Thursday, June 4, 2015

{FOOTBALL} Running Backs by the 2014 Numbers

Running Backs, oh how the mighty have fallen in the course of Fantasy Football.  Since the advent of the multiple running back offenses the position no longer is a guarantee of dominating points each week.  Instead, we are left with a guessing game each week.  Here are some numbers to support the downfall of the mighty RB Position:

The total number of 1,000-yard rushers in 2014. Same number as 2013, and 10 fewer than what we saw in 2006.

The total number of running backs with over 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 2014. That number was 25 in 2013.

The average number of Fantasy points per game scored by the Top 12 running backs in 2014 (standard scoring), about the exact same as 2013.

The number of running backs that averaged 10-plus Fantasy points per game regardless of games played. Eight averaged less than 12.0 points per game and included players like Ahmad Bradshaw, Andre Ellington and Giovani Bernard. This number was 19 in 2013.

That's the number of running backs with at least 250 touches in 2014. That number was 18 in 2013.

So, as you can see from the numbers the RB is no longer the dominant must draft in the first round position.  What are your thoughts on the decline in the numbers from 2013 to 2014?  Where do you plan on drafting your RB’s?  Let me know your thoughts!

-Christi, FFC 

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