Fantasy Football: 20 Fun Facts To Consider When Crafting Week 15 Lineups
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Here are 20 fun facts involving some of the NFL's biggest stars leading up to Week 15—the second playoff weekend on the universal fantasy calendar.
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 six lifetime roadies against the Ravens (including the 170-yard, zero-touchdown clunker in the 2006 AFC playoffs), Peyton Manning has superb averages of 275 yards passing and two touchdowns.
And now that he's with Denver, Manning no longer has to apologize for the Baltimore Colts relocating to Indianapolis before the 1984 season—even though he was 8 years old at the time...and living in New Orleans.
2. Ravens tailback Ray Rice has had little difficulty with the Broncos in his sterling career, averaging 138 total yards and 1.5 touchdowns (two games).
3. There are three certainties in life: death, taxes and Reggie Wayne scoring a touchdown this Sunday. In his last five games against the Texans, Wayne is a perfect 5-for-5 in finding the end zone at least once. He also has per-outing averages of 10.6 targets in that span.
4. Victor Cruz's four-game track record (regular season) against NFC South foes would make even the most fatalistic of fantasy owners smile: per-outing averages of 8.5 catches, 125 yards and one touchdown.
5. In his last three outings against the Bucs, Drew Brees boasts averages of 337 yards passing and 2.3 touchdowns. And for the season, Brees has accounted for either 300 yards passing and/or multiple touchdowns in all 13 games.
6. In his last two meetings with the Colts, Andre Johnson claims averages of seven catches, 101 yards and one touchdown.
7. Sad stat of the day: Since 2008, Owen Daniels currently has a five-game streak of only one catch against the Colts. Ouch.
8. On a happier note...Jermichael Finley has been a dynamic performer in his last three trips to Chicago's Soldier Field, with per-outing averages of seven catches, 90 yards and one touchdown.
9. Since Week 2, Wes Welker is a perfect 12-of-12 in collecting eight or more targets. And for the season, he has already crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown 11 times.
10. Brandon Marshall, the NFL leader in receptions (101), also claims a top-five ranking in targets (157), receiving yards (1,342) and touchdowns (nine). Through 13 games, he has seven 100-yard efforts and 10 outings of double-digit targets.
11. I'm feeling very conflicted about Carson Palmer this week. On one hand, he has attempted 30 or more passes in all 13 games. On the other, he's averaging only 206 yards passing 1.4 touchdowns in his last five starts against the Chiefs.
12. Doug Martin (1,612 total yards, 11 TDs) claims per-outing averages of 148 total yards and 1.3 touchdowns since Week 7. But to reach the hallowed 2,000-yard mark, he must average 130 total yards over the next three weeks. First up: a Sunday encounter with the Saints, the NFL's worst rushing defense.
13. For what it's worth, Adrian Peterson (seven straight outings of 100-plus rushing yards) rolled for 69 total yards and two scores in his only career meeting with the Rams (2009).
14. Against the NFC West this season, Tom Brady has a three-game average of 338 yards passing and 2.3 touchdowns.
15. Arian Foster (1,324 total yards, 16 TDs) may no longer be the lead dog for running back MVP—hello, Adrian Peterson—but he's still on pace for 1,632 total yards and 19.7 touchdowns. Oh by the way, in his last three outings against the Colts, Foster has absurdly averaged 193 total yards and 1.7 touchdowns.
16. Detroit's Matthew Stafford (4,006 yards passing, 21 total TDs) is currently on pace for 4,931 yards, falling short of becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards in back-to-back campaigns. (Brees and Brady are vying for that honor, as well.)
17. On the road this season, Demaryius Thomas has robust averages of six catches, 97 yards and 0.43 touchdowns per game. And of those seven outings, Thomas crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown six times.
18. I have a good news/bad news proposition involving Malcom Floyd: In his last six games with the Chargers, Floyd has four touchdowns. In that span, though, he has only one game of five or more catches (Week 10 vs. Tampa Bay)...and zero outings of 70-plus receiving yards.
19. Since Week 10, Calvin Johnson rates as the NFL leader in catches (48), targets (74) and receiving yards (779). As a bonus, Johnson ranks third in touchdowns (among wideouts) during that five-week span.
20. Here are two uplifting stats to support Stevan Ridley's hard-to-predict cause against the 49ers—a defense that hasn't allowed 100 combined rushing yards in its last five games:
a. Ridley has scored a touchdown in six straight outings, and...
b. He's averaging 85.3 total yards and 0.3 touchdowns against the NFC West this season.
Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.
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