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. Check out 2019 Yard Share here.
Per the 2019 Yard Share article, we found out that Elite RB1s are typically over 25% yard share.
RBs over 15% are good bets to finish as RB2s or better. We also found out that the outliers in the study who had high yard share % but did not finish as RB2s were strictly RBs who were not involved in the passing game.
Target RBs over 15% yard share and who are expected to be involved in the passing game when looking for upside RB2s.
2019 Yard Share (%)
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.
Thanks for reading!
(data visualization courtesy of @jkheffernon)
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