Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Melvin Gordon.
- This fantasy football workload data is broken down into interactive visuals with all snap, rush, target and red-zone data for every NFL team.
- Several players stand out from Weeks 1-4, including Alvin Kamara, Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, Nick Chubb and Ezekiel Elliott.
The Fantasy Football Market Share Report presents team-specific usage splits in easy-to-analyze visual form. For more information, see the first piece in the series.
We’re already about one-fourth of the way through the regular season, and some market share dominators have certainly emerged.
Alvin Kamara has gotten a ridiculous 20 opportunities (targets plus rushes) inside the 10-yard line and gets absurd work in all facets of the game. Todd Gurley is in the same camp. They definitely seem to be in a class of their own this year.
These are just a few of the notable data points from the first four weeks of the NFL season. Check out the graphs for more. They’re interactive, so hover over any aspect for more data, and rotate through teams using the navigation at the top of every chart.
For weekly analysis using this data, check out the FantasyLabs NFL homepage. I’ll tweet out some findings as well, if that’s your thing. Either way, this data is best used in conjunction with FantasyLabs’ suite of Tools, especially our Models.
Good luck in Week 5!
A guy can’t touch the ball if he’s not on the field. Snap data is more important than a lot of people think. If 80% of success is just showing up, then we want guys who actually show up on the field.
- A whopping 15 of the 30 teams had 70 or more offensive snaps in Week 4: Raiders (92), Colts (91), Texans (86), Browns (81), Patriots (81), Chiefs (78), Eagles (78), Jaguars (77), Ravens (76), Packers (76), Vikings (74), Bengals (73), Titans (71), Falcons (70) and Saints (70). The gap between slower, run-heavy squads and up-tempo passing teams has widened this year.
- Perhaps the best way to use snap data is to tease out situations where players are putting up unsustainable fantasy production in limited playing time.
- One good example from last week was Browns running back Nick Chubb. He played just three snaps but exploded on those, finishing with three rushes for 105 yards and two touchdowns. It’s possible that performance lands him more opportunities, but three snaps doesn’t justify a roster spot for Week 5.
Players compete for one ball on a per-play basis, and there’s only so much of the pie to go around. Targets are important.
- Just five players have received 30% or more of their team’s targets through the first four weeks: Julio Jones (33.1), Jarvis Landry (32.2), Corey Davis (32.0), DeAndre Hopkins (30.8) and Odell Beckham (30.0).
- There are fewer true No. 1 WRs due to 2018 offenses. Plus, running backs are featured in the passing game more than ever. Six RBs have received at least 20% of their team’s targets so far: Alvin Kamara (29.2), Christian McCaffrey (27.7), Chris Thompson (24.7), Melvin Gordon (23.3), James White (23.3) and Saquon Barkley (23.3). Ezekiel Elliott didn’t make the list but leads the Cowboys with a 19.8% target share.
Again, there’s only so much of the rushing pie to go around.
- Nine players have received 70% or more of their team’s rushes through the first three weeks: James Conner (88.7), Ezekiel Elliott (86.9), Kareem Hunt (80.7), David Johnson (78.9), Carlos Hyde (77.6), Saquon Barkley (74.7), Todd Gurley (74.5), Christian McCaffrey (73.0) and Adrian Peterson (70.0).
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Opportunities Inside the 10-Yard Line
Touchdowns are critical for success in guaranteed prize pools. Getting opportunities inside the 10-yard line is pretty much DFS gold.
- Ten players have received seven or more opportunities (rushes + targets) within the 10-yard line through the first two weeks: Alvin Kamara (20), Todd Gurley (15), Carlos Hyde (13), Kareem Hunt (12), Marshawn Lynch (11), Melvin Gordon (8), Alex Collins (7), Jared Cook (7), Jay Ajayi (7) and Alfred Morris (7).