2018: Consistency Week in Review – RB – Week 14

Each week Bob Lung reviews the past week for Consistency highlights and trends at the running back position! Follow Bob on Twitter at @bob_lung

Consistency. Any educated fantasy owner knows that you need your Fantasy Football players to be not only good, but also consistently good! It’s a proven fact that the more consistent your Fantasy players are throughout the season, the better chance that you’ll have to win. More wins equals playoffs and playoffs can turn into championships! That’s why I’ll be here each week to help you identify the most consistent Fantasy football players in your quest towards a Fantasy championship.

Unfamiliar with how consistency can help your Fantasy team?

Check out the Clutch Report, which will help you determine how consistent are the players in your league with your scoring method!

A quick recap for those unfamiliar with the Clutch Games system.  The Head-to-Head (H2H) format in Fantasy Football leads to the need for consistency. Many teams have been near the top of their league in scoring, but miss the playoffs by one or two games. Many will call it “bad luck” and that’s partially true. Injuries to key players, bad weather, etc. are situations that affect our Fantasy teams, but are uncontrollable. However, there is one aspect of Fantasy football that you can control. The consistency of your team!

A Clutch Game is awarded to a player each week when they exceed the Clutch Game Factor in your league for that position. The more Clutch Games a player is awarded each year, the more consistent that player is and the more beneficial they are to your Fantasy team. 

The scoring method used will be 1 point per 20 yards passing and 4 points for passing touchdowns; 1 point per 10 yards rushing and receiving; 1 point per reception; and 6 points for any rushing/receiving touchdown.

So, let’s review Week 14 for the running backs…

 

Running Backs - (Quality Game Factor – 11.10)

 

Rank

Player

Team

Score

1

Derrick Henry

TEN

47.80

2

Ezekiel Elliott

DAL

31.20

3

Saquon Barkley

NYG

29.70

4

Christian McCaffrey

CAR

28.10

5

Joe Mixon

CIN

24.80

6

Aaron Jones

GB

19.60

7

Dalvin Cook

MIN

19.30

8

Brandon Bolden

MIA

19.00

9

Damien Williams

KC

19.00

10

Nick Chubb

CLE

18.30

11

Spencer Ware

KC

17.90

12

Austin Ekeler

LAC

17.40

13

Elijah McGuire

NYJ

17.30

14

Lamar Miller

HOU

16.20

15

Jaylen Samuels

PIT

16.20

16

Phillip Lindsay

DEN

15.10

17

Chris Carson

SEA

15.00

18

Kenneth Dixon

BAL

15.00

19

Kenyan Drake

MIA

14.90

20

David Johnson

ARI

14.10

21

Alvin Kamara

NO

13.70

22

Tarik Cohen

CHI

12.90

23

Frank Gore

MIA

12.60

24

Darren Sproles

PHI

12.60

25

Mark Ingram

NO

12.30

26

Zach Zenner

DET

11.40

27

Jordan Howard

CHI

11.30

 

THE EXPECTED

Running backs were above the average this week as 27 running backs earned a Clutch Game this week. There are only three perfectly consistent running backs, as Todd Gurley surprisingly was shut down by the Bears. He’s still #1 in total points, but by only two points over Saquon Barkley. Also, Christian McCaffrey is only five points behind Barkley. So, it’s anyone’s guess on who will earn the “coveted” Mr. Consistency Award at running back. Ezekiel Elliott and Alvin Kamara continue to stay over 80% consistent for the year.

THE UNEXPECTED

Derrick Henry had one of the top unexpected weeks of the year, as he went off for four touchdowns and over 200 yards rushing. You know damn well, he’ll go for 55 yards and zero touchdowns this week, right? He only has four Clutch Games all year and two of them in the past two weeks. Lots of no-names this week like Brandon Bolden, Damien Williams, and Zach Zenner. In fact, there were THREE Miami running backs on the Clutch list this week! But, Kenyan Drake only made it because of the MIRACLE play!  

WAIVER WIRE CONSISTENCY

If you’re looking for some waiver wire pickups to help with your bye weeks this week, grab the following players Zach Zenner and Damien Williams.

Here is a group of those “bad” surprises, running backs who didn’t earn a Quality Game this week.

  

Rank

Player

Team

Score

30

Dion Lewis

TEN

10.20

34

Doug Martin

OAK

9.20

35

Todd Gurley

LAR

8.80

40

Chris Thompson

WAS

6.80

45

Leonard Fournette

JAX

6.10

46

Sony Michel

NE

5.70

49

Tevin Coleman

ATL

5.10

50

James White

NE

4.80

59

Jalen Richard

OAK

3.90

65

Adrian Peterson

WAS

2.90

84

LeSean McCoy

BUF

0.10

 

YTD CONSISTENCY

 

Player Name

Total Points

Rank

Total CG

Total GP

CR

Saquon Barkley

331.30

2

13

13

100%

Christian McCaffrey

326.70

3

13

13

100%

Melvin Gordon

247.50

7

10

10

100%

Todd Gurley

333.70

1

12

13

92%

Ezekiel Elliott

295.50

5

12

13

92%

Kareem Hunt

230.20

9

10

11

91%

Alvin Kamara

298.40

4

11

13

85%

James Conner

267.60

6

10

12

83%

James White

237.60

8

10

13

77%

Phillip Lindsay

206.70

11

10

13

77%

Dalvin Cook

102.90

39

6

8

75%

Joe Mixon

194.90

13

8

11

73%

Kerryon Johnson

141.40

25

7

10

70%

David Johnson

206.10

12

9

13

69%

Lamar Miller

160.20

19

8

12

67%

Aaron Jones

172.70

16

7

11

64%

Chris Carson

135.10

27

7

11

64%

Tarik Cohen

209.35

10

8

13

62%

Kenyan Drake

177.90

14

8

13

62%

Mark Ingram

117.50

33

5

9

56%

T.J. Yeldon

173.00

15

7

13

54%

Nick Chubb

167.00

18

7

13

54%

Austin Ekeler

159.00

20

7

13

54%

Jalen Richard

129.10

29

7

13

54%


Remember, one week does not consistency make! Many of the running backs will kill your Fantasy season if you jump on them on the waiver wire expecting weekly Fantasy scores like this. Be patient….consistency will come.

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