Volume Facts and Takeaways – Week 2 – by Gabriel Cabistani

The second week of the NFL Regular Season is in the books, and so are the stats for each game. Let’s break them down in order to see who is part of the cream of the crop in terms of Volume. We have added some new stats to the former ones (Rushing Share, Touches, Targets and Target Share):

  • Top 10 Snap Share for RBs, WRs, and TEs;
  • Top 10 Red Zone Rushing Attempts and Rushing Share;
  • Top 10 Red Zone Targets and Target Share.

Without further ado, let’s get into it!

Top 20 Rushing Share

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The rushing attempts were more distributed in Week 2 in comparison to Week 1. For instance, only one player – David Johnson (86,7%), although with only 13 attempts – had more than 80% of the carries for his offense – in Week 1, three players did it.

Joe Mixon was the second best Rushing Share player in the week once again, and it looks like (barring an injury recovery setback) he will be a true featured back for the Bengals for the rest of the season.

Some other standouts include Kareem Hunt, Ezekiel Elliott (almost equalling his 71,4% Rushing Share from Week 1) and Peyton Barber. Phillip Lindsay is a player to keep an eye on, given that he rushed for half of the total attempts for Denver Broncos in week 2.

Top 20 Touches

Top 20 Touches

Well, I guess there is no doubt anymore that Saquon Barkley might be a key cog in the New York Giants‘ offense. Once again, he figured in the Top 10 in RB Touches, attempting eleven rushes and getting an absurd 16 targets (and 11 catches).

Joe Mixon and Todd Gurley broke the Top 10 mark again, while Peyton Barber got two fewer touches than Week 1. Jordan Howard, Alvin Kamara, Kenyan Drake and Phillip Lindsay maintained a steady number of touches in relation to Week 1.

Some others had a slight decrease in their touch totals, such as Lamar Miller (21 to 16), Dion Lewis (21 to 15) and Carlos Hyde (23 to 16), and that might be attributed to Game Script – positive or negative.

Top 20 Targets

Top 20 Targets

Talk about Running Backs getting their Targets! Three RBs – Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey and Chris Thompson – broke the Top 5 in Targets for Week 2 (getting, 16, 15 and 14 respectively).

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The Pittsburgh Steelers main Wide Receivers had some Target monopoly going on too – JuJu Smith-Schuster got 19 – leading all the NFL and Antonio Brown got 17 – adding for a crazy 36 target total from Ben Roethlisberger. In Green Bay, Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen (13 targets each) also dominated targets, this time from Kirk Cousins.

Golden Tate and Michael Thomas once again are in the Top 10, while Thielen, T.Y. Hilton, Nelson Agholor, DeAndre Hopkins and Emmanuel Sanders kept a very healthy target dose from Week 1 to 2.

Top 20 Target Share

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Michael Thomas looks to be a League winner in 2018 – he surpassed 38% of his team’s target for the second straight week – while hitting the Top 5 on this category again.

A fine surprise is the Comeback Player of The Year candidate, Allen Robinson. He dominated the target distribution for his Chicago Bears, getting 14 targets for more than 41% of the Bears’ attempts.

Corey Davis, Christian McCaffrey and DeAndre Hopkins once again are in the Top 10 territory – which might bode well for their imminent #1 Target role in their offenses. Zach Ertz also repeated, keeping his target share over 28% in the second straight week.

Other surprises are Will Fuller and JuJu Smith-Schuster, as the young guns got a steady 32% of their team’s targets.

Top 10 Red Zone Rushes and Red Zone Targets

This new statline will feature the guys who had the most opportunities inside the offensive 20-yard line. Logically, the closer you are to the Goal Line (and the more you touch the ball in this area) the closer you are to scoring TDs.

For the Red Zone Rushing, Todd Gurley led by far, doubling the totals for the runners-up (5 attempts each). As we know, TGII scored 3 rushing TDs in Week 2. Ito Smith and Malcolm Brown come as big surprises, while Austin Ekeler got a good dose closer to the Endzone.

Another traditional workhorse backs were featured too, such as Joe Mixon, Jay Ajayi, Ezekiel Elliott and Melvin Gordon, along with the 2017 unicorn, Alvin Kamara.

For the Red Zone Targets, JuJu stood out (also doubling the total for the runners-up), finding pay dirt once. Melvin Gordon had 3 targets for 2 receiving TDs, while Michael Thomas and Travis Kelce put half of their Red Zone Targets on the scoreboard (both scoring twice).

Top 10 Snap Count and Share

Closing out Week 2, we will highlight the guys who were the most in their team’s offensive snaps. For the record, we will not take Special Teams snaps into account. The basic principle is this: the more you are on the field, the more you will participate in the offensive plays – which might translate into Fantasy production.

For the WRs, four guys were present in ALL of their team’s plays – Marvin Jones, Cooper Kupp, Brandin Cooks and DeAndre Hopkins – while Devin Funchess missed one single snap and Davante Adams, Robert Woods, Odell Beckham, Josh Doctson and Adam Thielen barely missed any snaps.

For the TEs, Travis Kelce, Ricky Seals-Jones, Jack Doyle, Rob Gronkowski, Zach Ertz and Ian Thomas were almost omnipresent in their offenses’ plays, while Tyler Higbee, Evan Engram, Kyle Rudolph and Trey Burton got a good dose too.

Finally, for the RBs, four were vastly more present than their peers on their offenses – CMC, Zeke, James Conner and Saquon Barkley (all of them account for more than 80% of their teams’ snaps). David Johnson, Alvin Kamara, Lamar Miller, and Jordan Howard got a good over 70% of their offensive snaps too, while Kareem Hunt and Chris Thompson also had healthy participation.

By Gabriel Cabistani – @GTCabistaniFF

DISCLAIMER – Data gathered from http://www.pro-football-reference.com, Snap Counts and Snap Shares from http://www.footballoutsiders.com and http://www.fantasypros.com and Red Zone Stats from http://www.nflsavant.com.

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