One of my favorite new stats to come to the forefront in the NFL's expansion of analytics is air yards.
Loosely defined, air yards describes the total distance a football is thrown from the line of scrimmage before it is caught by a receiver. Or, take the total number of passing yards by a quarterback and subtract the yards after catch from his receivers. There are sites that compile the same information and include total targets.
There's an argument to be made that air yardage is a better measure of a quarterback's skills and performance than his total passing yards. If a QB dumps a pass off to a running back who takes it 50 yards, that's different than a 50-yard throw deep to a receiver.
It should come as no surprise that the leaders in air yards last year were Washington's Kirk Cousins and New Orleans' Drew Brees, while guys such as Alex Smith and Brock Osweiler were near the bottom among starting QBs.
How do you use air yards in daily fantasy football? I try to find guys who haven't exactly had high point production yet, but have plenty of air yards. For example, New England's Chris Hogan had almost 100 total air yards in Week 1, didn't get into the end zone and he was underpriced at $5,600 on DraftKings. He turned in a great Week 2.
On to who I like in Week 3...