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Fantasy Usage Model

Air Yards Report: DK averaging 103 air yards

by Hayden Winks
Updated On: October 27, 2020, 2:25 am ET

Air yards -- the distance the ball traveled from the line of scrimmage to the receiver at the catch point -- provide a lot of context to each fantasy football receiver’s floor and ceiling. Targets aren’t created equal because some are closer to the line of scrimmage and some are deeper downfield. Short targets aren’t worth as much as deep targets, but they are more stable week to week. Deep targets are worth more in the long run, but they are more volatile (I track these “deep targets” in my weekly “Targets Aren’t Created Equal” column on Tuesdays at Rotoworld). In conjunction with targets, air yards explain how a receiver is being used. In a perfect world, a receiver would be seeing high target volume and high air yards volume. In this article, we’ll track each player's air yards from the last week’s game to the last four weeks to the season.


Air Yards & aDOT - WRs

This table is sorted by air yards per game over the last four weeks (min. 25 air yards per game over the last four weeks). “aDOT” is average depth of target, so a high aDOT means a player is used deeper down the field and a low aDOT means a player is used closer to the line of scrimmage.

Player Last Week Last 4 Season aDOT
1. Marquise Brown NA 144 112 16.0
2. Jakobi Meyers 128 128 68 19.3
3. DK Metcalf 75 117 122 16.6
4. Tim Patrick 50 114 88 16.0
5. D.J. Chark 118 114 91 13.2
6. Terry McLaurin 112 114 102 10.4
7. Kenny Golladay 125 112 103 14.7
8. Stefon Diggs 101 112 104 10.4
9. Will Fuller 51 111 105 13.4
10. Adam Thielen NA 109 115 14.1
11. Emmanuel Sanders NA 109 65 9.0
12. Travis Fulgham 133 107 107 11.5
13. Davante Adams 134 106 99 8.6
14. Robby Anderson 107 105 89 10.4
15. Scotty Miller 151 105 90 16.8
16. Tyler Lockett 233 102 97 10.0
17. Mike Williams 47 101 86 17.8
18. Darnell Mooney 155 100 76 14.4
19. Marquez Valdes-Scantling 44 98 101 17.8
20. Allen Robinson 67 97 104 10.4
21. Jamison Crowder NA 95 99 8.6
22. Calvin Ridley 95 95 134 14.7
23. John Hightower 20 94 72 20.6
24. Justin Jefferson NA 93 77 12.8
25. Tyreek Hill 97 93 92 13.4
26. A.J. Brown 90 89 80 10.0
27. Darius Slayton 53 88 88 12.9
28. Corey Davis 87 87 67 9.2
29. Tee Higgins 50 87 95 13.2
30. CeeDee Lamb 42 87 73 9.3
31. DeAndre Hopkins 161 86 84 8.1
32. Keelan Cole 17 84 63 11.0
33. Damiere Byrd 22 84 71 12.6
34. Odell Beckham NA 83 92 12.8
35. Jeff Smith 18 83 83 13.3
36. A.J. Green 73 82 101 12.2
37. Josh Reynolds 141 81 59 14.3
38. D.J. Moore 66 80 96 12.6
39. Tyler Boyd 76 79 76 8.7
40. Breshad Perriman 17 76 48 11.4
41. Robert Woods 49 76 57 8.6
42. Nelson Agholor 141 74 47 14.0
43. Marcus Johnson NA 72 72 18.1
44. Brandon Aiyuk 105 71 57 10.6
45. Preston Williams NA 71 63 15.0
46. DeVante Parker NA 68 64 9.6
47. Jalen Guyton 54 68 50 23.0
48. Keenan Allen 105 68 93 8.7
49. Brandin Cooks 56 68 70 9.6
50. Henry Ruggs 43 68 70 20.0
51. Jerry Jeudy 58 67 81 13.2
52. Amari Cooper 59 66 88 8.5
53. Christian Kirk 69 65 74 13.8
54. Chase Claypool -4 63 54 12.9
55. Michael Gallup 18 63 81 15.8
56. T.Y. Hilton NA 62 70 11.3
57. Cooper Kupp 21 61 52 7.1
58. Jarvis Landry 21 59 51 9.2
59. Isaiah Ford NA 58 46 8.1
60. David Moore 32 58 35 12.4
61. Sterling Shepard 54 54 43 7.2
62. Marvin Jones 72 51 50 9.9
63. Rashard Higgins 94 51 40 13.3
64. Diontae Johnson 102 51 63 7.7
65. Cole Beasley 73 50 53 7.6
66. Mike Evans 28 50 50 9.1
67. Gabriel Davis 42 49 39 12.9
68. Justin Watson NA 48 35 9.6
69. Javon Wims 48 48 22 12.7
70. Lawrence Cager NA 48 42 14.0
71. Tyron Johnson 44 48 48 48.0
72. Adam Humphries 40 48 52 8.9
73. Chris Godwin 61 48 51 7.0
74. Bennie Fowler NA 47 47 7.8
75. Andy Isabella 41 46 49 16.2
76. JuJu Smith-Schuster 105 45 40 5.6
77. Chris Hogan NA 45 51 9.8
78. DeSean Jackson 45 45 98 15.6
79. Kalif Raymond NA 45 52 19.0
80. Marvin Hall 45 44 44 27.8
81. Cyril Grayson NA 44 36 23.7
82. Christian Blake NA 44 44 12.4
83. Braxton Berrios 42 42 43 9.4
84. Russell Gage 46 41 48 7.8
85. Olamide Zaccheaus NA 41 47 10.7
86. Hunter Renfrow 33 40 44 9.1
87. Kenny Stills 50 40 39 12.9
88. DaeSean Hamilton 15 39 39 14.1
89. Randall Cobb 79 38 39 7.1
90. John Brown NA 38 72 13.4
91. Julio Jones 22 38 75 9.6
92. Sammy Watkins NA 38 42 7.3
93. Marquez Callaway 55 36 36 6.4
94. Jakeem Grant NA 35 23 8.4
95. Odell Beckham 35 35 35 35.0
96. Larry Fitzgerald 37 35 29 5.4
97. Demarcus Robinson 4 35 33 9.0
98. Miles Boykin NA 34 33 10.3
99. Chris Conley 61 34 50 13.6
100. Tre'Quan Smith 37 34 35 8.5
101. James Washington 4 34 40 8.9
102. Cedrick Wilson NA 33 42 8.4
103. Greg Ward 43 33 33 5.8
104. Julian Edelman 24 32 67 10.3
105. Keith Kirkwood NA 32 32 16.0
106. Rico Gafford 42 32 32 32.0
107. Ashton Dulin NA 30 9 9.0
108. Anthony Miller 63 30 53 11.9
109. Deonte Harris 43 29 16 5.0
110. Tyrie Cleveland 29 29 13 13.0
111. Donovan Peoples-Jones 53 29 29 14.3
112. Darrius Shepard 11 28 30 19.7
113. Danny Amendola 45 27 44 9.8
114. De'Michael Harris NA 27 27 9.0
115. Kendrick Bourne 4 27 44 10.2
116. Curtis Samuel 18 26 29 5.9
117. Laviska Shenault 14 26 31 5.8

 


Air Yards & aDOT - TEs

This table is sorted by air yards per game over the last four weeks (min. 25 air yards per game over the last four weeks). “aDOT” is average depth of target, so a high aDOT means a player is used deeper down the field and a low aDOT means a player is used closer to the line of scrimmage.

Player Last Week Last 4 Season aDOT
1. Rob Gronkowski 105 76 55 10.7
2. George Kittle 49 67 59 6.5
3. Travis Kelce -1 60 58 7.2
4. Mark Andrews NA 56 63 11.4
5. Austin Hooper NA 53 33 5.9
6. Hayden Hurst 47 53 46 8.2
7. Albert Okwuegbunam 17 52 52 7.9
8. Darren Waller 45 50 52 5.6
9. Dan Arnold 64 45 36 11.9
10. Eric Ebron 64 45 47 8.8
11. Hunter Henry 54 45 55 8.1
12. Mike Gesicki NA 42 58 11.5
13. Jared Cook 25 41 46 10.5
14. Anthony Firkser 6 40 33 7.5
15. Noah Fant 66 40 52 7.7
16. Tyler Eifert NA 38 37 8.0
17. T.J. Hockenson 50 38 37 7.2
18. Jimmy Graham 24 38 38 6.3
19. Robert Tonyan 25 38 35 8.7
20. Tanner Hudson 10 37 37 14.8
21. Trey Burton NA 37 37 6.9
22. Zach Ertz NA 37 56 7.5
23. Greg Olsen 37 36 31 8.5
24. Irv Smith NA 35 27 8.6
25. Dalton Schultz 37 35 35 6.2
26. Richard Rodgers 61 35 28 7.8
27. Logan Thomas 37 33 46 8.0
28. Darren Fells NA 32 25 7.8
29. Evan Engram 56 30 33 5.2
30. Ryan Izzo 2 27 20 9.8
31. Tyler Davis NA 27 27 13.5
32. Jordan Akins NA 26 22 5.8
33. Marcedes Lewis 28 25 17 8.3

 

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Air Yards & aDOT By Team

This table is sorted by air yards per game over the last four weeks (min. 25 air yards per game over the last four weeks). “aDOT” is average depth of target, so a high aDOT means a player is used deeper down the field and a low aDOT means a player is used closer to the line of scrimmage.

Team Player Last Week Last 4 Season aDOT
ARI DeAndre Hopkins 161 86 84 8.1
ARI Christian Kirk 69 65 74 13.8
ARI Andy Isabella 41 46 49 16.2
ARI Dan Arnold 64 45 36 11.9
ARI Larry Fitzgerald 37 35 29 5.4
ATL Calvin Ridley 95 95 134 14.7
ATL Hayden Hurst 47 53 46 8.2
ATL Christian Blake NA 44 44 12.4
ATL Russell Gage 46 41 48 7.8
ATL Olamide Zaccheaus NA 41 47 10.7
ATL Julio Jones 22 38 75 9.6
BAL Marquise Brown NA 144 112 16.0
BAL Mark Andrews NA 56 63 11.4
BAL Miles Boykin NA 34 33 10.3
BUF Stefon Diggs 101 112 104 10.4
BUF Cole Beasley 73 50 53 7.6
BUF Gabriel Davis 42 49 39 12.9
BUF John Brown NA 38 72 13.4
CAR Robby Anderson 107 105 89 10.4
CAR D.J. Moore 66 80 96 12.6
CAR Keith Kirkwood NA 32 32 16.0
CAR Curtis Samuel 18 26 29 5.9
CHI Darnell Mooney 155 100 76 14.4
CHI Allen Robinson 67 97 104 10.4
CHI Javon Wims 48 48 22 12.7
CHI Jimmy Graham 24 38 38 6.3
CHI Anthony Miller 63 30 53 11.9
CIN Tee Higgins 50 87 95 13.2
CIN A.J. Green 73 82 101 12.2
CIN Tyler Boyd 76 79 76 8.7
CLE Odell Beckham NA 83 92 12.8
CLE Jarvis Landry 21 59 51 9.2
CLE Austin Hooper NA 53 33 5.9
CLE Rashard Higgins 94 51 40 13.3
CLE Odell Beckham 35 35 35 35.0
CLE Donovan Peoples-Jones 53 29 29 14.3
DAL CeeDee Lamb 42 87 73 9.3
DAL Amari Cooper 59 66 88 8.5
DAL Michael Gallup 18 63 81 15.8
DAL Dalton Schultz 37 35 35 6.2
DAL Cedrick Wilson NA 33 42 8.4
DEN Tim Patrick 50 114 88 16.0
DEN Jerry Jeudy 58 67 81 13.2
DEN Albert Okwuegbunam 17 52 52 7.9
DEN Noah Fant 66 40 52 7.7
DEN DaeSean Hamilton 15 39 39 14.1
DEN Tyrie Cleveland 29 29 13 13.0
DET Kenny Golladay 125 112 103 14.7
DET Marvin Jones 72 51 50 9.9
DET Marvin Hall 45 44 44 27.8
DET T.J. Hockenson 50 38 37 7.2
DET Danny Amendola 45 27 44 9.8
GB Davante Adams 134 106 99 8.6
GB Marquez Valdes-Scantling 44 98 101 17.8
GB Robert Tonyan 25 38 35 8.7
GB Darrius Shepard 11 28 30 19.7
GB Marcedes Lewis 28 25 17 8.3
HOU Will Fuller 51 111 105 13.4
HOU Brandin Cooks 56 68 70 9.6
HOU Kenny Stills 50 40 39 12.9
HOU Randall Cobb 79 38 39 7.1
HOU Darren Fells NA 32 25 7.8
HOU Jordan Akins NA 26 22 5.8
IND Marcus Johnson NA 72 72 18.1
IND T.Y. Hilton NA 62 70 11.3
IND Trey Burton NA 37 37 6.9
IND Ashton Dulin NA 30 9 9.0
IND De'Michael Harris NA 27 27 9.0
JAX D.J. Chark 118 114 91 13.2
JAX Keelan Cole 17 84 63 11.0
JAX Tyler Eifert NA 38 37 8.0
JAX Chris Conley 61 34 50 13.6
JAX Tyler Davis NA 27 27 13.5
JAX Laviska Shenault 14 26 31 5.8
KC Tyreek Hill 97 93 92 13.4
KC Travis Kelce -1 60 58 7.2
KC Sammy Watkins NA 38 42 7.3
KC Demarcus Robinson 4 35 33 9.0
LA Josh Reynolds 141 81 59 14.3
LA Robert Woods 49 76 57 8.6
LA Cooper Kupp 21 61 52 7.1
LAC Mike Williams 47 101 86 17.8
LAC Jalen Guyton 54 68 50 23.0
LAC Keenan Allen 105 68 93 8.7
LAC Tyron Johnson 44 48 48 48.0
LAC Hunter Henry 54 45 55 8.1
LV Nelson Agholor 141 74 47 14.0
LV Henry Ruggs 43 68 70 20.0
LV Darren Waller 45 50 52 5.6
LV Hunter Renfrow 33 40 44 9.1
LV Rico Gafford 42 32 32 32.0
MIA Preston Williams NA 71 63 15.0
MIA DeVante Parker NA 68 64 9.6
MIA Isaiah Ford NA 58 46 8.1
MIA Mike Gesicki NA 42 58 11.5
MIA Jakeem Grant NA 35 23 8.4
MIN Adam Thielen NA 109 115 14.1
MIN Justin Jefferson NA 93 77 12.8
MIN Irv Smith NA 35 27 8.6
NE Jakobi Meyers 128 128 68 19.3
NE Damiere Byrd 22 84 71 12.6
NE Julian Edelman 24 32 67 10.3
NE Ryan Izzo 2 27 20 9.8
NO Emmanuel Sanders NA 109 65 9.0
NO Bennie Fowler NA 47 47 7.8
NO Jared Cook 25 41 46 10.5
NO Marquez Callaway 55 36 36 6.4
NO Tre'Quan Smith 37 34 35 8.5
NO Deonte Harris 43 29 16 5.0
NYG Darius Slayton 53 88 88 12.9
NYG Sterling Shepard 54 54 43 7.2
NYG Evan Engram 56 30 33 5.2
NYJ Jamison Crowder NA 95 99 8.6
NYJ Jeff Smith 18 83 83 13.3
NYJ Breshad Perriman 17 76 48 11.4
NYJ Lawrence Cager NA 48 42 14.0
NYJ Chris Hogan NA 45 51 9.8
NYJ Braxton Berrios 42 42 43 9.4
NYJ Kalen Ballage NA 25 1 0.3
PHI Travis Fulgham 133 107 107 11.5
PHI John Hightower 20 94 72 20.6
PHI DeSean Jackson 45 45 98 15.6
PHI Zach Ertz NA 37 56 7.5
PHI Richard Rodgers 61 35 28 7.8
PHI Greg Ward 43 33 33 5.8
PIT Chase Claypool -4 63 54 12.9
PIT Diontae Johnson 102 51 63 7.7
PIT JuJu Smith-Schuster 105 45 40 5.6
PIT Eric Ebron 64 45 47 8.8
PIT James Washington 4 34 40 8.9
SEA DK Metcalf 75 117 122 16.6
SEA Tyler Lockett 233 102 97 10.0
SEA David Moore 32 58 35 12.4
SEA Greg Olsen 37 36 31 8.5
SF Brandon Aiyuk 105 71 57 10.6
SF George Kittle 49 67 59 6.5
SF Kendrick Bourne 4 27 44 10.2
TB Scotty Miller 151 105 90 16.8
TB O.J. Howard NA 76 57 11.9
TB Rob Gronkowski 105 76 55 10.7
TB Mike Evans 28 50 50 9.1
TB Justin Watson NA 48 35 9.6
TB Chris Godwin 61 48 51 7.0
TB Cyril Grayson NA 44 36 23.7
TB Tanner Hudson 10 37 37 14.8
TEN A.J. Brown 90 89 80 10.0
TEN Corey Davis 87 87 67 9.2
TEN Adam Humphries 40 48 52 8.9
TEN Kalif Raymond NA 45 52 19.0
TEN Anthony Firkser 6 40 33 7.5
WAS Terry McLaurin 112 114 102 10.4
WAS Logan Thomas 37 33 46 8.0

 


The Fantasy Usage Model: Week 8

Part 1: High Value RB Touches & Game Script (Monday)

Part 2: Targets Aren’t Created Equal (Monday Night)

Part 3: Air Yards Report (Monday Night)

Part 4: Fantasy Usage Model Notes (Tuesday)

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