 2 6 1 4 207
20 Giovani Bernard Bengals 16 1 3 7 4 1 203
21 Chris Johnson Cardinals 11 0 1 3 4 3 202
22 Justin Forsett Ravens 10 1 0 2 4 3 182
23 Danny Woodhead Chargers 16 1 6 6 3 0 178
# NAME TEAM GAMES 0-5 6-10 11-15 16-20 20+ Total
24 C.J. Anderson Broncos 15 2 4 5 4 0 177
25 LeGarrette Blount Patriots 12 2 2 2 4 2 171
26 Jeremy Langford Bears 10 1 0 4 3 2 170
27 Ameer Abdullah Lions 16 1 6 7 2 0 168
28 Duke Johnson Browns 16 2 6 7 1 0 165
29 Matt Jones Redskins 13 0 4 6 2 1 163
30 David Johnson Cardinals 16 7 4 2 0 3 161
31 Charles Sims Bucs 16 0 10 5 1 0 158
32 Thomas Rawls Seahawks 8 0 2 0 2 4 156
33 Darren Sproles Eagles 16 3 9 3 1 0 138
34 Le'Veon Bell Steelers 6 0 0 1 0 5 137
35 Ryan Mathews Eagles 13 3 5 4 0 1 128
36 Carlos Hyde 49ers 7 0 1 1 2 3 126
37 Shane Vereen Giants 16 5 8 3 0 0 120
38 Jamaal Charles Chiefs 5 0 0 1 2 2 92
39 Arian Foster Dolphins 4 0 0 1 0 3 85
40 Dion Lewis Patriots 7 0 2 4 1 0 85
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