RB Attempts and Touches Week 2


By John Bush

RB Attempts and Touches Week 2

RB Attempts and Touches Week 2 report focuses on the RB position. Given the importance of both Rushing Attempts and Receptions in PPR league this metrics should prove useful. 

The main data stream includes

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  • Average of Rushing Attempts per Minute of Team Possession. 
  • Average of Touches Per Minute of Team Possession. (Rushing plus Receptions)

I also use a DIFF metric to pull out the Receptions from the Rushing Attempts. These 3 data points highlight each Team and Player balance of run vs pass as well as a level of weekly success. 

As the season goes forward the database build and more solid team and player patterns can emerge. 

Previous Week 3 Articles 





Team Level RB ATTs and TOUCHES

The table below displays the week 1/2 based data. Teams were sorted by the highest to lowest Atts per Min stats. Team names were colorized for a broad grouping of rushing levels.

The top week 2 rushing teams were TEN, TB, LAR, IND, and ATL. Expect that trend to continue on average. We will monitor changes during the season. 

The bottom group of low rushing teams (Higher RB Passing) were PIT, CAR, BUF, NYG, and SEA. This implies that these teams have a significant pass-catching RBs vs strict rushers only or they have a tandem of a rusher and pass catcher.  


DIFF Metric

This graph below displays the above table’s landscape view of the rushing vs passing levels. I use the DIFF metric between the Week 1 and 2 Atts per Minute. The Difference between rushing vs pass-catching RBs gives insight into team balance. This is critical in PPR leagues. The metric is another way to slice the metric to tease out “secret” data! 

I find the area valleys of the rushing attempts of interest to see the unbalanced teams between the rushing or pass catcher RBs. ATL, IND, NO, TB and OAK are all in the top rushing teams that improved in week 2! 

Valley Rusher Teams that declined in week 2 were PIT, MIN, CAR, WAS, NYG, and NYJ. These teams have more pass-catching RBs used. In an injury situation, look for a pass catcher in the next man up on waivers. The opposite rushing based teams would in injury situation looking for rushing RBs. Use this data for refined waiver acquisitions. 


WEEK 1 and 2 RB Touches, DIFF and DIFF%. 

Touches for RB include ATTs and Pass Receptions. This may be a better metric for a whole view of an RBs activity. The tables are touches per minute week 1 and 2 as well as DIFF from week 2 to 1 (Improvements) and the % of weekly improvement. 

The Top Team with High Touching RBs are colorized in Bright Blue. LAR, CIN, TEN, WAS, IND and CLE were the tops. The bottom teams were BUF, SEA, DAL, KC, NO, GB, NYG, CHI, and MIA. I think some of the bottom team should improve such as NO, GB, CHI, and KC. 

%DIFF Improvements in week 2 touches per minutes. 

The top improving teams are ATL, TB, SF, DAL, DET, and NO. Watch these teams for week 3! The concerning teams are MIN, PIT, ARI, LAR and CIN. 

I use these metrics for DFS and Lineups. Use to spot DFS bargains or wise player adds.


Team Level ATTs and Touches Per Minute vs DIFF Metric. 

This Table gives the broad Week 2 differences in Rushing ATTs and RB Touches per Minutes.  I also include the team level DIFF Touches vs Atts. This last metric looks at passing vs rushing activities. 

PIT, CAR, WAS, and NYG have improved in RB Touches vs ATTs (Passing RBs)

OAK, ARI, SEA, NO, and IND have declined in RB Touches vs ATTs (Rushing RBs)


This plot clearly shows the week 2 bias in RB improvements toward passing vs rushing! 


Player Level Touches By Week and Average

These next tables point out vis colorization the weeks 1 and 2 player touches per minute metrics. Also, I included avg touches per minute as well. I sorted these table by player avg touches per minute.

Some interesting players for me are Barber, Morris, Lindsay, Willaims, and Wilkins. I would consider adding them if needed. 




Player Week 2 vs 1 Touches Per Minute Differences. 

This concise table hits the DIFF metric and spots the improving RBs. Note this get better into the season. 

Mack, Michel, Smith, Coleman, Grant, Brown, Bernard, Rodgers, Smallwood, Thompson, and Henry. These maybe ascending RBs due to injury or increased team usages. Watchlist RBs for sure. I like Smith, Grant, Bernard as lesser-owned players. 


RB Player ATTs and Touches by Team

Use these team metrics to “see” the potential of next man up. The data gets stronger with more data. Compare the top RB vs 2nd RB etc. What are the characteristics of each? I annotated the data by colorization (green/blue to red).

This amount of data requires a deeper dig and I can not write about all the interesting findings. I used the DIFF in weekly touches per minute as a start in my analysis. 

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  • ATL – Ito Smith
  • BUF – Murphy

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CIN Bernard 

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  • DAL Austin
  • DEN Lindsay

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  • IND Mack
  • JAX Grant

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  • LAC Ekeler
  • LAR Brown

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  • NE Michel
  • NYJ Crowell

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PHI Clement and Smallwood

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  • SF Morris
  • TB Rodgers

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