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 blowup WR in DFS. We’ll use the advanced WR metrics to highlight a few buy-low options at the position each week.
Week 12 is in the books, and it was full of some nail-biter endings and complete blowouts. One big thing from Week 12 was on defense: DaRon Bland became the first player in NFL history to record five pick-sixes in one season!
Like always, we’re going to start with one of the best plays from a wide receiver last week:
Greg Dortch with one hand 😮
— NFL (@NFL) November 26, 2023
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 games are not included