WR Fantasy Points Scored In Relation To Age

In this new series I'm going to examine fantasy points scored in relation to age over a three year sample size, looking at each offensive skill position one by one. Next I will be moving on to wide receivers who I would anticipate having one of the older average age success rates compared to the other positions. I have broken all the data into year by year positional graphs, making it easy to determiner the optimal age for success at each individual position. The graphs will look at receivers in the top twenty in fantasy points scored for each of the past three seasons. I used the players age at the start of that particular season, to make things as uncomplicated as possible. I expected the average age to go down over the three years I examined not up, so that was an interesting discovery. Another thing I noticed is that there has been very little turnover in the top twenty scoring wide receivers the past few seasons. With the same familiar names dominating the position in fantasy year after year.

 

 

2015 PPR Fantasy Points Scored By Wide Receivers 

As you can see from the 2015 bar graph the highest rate of success for wide receivers was age 27, as they accounted for 25% of the top twenty in fantasy points scored. WR's Aged 21, 29, 31, and 32, all had 1 representative in the top 20 accounting for 5% each. Whereas wide outs 26, and 28, each had two players a piece in the top twenty in 2015, representing 10% respectively. The 23 year old age group of receivers had three members in the top twenty for 15%, while 22 year old's represented 20% of the top twenty in fantasy points scored in 15', as they had four players on the leader board. In 2015 the average age of wide receivers in the top twenty in fantasy points scored was 25.6 years old, a bit younger than I had expected.

2016 PPR Fantasy Points Scored By Wide Receivers 

The first thing that stands out with the 2016 bar graph the is that the bulk of player success in regards to fantasy points scored came from younger wide receivers. As 22 year old's had a 25% representation with five players in the top twenty, three age groups had three players in them, 23, 27, and 28 each accounting for 15%. Only the 26 year old receivers had two players in their age group, representing 10% respectively. In 2015 four age groupings had only one player make the top twenty in WR fantasy points scored, ages 29, 30, 31, and 33, for a 5% showing a piece. In 2016 the average age of wide receivers in the top twenty in fantasy points scored was 25.9 years old, essentially the same as 2015.

2017 PPR Fantasy Points Scored By Wide Receivers 

The group of 22 year old receivers from 2016 continued their dominance in 2017 with 6 members of that age group making the top twenty in PPR points scored, making up 30% of the leader board. In second place were the age groupings 27, 28, and 29 each with three players or 15% of the top twenty. Both the 24 year old's and 25 year old's had 2 players among the top twenty last season for a 10% representation each. There was only one 34 year old able to make the top twenty in PPR points accounting for just 5%, it was the ageless Larry Fitzgerald. AKA the Frank Gore of wide receivers. In 2017 the average age of wide receivers in the top twenty in fantasy points scored was 26.1 years old. Which was up 0.5 years or  1.9% over the three year sample size used.