2011 Fantasy RB Targets Stats

Win Your Fantasy League!
2011 RB’s Ranked by Targets

Running Back TM Gm Tar Rec Yrds TD
Darren Sproles NO 16 111 86 710 7
Ray Rice BAL 16 104 76 704 3
Chris Johnson TEN 16 79 57 418 0
Mike Tolbert SD 15 79 54 433 2
Matt Forte CHI 12 76 52 490 1
Arian Foster HOU 13 72 53 617 2
LeSean McCoy PHI 15 69 48 315 3
M.Jones-Drew JAC 16 64 43 374 3
Jonathan Stewart CAR 16 61 47 413 1
Roy Helu WAS 15 60 49 379 1
L.Tomlinson NYJ 14 60 42 449 2
Ryan Mathews SD 14 59 50 455 0
Pierre Thomas NO 16 59 50 425 1
Steven Jackson STL 15 58 42 333 1
Kregg Lumpkin TB 16 53 41 291 0
C.J. Spiller BUF 16 53 39 269 2
Reggie Bush MIA 15 52 43 296 1
Fred Jackson BUF 10 50 39 442 0
Michael Bush OAK 16 47 37 418 1
Ahmad Bradshaw NYG 12 44 34 267 2
Felix Jones DAL 12 44 33 221 0
Shonn Greene NYJ 16 41 30 211 0
Marshawn Lynch SEA 15 41 28 212 1
Jahvid Best DET 6 40 27 287 1
James Starks GB 13 37 29 216 0
D.J. Ware NYG 16 37 27 170 0
Marcel Reece OAK 12 36 27 301 2
Javon Ringer TEN 12 36 28 187 0
Maurice Morris DET 16 35 26 230 1
DeMarco Murray DAL 13 35 26 183 0
Justin Forsett SEA 16 34 23 128 0
Peyton Hillis CLE 10 34 22 130 0
Jason Snelling ATL 15 33 26 179 1
Lance Ball DEN 16 32 16 148 1
Frank Gore SF 16 31 17 114 0
Earnest Graham TB 7 31 26 163 0
Brian Leonard CIN 13 31 22 210 0
Chris Ogbonnaya HOU 13 31 23 165 0
Danny Woodhead NE 15 31 18 157 0
Tashard Choice DAL 13 30 19 124 0
Toby Gerhart MIN 16 28 23 190 3
Rashard Mendenhall PIT 15 28 18 154 0
Kevin Smith DET 7 28 22 179 3
Vonta Leach BAL 16 27 15 69 0
Jacquizz Rodgers ATL 16 27 21 188 1
Kendall Hunter SF 16 26 16 195 0
Michael Turner ATL 16 26 17 168 0
LeGarrette Blount TB 14 25 15 148 0
Charles Clay MIA 14 25 16 233 3
DeAngelo Williams CAR 16 25 16 135 0

2011 Fantasy RB Targets Stats

2011 Fantasy Football RB Targets Stats

The target statistic is far more significant for the wide receiver position. When it comes to deciding where to draft a running back, targets take a back seat to carries. Yet, when you have two or three guys ranked evenly, those extra points from receptions or receiving yards is without a doubt the difference in a close comparison.

Often a young quarterback’s best friend is a sure-handed Tight End to dump passes off to, but a good running back out of the backfield can sometimes be just as good. With the passing game getting more and more attention throughout the NFL, a combination back might be more important in today’s game than the quickly disappearing workhorse back.

Last season there were two guys who dominated the top of the list. Darren Sproles and Ray Rice were targeted twenty more times than Chris Johnson – who was third on the list. With that many targets, the top two were able to add a combined ten touchdowns and 1400 yards to their stats. Rice was obviously a top five pick last year, but Sproles helped himself immensely with his all-around game. Even with the mess that is New Orleans right now, Sproles should get some notice when you are looking for that second runner.

Targets are also a good gauge when trying to decide who to go with in a committee situation. For me, Carolina immediately came to mind. DeAngelo Williams had a few more rushing yards and a couple more touchdowns than running mate Jonathan Stewart, but Stewart was targeted a whopping 36 more times in the passing game. That difference actually gave Stewart more yards from scrimmage for the year, making them much more comparable when it comes to fantasy production.

Many of the usual fantasy suspects were in the top twenty in targets, although Adrian Peterson’s name was nowhere to be found. Obviously he missed the last four games of the season, but “All Day” was targeted just 23 times in twelve games. That was less than backup Toby Gerhart. Historically AP has been a little more involved in the passing game. Peterson has been a consensus top five pick the last few years, but coming off a knee injury along with his lack of involvement in the passing game will move him way down the board in PPR leagues and make him a huge risk player for 2012. Currently  Adrian Peterson’s ADP is 11th overall in Mock Drafts.

Targets are by no means a huge ranking factor in standard fantasy leagues, but in PPR leagues the pass-catching RB is very valuable. Darren Sproles is without a doubt a lethal target. He may not get as many carries as most top running backs in the NFL, but as a constant threat in all areas of of the game, Sproles is looking like 2012’s most acceptable “fantasy reach” player. His current ADP is near the top of the 3rd round in a 12 man league, yet with 86 receptions a year ago, nobody would blame you to draft him in the second round.

 

Written by: Brian Jerzak & Mike Rodriguez

Sign Up For Our FREE Newsletter!

Get FREE Updates to Gridiron Experts latest articles!

  • Updates to our latest Content & Rankings!
  • Free entries into Awesome Contests!
  • Sleepers & Tips to WIN your league!
 

*We guarantee 100% privacy. Your information will not be shared.

About author View all posts Author website

Gridiron Experts

This article was written as a group effort by our team. Make sure you bookmark Gridiron Experts today to stay update on all our content!