2019 Yard Share

by @theFellowKGB

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Yard share is the total amount of yards a player gained divided by the total number of yards gained by their offense.

The resulting % gives us a great idea at how useful a player is within their offense and how much the team relies on them to move the ball.  I looked at Opportunity Share earlier and you can find those results here, but Yard Share is a new stat I’ve been tracking and it seems to have a stronger correlation to how good a player really is.  Opportunity for carries and targets are great, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the player is great.  We want players who can rack up yards as well as opportunities.  What they do with their opportunities is what separates an OK player from a Great player, so yard share is a great way to identify these players.

Link to 2020 Projected Yard Share

Top 12 TEs in Yard Share (2019)

PPR Team Player RuYds RecYds Yard %
TE1 KC Kelce 4 1,229 19.70%
TE2 LV Waller 5 1,145 19.16%
TE3 SF Kittle 22 1,053 16.97%
TE4 PHI Ertz 916 15.26%
TE5 BAL Andrews 852 12.82%
TE6 ATL Hooper 787 12.28%
TE8 LAR Higbee 0 734 11.90%
TE7 NO Cook 705 11.43%
TE14 DEN Fant -12 562 10.86%
TE12 MIA Gesicki 570 10.81%
TE9 LAC Henry 652 10.69%
TE10 PHI Goedert 607 10.11%

The Elite TEs seem to be at 15%+ yard share, and quality TE1s seem to be above 10%.

11 of the top 12 TEs in yard share finished as TE1s in 2019.

Noah Fant is the only outlier here at TE14.

TEs 13-24 in Yard Share (2019)

PPR Team Player RuYds RecYds Yard %
TE13 CAR Olsen 597 10.03%
TE19 TEN Smith 78 439 8.38%
TE18 NYG Engram 7 467 8.24%
TE15 IND Doyle 448 8.23%
TE20 CIN Eifert 436 7.91%
TE21 GB Graham 447 7.69%
TE11 DAL Witten 529 7.50%
TE32 BUF Knox 9 388 7.18%
TE28 TB Howard 459 6.90%
TE27 IND Ebron 375 6.89%
TE25 HOU Akins 418 6.86%
TE22 NYJ Griffin 320 6.81%

In the studies below, I selected the top 4 players from each team in Yard Share %.

TEsLooking at the scatterplot chart above, players who are higher up and farther to the right are the ones we are hoping to draft.  The higher up they are, the better the offense.  The farther right they are, the more yards they accounted for within their offense.

1The chart above shows the yard share % distribution for each position.  If you can, envision your draft picks in four distinct buckets; early round picks, early mid-round picks, late mid-round picks, and late round picks.  This chart breaks out the four distinct buckets, also known as quartiles, of player yard share %.  The further right the quartile, the earlier players in that quartile should be targeted in drafts.

FlexThese dual axis charts demonstrate the total amount of team yards by the bar length and darkness along with the total number of player yards by the dot.  The players are sorted by their yard % in order to illustrate how total yards gained by a player and the yard % of a player can tell different stories.  Breaking these charts out by position allows us to see how much each player was relied on based on their team’s yardage output.

I’ll be using Yard Share % as a tool for my drafts in 2020 and I highly recommend you do as well.  In tandem with Yard Share %, my 2019 Opportunity Report offers some useful knowledge on how carries and targets correlate to PPR finishes. Link to 2019 Opportunity Report.

You can find my 2020 Projected Yard Share’s here.

And my 2020 Projected Opportunity Share’s here.

Thanks for reading!

— Kyle

(data visualization courtesy of @jkheffernon)

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