The target statistic is far more significant for the wide receiver position. When it comes to deciding where to draft a running back, targets takes 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.
Being elusive in the NFL is what makes good running backs great. The offensive line pulls and blocks to create holes for it’s running backs to run though, but after the first wave of defenders it’s up to the ball carrier to bust loose.
It’s no surprise we see the leagues best fantasy running backs atop this list, yet players like Ryan Mathews, DeMarco Murray, C.J. Spiller and Ben Tate are definitely sleepers brewing.
One of the most underrated statistics in fantasy football is the target – The number of times a player is the intended target of a pass.
This stat looks at how often the quarterback is attempting to get the ball to a certain player. It doesn’t matter if the pass was caught, dropped, intercepted or even catch-able, it’s the fact that he was the marked man, the destination of the pass
One of the more trusted statistics of fantasy RB’s when searching for hidden gems, is the yards per carry average. That ability to gain every extra yard is a valuable asset to any NFL team. Most fantasy owners study total yards or touchdowns, yet a high YPC average for players who are splitting carries or are trying to earn their stripes in the NFL is a great indication of things to come.
In this article, we see a breakdown of last years workhorse fantasy running backs split from the first 8 games to the last 8 games.
No player that was injured for a significant portion of time is featured, yet with enough of an average it does paint a picture of hot and cold players from the first 8 games to the last 8 games.