The Changing NFL Landscape, Part 2: Philosophical Differences
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In part one, I discussed the steady increase of pass attempts, declining average target depth, and the correlated increase in completions in the NFL. In part two, I take a look at positional splits and ultimately discuss what I think this all means for fantasy football. As a limited sample, I examined the top 100 running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends, in terms of most receptions, using Pro Football Reference’s positional tags, for each season from 2000-2015. While this isn’t a perfect sample, it should be representative, as it accounts for a minimum of 89.5 percent of the total receptions in the league for each season. On first glance, the sample doesn’t appear to offer broad conclusions, but I think a deeper look gives us reason to believe a specific subset of players has benefited from the trends discussed in part one.