Running Back Workload Analysis

The Running Back Workload Analysis is a detailed report of the 100 NFL ball carriers that received the most opportunities to score fantasy points last season. This report is designed to educate our readers on which running backs get the most opportunities to make something happen.

Because as we all know, you can’t score fantasy points without touching the football.

The top 100 running backs are ranked based on their total “chances.” A “chance” consists of either a rushing attempt or a target.

For example, Titans Pro Bowler Chris Johnson had more chances to score fantasy points last season than any other running back in the NFL (Is it any surprise he was the leading point scorer among running backs last year?). C.J. finished the 2009 season with 429 chances, which can be broken down to 358 rushing attempts + 71 targets.

Be sure to examine the column on the far right titled, “Off. Impact” (Offensive Impact). “Off. Impact” refers to the percentage of a team’s total plays the running back in question accounted for. For example, Chris Johnson was involved in 44% of Tennessee’s offensive plays last season. “Involved” means Johnson either carried the football or was targeted via the passing game.

Translation: At 44%, Johnson is a MAJOR part of the Tennessee offense.

Note: The “team” category refers to the team the player in question is CURRENTLY playing for. However, all of the statistics refer to what each player produced for the team they were on in 2009.

TT: Total Touches (rushing attempts + receptions)
Chances: Rushing Attempts + Targets
Tgts: Targets
Rec: Receptions
TP: Total Plays (the amount of plays the player’s offense ran in 2009)
Off. Impact: Offensive Impact (the player’s chances divided by the team’s total plays. This determines how much of an impact the player had on his offense in 2009).


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