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Top 50 RBs versus Top 50 WRs


Welcome to an April Edition of the Brew Crew Corner. With more teams using a two RB system, the number of featured RBs are now very rare. One of the biggest decisions owners make on draft day is whether to take a RB, WR or QB with their first selection. This is a question that is always debated.

There isn’t a clear cut method that can truly distinguish one over the other. The variables depend on your league’s size, draft spot and scoring system. However, looking at the results of last year’s scoring you can get an idea of how RBs and WRs compare in scoring according to Shark League PPR scoring.

If you’re looking to see what the difference between the No. 1 RB versus the No. 1 WR you will see that the RB has a great edge on overall points but that the average points per game is slightly higher. In the table below, we list the Top 50 RBs and WRs in Shark Leagues and compare them across the board to get the difference in total points and points per game.

Matt Forte led all RBs with 350 FPTs (21.9 per game). Andre Johnson led all WRs with 314 FPTs (19.6 per game). When you compare the two players, Forte had 36 FTPs more than Johnson but the difference in average is 2.3 FPTs per game. Looking back at the draft, however, Forte was drafted on average at 6.08 and Johnson went at 2.10. Let us compare two similar players drafted in the first tier last year – Adrian Peterson with an ADP of 1.02 and Randy Moss with and ADP of 1.07. Both players were in the top tier at their position. Peterson was the second RB selected and Moss was the first WR selected. Peterson finished with 328 FPTs averaging 20.5 while Moss finished with 228 FPTs averaging 14.2. Peterson scored 100 FPTs and 6.3 FPTs per game more than Moss.

What’s that? Moss owners are crying about not having Tom Brady last year? Ok, let’s look at the top RB selected compared to one of the top WRs that selected. Ladainian Tomlinson went No. 1 overall in most drafts and even though many people felt he had a down year, he still finished as the fifth-best RB with 317 FPTs (19.8 FPTs per game). Larry Fitzgerald will go No. 1 in this year’s draft among WRs. Last year Fitzgerald was drafted 2.06 on average and the fifth overall among WRs. He finished as the second-best WR with 306 FPTs, averaging 19.1 FPTs per game. Tomlinson still has the slight edge over Fitzgerald as he finished with 11 FPTs higher with 0.7 FPTs more per game.

Below are the Top 50 RBs as compared to the Top 50 WRs:

 


 



Top 50 RBs 2008



FTPTs



AVE PTs



 



 



Top 50 WRs 2008



FTPTs



AVE PTs



Diff



Ave Diff


1

Matt Forte CHI RB


350



21.9


vs.

1

Andre Johnson HOU WR


314



19.6



36



2.3


2

Michael Turner ATL RB


344



21.5


vs.

2

Larry Fitzgerald ARI WR


306



19.1



38



2.4


3

DeAngelo Williams CAR RB


342



21.4


vs.

3

Calvin Johnson DET WR


278



17.4



64



4.0


4

Adrian Peterson MIN RB


328



20.5


vs.

4

Roddy White ATL WR


262



16.4



66



4.1


5

Ladainian Tomlinson SDC RB


317



19.8


vs.

5

Anquan Boldin, ARI WR


258



21.5



59



-1.7


6

Thomas Jones NYJ RB


316



19.8


vs.

6

Greg Jennings GBP WR


258



16.1



58



3.7


7

Steve Slaton HOU RB


312



19.5


vs.

7

Brandon Marshall DEN WR


257



17.1



55



2.4


8

Brian Westbrook PHI RB


305



21.8


vs.

8

Steve Smith CAR WR


251



17.9



54



3.9


9

Maurice Jones-Drew JAC RB


303



18.9


vs.

9

Antonio Bryant TBB WR


242



15.1



61



3.8


10



Clinton

Portis WAS RB


301



18.8


vs.

10

Wes Welker NEP WR


242



15.1



59



3.7


11

Chris Johnson TEN RB


280



18.7


vs.

11

Randy Moss NEP WR


228



14.2



52



4.5


12

Marion Barber DAL RB


267



17.8


vs.

12

Terrell Owens DAL WR


227



14.2



40



3.6


13

Steven Jackson STL RB


266



22.2


vs.

13

Reggie Wayne

IND
WR


226



14.1



40



8.1


14

Marshawn Lynch BUF RB


265



17.7


vs.

14

Lance Moore NOS WR


224



14.0



41



3.7


15

Frank Gore SFO RB


262



18.7


vs.

15

Dwayne Bowe KCC WR


222



13.9



40



4.8


16

Kevin Smith DET RB


243



15.2


vs.

16

Eddie Royal DEN WR


222



14.8



21



0.4


17

Brandon Jacobs NYG RB


237



18.2


vs.

17

Hines Ward PIT WR


221



13.8



16



4.4


18

Ronnie Brown MIA RB


236



14.8


vs.

18

Santana Moss WAS WR


214



13.4



22



1.4


19

Ryan Grant GBP RB


228



14.2


vs.

19

Vincent Jackson SDC WR


210



13.1



18



1.1


20

Le’Ron McClain BAL RB


218



13.6


vs.

20

Derrick Mason BAL WR


210



13.1



8



0.5


21

Derrick Ward NYG RB


212



13.2


vs.

21

T.J.Houshmandzadeh CIN WR


199



13.3



13



-0.1


22

Pierre Thomas NOS RB


203



13.5


vs.

22

Donald Driver GBP WR


198



12.4



5



1.1


23

Dominic Rhodes

IND
RB


201



13.4


vs.

23

Laveranues Coles NYJ WR


191



11.9



10



1.5


24

Jamal Lewis CLE RB


199



12.4


vs.

24

Kevin Walter HOU WR


190



11.9



9



0.5


25

LenDale White TEN RB


198



12.4


vs.

25

Steve Breaston ARI WR


189



11.8



9



0.6


26

Warrick Dunn TBB RB


191



12.7


vs.

26

Jerricho Cotchery NYJ WR


184



11.5



7



1.2


27

Kevin Faulk NEP RB


189



12.6


vs.

27

Bernard Berrian MIN WR


182



11.4



7



1.2


28

Reggie Bush NOS RB


182



18.2


vs.

28

Lee Evans BUF WR


181



11.3



1



6.9


29

Mewelde Moore PIT RB


178



11.1


vs.

29

Muhsin Muhammad CAR WR


180



11.2



-2



-0.1


30

Jonathan Stewart CAR RB


177



11.1


vs.

30

Isaac Bruce SFO WR


178



11.1



-1



0.0


31

Leon Washington NYJ RB


174



10.9


vs.

31

DeSean Jackson PHI WR


171



10.7



3



0.2


32

Tim Hightower ARI RB


169



10.6


vs.

32

Santonio Holmes PIT WR


162



10.8



7



-0.2


33

Willis McGahee BAL RB


167



11.9


vs.

33

Braylon Edwards CLE WR


157



9.8



10



2.1


34

Larry Johnson KCC RB


166



13.8


vs.

34

Ted Ginn Jr. MIA WR


157



9.8



9



4.0


35

Sammy Morris NEP RB


165



12.7


vs.

35

Torry Holt STL WR


155



9.7



10



3.0


36


Chester



Taylor
MIN RB


165



10.3


vs.

36

Marques Colston NOS WR


149



13.5



16



-3.2


37

Joseph Addai

IND
RB


162



13.5


vs.

37

Marvin Harrison

IND
WR


148



9.9



14



3.6


38

Ricky Williams MIA RB


162



10.1


vs.

38

Donnie Avery STL WR


146



9.7



16



0.4


39

Cedric Benson CIN RB


155



12.9


vs.

39

Matt Jones JAC WR


146



12.2



9



0.7


40

Fred Jackson BUF RB


154



9.6


vs.

40

Michael Jenkins ATL WR


141



8.8



13



0.8


41

Jerious

Norwood
ATL RB


152



9.5


vs.

41

Anthony Gonzalez

IND
WR


139



8.7



13



0.8


42

Willie Parker PIT RB


144



13.1


vs.

42

Mark Clayton BAL WR


138



8.6



6



4.5


43

Earnest Graham TBB RB


141



14.1


vs.

43

Devin Hester CHI WR


134



8.9



7



5.2


44

Darren McFadden OAK RB


139



10.7


vs.

44

Antwaan Randle El WAS WR


131



8.2



8



2.5


45

Justin Fargas OAK RB


135<09
1.2


 

Let us look at these players from a different perspective. How do they relate to each other if it were tiered by scoring? If you had to group them, you will see that the Top 6 players are RBs before we get to the first WR that scored more points than a RB. Of the Top 10 players, eight of them are RBs and two are WRs. Looking at players 11-20, we see it start to even out as there are six RBs and four WRs in that group. The following 10 players (21-30) is dominated by the WRs for the first time. There are seven WRs to four RBs. Note that there is one RB and one WR with the same amount of points. In the next group (31-40) we have seven WRs to just three RBs. In the final group (41-50) we have six RBs and nine WRs.



So what can we take away for our upcoming drafts? F
ollow the strategy I used for the 2008 season. Take quantity at the RB position and
quality at the WR position. Grabbing two or three key WRs and loading up on RBs early in the
draft seems to be the best plan. There are a lot of good QBs in the draft and you don’t want to
take one with your first selection. Although you may want to consider taking an extra third QB in
the draft as the amount of QB injuries last season were unbelievable.


 



The NFL draft is days away which will help shape the upcoming fantasy mock drafts.


 



Thanks for reading. Cheers!

 

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