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Running Back By Committee Performances

The first week of games resulted in little excitement from the RB position with only six backs crossing the 100 yard mark and only two of those scoring a touchdown. Whether this is an abberation or a result of the RBBC trend, I don't know, but I have decided to track the RB1 and RB2 each game by rushing attempts to see what emerges.

Going into each week the RB1 is defined simply as the starter. As such, those who are injured may not finish the game with the most yards i.e. Minnesota's Chester Taylor. What I glean from this data is yet to be determined or whether or not I should define the RB1 post-game by defining it as the Rb with the most attempts that week.

I will also track the percent of touches for the RB1 and RB2 to see if an RBBC is emerging even if has not been formally announced. "Touches" will be defined as the sum of the rushing attempts plus receptions. What I also hope to determine are those backs in no danger of being RBBC'd i.e a very high percentage of the touches. Again, what that percent will be is yet to be determined.

Help me out. It isn't only "experts" who can mine data. Here are the Top 10 RB1s for Week One sorted by %T. The rest are within the Comment section. (To save my thumbs muscles some effort when checking Fake teams on my mobile.)

TM Player Att Yds TDs Rec Yds TD Touches %T
SF Frank Gore 18 55 1 1 21 0 19 100
STL Stephen Jackson 18 58 0 1 3 0 19 0.95
CIN Rudi Johnson 18 50 0 3 26 0 21 0.913
GB Brandon Jackson 15 40 0 4 35 0 19 0.9047
DEN Travis Henry 23 139 0 3 44 0 26 0.896
SEA Shaun Alexander 27 105 1 2 12 0 29 0.878
AZ Edgerrin James 26 92 1 1 21 0 27 0.870
DET Tatum Bell 15 87 1 4 6 0 19 0.863
BUF Marshawn Lynch 19 90 1 2 9 0 21 0.84
PHI Brian Westbrook 20 85 0 6 46 0 26 0.838

TM Player Att Yds TDs Rec Yds TD Touches %T
OAK Lamont Jordan 15 71 1 9 89 0 24 0.827586206896552
IND Joseph Addai 23 118 1 3 25 0 26 0.8125
ATL Warrick Dunn 22 55 0 4 26 0 26 0.787878787878788
BAL Willis McGahee 19 77 0 3 34 0 22 0.785714285714286
CLE Jamaal Lewis 11 35 0 2 11 0 13 0.764705882352941
PIT Willie Parker 27 109 0 1 -2 0 28 0.756756756756757
CHI Cedric Benson 19 42 0 1 11 0 20 0.740740740740741
TB Cadillac Williams 12 60 0 2 14 0 14 0.736842105263158
MIA Ronnie Brown 11 32 0 6 40 0 17 0.708333333333333
KC Larry Johnson 10 43 0 7 44 0 17 0.708333333333333
SD Ladanian Tomlinson 17 25 1 7 51 0 24 0.705882352941177
NYJ Thomas Jones 14 42 0 1 6 0 15 0.681818181818182
NE Laurence Maroney 20 72 0 0 0 0 20 0.606060606060606
HOU Ahman Green 16 73 0 4 23 0 20 0.606060606060606
DAL Julius Jones 16 66 0 1 11 0 17 0.586206896551724
CAR Deshaun Foster 17 94 0 1 7 0 18 0.545454545454545
TEN Lendale White 18 66 0 2 7 0 20 0.5
WAS Clinton Portis 17 98 1 0 0 0 17 0.485714285714286
NO Deuce McAllister 10 38 0 2 7 0 12 0.428571428571429
JAX Fred Taylor 6 16 0 0 0 0 6 0.375
NYG Brandon Jacobs 6 26 0 0 0 0 6 0.260869565217391
MIN Chester Taylor 3 18 0 1 3 0 4 0.166666666666667
AVERAGE 16.5 64.90625 0.28125 2.625 19.6875 0 19.125