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According to the Data: How Do the Best Running Backs Typically Age?

Keith Platte

Keith Platte

Keith Platte writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.


In two recent articles, I have detailed when production declines in running backs both in terms of age and also number of career carries. I received many comments asking if these results were valid for the top RBs. In response, I have completed a similar analysis of the top-300 RBs below.


I collected the yardage statistics of the top 300 career rushers from Note, this data set contains only RBs whose careers began after 1950 (sorry Joe Perry) and spans from 1950 to 2013. Note, if a player did not have a carry in a season, this season was not included in the data set.

Analysis of Data

The first thing I would like to showcase is the average values of a few metrics broken down in the top 10, 50, 100, 200 and 300 of the data. See the table below:

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