2017 RB College Dominator Scores – Another Kind of Workhorse

In my previous article on 2017 Workhorse Scores, I noted that we need a way to include a running back’s contribution to his team’s passing game. This article introduces a way to do that.

I use a version of the RB College Dominator Rating to determine which players accounted for the largest shares of their team’s offenses through a combination of rushing and receiving production.

How to Incorporate Receiving Contributions into the Workhorse Metric

There are a couple of ways to account for those contributions. In his article on workhorse RBs, Jon Moore used market share of offense to measure it. There, he measured an RB’s share of his team’s total scrimmage yards. That’s a good starting point, but it has some limitations because it does not account for touchdowns. It also does not factor out QB rushing or blowouts.

A slightly different way is to use the College Dominator Rating, which for RBs is an average of their share of total offensive yards and their share of total offensive touchdowns. There are multiple ways to calculate RB College Dominator Rating. QB rushing can be included, or not. Nobody to my knowledge excludes blowouts.

So, what I’m doing today is using the College Dominator Rating as a starting point but making some adjustments similar to those we made in calculating Workhorse Scores. Adjusted RB College Dominator Rating1 measures aRB’s share of his team’s total offensive output, minus QB rushing, in games decided by 28 or fewer points. I want to know how a running back performed in all facets of his team’s scrimmage offense in meaningful games. You can think of it as the Workhorse Score with an added receiving component. 

The main difference to note when interpreting these scores is that they are scaled much differently. A Workhorse Score in the mid-80s is a good score — above 90 is better, and the very best RBs often have Workhorse Scores that approach 100. But for the College Dominator Rating, a score above 40 percent is considered excellent. Anything above 50 percent is elite.

2016 Adjusted College Dominator Ratings

  1. Still working on the name.  (back)

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