Upgrade Your Fantasy Football Approach: 8 Stats to Predict Running Back Success

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Upgrade Your Fantasy Football Approach: 8 Stats to Predict Running Back Success
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One of the most simple yet underutilized statistics in fantasy football is a running back’s yards per carry. Fantasy owners are often so occupied with results—that is, raw yards and touchdowns—that they forget to look elsewhere for predictors of future performance.

Adrian Peterson took three fewer carries than Arian Foster did last season but finished with 673 more rushing yards. That’s because he averaged 1.9 more yards per carry (6.0) than Foster (4.1) did.

The worst part is, these stats are readily available for public consumption on multiple sites (like NFL.com and ESPN.comfree of charge. The information is right there! You just have to use it.

Without getting into premium-priced—and/or subjective—metrics like good blocking yards per attempt or yards after contact, fantasy football owners can employ a little arithmetic to get ahead of the game.

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