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The Utilization Report: Week 15

Fantasy performance occurs at the intersection of efficiency and opportunity. While most fantasy players and fans can recite empty efficiency stats such as yards per carry and yards per reception by memory, most don’t have a real grasp of a player’s utilization.

Opportunity is the lifeblood of fantasy performance. Thanks to statistics such as average depth of target (aDOT), air yards, routes run, and quarterback dropbacks, we have a greater understanding of player utilization.

For 2020, using proprietary PFF data, readers will now have unique insights into several new utilization metrics only available in this report.

— Two-minute offense
— Four-minute offense
— Third and fourth down with over seven yards to go (LDD)
— Play-action
— Open targets (two steps of separation or more)
— First, next and check-down targets

With this data in hand, fantasy players can make timely and informed decisions based on the value of a player’s role. Whether the goal is to unearth less obvious DFS plays or to know when to buy low or sell high in season-long, these trends are a crucial component of success.

 

Data notes and key:

— Snap data includes plays called back by penalty because they provide additional play-calling and utilization intent
— Pass snaps = route or pass blocking
— Run snaps = rush attempt or blocking
— LDD = long down and distance (third and fourth down with over seven yards to go)
— SDD = short down and distance (second, third and fourth down with two or fewer yards to go)
— 4 Min = four-minute offense (score differential and time dictates slower pace)
— 2 Min = two-minute offense (score differential and time dictates faster pace)
— Opportunity = rushing attempts plus targets
— aDOT = average depth of target
— EZ target = end-zone target
— Trailing = losing by four or more
— Leading = winning by four or more
— Close = score within three
— BLOS = behind the line of scrimmage
— Ranks = PPR season-long

 

Running Backs

Leonard Fournette (RB37), Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 15 wasn’t pretty, but it was productive for the gargantuan former first-rounder. He cracked the top 12 backs with an RB11 finish on 14 attempts for 49 yards and two touchdowns. He added three receptions for 16 yards.

With Ronald Jones looking doubtful for Week 16, Fournette could come through in a big way against the lowly Lions rush defense with the Bucs favored by 10 points.

Fournette’s Week 15 utilization:

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