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Fantasy Football Stat of the Day: The tackle-breaking wide receivers

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(Leading up to the 2021 NFL season, FTN’s Tyler Loechner will dive into the fantasy football numbers to bring you his Fantasy Stat of the Day, five days a week.)

In Wednesday’s Stat of the Day article, we wrote about the RBs who were able to elude the most tackles per touch. (Not surprisingly, advanced stat king Nick Chubb topped that chart.)

Today’s piece will look at the WRs that cause the most forced missed tackles per touch. A few of the fantasy community’s favorite targets sit atop this list.

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Fan favorites Laviska Shenault, A.J. Brown are the most elusive WRs

The chart below shows last season’s RB leaders sorted by forced missed tackles per touch (minimum 100 total touches).

Player Touches Forced Missed Tackles Forced Missed Tackles Per Touch
Laviska Shenault 76 22 0.29
A.J. Brown 70 17 0.24
Darnell Mooney 65 15 0.23
D.J. Moore 68 15 0.22
Cordarrelle Patterson 84 18 0.21
Brandon Aiyuk 66 14 0.21
Cooper Kupp 96 20 0.21
DK Metcalf 83 16 0.19
DeAndre Hopkins 116 22 0.19
Josh Reynolds 53 10 0.19
Tyreek Hill 100 18 0.18
Jerry Jeudy 52 9 0.17
Terry McLaurin 89 15 0.17
Curtis Samuel 118 19 0.16
Hunter Renfrow 56 9 0.16
Julio Jones 51 8 0.16
Stefon Diggs 128 19 0.15
Chase Claypool 72 10 0.14
Calvin Ridley 95 13 0.14
Russell Gage 74 10 0.14

Fantasy favorite Shenault crushed this study, lapping the field in forced missed tackles per touch. Shenault could be a legitimate fantasy stud as early as 2021 — assuming Trevor Lawrence picks up NFL-level play as fast as he’s expected to. For now, D.J. Chark remains the WR1 in Jacksonville, but Viska is lurking. This visualization helps you see how much better Shenault was than the field: