Fantasy Football: 15 Fun Facts to Consider Before Crafting Week 3 Lineups

Jay ClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterSeptember 20, 2012

Houston's Arian Foster, a top-three asset in fantasy circles, has averaged 164 total yards and 1.75 touchdowns in his last five outdoor games on grass.
Houston's Arian Foster, a top-three asset in fantasy circles, has averaged 164 total yards and 1.75 touchdowns in his last five outdoor games on grass.Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Here are 15 fun facts involving some of fantasy's biggest stars leading up to NFL Week 3.

Hopefully, these numbers-based revelations will help bring clarity to your lineup dilemmas.

To view my smartphone-friendly cheat sheet for this weekend, click here.

1. In his last three games against the Colts, Jaguars tailback Maurice Jones-Drew has per-outing averages of 144 total yards and one touchdown. Going one step further, MJD racked up 100-plus total yards against Indy seven times from 2008-11.

2. Saints QB Drew Brees (664 yards passing, 4 TD in 2012) has per-outing averages of 375 yards passing and 3.8 touchdowns in his last four home games (including the 2011 playoffs).

3. While Matt Schaub and Peyton Manning will likely command the spotlight for Sunday's Texans-Broncos clash in Denver, here's something to consider about Bleacher Report's own midweek analyst, Arian Foster: In his last five games on grass, Foster boasts averages of 164 total yards and 1.75 touchdowns. To heighten the excitement, the Broncos currently rank seventh in rushing defense (71 yards allowed per game).

4. I've been on the Malcom Floyd Express Train to Fantasy Happiness longer than most gurus. And yet, there's still some room left on the locomotive before it leaves the Week 3 station. Of Floyd's last 10 games (dating back to 2011), he notched either 100-plus yards or one touchdown eight times.

5. Of the 27 veteran quarterbacks currently starting in the NFL, Matt Cassel likely has the most blah numbers when playing indoors: In a five-game span, he's averaging 197 yards passing, one touchdown and one interception. Meh.

6. Philly's LeSean McCoy (225 total yards, one TD in 2012) has notched 100-plus yards and/or one touchdown in 17 of his last 18 games—with the lone exception being a meaningless outing against Dallas last year (Week 17).

7. In five career games playing on the West Coast, Falcons QB Matt Ryan has per-outing averages of 245 yards passing and 2.2 touchdowns. Of equal importance, he threw only two interceptions during that span.

8. Danny Amendola is just days removed from the greatest first half in points-per-reception history—12 catches, 13 targets, 133 yards and one touchdown. But here's the killjoy stat of the day: In his last four outdoor games on grass, Amendola has middling averages of 4.5 catches, 40 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. The venue for Week 3: Chicago's Solider Field.

9. In his last four games, dating back to last season (and QB Dan Orlovsky), Indy receiver Reggie Wayne averaged eight catches, 13 targets, 96 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. And during the Peyton Manning era, Wayne averaged nine catches and 131 yards against Jacksonville for 2009-10.

10. Here are two quirky stats about Steven Jackson: Of his last eight outdoor games on grass (dating back to the 2010 campaign), he racked up 125 or more total yards six times. But in that span, he's only 1-of-8 in finding the end zone.

11. For the seasons of 2007-08 and 2010-11, Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe has scored a touchdown in every Week 3 contest of his career (he missed that 2009 game to injury). What a cool streak!

12. In his only career meeting against the Cowboys, wide receiver Vincent Jackson racked up seven catches for 120 yards in December, 2009.

13. In his last six games, Green Bay's Jermichael Finley has per-outing averages of 4.7 catches, 8.2 targets and 0.38 touchdowns. In other words, he's slowly re-emerging as a high-end tight end in fantasy circles. So far, so good on the offseason weight loss and change of attitude.

14. Of his five home starts with the Raiders (2011-12), QB Carson Palmer has averaged 339 yards passing and 2.4 touchdowns per game.

And speaking of the Raiders...

15. Among tailbacks, Darren McFadden is the NFL leader in receiving targets (25). But it's too early to tell if DMC can hold off Darren Sproles (18 catches, 22 targets, 163 receiving yards, one TD), LeSean McCoy or Arian Foster for this PPR-centric crown by season's end.

Yes, McFadden only collected 23 targets in seven games with Oakland last year. But none of the 2011 targets involved Carson Palmer as Oakland's quarterback.

Jay Clemons
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