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 10 is in the books, and the NFL has again delivered its usual craziness. Most notably, the Minnesota Vikings defeated the Buffalo Bills in OT in what might have been the best game of the season.
In wide receiver-specific news: Cooper Kupp, unfortunately, suffered a high ankle sprain and is headed to IR. Kupp, the Rams, and fantasy players were devastated by the injury and will have to look at other options for at least the next four weeks.
Before we get into it, let’s relive what might be one of the best catches of ALL TIME:
JUSTIN JEFFERSON CATCH OF THE CENTURY. pic.twitter.com/Cos6v0yPIC
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 13, 2022
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 RB 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).
*Routes for Monday’s game are not included