Fantasy Football: 20 Fun Facts to Consider When Crafting Week 11 Lineups
Here are 20 fun facts involving some of fantasy's biggest stars leading up to NFL Week 11, the last weekend of bye-week interruptions.
Hopefully, these numbers-based revelations will help bring clarity to your lineup dilemmas.
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1. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (2,705 yards passing, 21 TD) is potentially two outings away from tying his all-time streak of nine straight games of either 300 yards passing and/or three touchdowns (set in 2004).
2. Everyone knows about Arian Foster's 13-game touchdown streak, dating back to last season. But there's one more thing worth noting heading into Sunday: Foster has racked up at least one score in his last five games against the Jaguars. In that span, he's averaging 122 total yards and 1.2 touchdowns.
3. Since Week 3, Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald has averaged 11.6 targets and 0.58 touchdowns per game. And yet, he only registered triple-digit yardage once in that span. As a mini-comparison, Fitzgerald had six games of 100-plus yards last season.
4. Patriots tailback Stevan Ridley has posted remarkably similar home/away splits this season. At New England, he's averaging 90 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. On the road, Ridley's averaging 91.2 total yards and 0.8 TDs.
5. In nine career outings against the Packers, Lions wideout Calvin Johnson (60 catches, 974 yards, two TD) has crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown seven times. Going one step further, Johnson has four games of 100-plus yards and/or two touchdowns against Green Bay.
6. Aaron Rodgers (2,383 yards passing, 25 TD) has two major trends in his favor: In four career games after a bye, the Packers QB boasts averages of 305 yards passing and 2.75 touchdowns. And in six full outings against the Lions, Rodgers has averaged 288 yards passing and 2.7 TDs.
7. In three road games this season, Saints tight end Jimmy Graham has combined for 19 catches, 210 yards and two TDs. Of equal importance, Graham collected nine-plus targets in each outing.
8. For what it's worth, Matt Forte notched 161 total yards (120 receiving) in his only game against the 49ers (November 2009).
9. With 25 pro starts under his belt, Cam Newton (307 total yards, one TD vs. Tampa Bay in Week 1) is starting to develop patterns against NFC South foes. In five career home games against divisional clubs, Newton has per-outing averages of 281 total yards and 2.8 touchdowns.
10. Drew Brees' last five road games (including last year's playoffs) have all been outdoors on grass. In that span, Brees boasts remarkable averages of 364.6 yards passing and three touchdowns.
11. In his last four games against AFC North foes (dating back to 2010), Chiefs tailback Jamaal Charles boasts stellar averages of 108.5 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns.
12. How's this for modest progress? Sam Bradford has thrown for 200-plus yards in each of his last four games—the longest streak of his three-year career. Not coincidentally, Bradford posted a completion mark of 62 percent or above in all four contests.
13. The Steelers may be a dominant defense, in the grand scope of things. But the laws of invincibility don't necessarily apply to Ray Rice. In his last seven games against Pittsburgh (including the 2010 playoffs), Rice has averaged 98.3 total yards and 0.57 TDs. And of the seven outings, he notched 100 total yards and/or one TD five times.
14. Roddy White (54 catches, 823 yards, four TDs) has been amazing at home this season, averaging 7.3 catches, 115 yards and one touchdown (four games). He also has a strong track record against the Cardinals: Per-outing averages of nine catches, 14 targets, 81 yards and one TD in his last two meetings.
15. Carson Palmer, the top-ranked quarterback since Week 6 (overall points), has averaged 42.5 attempts, 328.4 yards passing and 2.2 touchdowns in that span.
16. Of his last nine home games (including last year's playoffs), Rob Gronkowski is averaging six catches, 78 yards and 1.22 touchdowns. And against the Colts in 2011, Gronk rolled for five catches, 64 yards and two TDs.
17. Through six games, Rams wideout Danny Amendola has collected nine-plus targets five times, but that's only an appetizer to the following stat: In even-numbered games this season, Amendola boasts averages of 11 catches, 106 yards and 0.66 touchdowns.
18. In his last eight home games against AFC foes (dating back to 2008), Dallas tight end Jason Witten claims healthy averages of 5.8 catches, 73 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. And with 58 receptions and 69 targets in his last six games, Witten is a virtual lock to eclipse the above numbers against Cleveland.
19. Here are three reasons to support a breakout game for Colts rookie Dwayne Allen:
1) Indy QB Andrew Luck has thrown for an average of 300 yards in the last seven games.
2) The Patriots currently rank as the NFL's No. 29 pass defense.
3) Fellow tight ends Scott Chandler (two games), Dennis Pitta, Jacob Tamme and Dustin Keller combined for 27 catches, 320 yards and five TDs against New England earlier this season (five games total).
20. It's easy to forget that LeSean McCoy accomplished his 20-touchdown season in 2011 without the benefit of a 16th game (against the Redskins). It's also easy to, uh, misremember the following: In five career meetings with Washington, McCoy has averaged 114 total yards and 0.4 TDs.
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