Backs & Fronts – Week 14

Scott Spratt uses FAYE, a measure of running back effectiveness relative to defensive fronts faced, to evaluate the running back performances in Week 13.

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Ryan Mathews

Backs & Fronts – Week 14


Ryan MathewsBefore 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.

The fantasy playoffs are finally here. This is the time of the season when matchups are king for backs in fantasy, but some recent efficiency numbers could throw a wrench in some of those plans.

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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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