Fantasy Football Statistics
Week 10 is nearly upon us, and both the real and fantasy seasons are beginning to shape up nicely. With so much riding on each and every match up, I offer an interesting tidbit from every single match that help determine how those clashes will turn out, and maybe help your team get over in your upcoming games.
Bills @ Jets
In a match up between two defensive head coaches, it would come as a huge surprise if either of these quarterbacks lit up the fantasy stage. These two teams have had a combined three 300 yard passers in all meetings since 1996, with J.P. Losman’s 328 yards in 2006 and Geno Smith’s 331 two seasons ago the most recent for either side.
Lions @ Packers
In a case of the movable object meeting the resistible force, the sputtering Green Bay ground attack meets a Lions rush defense that has allowed the 8th most rushing yards to running backs (891) and the most rushing scores (12) in 2015. The Packers have had just one 100 yard rusher in meetings between these two NFC North rivals since 2009. The big question for fantasy owners is, will the Pack lean on James Starks or Fat Eddie?
Dolphins @ Eagles
The Eagles passing game seems to be getting back on track in recent weeks, despite an alarming number of drops. Their opponents on Sunday, the Dolphins of Miami, are allowing the 13th most fantasy points per game to wide receivers (24.76), and Sam Bradford will look to produce the first Eagles 100 yard receiver in meetings between these sides since Irving Fryar notched 118 back in 1996.
Panthers @ Titans
Marcus Mariota is just over halfway into his first season in the NFL, but he is already making something of a fantasy name for himself. His 23.9 fantasy points per game is currently the highest total of any Titans quarterback since they left Houston. The Carolina Panthers are only allowing 15.60 fantasy points per game to opposition signal callers in 2015 however.
Saints @ Washington
The Saints are a welcome sight for any and all opposition quarterbacks in 2015, allowing the second most passing yards in the league with 2757. History would seem to suggest that not much will be changing on Sunday. Washington have had a 300 yard passer in each of the last three meetings, with Robert Griffin’s 320 on his breathtaking debut in 2012 the most recent.
Jaguars @ Ravens
Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns is set to play through the pain barrier on Sunday and take the field against the Ravens. He has a touchdown reception in a franchise record six consecutive games, and a score against Baltimore will make him the 28th player in NFL history to register a touchdown in seven straight games.
Cowboys @ Buccaneers
Jameis Winston has overcome his disastrous regular season to begin establishing himself as a potential answer to the Bucs long standing quarterback question. He hasn’t thrown a single pick since Week 4. He will face off against the Cowboys on Sunday, a team that has only allowed one rookie quarterback to throw for 300 yards in a single game against them since they last won the Super Bowl…and that QB was that man Robert Griffin again.
Bears @ Rams
The Rams offense seems to have finally realized the ambition of head coach Jeff Fisher I.e. run it, run it, run it, kick field goal. This has been helped by not only the stellar play of Todd Gurley but also the less than ordinary production from St Louis receivers. Their recent history against the Bears would fit snugly into this pattern, with no Rams player amassing a single 100 yard receiving game in the last six meetings. Vic Fangio’s defense has allowed the 11th fewest receiving yards to wide receivers in 2015, so I wouldn’t be calling Vegas to place any wagers on Tavon Austin breaking this duck.
Browns @ Steelers
The Steelers defensive backfield has been rightly criticized for its generosity towards opponents in recent years, and this season has been no exception (see what Derek Carr was able to do to them on Sunday). Browns quarterback Josh McCown will start over John Manziel if he proves his fitness, and has averaged 271 yards passing per game this season. He’ll be looking to become the first Browns quarterback to break the 300 yard barrier against Pittsburgh since Tim Couch did it TWENTY EIGHT meetings ago.
Vikings @ Raiders
Whisper it, but the Raiders are not the best when it comes to defending tight ends. In defiance of pro football’s most repeated “fact”, there are actually eight teams who have allowed more receiving yards to tight ends than Oakland…but no team has allowed more touchdowns than the nine Ken Norton’s boys have failed to stop. Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is not a huge part of their offense though, ranking 24th in terms of targets for his position.
Patriots @ Giants
Tom Brady is the owner of the second longest streak of consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass, at 52 games. He is currently in the midst of another streak, but one not quite as impressive at the moment. His eight straight games is tied for the 4th longest current sequence in the league. He’ll look to keep that up against the only team he has not beaten in the regular season since 2007, the Giants.
Chiefs @ Broncos
The Broncos defense was not its usual dominant self in Week 9, allowing Andrew Luck to pick them apart in methodical fashion on their way to a first defeat of the season. They’ve historically not been as generous to Chiefs passers, allowing just one 300 yard passing game in the last 24 clashes between these two teams. This landmark has been difficult for Chiefs signal caller Alex Smith to reach in his career, with just five such instances in 119 regular season appearances.
Cardinals @ Seahawks
With everyone seemingly still waiting for the Seahawks to fully integrate Jimmy Graham into their offense, it is interesting to note that the tight end has enjoyed some success for Seattle in recent clashes with the Cardinals. A player from that position group has found the end zone for the two time NFC Champions in each of their last four meetings with Arizona. Jimmy has just one score since Week 1, but is currently still a top ten fantasy tight end this season.
Texans @ Bengals
The much vaunted Texans defense is starting to get some of its swagger back, thanks of course to J.J. Watt. They’ve still allowed the 12th most passing touchdowns in the league with 16, but have a history of not allowing Bengals quarterbacks have their way with them. In the last six meetings between the two sides, no Cincinnati QB has thrown more than one touchdown.
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.