Hidden Stat Line: Week 16 Backfield Breakdown

Hidden Stat Line: Week 16 Backfield Breakdown

This article is part of our Hidden Stat Line series.

Last week, there were six running backs with snap shares in the 80s or 90s, plus five others in the 70-79 percent range. This week, David Johnson is the only RB at 80 percent or higher, and one of just seven to make it to 70 percent. 

Week 17 should be interesting mix, as some teams will lean on their lead backs more than ever, while others with nothing to play for could scale back workloads or even rest healthy starters. If you're playing any form of fantasy football in Week 17, you'll probably want to look at something like this ESPN article to get a feel for various playoff scenarios and what's on the line for each team.

Kansas City is the only team that's 100 percent locked into a specific playoff spot, but you could argue that Pittsburgh and Buffalo don't have much at stake, competing for the difference between the second and third seed. The No. 2 seed does have better odds of avoiding a matchup with Baltimore in the first round, though it's no sure thing. If I were the Steelers or Bills, I'd be hoping for a wild-card matchup with Cleveland/Miami rather than Baltimore/Indianapolis/Tennessee.

Anyway, let's take a closer look at Week 16 before we dive too far into playoff/rest scenarios for the final week of the regular season...

Week 16 RB Leaderboard

 Snap ShareCarriesTargetsTarget ShareRoutesRoutes/DB
1David Johnson96%1239.1%230.68
2David Montgomery83%
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Jerry Donabedian
Jerry was a 2018 finalist for the FSWA's Player Notes Writer of the Year and DFS Writer of the Year awards. A Baltimore native, Jerry roots for the Ravens and watches "The Wire" in his spare time.
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