Playing with Numbers: Running back touch attempts

Updated: September 10, 2008, 5:45 PM ET
By Ken Daube | Special to
An NFL player's opportunity to produce is directly tied to his fantasy value. Oh sure, his skill set will play a definite part in how productive he may be, but without clear opportunity, skill set is useless. For running backs, allow me to suggest a new metric for helping with the evaluation of opportunity: touch attempts. Touch attempts is simply the number of rush attempts plus the number of times that player was targeted by the quarterback with a pass.

Ken Daube

Fantasy Football
Ken Daube is a fantasy football analyst for He co-hosts "Fantasy Football Now" with Dave Rothenberg on Sundays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET, which streams at, and can also be listened to via the ESPN Radio app.