Fantasy Stat Attack
The following is a complete rundown of all the games for week 12 in the NFL in a fantasy football statistical format. Hopefully, feeding you these stats hold you over until its time for Turkey.
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Eagles @ Lions
A game against the Lions has usually been a welcome distraction for Eagles quarterbacks. Philly signal callers have finished in the top six in terms of fantasy points in five of the last seven encounters. I’m not sure Messrs Bradford or Sanchez are quite up to this task, but the Lions have allowed the 11th most fantasy points per game to QBs over the last four weeks (19.15).
Panthers @ Cowboys
There is no hotter player in fantasy football than Cam Newton right now. His last four weeks have seen him throw for 1008 yards with 11 scores to two interceptions, as well as adding two rushing touchdowns. He has passed for 300 yards in a game just once in 2015, and if he manages to do so on Thanksgiving he will be the first Panthers quarterback to do so against the Cowboys. The other QB in this game, Tony Romo, has just three career touchdowns against Carolina, the fewest of all NFC South teams. The Panthers have allowed just 12 passing touchdowns this season.
Bears @ Packers
Despite his lack of appreciable interest in the game around him, Besrs QB Jay Cutler is actually enjoying a solid fantasy season, averaging over 20 fantasy points a game. He does have to go up against a team in the Packers that he has not enjoyed considerable success against as a Bear. His FPG drops to just over 14 in matchups between pro footballs oldest rivals. On the home team, Randall Cobb has six touchdowns in eight career games against the Bears, and will look to add to the 14 scores John Fox’s team have allowed to wide receivers in 2015 (tied for 3rd most)
Giants @ Washington
Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham needs 559 more yards this season to break Randy Moss’s total of 2726, the most by any player in his first two years in the league. Beckham has enjoyed himself at Washington’s expense, averaging nearly 10 catches, 111 yards and two touchdowns a game against them so far in his career.
Vikings @ Falcons
The leagues leading rusher in 2015, Adrian Peterson has not been at his best when going up against the Falcons. In two career meetings, he is yet to find the end zone. He’ll fancy his chances of breaking that duck here, with only the Lions allowing more touchdowns to running backs (13) to Atlanta’s 10. The Falcons star wide receiver Julio Jones is another player who would like to finally make an impact against this weeks opponents. His two games v the Vikings have seen him amass a total of 82 yards. Julio is averaging 118.9 A GAME this year.
Rams @ Bengals
Andy Dalton is on pace for a career high 4380 passing yards, and 32 touchdowns. He can help his push for these numbers on Sunday by throwing at least one touchdown pass, something that a Bengals QB has failed to do in three of the last four meetings between these two teams. Rookie running backs have enjoyed themselves against the Bengals this season, averaging nearly six yards a carry. None of these backs have been as good as Todd Gurley, who is averaging nearly 97 rushing yards per game at 5 yards per tote.
Saints @ Texans
Rob Ryan may be gone, but he leaves behind a porous defense. Only the Giants are allowing more passing yards per game than the 293.1 surrendered by New Orleans, and they find themselves up against DeAndre Hopkins. DaNuk is averaging 104.5 receiving yards per game in 2015, which currently stands as the 25th best average in NFL history. This could get messy very quickly.
Buccaneers @ Colts
The last four times these two teams have met, Tampa Bay have produced a 100 yard receiver. Bucs wide out Mike Evans has seven such outings in 24 career games, and will fancy his chances of getting number eight against a Colts team that have allowed the 9th most fantasy points per game to wide receivers over the last four weeks.
Dolphins @ Jets
Despite their obsession with classing themselves as a “ground and pound” outfit, the Jets running backs have usually not thrived against the Dolphins. A Gang Green tailback has not penetrated the Dolphins end zone in ten of the last eleven meetings between these two, with the only exception coming earlier this season at Wembley Stadium. On that day, both Chris Ivory and Zac Stacy scored, and Ivory will hope to return to form against that has allowed the most rushing yards to running backs (559) and tied for most touchdowns (4) over the last month.
Chargers @ Jaguars
Despite a catastrophic display last time out, Phil Rivers will be hopeful of a return to happy times on Sunday. His five career games against Jacksonville have seen him throw for 1599 yards, with 11 touchdowns against 4 interceptions. He’s been good for nearly 26 fantasy points per game. The Jags aren’t being that generous to opposing QBs in 2015, but their 18.90 average allowed to that position is the 5th most this season.
Raiders @ Titans
Since 2001, rookie quarterbacks are 11-6 against the Oakland Raiders, with 20 touchdowns against 18 picks. Marcus Mariota will be glad to see the Silver and Black this week after a punishing outing against Carolina in Week 10. The Raiders have allowed the 8th most fantasy points per game to QBs in the last four weeks, and the 4th most all season.
Bills @ Chiefs
Only seven teams have more interceptions than the Bills 11 this season, and only 10 have allowed more touchdown passes. Neither of these stats will interest Alex Smith much. In two games against Buffalo as the Chiefs quarterback, he has thrown zero touchdown passes and zero interceptions.
Cardinals @ 49ers
If Carson Palmer didn’t play another snap this season, he would still have recorded the 16th best season in terms of passing yards in franchise history. He is on pace for a Cardinals record 4906, and these opponents can help him get there. San Francisco have allowed a 300 yard passer in five of their ten games this season.
Steelers @ Seahawks
127 minutes and 39 seconds of game clock have passed since the Seahawks last scored a point against this weeks opponents. Pittsburgh have shut Seattle out in both of their last two meetings. While only four teams have allowed fewer points this year than Pittsburgh, they are in the top ten in fantasy points allowed per game to wide receivers and tight ends, so maybe (just maybe) we could finally see a Jimmy Graham day.
Patriots @ Broncos
Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas seemed to have a little bit of his mojo back against the Bears, as well as his love for YAC. DT has loved playing the Patriots for the most part, with over 100 receiving yards in three of his last four encounters. He’s only scored one touchdown though. Only the Chiefs and Raiders have allowed more receiving yards to wide outs than the 1936 given up by New England.
Ravens @ Browns
The Browns have allowed five different players to rush for over 100 yards against them this season, with another two stranded in the 90s. The Ravens will hope Buck Allen is able to add to this, as no team wants to pin their offensive hopes on the arm of Matt Schaub. Since the beginning of the 2013 season, Schaub has 10 touchdowns to 16 interceptions, at a staggering 6.9 fantasy points per game. The Browns will look to add to their six picks this season.
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.