Playing with Numbers: Why yards per carry isn't always accurate
Most people view yards per carry as a suitable statistic for gauging production. I don't. A runner can have the following string of rushes: 1, 2, 1, 0, -2, 18, 3, -1, 10. His YPC would be a respectable 4.0. From a weekly fantasy perspective, if you started him, you don't care how he got those yards, because you get credit for them as a total. However, those small runs, especially when he lost yardage, are likely to lead to the player's coaching staff evaluating the touch attempts that player will see in the future. Which is why, when I am evaluating the prospects for a change in a player's role, I look at stuff percentage.
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