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Expected fantasy points: The top fantasy usage through Week 14

Dec 8, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Hello, and welcome to Week 15 of the Expected Fantasy Points Report. If you’re unfamiliar with expected fantasy points, you can read our in-depth explanation from the offseason. You can also read more about expected touchdowns.

Every week we’ll be using a 10-season sample of play-by-play data to calculate expected fantasy points from a player’s seasonal or weekly usage. We look at each target (by distance from the end zone and depth of target) and each carry (by distance from the end zone and down and distance) and add this up to determine how valuable a player’s role was for fantasy. We can contrast this with fantasy production to measure efficiency.

In layman’s terms, expected fantasy points measures the exact worth of a player’s volume – “how many points a player should have scored” given his workload, based on what the average player would have scored.

Through 14 weeks of action, here are the top-25 players in expected fantasy points per game:

[Note: Full-season XFP is now available for download in spreadsheet form. We’ll be releasing it each week in our PFF Elite Facebook Group. This spreadsheet will also include valuable PFF-exclusive metrics like XTD, air yards, end zone targets, and more. If you’re not already an Elite subscriber I highly recommend joining.]

Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

(XFP: 17.7, PPR: 17.7, Diff: 0.0)

Perhaps somewhat quietly, Edelman ranks second in XFP per game (17.7), second in targets per game (10.0), and fourth in fantasy points per game (17.7). More impressively, he’s easily seeing the most consistent volume of any fantasy wide receiver. Edelman has now exceeded 16.5 XFP in 11 straight games. For perspective, no other wide receiver has more than seven such games over this span, and a 16.5 XFP average would rank seventh this season.

Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

(XFP: 15.0, PPR: 20.8, Diff: +5.8)

Ekeler ranks third in fantasy points per game (20.8) but just 12th in XFP per game (15.0). His per-game differential of 5.8 ranks behind only Derrick Henry‘s 6.3. Though impressive, this is nothing new for Ekeler. Since entering the league in 2017, he has outscored his expectation by a league-high 28.4%. In other words, Ekeler is arguably fantasy football’s most efficient running back. Since 2018, he also ranks as our second-highest-graded running back (91.0). For these reasons, and a few others outlined in this week’s stats to know piece, Ekeler is currently my No. 1 trade target in dynasty leagues.

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