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Air Yards Report: Chase Claypool leads Week 10

by Hayden Winks
Updated On: November 17, 2020, 4:14 pm 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.

PlayerLast WeekLast 4SeasonaDOT
1. Tyreek HillNA15011013.8
2. Jerry Jeudy13513710914.2
3. Tyler Lockett1561369911.3
4. Davante Adams701201069.0
5. D.J. Chark631189713.4
6. Jakobi Meyers511119011.9
7. Josh Reynolds1011096812.8
8. DeAndre Hopkins138108889.0
9. DK Metcalf7710311814.8
10. Stefon Diggs7810110310.1
11. Chase Claypool1781008012.7
12. Brandon Aiyuk8595659.1
13. Darnell Mooney1947914.2
14. Travis Fulgham75929511.6
15. Richie James63929210.2
16. Kenny GolladayNA909314.6
17. Mike Williams96899216.8
18. Robby Anderson64878610.0
19. Antonio Brown75878713.4
20. Diontae Johnson11687708.6
21. Jalen Reagor96868115.3
22. Terry McLaurin6880949.8
23. Corey Davis62797110.3
24. Allen Robinson82799810.3
25. Tee Higgins104789412.3
26. Cooper Kupp6078647.3
27. Scotty Miller-1777716.5
28. Keenan Allen4675848.1
29. Calvin RidleyNA7512414.6
30. Marvin Jones110745810.3
31. Justin Jefferson117747612.6
32. Marvin Hall55745920.5
33. Julio JonesNA738210.2
34. Denzel MimsNA727212.1
35. Brandin Cooks4372739.7
36. D.J. Moore114728612.4
37. JuJu Smith-Schuster8571465.9
38. Anthony Miller90705910.3
39. A.J. Brown4370739.8
40. CeeDee LambNA697710.2
41. Tim Patrick61698614.3
42. Mike Evans96686810.9
43. A.J. Green89689312.3
44. Darius Slayton88678312.8
45. Nelson Agholor45674514.0
46. Preston WilliamsNA666414.5
47. Breshad PerrimanNA666112.8
48. Christian Kirk23657112.4
49. Chris Godwin4565568.2
50. Tyler Boyd6464728.5
51. Marcus Johnson36636817.0
52. Rashard Higgins64614213.2
53. John Brown89616811.3
54. John HightowerNA617622.3
55. Henry Ruggs61606819.0
56. Michael GallupNA598113.3
57. Willie Snead7359338.9
58. Jalen Guyton34575318.9
59. Damiere ByrdNA567212.2
60. Michael Pittman5455388.1
61. DeVante Parker8854619.7
62. Will Fuller76549312.4
63. Marquez Valdes-Scantling95538617.2
64. Michael Thomas5953508.4
65. Adam Thielen66539413.1
66. Marquise Brown106529215.1
67. KJ Hamler7552629.7
68. Sterling Shepard4052476.7
69. Cole Beasley9452507.5
70. Amari CooperNA52798.6
71. Jeff SmithNA528412.7
72. Mecole HardmanNA49246.6
73. Chris Conley41484910.4
74. Tyron JohnsonNA474948.7
75. Gabriel Davis32474213.4
76. Jarvis Landry5546538.6
77. Randall Cobb4144367.1
78. Cam Sims55423111.9
79. Larry Fitzgerald3141326.1
80. Adam HumphriesNA41509.7
81. Russell GageNA40457.9
82. Curtis Samuel2039346.4
83. Mike Thomas2638218.8
84. Golden Tate5937327.6
85. Robert Woods1437517.6
86. Kendrick Bourne3337469.2
87. Tre'Quan Smith536369.1
88. Zach Pascal1536469.3
89. Jakeem Grant6634268.5
90. Donovan Peoples-Jones15342412.0
91. DaeSean Hamilton57344011.7
92. Cedrick WilsonNA33399.3
93. Marquez CallawayNA32296.2
94. David Moore5323410.5
95. Danny Amendola-831387.8
96. Demarcus RobinsonNA31369.6
97. Keelan Cole32305710.5
98. Auden Tate2429268.7
99. Devin Duvernay1629135.6
100. Kenny Stills6283412.5
101. Hunter Renfrow728388.8
102. Austin Mack728198.1
103. Braxton BerriosNA28377.6
104. Javon WimsNA281912.0
105. Andy Isabella14274115.0
106. Greg Ward825295.1


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.

PlayerLast WeekLast 4SeasonaDOT
1. Rob Gronkowski68665411.1
2. Richard Rodgers5860338.7
3. Dalton SchultzNA56426.9
4. Mike Gesicki79535612.3
5. Darren Waller7953536.2
6. Evan Engram2352385.7
7. T.J. Hockenson2952427.1
8. Logan Thomas7449488.3
9. Travis KelceNA49616.9
10. George KittleNA46566.9
11. Hunter Henry6345517.9
12. Tyler Higbee7643318.0
13. Hayden HurstNA42457.4
14. Noah Fant2941456.8
15. Eric Ebron4041427.8
16. Mark Andrews4837549.2
17. Dallas Goedert5936397.8
18. Jared Cook26364410.2
19. Robert Tonyan4833358.8
20. Dan Arnold17323010.5
21. Jimmy Graham2229366.3
22. Jordan Reed4529296.0
23. Greg Olsen3928297.9
24. Tyler Eifert3027347.4
25. Gerald Everett2327215.7
26. David NjokuNA27228.4
27. Trey Burton1625316.9
28. Ross Dwelley1725196.9
29. Jonnu Smith5425296.2


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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 PlayerLast WeekLast 4SeasonaDOT
ARI DeAndre Hopkins138108889.0
ARI Christian Kirk23657112.4
ARI Larry Fitzgerald3141326.1
ARI Dan Arnold17323010.5
ARI Andy Isabella14274115.0
ATL Calvin RidleyNA7512414.6
ATL Julio JonesNA738210.2
ATL Hayden HurstNA42457.4
ATL Russell GageNA40457.9
BAL Willie Snead7359338.9
BAL Marquise Brown106529215.1
BAL Mark Andrews4837549.2
BAL Devin Duvernay1629135.6
BUF Stefon Diggs7810110310.1
BUF John Brown89616811.3
BUF Cole Beasley9452507.5
BUF Gabriel Davis32474213.4
CAR Robby Anderson64878610.0
CAR D.J. Moore114728612.4
CAR Curtis Samuel2039346.4
CHI Darnell Mooney1947914.2
CHI Allen Robinson82799810.3
CHI Anthony Miller90705910.3
CHI Jimmy Graham2229366.3
CHI Javon WimsNA281912.0
CIN Tee Higgins104789412.3
CIN A.J. Green89689312.3
CIN Tyler Boyd6464728.5
CIN Mike Thomas2638218.8
CIN Auden Tate2429268.7
CLE Rashard Higgins64614213.2
CLE Jarvis Landry5546538.6
CLE Donovan Peoples-Jones15342412.0
CLE David NjokuNA27228.4
DAL CeeDee LambNA697710.2
DAL Michael GallupNA598113.3
DAL Dalton SchultzNA56426.9
DAL Amari CooperNA52798.6
DAL Cedrick WilsonNA33399.3
DEN Jerry Jeudy13513710914.2
DEN Tim Patrick61698614.3
DEN KJ Hamler7552629.7
DEN Noah Fant2941456.8
DEN DaeSean Hamilton57344011.7
DET Kenny GolladayNA909314.6
DET Marvin Jones110745810.3
DET Marvin Hall55745920.5
DET T.J. Hockenson2952427.1
DET Danny Amendola-831387.8
GB Davante Adams701201069.0
GB Marquez Valdes-Scantling95538617.2
GB Robert Tonyan4833358.8
HOU Brandin Cooks4372739.7
HOU Will Fuller76549312.4
HOU Randall Cobb4144367.1
HOU Kenny Stills6283412.5
IND Marcus Johnson36636817.0
IND Michael Pittman5455388.1
IND Zach Pascal1536469.3
IND Trey Burton1625316.9
JAX D.J. Chark631189713.4
JAX Chris Conley41484910.4
JAX Keelan Cole32305710.5
JAX Tyler Eifert3027347.4
KC Tyreek HillNA15011013.8
KC Mecole HardmanNA49246.6
KC Travis KelceNA49616.9
KC Demarcus RobinsonNA31369.6
LA Josh Reynolds1011096812.8
LA Cooper Kupp6078647.3
LA Tyler Higbee7643318.0
LA Robert Woods1437517.6
LA Gerald Everett2327215.7
LAC Mike Williams96899216.8
LAC Keenan Allen4675848.1
LAC Jalen Guyton34575318.9
LAC Tyron JohnsonNA474948.7
LAC Hunter Henry6345517.9
LV Nelson Agholor45674514.0
LV Henry Ruggs61606819.0
LV Darren Waller7953536.2
LV Hunter Renfrow728388.8
MIA Preston WilliamsNA666414.5
MIA DeVante Parker8854619.7
MIA Mike Gesicki79535612.3
MIA Jakeem Grant6634268.5
MIN Justin Jefferson117747612.6
MIN Adam Thielen66539413.1
NE Jakobi Meyers511119011.9
NE Damiere ByrdNA567212.2
NO Michael Thomas5953508.4
NO Tre'Quan Smith536369.1
NO Jared Cook26364410.2
NO Marquez CallawayNA32296.2
NYG Darius Slayton88678312.8
NYG Evan Engram2352385.7
NYG Sterling Shepard4052476.7
NYG Golden Tate5937327.6
NYG Austin Mack728198.1
NYJ Denzel MimsNA727212.1
NYJ Breshad PerrimanNA666112.8
NYJ Jeff SmithNA528412.7
NYJ Braxton BerriosNA28377.6
PHI Travis Fulgham75929511.6
PHI Jalen Reagor96868115.3
PHI John HightowerNA617622.3
PHI Richard Rodgers5860338.7
PHI Dallas Goedert5936397.8
PHI Greg Ward825295.1
PIT Chase Claypool1781008012.7
PIT Diontae Johnson11687708.6
PIT JuJu Smith-Schuster8571465.9
PIT Eric Ebron4041427.8
SEA Tyler Lockett1561369911.3
SEA DK Metcalf7710311814.8
SEA David Moore5323410.5
SEA Greg Olsen3928297.9
SF Brandon Aiyuk8595659.1
SF Richie James63929210.2
SF George KittleNA46566.9
SF Kendrick Bourne3337469.2
SF Jordan Reed4529296.0
SF Ross Dwelley1725196.9
TB Antonio Brown75878713.4
TB Scotty Miller-1777716.5
TB Mike Evans96686810.9
TB Rob Gronkowski68665411.1
TB Chris Godwin4565568.2
TEN Corey Davis62797110.3
TEN A.J. Brown4370739.8
TEN Adam HumphriesNA41509.7
TEN Jonnu Smith5425296.2
WAS Terry McLaurin6880949.8
WAS Logan Thomas7449488.3
WAS Cam Sims55423111.9


The Fantasy Usage Model: Week 11

Part 1: High Value RB Touches (Sunday Night)

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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