It’s 2014, Sunday morning week 14: game day. It’s time to make the final changes to your fantasy football lineup, and you need a win — badly. You have one last RB slot to fill, and you’ve narrowed your choices down to two split-time guys:
Given these findings, we wanted to see if dome teams’ running backs experience a similar decrease in points when playing outside in the cold. To do this, we compared the relationship between temperature and fantasy points for dome running backs and non-dome running backs. As can be seen in the scatterplot below, there really isn’t much of a relationship between temperature and running back fantasy points, regardless of whether non-dome or dome running backs are playing in the cold. In fact, the correlation for each group is almost identical — and they are both nearly zero.
1 The Packers and Steelers rush defenses both end the year in the bottom third of the league.↩
2 2% of cases had missing data for temperature, dome temperatures were excluded↩
4 We did not use precipitation data↩
5 r = .035**, r2 = .001↩
6 Dome Teams: ATL, DET, IND, MIN, NO, and STL (and DAL after 2009 and ARI after 2005)↩
7 Credit for the photo: http://nextimpulsesports.com/2013/12/09/30-best-photos-incredible-eagleslions-snow-game/7/↩