Advanced Touches – Week 13

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Advanced Touches – Week 13


While wide receivers were carrying their owners to the fantasy playoffs in Week 13, the early round plodders at running back were staging a palace coup of their own. Some weeks it doesn’t pay to be a contrarian. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Ahmad Bradshaw, and Shonn Greene all reached the century mark. DeMarco Murray and Marshawn Lynch both cleared 80 yards with a touchdown. Steven Jackson and Matt Forte blew up in the passing game.

And Adrian Peterson . . .

Suffice it to say that Purple Jesus has eviscerated my complaints about his lack of Vision Yards and impotency in the passing game. Peterson has shown flashes of this in the past, but he’s never consistently demonstrated both the patience and vision to truly take advantage of his legendary physical skills. Those days are over. AP has suddenly morphed into a latter day Bo Jackson.

 

Triumph of Conventional Wisdom
  Snaps Touches Elusive Break YCo/A VYA Routes YPRR
 B. Green-Ellis 54 29 29 34.7 2.8 1.9 17 0.82
 DeMarco Murray 38 27 7.4 32.5 1.0 2.6 11 1.73
 Ahmad Bradshaw 58 26 15.1 0 2.0 2.3 15 0.87
 Steven Jackson 59 26 19.8 0 1.7 0.6 30 2.3
 Knowshon Moreno 65 24 47.5 23.2 2.9 0.6 22 0.64
 Matt Forte 51 24 0 0 2.2 0.9 13 2.31
 Shonn Greene 38 24 9.9 18.3 2.4 1.9 6 0
 Frank Gore 67 23 12.5 39.7 1.4 1.1 24 0
 Trent Richardson 59 23 71.7 0 3.3 0.3 20 1.15
 Adrian L. Peterson 45 22 161 72.9 8.9 1.1 20 0.5
 Marshawn Lynch 50 21 56.1 23 2.9 1.7 17 0.65

 

Even after ripping off three straight 100-yard games, the Law Firm is still only averaging 3.9 yards per carry. The Green-Ellis renaissance has coincided with the emergence of the Cincinnati Bengals as a serious threat in the AFC. Right tackle Andrew Smith has posted gaudy PFF grades of 1.8 or higher in five of his last six games. A.J. Green is PFF’s fourth-ranked receiver. Andy Dalton’s play has been surging to the point where he looks like a bona fide franchise quarterback. Green-Ellis should continue to benefit down the stretch.

Knowshon Moreno is either reviving his flagging career or calling Willis McGahee’s impressive numbers into question. By posting solid numbers in both the Elusive and Breakaway columns, he moves above the starter in both categories for the year.

Even with the Cleveland passing game looking more competent, Trent Richardson isn’t finding any holes. He hasn’t let that stop him. His 3.3 yards after contact earned a 72 Elusive Rating for the week. He also ran 20 pass routes and is up to 44 receptions on the season. It’s too bad Richardson plays in a division with three elite defenses, because his profile suggests a future No. 1 overall fantasy pick.

 

Other Touch Leaders
Snaps Touches Elusive Break YCo/A VYA Routes YPRR
 Jamaal Charles 45 31 6.3 25.2 2.0 2.7 10 1.1
 Bryce Brown 57 28 81.2 59.2 3.8 3.2 21 0.67
 Fred Jackson 46 27 74.7 13.8 3.4 1 12 0.83
 Mikel Leshoure 44 23 8.3 0 1.9 0.8 16 1.0
 Alfred Morris 47 22 27.7 28.2 3.0 2.6 11 0
 Doug Martin 56 21 32.5 0 2.3 0.8 27 1.56
 Arian Foster 47 19 5.6 0 1.1 1.6 25 0.6
 Jonathan Dwyer 41 19 47.4 32.7 3.0 0.1 17 0.47
 Stevan Ridley 40 19 74.8 0 2.4 1.3 12 0
 Chris D. Johnson 73 17 39.4 51 2.2 1.7 41 0.49
 James Starks 27 17 24.3 33.3 2.1 2.3 9 1.78

 

Jamaal Charles led all backs with 31 touches in Week 13, including four receptions that should help appease his PPR owners. He lost goal line touches against the Panthers.

Showing off the preternatural burst that had him ranked as the No. 1 runner coming out of high school, Bryce Brown now leads in PFF’s Elusive Rating if you set the carry barrier at 75 attempts.

Fred Jackson won’t go away easily in his battle with C.J. Spiller. Only Peterson, Spiller, and Doug Martin rank ahead of him in Elusive Rating among players with at least 100 carries.

Alfred Morris has a big future ahead of him, but he and Stevan Ridley will languish in RB2 territory until some of their routes turn into receptions. They combined to run 23 routes without a single target. Morris now ranks fourth in rushing yardage but fantasy formats aren’t set up to fully reward his play.

 

Players of Note
  Snaps Touches Elusive Break YCo/A VYA Routes YPRR
 Beanie Wells 23 15 21.3 0 1.1 0.4 2 0
 C.J. Spiller 24 15 16.2 57.1 2.4 3.1 4 1.75
 Pierre Thomas 30 15 48.6 0 2.4 3.6 8 0.63
 Reggie Bush 35 15 10.7 25 1.6 2.7 10 0
 Alex Green 28 13 19.9 0 2.6 2.2 11 1.09
 DeAngelo Williams 32 13 35.9 0 2.3 3.3 6 1.17
 Michael Turner 20 13 192.3 42.2 5 1.9 4 1.75
 Peyton Hillis 22 13 11.5 0 1.5 0.1 4 2.25
 Ray Rice 49 13 0 43.6 1.7 4.8 21 0.24
 Bilal Powell 33 12 18.7 29.3 2.3 2.5 10 0
 Marcel Reece 72 12 57.1 0 3.4 1.7 48 0.42
 Ryan Mathews 33 12 14.8 0 0.9 2 19 1.32
 Vick Ballard 43 12 157.4 0 3.8 0.8 23 0.91
 Jacquizz Rodgers 32 10 0 0 3.4 2 11 -0.36

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