Ryan Mathews, upended (USAT Images)
Warning: This post contains very little fantasy utility. I'm simply sharing a curiosity. It's a casual Friday, you guys, so give me a little latitude...
Over the past week, I've spent an excessive amount of time looking at individual player usage across the NFL, relying on the indispensable data collected by Pro Football Focus. The original intent was simply to see how often TY Hilton had been targeted as a percentage of his total snaps. (It's 17.6 percent, which is at the high end for receivers. The top-five WR/TEs: Rob Gronkowski at 25.6, Jordan Reed at 19.6, Julio Jones at 19.1, Kendall Wright at 18.9, Vincent Jackson at 18.8.)
Later, I started messing around with usage stats for running backs — and whoa, do we have an outlier.
Here's a quick look at the frequency with which individual backs receive either a carry or a target (minimum 130 snaps):Read More »from The curious, crazy usage of Ryan Mathews