Player Points - Michael Turner
By Chase Stuart
May 4th, 2010

You could argue that some running backs are more injury prone than others. One might claim that being an every-down, every-game running back tires a player out, and that it's easier to look good with a lighter workload. But sometimes, I just want to see how a player performed when he actually played.

I looked at the top 50 fantasy running backs from 2009 and noted how many quarters in which they played. I included overtime quarters, so it's possible for a running back to play in more than 64 quarters (and Knowshon Moreno did just that last season). If the running back had at least one rush attempt or one target in a quarter, he gets credit for playing in that quarter. But if a player gets hurt early in the first quarter, his production in that game will be divided by just one-fourth of a game instead of a full game. By using a more granular approach to per-game numbers, we can really see which running backs played well in 2009 -- at least, whenever they were on the field. The table below shows each running back's fantasy stats in 2008, along with his rank among running backs, his fantasy points, fantasy points per game, numbers of quarters played, and fantasy points per 4 quarters played.

Player
Gm
Rsh
Rshyd
Rshtd
Rec
Recyd
Rectd
Rank
FP
FP/G
QT
FP/4QT
Chris Johnson
16
358
2006
14
50
503
2
1
371.9
23.2
64
23.2
Adrian Peterson
16
315
1389
18
43
436
0
2
312.0
19.5
64
19.5
Frank Gore
14
229
1120
10
52
406
3
5
256.6
18.3
53
19.4
Maurice Jones-Drew
16
312
1391
15
53
374
1
3
299.0
18.7
62
19.3
Ray Rice
16
254
1339
7
78
702
1
4
291.1
18.2
63
18.5
Michael Turner
11
178
871
10
5
35
0
27
153.1
13.9
36
17.0
Joseph Addai
15
219
828
10
51
336
3
8
226.0
15.1
55
16.4
DeAngelo Williams
13
216
1117
7
29
252
0
15
193.4
14.9
49
15.8
Ronnie Brown
9
147
648
8
14
98
0
37
135.7
15.1
35
15.5
Steve Slaton
11
131
437
3
44
417
4
29
149.4
13.6
40
14.9
Steven Jackson
15
325
1424
4
50
314
0
10
222.8
14.9
60
14.9
Pierre Thomas
14
147
793
6
39
302
2
20
177.0
12.6
48
14.8
Jamaal Charles
15
190
1120
7
40
297
1
11
209.7
14.0
57
14.7
Ryan Grant
16
282
1253
11
25
197
0
9
223.5
14.0
61
14.7
Ricky Williams
16
241
1121
11
35
264
2
7
232.0
14.5
64
14.5
Thomas Jones
16
332
1402
14
10
58
0
6
235.0
14.7
65
14.5
Jerome Harrison
14
194
862
5
34
220
2
23
167.2
11.9
47
14.2
Cedric Benson
13
301
1251
6
17
111
0
19
180.7
13.9
51
14.2
Jonathan Stewart
16
221
1133
10
18
139
1
12
202.2
12.6
58
13.9
Rashard Mendenhall
16
242
1108
7
25
261
1
13
197.4
12.3
57
13.9
Willis McGahee
16
109
544
12
15
85
2
26
154.4
9.7
45
13.7
LaDainian Tomlinson
14
223
730
12
20
154
0
21
170.4
12.2
51
13.4
Kevin Smith
13
217
747
4
40
409
1
24
165.6
12.7
50
13.2
Fred Jackson
16
238
1062
2
46
371
2
14
196.7
12.3
62
12.7
Matt Forte
16
258
929
4
57
471
0
16
192.5
12.0
64
12.0
Reggie Bush
14
70
390
5
47
335
3
34
144.0
10.3
48
12.0
Laurence Maroney
15
194
757
9
14
99
0
33
146.6
9.8
49
12.0
Darren Sproles
16
93
343
3
45
497
4
30
148.5
9.3
50
11.9
Justin Forsett
16
114
619
4
41
350
1
31
147.4
9.2
50
11.8
Tim Hightower
16
143
598
8
63
428
0
18
182.1
11.4
62
11.7
Marion Barber
15
214
932
7
26
221
0
22
170.3
11.4
60
11.4
Knowshon Moreno
16
247
947
7
28
213
2
17
184.0
11.5
65
11.3
Ahmad Bradshaw
15
163
778
7
21
207
0
28
151.0
10.1
54
11.2
Ryan Moats
14
101
390
4
13
106
1
48
86.1
6.2
31
11.1
Cadillac Williams
16
209
816
4
29
219
3
25
160.0
10.0
59
10.8
Jason Snelling
14
142
613
4
30
259
1
38
132.2
9.4
49
10.8
Julius Jones
14
177
663
2
35
232
2
39
131.0
9.4
50
10.5
Brandon Jacobs
15
224
835
5
18
184
1
32
146.9
9.8
58
10.1
Chris Wells
16
176
793
7
12
143
0
35
141.6
8.9
56
10.1
LeSean McCoy
16
155
637
4
40
308
0
36
138.5
8.7
56
9.9
Justin Fargas
12
129
491
3
17
113
0
47
86.9
7.2
37
9.4
Maurice Morris
14
93
384
2
26
210
0
49
84.4
6.0
37
9.1
Correll Buckhalter
14
120
642
1
31
240
0
40
109.7
7.8
49
9.0
Michael Bush
16
123
589
3
17
105
0
45
95.9
6.0
43
8.9
Kevin Faulk
15
62
335
2
37
301
1
43
100.1
6.7
46
8.7
Felix Jones
14
116
685
3
19
119
0
41
107.9
7.7
52
8.3
Marshawn Lynch
13
120
450
2
28
179
0
46
88.9
6.8
43
8.3
Mike Bell
13
172
654
5
4
12
0
44
98.6
7.6
48
8.2
Chester Taylor
16
93
332
1
44
389
1
42
106.1
6.6
56
7.6
Derrick Ward
14
115
414
1
20
150
2
50
84.4
6.0
46
7.3

Michael Turner scored 279 fantasy points in 2008, a 17.4 per game average. He didn't miss a single quarter in 2008 (and he played in an overtime), which means he averaged 17.2 fantasy points per four quarters two years ago. Turner averaged 17.0 fantasy points per four quarters in 2009. You'll hear lots of comments about why Michael Turner was less productive in 2009 than in 2008; the numbers say that, at least when he was on the field, he was equally productive in both seasons.

Questions, suggestions and comments are always welcome to stuart@footballguys.com.