Fantasy Football Stat Attack: Week 14

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With Week 14 upon us, we are entering the business end of the 2015 fantasy season. With playoff places and champions on the line, here are some fantasy stat nuggets for your consideration before you set your lineups.

Vikings @ Cardinals

It may seem strange to think of it now, but in the last ten meetings between these two teams the Cardinals have produced just one 300 yard passer. That was Matt Leinart way back in Week 12 of 2006, when he amassed 405 yards. Mike Zimmer’s unit are only allowing 226.8 yards per game through the air in 2015. The Vikings main offensive weapon, Adrian Peterson, has 540 rushing yards in five games against the Cardinals, with an average of 20.30 fantasy points per game. Norv Turner will no doubt look to feature AD a lot more than last week, especially given Peterson’s thoughts on the game against Seattle.

Falcons @ Panthers

Cam NewtonFalcons stud receiver Julio Jones averages nearly six catches a game against NFC South opponents in his career, but only 3.8 per outing against the Panthers. Jones, and his fantasy owners, will hope that the team begins to replicate in games the stuff they are practicing, especially in the red zone. The current favorite for the leagues MVP award, Cam Newton, will be looking for his first career 300 yard passing game against the Falcons. The Panthers have only seen three 300 yard passers in their last 38 meetings between these two teams.

Washington @ Bears

Going back to 1996, Washington have only had one 100 yard receiver in matches against the Bears. That was Jordan Reed back in 2013, when he caught all nine of his targets for 134 yards and a touchdown. A touchdown pass is something a Bears quarterback has failed to throw in four of the last seven encounters between these two, and the Bears have only managed a multiple touchdown passing game in two of the last ten.

Steelers @ Bengals

In the supposedly rugged, hard nosed AFC North, it’s quite surprising that the Bengals have only managed to produce a single 100 yard rusher in their last 24 meetings with the Steelers. That was Jeremy Hill last season. The odds on adding to this are not good, with Pittsburgh allowing the 6th fewest rushing yards per game of any team in the league this season, at just 90.3 per game. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is currently playing at a near MVP level, but hasn’t always produced his best when facing the Bengals. They have intercepted 24 of his passes over the years, the most he has thrown against a single team.

49ers @ Bengals

In a game that will probably have as many fantasy implications as it will playoff importance for the two teams, it should be noted that 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert has played three games in his career in which he has thrown neither a touchdown or an interception. One of those games was against the Browns.

Colts @ Jaguars

Blake BortlesAt his current rate of passing yards per game, Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles is on pace to finish ONE yard short of the franchise record for single season passing. Current projections have Bortles at 4366, with the high mark currently at 4367. The Colts are currently allowing an average of 280.4 yards per game.

Chargers @ Chiefs

When it comes to droughts that are unlikely to end, this game offers two beauties. The Chargers have produced a single 100 yard rusher in the last 15 meetings between these divisional foes, with 144 yards from Ryan Mathews back in Week 17 of 2013. On the other side, the Chiefs have but a single player to have gone over 100 yards receiving against the Chargers in the last 13 encounters. That was Dwayne Bowe back in 2012.

Titans @ Jets

The Jets used to be the Titans, and the Titans used to be the Oilers of Houston. This could lead even very clever people to be confused, and this could be the case for Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Jets QB used to play for the Titans AND in Houston. Were he to suffer some type of uniform related amnesia, he could become the sixth Jets quarterback in the last seven meetings to throw multiple interceptions.

Bills @ Eagles

Chip KellyBills running back LeSean McCoy, in case it has escaped your notice, is still quite upset at how his tenure with the Eagles ended. He’s also not quite a bosom buddy of Chip Kelly. Shady is on a tear lately, amassing the 4th most rushing yards of any running back since Week 6 (646). The Eagles have allowed a league worst 144.6 rushing yards per game over this same span.

Lions @ Rams

The Rams are now onto their third offensive coordinator of the calendar year, after dispensing with Fran Cignetti earlier this week. He oversaw an offense that has failed to top 200 passing yards in 10 of the teams 12 fixtures this season. The Lions have allowed 242.5 yards per game through the air this season, but Case Keenum is unlikely to challenge this figure.

Saints @ Buccaneers

In the last 17 clashes between these two NFC South foes, the Saints have seen just one running back go over 100 yards on the ground. That was Chris Ivory, who dropped 158 yards in Week 6 of 2010. The Bucs run defense has been stout this season, allowing just a single 100 yard rusher and none since Week 3.

Raiders @ Broncos

Derek CarrRaiders quarterback Derek Carr will be looking to become the first second year quarterback since Vince Young back in 2007 to throw for 300 yards against Denver. Of the last 49 sophomore signal callers to face the Broncos, only two of achieved this feat. It’ll be a tough out against Wade Phillips stifling unit, who are allowing just 195.6 passing yards per game.

Cowboys @ Packers

After reaching 1000 career receptions last week, Jason Witten will be looking to add a few more against the Packers. Tight ends have been targeted 109 times in games against the Packers this season, good for third most in the league. Witten has been targeted 77 times in 2015, the seventh most amongst tight ends.

Seahawks @ Ravens

In their last two outings, the Ravens have allowed 375 passing yards combined. In his last two games, against the Steelers and the Vikings, Russell Wilson has 619 yards through the air, along with eight touchdown passes and zer interceptions. Something has to give.

Patriots @ Texans

Tom BradyAfter a rough outing against the Eagles, despite solid fantasy numbers, Tom Brady will look to bounce back against an opponent he has enjoyed considerable success against in the past. He averages 22.20 fantasy points per game against the Texans, with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions in five meetings. Operating something akin to a revolving door at quarterback, the Texans have seen their signal callers go without a touchdown pass in three of their last four encounters with the Patriots.

Giants @ Dolphins

The OC Killer Ryan Tannehill, “fresh” off an 86 yard passing day in Week 13, has historically fared better against NFC opposition. He averages 253 passing yards in inter conference games in his career. He averages 20.90 fantasy points per game when facing the teams from the NFC, the 18th highest scoring QB in inter conference games since 2012.

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Neil Dutton

Neil's been playing fantasy football for ten years, including a victory in 2014 in a league arranged by NFL.com Fantasy expert Adam Rank. Huge Philadelphia Eagles fan, and follows the fortunes of the England cricket team, usually with his head in his hands for both. Neil lives with his fiancé Kate and their daughter Zoe. He is an atrocious Words with Friends player.

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