Backs & Fronts – Week 12
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 11 was a flashback to the 1990s as six different backs exceeded 25 carries. That is the most of any week this season and one of only three weeks with even three backs with those totals. Several of those workhorse runners found their way on the FAYE leaderboard, and a few landed on the FAYE trailerboard, as well.
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