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.
|19||CLE||Odell Beckham Jr.||5||1,115||17.60%|
Per the 2019 Yard Share article, we found out that Elite WRs are typically over 20% yard share. The next cutoff would be around 15%+, giving us a target range for WR2s and WR3s.
We also learned that the better the offense is as a whole, the lower a player’s Yard Share % may be. Dallas led the league in yards last year and produced several fantasy starters for us in Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, Randall Cobb and even Jason Witten. Because they had so many mouths to feed, their yard share’s were down, but their production was still at a high level. This also applied to Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf in Seattle, so don’t be afraid to draft players in good offenses with great players around them.
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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