Over at Footballguys.com, I looked at which running backs have produced the most extreme fantasy splits in wins and losses.
With few exceptions, running backs generally score more fantasy points in wins than in losses. For example, Adrian Peterson has averaged 22.2 FP/G over the last four years in wins, and 14.8 FP/G in losses, in a 0.5 PPR scoring system. Those numbers rank Peterson in the top four in both categories, but obviously he’s been much more valuable in wins.
Some players, however, have particularly extreme splits. As Jason Lisk points out, Alfred Morris is one of those players. Since Morris isn’t much of a receiver, he gets his value from carries and touchdowns, and both of those tend to be higher in wins. Over the past two seasons, Morris has averaged 17.1 FP/G in wins and 11.1 FP/G in losses. Marshawn Lynch is another player who is more valuable in wins: fortunately for him, those are more prevalent in Washington state than Washington, D.C. Since 2010, Lynch has averaged 17.3 FP/G in wins and 9.7 FP/G in losses.
So which running backs are most impacted by their team’s fortunes? I looked at the top 50 running backs in Footballguys.com rankings, and then excluded rookies and others players with small sample sizes. I was left with 37 running backs, and I calculated their FP/G (using 0.5 PPR) in wins and losses since 2010. Here’s how to read the table below. No running back fared so much better in wins relative to losses as Doug Martin. The Tampa Bay back has played in seven wins and averaged 24.5 FP/G in those games, the highest average among the 37 running backs in this study. Martin has played in 15 losses, and averaged just 12.1 FP/G in those games, the 10th best ranking. That’s a difference of 12.4 (24.5 – 12.1) FP/G.
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