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Fantasy Football Utilization Report: Latest player trends for 2022 NFL divisional round DFS and player props bets

Volume is king in fantasy football, and this report will help you understand which players are due more or less according to their roles. It is a great way to know who is overperforming and underperforming based on historical data tied to metrics we know drive volume.

For the NFL playoffs, I will provide an abbreviated version of the Utilization Report focusing on running backs, receivers and tight ends. Rather than detailing everything for each team, I will highlight significant trends and changes.

  • Running backs: Which backs are handling early downs, short-yardage and passing downs
  • Tight ends: Who is running enough routes and meeting critical targets-per-route thresholds
  • Receivers: Which receivers run the most routes and operate broadly within the offense

Below are the key takeaways by position from the wild-card games.

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Data notes and acronyms:

  • 1st/2nd = first and second downs
  • LDD = long down and distance (third and fourth down with three or more yards to go)
  • SDD = short down and distance (second, third and fourth down with two or fewer yards to go)
  • i5 = inside the five-yard line
    2MIN = two-minute offense (hurry-up offense)
  • Close = score within three points
  • Lead = leading by four points or more
  • Trail = trailing by four points or more
  • Plays = penalties included for utilization splits and rates
  • Pass Play = all dropbacks (i.e., attempts, sacks and scrambles)
  • ADOT = average depth of target
  • Air Yards = ADOT multiplied by targets
  • TTT = average time to throw
  • PA = play action
  • PA Targets = percentage of player's targets that came using play action
  • Fantasy finishes = through Sunday night game
  • YPRR = yards per route run
  • TPRR = targets per route run
  • EZ = end zone
  • TOP = time of possession
  • Pass vs. Run Splits = based on the percentage of time a team throws or passes
Click here to view by position:

RB | WR & TE

Running Backs

Devin Singletary eclipsed the 75% snap threshold for the third consecutive game and registered 94 all-purpose yards on 19 touches. The Buffalo running back ranks fourth among his peers in missed tackles forced per attempt (0.24) this season and is one of the few every-down backs remaining in the playoff race.

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