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Six Unsung Fantasy Heroes, and More Fun Stats

Jennifer Millman Staff Writer December 28, 2012 5:33PM EDT
Thanks for following Crunching the Numbers this Fantasy football season! We know you’re already thinking about next year’s leagues, so we’re going to take a step back and look at some of the best tidbits from the year in terms of yards per carry, yards after the catch and the other fun stats we’ve tracked throughout the season.

1. Yards per Carry: Two of the Top Three running backs in both yards per carry and total yardage tore their ACLs last season. Number One overall is Adrian Peterson, who had surgery a year ago to repair his torn ACL and had a career season in terms of yardage (1,898 rushing yards, 215 receiving yards and counting). Jamaal Charles, who tore his ACL in the opening regular season game last season, came in Number Three in rushing yardage and yards per carry, with 1,460 yards on the ground in an offense even more anemic than the one AP plays for. Peterson and Charles were second and third in yards per carry (6.0 and 5.4, respectively) only to C.J. Spiller, who recorded 6.5 yards per rush attempt and, with Fred Jackson perennially injured, could finally see the boost in playing time next season that Fantasy owners have yearned for since he broke out at the end of last year.

Frank Gore (4.8), Chris Johnson (4.7), Alfred Morris (4.7) and Doug Martin (4.5) all averaged more yards per carry than Ray Rice. Even the plodding Michael Turner had a higher YPC (3.6) than Darren McFadden, who plunged from 5.0+ the previous two seasons to a meager 3.3 YPC this year. For all the Turner haters out there, Jacquizz Rodgers is not taking his job. He averaged a barely higher 3.8 YPC and had one rushing TD to Turner’s nine. I’m not saying draft Turner even as an RB2 next season (I’d rather have Ryan Mathews – yes, still), just don’t get your hopes up about Rodgers.

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