Backs & Fronts – Week 13

Scott Spratt uses FAYE, a measure of running back effectiveness relative to defensive fronts faced, to evaluate the running back performances in Week 12.

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Backs & Fronts – Week 13


earl-thomas-latavius-murray-nfl-preseason-seattle-seahawks-oakland-raiders-850x560Before the season, I introduced a pair of new statistics, front-adjusted yards over expectation (FAYE) and front-adjusted yards over expectation per carry (FAYE/C). The idea behind them is simple. Running backs perform better when there are fewer defenders in the box. That means that backs who play for teams who consistently see fewer than seven men in the box have a nice advantage. It also means that not every back with an above-average YPC mark is an above-average back.

Week 12 is normally the time of year when you are getting through the byes and ready to roll with your full roster in the fantasy playoffs. Instead, we saw a couple of new backs break out with some unexpected solid rushing performances.

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Scott Spratt was named Newcomer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He also writes for RotoGraphs and contributes to ESPN Insider as a research analyst for Baseball Info Solutions. Feel free to ask him questions on Twitter – @PFF_ScottSpratt

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