The DOCE Score

The DOCE Score – or Dump Off Containment Efficiency Score – measures a defense’s ability to contain pass-catching running backs. Many factors such as the backs the teams have played, pressure rates, changes to the defense, and the production of the running backs are all factored in.

Which Scores Should You Target?

An average DOCE score lies around 5.5. If the defense is extremely efficient, look for the score to be below 4.7. The defenses to target typically finish above 6.3.

Part of the key to finding success in the DOCE Score is pairing a pass-catching running back with certain strengths to a defense with those same weaknesses. For example, Michael Carter thrives off volume. He plays Tampa Bay in Week 17 who surrender the fourth-most receptions to running backs (as of Week 10). This matchup makes for an ideal pairing—pending what happens at quarterback moving forward.

The DOCE Score 2021

As I continued to develop the DOCE Score, I realized the scoring I had for this couldn’t be tracked from week to week. I made some alterations, but it’s still a similar formula with similar values. 2021 is even more accurate. This score is how I decided to fade players like J.D. McKissic against the Cowboys and play Chase Edmonds against the Seahawks.

However, it should be used as a guideline and not the law. In addition, players like Austin Ekeler and Alvin Kamara shouldn’t apply as their teams primarily work through these running backs in the receiving game. On the other hand, players like Nick Chubb should never be used solely because of the score on the defense, as he rarely sees targets regardless of the matchup.

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The Doce Score 2020

The DOCE Score

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