Six weeks are in the books on the 2018 NFL regular season and still we keep you updated with the Volume Facts and Takeaways from last week!
Teams that were on bye: Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints
Top 20 Rushing Attempts and Rushing Share
Seriously, how good has Todd Gurley been this season? When we all thought that regression was a sure thing, here he comes and amasses (in six weeks) 11 TDs! Well, he ran 28 times last week against the Denver Broncos, totalling 208 rushing yards and two scores.
On the second place, a three-headed monster: Latavius Murray, Ezekiel Elliott and Sony Michel. The former is trying to cement his place in the Minnesota Vikings backfield (Dalvin Cook continues to nurse a sore hamstring), while Zeke and Michel are doing their thing as always.
On the Rushing Share side of things, James Conner again comes in first place (90.5%) and it brings into question how much of a workload he will have after the possible comeback of Le’Veon Bell? David Johnson comes in a close second place (90%) and Joe Mixon in third (84.6%), as the only guys breaking the 80-percent mark.
Peyton Barber came back to life (65%), rushing well and scoring a receiving touchdown in the barnburner against the Atlanta Falcons, while Wendell Smallwood (18 rushes and 58.1% Rushing Share) was certainly well used, but did not play very effectively — 51 yards and no TDs.
Top 20 Touches and Touch Share
Of course, Gurley led the NFL in touches last week, adding two receptions to his whopping 28 rushes. Zeke, Murray and Michel follow (25, 25 and 24), while Conner, Saquon Barkley, DJ and Melvin Gordon round out the 20 touch ranks.
Christian McCaffrey is somewhat of a small disappointment, amassing a mere 15 touches. LeSean McCoy finished with 19 touches, while trying to establish himself as the top dog in Buffalo. And while Kenyan Drake had 17 touches, the NFL’s Methuselah, the Old Warhorse, Frank Gore touched the ball 16 times! Is Gore coming back from the dead to lead the Dolphins backfield? It could be.
Zeke, Conner, CMC and DJ were the Touch Share leaders this week (96.2%, 95.8%, 93.8% and 90.9%) as the only ones breaking the 90-percent mark — and being considered as weekly workhorses. Murray, Mixon and Gurley follow (89.3%, 88.2% and 85.7%), while Peyton Barber came back to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers backfield almost single-handedly (81% Touch Share).
Top 20 Targets and Target Share
Davante Adams came with a bang last Monday, being targeted 16 times and amassing 132 yards and 2 TD’s (while also making a bunch of important plays). Adam Thielen — of course — had again a big chunk of targets, reaching 15 and continuing his historical statistical run.
Julio Jones (14) and Tyreek Hill (12) follow them closely, along with Alshon Jeffery, A.J. Green, Barkley and David Njoku (12 each). Hill is becoming Patrick Mahomes‘ favorite target (scoring three times last Sunday), while Njoku is on his way to an amazing TE breakout.
Thielen led the NFL on Target Share (a crazy 45.5%) with the red-headed dynamo Cole Beasley on a close second place (42.3%). Is Beasley Dak Prescott‘s safety blanket, as we all expected in preseason? Watch him closely in the following weeks…
Adams, Robert Woods, Doug Baldwin and another comeback player, Jermaine Kearse, alongside Julio, came with impressive Target Shares (36.4%, 35.7%, 34.8% and 34.5%) had very good shares. Hill, Jeffery and Tarik Cohen also surpassed the 30-percent mark (33.3% both and 30% for Cohen).
Top 10 Red Zone Rushing Attempts and Targets
Wendell Smallwood (you read that right) led the NFL in Red Zone rushes last week, although he couldn’t score (that honor was given to Corey Clement). DJ and Gurley (five each) follow him closely — and they scored — while seven other RB’s gathered four rushes inside the 20 — Conner, Barber, Ito Smith (who can inherit a big workload with Devonta Freeman going to the IR), Adrian Peterson, Chris Carson, Gordon and Isaiah Crowell.
On the other hand, Adams was the sole leader in Red Zone targets last week, totalling five targets and scoring twice. Nine other guys followed him to round out the Top 10, and some of them were kind of surprising: Zay Jones (who scored), Jesse James, Tyler Lockett (who also scored) and the aforementioned Beasley (who scored twice!).
That is it for Week 6 Volume Facts and Takeaways. Thank you very much and I hope to see you after Week 7!
By Gabriel Cabistani – @GTCabistaniFF