This was adapted from a comment I made at the tail end of a dead thread. I'm curious for perspectives. Do I realize how much of a Hawks homer I sound like right now? Yes, yes I do. Sue me, I feel like being that guy today.
Carson ran for 51 yards on 7 carries, with a long of 24 for a YPC of 7.3. By comparison, Saquon Barkley rushed for 106 yards on 18 carries with a long of 68 for a YPC of 5.9.
I remember Football Outsiders talking about the much higher value that should be placed on an RB who runs for consistent chunks rather than boom or bust runners, because consistent runners are more likely to pick up critical first downs and keep the offence moving.
With that in mind, I figured it might assist to delete the top play of each runner from consideration as a way of helping with measuring consistency, on the principle that one or two massive runs often disguise a much larger pile of mediocre runs within a YPC score. It's extremely crude, but I suspect useful.
If you subtract Carson's long run, his six other carries still average 4.5 YPC, which is fantastic.
Remove Barkley's long run, and his other 17 carries average a mere 2.2 YPC.
Call me crazy, but I suggest to you that Carson was a more effective RB this weekend than Barkley. It matches the eye test, too. Barkley did a lot of dancing behind the line of scrimmage. Carson exploded forward on just about every carry.
This all comes with the caveat that 7 carries is a much smaller sample size than 18, but still - worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses, I think.