Another look at the ongoing saga of running back productivity vis-a-vis snaps played. The methodology is laid out in the original article, but this week I’m adding a twist. Normally these charts display a player’s fantasy points on the Y-axis and their snap percentage on the X-axis. I did that so that players on low or high volume offenses wouldn’t be punished for either a paltry or excessive number of snaps. Sounds good. But a reader last week pointed out that there’s still value in knowing the raw snap count; many RBs play a similar number, and it’s helpful to know who is more or less efficient with a similar workload. So, bubbles. On this week’s chart, the size of the bubble corresponds to the player’s raw snap count. Bigger bubble, more snaps. Mostly they look to be of a similar size, but I included a table at the end of the post with the actual data for your perusal. Let’s dig in.
Week 5 Only
Surprise! two charts! Aren’t you glad you took today off? What? You’re still at work? Screw it, from a distance these charts look very workish.
Since several running backs are now playing due to injuries elsewhere, I thought it would be good to look at just the Week 5 results. Otherwise, guys like Branden Oliver wouldn’t really show up on the season-long chart.
- Arian Foster. Nice game. Wish I could count on his hammies holding up.
- Andre Ellington with the uber-productive day. Not sure he can stay that far above par though. He has a reasonably difficult schedule going forward. I actually traded him away in one league. YMMV.
- Stevan Ridley out-snapped and out-produced Shane Vereen.
- Solid performance by Pierre Thomas.
- Antone Smith is glued to that spot on the chart.
- Know who played bad? Matt Asiata. Know who performed worse? Jerick McKinnon.
- Know who else had a sub-par game? Ahmad Bradshaw. Know whose was worse? Trent Richardson.
- Andre Williams and Benny Cunningham have similar points and snap percentages, but Williams was more efficient with his work.
- Remember last week, when I said “Timber” regarding Darren Sproles?
- Know who else had a bad game? Darrin Reaves. Know whose was better? Silent G, the man otherwise known as Chris Ogbonnaya.
Season to Date
Here’s the top 50 PPR backs through Week 5.
- I could get a lot more resolution on the main cluster of RBs if I just left DeMarco Murray Fantasy Superstar off the chart.
- Matt Forte is still in the RB1 tier in terms of points, and had a much more efficient and effective game in Week 5. With a softer schedule, his bubble should start floating back to the top again.
- Darren McMontee Fadden Ball.
- Hey look Antone Smith is right where we left him. Seems like someone I might want to play, but never quite do. Wish Atlanta used him more.
- With a bigger workload, Andre Williams moved pretty close to the par line. I think he’ll keep trending up as his workload increases.
- At least Pierre Thomas’ role and efficiency are steady.
- Several of the top backs came back to the pack a bit: Murray, Ahmad Bradshaw, Giovani Bernard, Le’Veon Bell. Nothing to worry about, I think, just a reminder that insanely great efficiency is hard to sustain.
- Doug Martin is trending stagnant.
- Frank Gore and Fred Jackson. Chillin’. Solid. Ride ’em til the wheels fall off.
- I’ll let you use the graphs and table to find some observations of your own. Don’t forget to use the Fantasy Efficiency App either; it’s a great prospective research tool.
RB Snaps and PPR Points
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