Backs & Fronts – Week 11
Before 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 10 continued many of the FAYE trends established over the first half of the season. Three of the top five FAYE leaders for the week are in the top 10 in FAYE for the season, and four of the five FAYE leaders for the week are in the top 10 in standard scoring at the position. The other back is a newcomer, and he might just be the waiver wire addition that swings your playoff fate.
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