In this weekly article, Ryan Ramsarran uses the Advanced Stat Explorer and other RotoViz tools to dive deep into wide receiver usage trends. Usage is key for making waiver wire adds, start/sit decisions, and finding the next blow-up WR in DFS.
Week 2 is in the books, and the NFL has once again delivered some wild games which saw multiple teams make huge comeback wins:
- NYJ beats CLE 31 – 30 (NYJ was down 17 – 30 with 1:33 left in the 4th quarter)
- MIA beats BAL 42 – 38 (MIA was down 14 – 35 at the start of the 4th quarter)
- ARI beats LV 29 – 23 in OT (ARI was down 7 – 23 with 8:30 left in the 4th quarter)
Once again, wide receiver has proven to be the best position in fantasy football. In the overall top-20 PPR fantasy players (quarterbacks aside), it breaks down to 14 WRs, 5 RBs, and 1 TE. To further display the power of the wide receiver position, the top six are all wide receivers: Stefon Diggs, Cooper Kupp, Tyreek Hill, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Jaylen Waddle, and Justin Jefferson.
Routes Run and Routes per Target
Routes run is the first key statistic I’ll focus on because WRs need to be on the field to produce. The second statistic is routes per target. Unlike RBs usage, targets are earned as a WR and routes per target is a helpful measure in figuring out which players are good (or which players coaches want to get the ball to).