Fantasy Football: 15 Fun Facts to Consider Before Crafting Week 2 Lineups
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Here are 15 fun facts involving some of fantasy's biggest stars leading up to NFL Week 2.
Hopefully, these numbers-based revelations will help bring clarity to your lineup dilemmas.
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1. Chargers QB Philip Rivers has per-outing averages of 331 yards passing and 2.5 touchdowns in his last four home openers (2008-11).
2. Colts receiver Reggie Wayne has 25 catches, 43 targets and 314 receiving yards in his last three games—none of which involved Peyton Manning as Indy's quarterback.
3. Dolphins RB Reggie Bush matched or eclipsed last week's receiving output (six catches) only once last season: Week 1 against the Patriots. That's not to say the 2012 version of Bush will recapture his PPR-friendly days with the Saints (2006-10), but given the lack of talent and depth of Miami's receiving corps, it's essential for Bush (1,097 rushing yards in 2011) to be a reliable check-down option for rookie QB Ryan Tannehill.
4. In Darren Sproles' inaugural season with the Saints (2011), he only had one game of zero or one carry. Then, the following week, Sproles rolled for 107 total yards (88 rushing) and two touchdowns (Week 7 vs. Indy).
5. Darren McFadden tallied 19 receptions in 2011—just six catches above his Week 1 output against the Chargers (13 catches, 86 yards). Against Miami this week, expect McFadden to eclipse 100 total yards again...but with the majority of yards coming on the rushing end.
6. In his last three games (including last year's playoffs), 49ers rusher Frank Gore has averaged 120 total yards. And against the Lions, his Week 2 opponent, Gore boasts per-outing averages of 153.3 total yards and one touchdown.
7. Cowboys tailback DeMarco Murray is a perfect 6-of-6 in racking up 105 total yards or more when allotted 20-plus touches.
9. When conveniently throwing out Steve Smith's injury-plagued, eminently forgettable 2010 campaign, the Carolina receiver has per-outing averages of 4.8 catches, 95 yards and 0.6 touchdowns against New Orleans.
10. Kansas City's Dexter McCluster (six catches, 10 targets, 82 yards in Week 1) has never posted back-to-back games of 40-plus yards in two-plus NFL seasons.
11. In his only encounter with the Giants (this week's opponent), Buccaneers wideout Vincent Jackson collected five catches for 58 yards and two touchdowns (November 2009).
12. In his last eight seasons (2004-'11), spanning 13 games, Houston's Andre Johnson has amassed 78 catches, 1,032 yards and six touchdowns against the Jaguars (Week 2 opponent). That's per-game averages of six catches, 79.4 yards and 0.46 touchdowns.
13. In his last five meetings with the Panthers, Saints QB Drew Brees has per-game averages of 321 yards passing, 2.2 touchdowns and 0.8 interceptions.
14. Packers tight end Jermichael Finley apparently loves playing against the Bears. In his last three games against Chicago, Finley has averaged 6.3 catches, 73 yards and 1.33 touchdowns.
And last but not least...
15. Detroit's Calvin Johnson has a five-game streak of 100-plus receiving yards (including the 2011 playoffs), with three outings exceeding the hallowed 200-yard mark.
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