News, Analysis & UpdatesOctober 2, 2004

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The Midas Touch
Striking Touchdown Gold

By Jay Finnigan

Roster satisfaction in fantasy football all boils down to point productivity. Point production is a direct result of a player’s involvement and role in his team’s offense (i.e. how many touches he gets per game).

Each and every NFL team has their go-to guys. And for the most part, we will all boast a handful of them on our fantasy rosters. But among these athletes, there are a chosen few who rise above the rest and make the most of the opportunities given them. These significant few rise above the crowd as playmakers with the Midas Touch.

Each position has a statistic that illustrates how involved a player is in his offense. For WRs and TEs, this number is receptions. For RBs, it’s primarily rushing attempts, followed by receptions. QBs have passing attempts (Michael Vick will also have rushes). What you want to see from your players are a high number of opportunities to ‘make miracles happen.’ The more times he touches the ball, the more likely he is to create them.

Of the 29 WRs with at least 60 receptions last season, 11 of them scored a TD for every ten touches or less. For example, Chris Chambers caught 64 passes in 2003, 11 of them touchdowns. That means that every 5.8 passes that went his way ended up in the big house. On this list of 11 receivers you will find the usual suspects: Randy Moss (a TD for every 6.5 receptions), Terrell Owens (8.9), Marvin Harrison (9.4) and Tory Holt (9.8). Rounding out this elite group are Santana Moss (7.4), Darrell Jackson (7.6), Joe Horn (7.8), Chad Johnson (9.0), Hines Ward (9.5) and Reggie Wayne (9.7).

Three weeks into this young 2004 season, a short list of miracle-making playmakers have already proven themselves to have the Midas Touch.

WRs with the Midas Touch

PlayerRecYardsTDTouches per TD
Terrell Owens PHI1825453.60
Randy Moss MIN1921553.80
Roy Williams DET1727744.25
Javon Walker GB2033936.67

RBs with the Midas Touch

PlayerAttYardsTDRecYardsTDTouches per TD
Shaun Alexander SEA642324653211.67
Warrick Dunn ATL532234321014.00
Priest Holmes KC743514514019.75
Thomas Jones CHI66329415116020.25

TEs with the Midas Touch

PlayerRecYardsTDTouches per TD
Daniel Graham NE97833.00
LJ Smith PHI1015025.00

Conversely, there will always be actively involved players who for whatever reason have trouble finding their way into the end zone.

WRs without the Midas Touch*

PlayerRecYardsTDTouches per TD
Darrell Jackson SEA192450N/A
Laveranues Coles WAS171690N/A
Drew Bennett TEN161550N/A
Amani Toomer NYG152210N/A
Derrick Mason TEN151980N/A
Michael Clayton TB151490N/A
Antonio Bryant DAL142290N/A
Larry Fitzgerald ARI141430N/A

RBs without the Midas Touch

PlayerAttYardsTDRecYardsTDTouches per TD
Duce Staley PIT6224902120N/A
William Green CLE5620805290N/A
Corey Dillon NE4724401-10N/A
Travis Henry BUF4414205190N/A
Brian Westbrook PHI422320151430N/A

TEs without the Midas Touch

PlayerRecYardsTDTouches per TD
Todd Heap BAL121130N/A
Jeremy Shockey NYG121160N/A
Freddie Jones ARI12930N/A
Chad Lewis PHI111010N/A

*Note: Isaac Bruce has been a busy man for the Rams already this season. However, all that work has produced only one touchdown.

PlayerRecYardsTDTouches per TD
Isaac Bruce STL25348125.00

Jerome ‘Jay’ Finnigan learned to appreciate the glory of the NFL while attending 49er games with his father. But an undeniable truth echoed every celebration; this was his dad’s team. As a struggling screenwriter in Los Angeles, he spent many days wandering the streets of Southern California in search of a football identity. That search ended when a friend asked him to join a fantasy league.

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