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Search our Stats: A Guide to the Data Dominator, Historical Data Dominator, and Game Log Dominator

How to use the coolest tool you don't know about

Did you know that Patriots running backs led all team running backs in fantasy points scored last year?  Or that Josh Freeman became the first player to throw for 4,000 yards in Tampa Bay history in 2012, en route to setting the record for most fantasy points by a Buccaneer with 308?  Debating whether to start your fantasy running back against the Bills?  It might help you to know that over the last three years, Buffalo has allowed a 60-yard rusher forty-five times, a 75-yard rusher thirty-two times, and a 100-yard rusher an amazing twenty-one times.

Now, the most surprising thing: all of those statistics, and millions more, can be generated by you in just seconds using three of the coolest research tools on the internet.

The Data Dominator

The Data Dominator will help you answer just about any question you have about football statistics since 2002 (if you want to go back even farther, you can use the Historical Data Dominator).  The possibilities are endless with the Data Dominator, a user-friendly tool that will spit out just about any answer as long as you know how to ask the right question. 

  • The first dropdown box asks if you want a player report, a team offense report, or a league report.
    • Choosing player report is just like it sounds: you already know that that Robert Griffin III rushed for 815 yards last year, but the Data Dominator will you that that he rushed for more yards in a season than any non-Mike Vick quarterback has gained since 2002.
    • You might find the team offense report option even more revealing.  I ran this query to rank all teams by fantasy points scored by running backs in 2012, and this one to see that Dallas quarterbacks ranks fifth in passing yards over the last three seasons.
    • The league total/averages report option lets you take a more global view.  For example, tight ends caught 203 touchdowns last season, the high-water mark since 2002.  The low point came in '03, when tight ends recorded just 128 receiving touchdowns.
  • The next dropdown box in the Data Dominator lets you choose individual seasons or totals.  If you want to discover who has the most receiving touchdowns over the last five years, choosing totals will let you know that Calvin Johnson has the most total touchdowns since 2008 with 50, while selecting individual seasons will tell you that Johnson's 16 touchdowns in 2011 was the highest single-season receiving touchdown total over that span.
  • The third dropdown box lets you choose which stats you want to see.  What you select won't change the answer the Data Dominator gives you, but is intended to make the results more meaningful to the user.
  • The fourth option lets you pick by position. This way you can fine-tune your results to look at just running backs or tight ends for whatever query you want to run. For example, you can set the first dropdown box to "team offense report" and the fourth box to "RB" to see how teams ranked last year in rushing yards just by running backs.  While Washington led the NFL in rushing yards in 2012, when looking just at running backs, the Redskins ranked only 11th in rushing yards.

The Historical Data Dominator

If your search requires going back prior to 2002, you can use the Historical Data Dominator to go all the way back to 1960.  Want to know who were the first five quarterbacks to throw for 4,000 yards?  Or a complete list of all 2,000-yard rushers in NFL history?  Once you learn about the Historical Data Dominator, these questions are easy to answer. 

  • As with the Data Dominator, you need to pick between Individual Seasons and Totals.  Let's say you want to know which player has averaged the most yards per reception since 1960, with a minimum of 250 catches?  Set the first dropdown box to "Totals", Statistic #1 to "receptions" and type "250" into the first box (you can leave the second box blank).  Next, choose "yards per reception" in Statistic #2 and in the "Sort by" row, choose "Statistic #2" and descending.  Then you'll see the answer: Bob Hayes is #1 at 20.25, with Flipper Anderson and Paul Warfield tied for second at 20.06.
  • The second row on the Historical Dominator lets you choose your range of years.  The default is 1960 to 2012, but you can change it to whatever you like.  The third option is to pick a team.  The default is all teams, but let's say you want to know who was the top running back for Miami during Dan Marino's years?  Just set the years from 1983 to 1999 and put "rushing yards" into the Statistic #1 row.  According to the Historical Data Dominator, Karim Abdul-Jabbar led the team in total rushing yards with 3,063.  If you hit the back button and switch from "Totals" to "Individual Seasons" and re-run the search, you'll see that only one player ran for over 1,000 yards during Marino's time in Miami. 
  • The next two rows are self-explantory: Position and Age.  But just because they're intuitive doesn't mean you should skip over them.  There are countless interesting searches one could run.
    • Where do Matthew Stafford and Josh Freeman rank on the list of passing yards by a quarterback in his age 21 season? The answer: 2nd and 4th, respectively.
    • Feeling nostalgic about the '70s? Bonus points if you can guess which tight end recorded the most receptions during that decade. (Just pick "Totals", "1970 to 1979", "TEs only", and "receptions".)
    • Want to marvel in Jerry Rice's amazing longevity?  He gained 6,440 yards at age 36 or later, more than twice as many receiving yards as any other receiver.
  • The "Experience" category can help put into perspective some of the accomplishments by rookie quarterbacks in recent times.  If you choose "rookies" in both dropdown boxes, the Historical Data Dominator will only search through rookies.  Of the thirteen rookie quarterbacks with the most passing yards since 1960, ten of them occurred in the last five years.
  • The Historical Data Dominator lets you pick up to four different statistics when running queries.  You generally won't need more than one or two, but you could run all types of searches thanks to the flexibility of the program.  
    • Doug Martin rushed for 1,454 yards, averaged 4.56 yards per carry, scored 12 touchdowns and caught 49 passes last year.  You can use all four statistic dropdown boxes to find the other six rookie running backs to rush for 1,000 yards, averaged 4.5+ yards per carry, score 10+ touchdowns and catch at least 40 passes.
    • Want to put Steve Smith's 2011 season into perspective among older receivers?  Since 1960, Smith is one of only three wide receivers to catch at least 75 passes and 5 touchdowns, gain 1,000+ receiving yards, and average at least 17 yards per catch at age 30 or older
  • There's one other really cool feature that the Historical Data Dominator has: the ability to divide two statistics. In the "Sort by" row, one of the options in the first dropdown box is "Stat# 1/Stat #2."  This allows you to take whatever you put into the Statistic #1 field and divide it by whatever you put into the Statistic #2 field.  And, of course, your results will be sorted by this result.  Want some neat applications of this function?
    • Put "fantasy points" into Statistic #1 and "games played" into the Statistic #2 field, and set a minimum of 8 games played.  If you set the Position row to "RBs only" this will give you a list of the top running backs in fantasy points per game since 1960 (Marshall Faulk in 2000 leads the list).
    • Want to know which wide receiver last year was the best at getting into the end zone on a per-catch basis?  Set the years from 2012 to 2012, put "WRs only" in the Position field.  Then choose "receiving TDs" in Statistic #1 and "receptions" in Statistic #2 (and type 40 in the cell next to "receptions"). Then sort by "Stat #1/Stat #2" and you'll discover the answer: James Jones, followed by Santana Moss, Torrey Smith, Golden Tate, and Eric Decker.
    • The possibilities are endless with the "Stat #1/Stat #2" tool.  Among the 30 running backs with 100 fantasy points last year, Jamaal Charles had the highest percentage of his fantasy points come from his rushing yards while Darren Sproles had the lowest percentage.

The Game Log Dominator

The Data Dominator and the Historical Data Dominator are excellent tools, but they only help you find results over full seasons.  What if you want to look just at a few games?  Or just one game?  That's where the Game Log Dominator is your friend.  It goes all the way back to 1995.  Here's the primer on how to unlock the power of this feature.

With the three data dominators, the possibilities are endless. You can play around with all three of these tools -- the Data Dominator, the Historical Data Dominator, and the Game Log Dominator -- but don't forget to stop and eat after a few hours.