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Indianapolis Colts Advanced Stat of the Week: Yards Per Target

Published by Nate Dunlevy on February 28, 2013
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Indianapolis Colts

T.Y. Hilton had a fantastic rookie year. That much is clear.

What's amazing is how much more efficient he was than his teammates.

Yards per target (YPT) is a player-specific derivative of the single most important stat in football: yards per attempt (YPA). There is no number more important for evaluating an offense or a defense than measuring yards per attempt.

YPT is just YPA isolated to a particular wide receiver. To calculate it, simply divide a player's receiving yards by his total number of "targets." As I discussed when looking at catch rate, knowing how often a player was thrown to matters when evaluating his overall play.

It's not always po...

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