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Rankings| Fantasy RB Average Carries Compared to Carries Lost

Rankings| Fantasy RB Average Carries Compared to Carries Lost

June 13, 2008 by Lee (Edit)

The Full-Time Fantasy Running Back has become a bit of a rarity. More teams are going to a Running Back by Committee approach and carries are getting lost on third down and at the Goal Line as well. How does this effect your fantasy RB? Sometimes it doesn’t, sometimes it is nerve racking. Carries don’t mean everything, right? But sometimes you just have to think that if your guy is touching the ball more there is more opportunity than if he is on the bench.

On the last two episodes of The Fantasy Football News and Advice Show there has been a little conversation on the stock of Jamal Lewis. Matt Dana at FFGeekBlog.com (Episode 4)had been noticing that Lewis is going earlier than most would think in Mock Drafts. Revisiting the topic this week (Episode 5) we came to the conclusion that it must be related to the fact that Jamal Lewis is part of the dying breed that is the Full-Time Fantasy Back. This could make a difference in projections for cheetsheets you may be putting together. Giving more thought to this I decided to take a look at all of the teams and see just who lost the most carries in 2007.

Let’s have a look at how the player on each team with the highest average of carries per game stacked up against the average carries per game for the team. This will give us the average carries that each player lost per game. I think you may be surprised by how some of these guys rank. On one side this shows which teams look more at the featured back. On another side it shows that having to share carries does not necessarily mean a drop in fantasy production (especially if the team runs the ball a majority of the time). Of course this doesn’t take into consideration a players value in the passing game. No, it’s not a science (Yes-there are holes in it), but it’s fun anyway. So what are your thoughts? Please share in the comments below!

We will rank these in order of teams where the player with the highest average carries per game lost the least amount of carries to others (carries are rounded up).

1. Chiefs
Avg. Rush Attempts/Game Team: 23.93
Avg. Rush Attempts/Game Leader: Larry Johnson
Avg. Rush Attempts/Game: 19.8
Avg. Carries lost to others/Game: 3.2
Comments: When Johnson is healthy he is forced the rock. I wouldn’t look for much of a change in this…if healthy. The addition of Jamal Charles in the NFL Draft provides little reason to think it will change.

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NFL Footballderdash/Week 12

Yes, I have broke the 20 win mark for the season. If I could hear Kellogg23’s voice through the words he types I’m sure it would be quivering a bit. There is a bit of separation going on here. This week we are doing all of the Thanksgiving Day games and then throwing in a couple for Sunday as well. Maybe with five games going the kid can get back in the hunt here!

Yesterday I posted a preview for Thanksgiving Day with some history and all that cool stuff. CLICK HERE if you want to check that out.

LAST WEEK

TINO:3-0 (20-13 overall)

Kelloggs23: 1-2 (17-16 overall)

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Who would have thought that this game would have so much meaning when the schedule came out this year? The Packers have a pretty good grasp on the division right now at 9-1. The Lions are in Wild Card mode and need every win they can get. I always pull for the Lions on Thanksgiving. This season though I’m pulling for Favre as it MAY be his last…or not. I would also like to see both teams 10-1 when the Pack face the Cowboys next week.

TINO: Packers

This one is a toughie. Green Bay has been hot as of late, but Detroit hasn’t been too shabby either. If this game was in Green Bay, well then it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving would it? Instead of picking this game, I think we should try to figure out the over/under on how many Barry Sanders on Thanksgiving highlights they show during the game. I’ll put it at 3 and take the over. I’m going with the Lions only because they are at Ford Field and I think they will come to play.

Kelloggs23: Detroit Lions

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Monday AM Hangover/Week 11

  • This just in…the Cowboys are best friggen team in the NFC and will easily be the Conference rep to be beat in the Super Bowl. (EDIT:  Sorry Brett.  I forgot about the Packers early this morning in my pre-coffee post.  May both teams win Thursday so the game hording NFL Network has the NFC game of the year).
  • Remember when Thomas Jones got sent to the Jets? I thought he was going to be pissed off and just tear it up. The I noticed he was on the Jets and they suck. He got his first 100 yard game of the season against the Steelers. Whodathunkit? Whodathunk the friggen Jets would have beat the Steelers? Not me and if you say you did you have to be a Jets fan lying to yourself and me.
  • Byron Leftwich made the Falcon fans long for Joey Harrington. Joey looked annnnngry on the sidelines. I think this time he is going to turn his career around and will break all of Brett Favre’s records, starting on Thanksgiving.
  • Soon the media will be asking what is wrong when Tom Brady only throws for 4 TD’s per game.
  • Don’t look now but the Bucs are going to be in the NFL playoffs. I’m not kidding. The way the rules fly is no matter how crappy a division (or conference for that matter) the division champ gets in.
  • Watch out NFC Wild Card hopefuls! The Rams are at two wins and knocking at the door.
  • Speaking of the NFC sucking, the Saints are still only two back from the Bucs in the NFCS. So are the Panthers, ugh.

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AFC North 1st Half Report Card

We are a 1/2 way through the season and many teams have not performed
as planned. We have decided that report cards should be sent out. Some
fans will be happy to see how their teams stack up. Some would like to
use the genius plan I gave a kid walking home with me in the first
grade…hide it underneath a car tire where your Mom will never find it.
Grades are determined by where they rank in the league in each
category. Feel free to praise or scold teams in the comment section
below. Check out the other divisions as well.

First quarter AFC North grades can be found HERE.

Offense

Points Per Game:
First Half=B+
First Quarter=B+

Passing Yards:

First Half=C
First Quarter=D

Rushing Yards:

First Half=A
First Quarter=A

Defense
Points Allowed:

First Half=A
First Quarter= A

Yards Per Game:

First Half=A
First Quarter=B

Comments: The Steelers are now being touted as the team to beat the Patriots. They don’t need the pressure. If they concentrate on their studies at hand they should continue to succeed.
The rest of the teams…

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AFC North First Quarter Report Card

We are a 1/4 way through the season and many teams have not performed as planned. We have decided that reports cards should be sent out. Some fans will be happy to see how their teams stack up. Some would like to use the genius plan I gave a kid walking home with me in the first grade…hide it underneath a car tire where your Mom will never find it. Grades are determined by where they rank in the league in each category. Feel free to praise or scold teams in the comment section below. Check out the other divisions as well.

Offense

Points Per Game: B+

Passing Yards: D

Rushing Yards: A

Defense

Points Allowed: A

Yards Per Game: B

The rest of the teams…
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Monday AM Hangover/Week Four

  • My 3 1/2 year-old son was bouncing on my chest wanting me to hang him upside down again when I stopped him and turned his focus to the TV again. I was doing this on every Packers play. I got the pleasure of watching Brett Favre throw TD’s #241 and 242 with my boy. He won’t remember it but I can always tell him he seen it. Kudos to Brett Favre! We need more like him. He is the anti-thug that the NFL needs more of. Press conferences in beat up jeans and a t-shirt with the pickup parked outside.
  • Look at it this way Dan Marino…there will be less talk about how you have all these records but no Super Bowl ring.
  • Okay, I’m just about convinced that Tony Romo is for real. An interesting comparison that I guess has been going around but I had not heard yet is that of Romo to Roger Staubach. Even from Roger himself.
  • If your going to let your QB got smashed by an 308 pound DT (Niners O-Line) and lose him in favor of Trent Dilfer…at least lay a hand on him, don’t give him a free run.
  • Who would have thought the Browns would have as many wins as 10 other teams int he NFL after 4 weeks? Not the Ravens.
  • What a week of upsets. Browns over Ravens, Cards over Steelers, Atlanta over the Texans (yeah I call it an upset), Detroit pulling 37 points on the Bears, and KC stomping the Chargers. The Saints didn’t lose.

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