Fantasy Football: 20 Fun Facts to Consider When Crafting Week 16 Lineups

Jay ClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterDecember 21, 2012

Browns tailback Trent Richardson (1,249 total yards, 12 TD) has accounted for 100 total yards and/or one touchdown in his last seven games.
Browns tailback Trent Richardson (1,249 total yards, 12 TD) has accounted for 100 total yards and/or one touchdown in his last seven games.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Here are 20 fun facts to consider before crafting fantasy lineups for championship Week 16—the end-all culmination of absurd draft preparation, meticulous roster management...and ignoring work/family obligations for the better part of five months.

Good luck to all!

1. Browns rookie Trent Richardson has accounted for 100 total yards and/or one touchdown in his last seven games. In that span, he's averaged 101 yards and one touchdown per outing.

2. Staying with the Ohio rusher theme, Cincy's BenJarvus Green-Ellis has quietly notched 100 total yards and/or one score in six of his last seven games.

3. By my count, Drew Brees (4,335 yards passing, 37 total TDs) is the only NFL quarterback to throw for either 300 yards or multiple touchdowns in all 14 games this season.

4. Brandon Marshall has scored at least one touchdown in his last five road tilts. And during that span (Weeks 4-14), the Bears wideout had monster averages of eight catches, 117 yards and 1.4 TDs.

5. Adrian Peterson (1,812 rushing yards, 11 TDs) has logged eight straight games of 100-plus rushing yards. As a bonus, the Palestine, Texas, native will notch his inaugural pro start in nearby Houston on Sunday.

6. Heath Miller posted a strong tally of 23 catches, 318 yards and two touchdowns from Weeks 12-15. However, his seasonal home numbers (six outings) are a tad deflating: averages of 3.7 catches, 40 yards and 0.33 TDs.

7. How's this for consistency? In six complete home games this season, Miles Austin claims averages of 5.5 catches, 80 yards and 0.33 touchdowns. Against NFC South foes, the Cowboys wideout had three-outing averages of 5.7 catches, 93 yards and 0.33 TDs.

8. Against AFC South foes this season, Tom Brady has a three-game track record of 863 yards and nine touchdowns—per-outing tallies of 288 yards passing and three scores.

9. Looking for a Week 16 guarantee? Julio Jones will score against Detroit on Saturday. On the road this season, Jones has a seven-game record of 41 catches, 680 yards and seven touchdowns for sterling averages of six catches, 97 yards and one score.

10. Against NFC East foes (three games), Ray Rice boasts stellar averages of 131 total yards and one touchdown per outing.

11. Peyton Manning has accounted for either 300 yards passing or three touchdowns 10 times. But against the AFC North this season, Manning claims modest averages of 249 yards passing and two TDs.

12. Andy Dalton hasn't thrown for more than 230 yards in his last six games, and that's not a good sign heading into Sunday's showdown with Pittsburgh. Another bad memory: Dalton completed just 14 passes for 105 yards against the Steelers in Week 7.

13. In three games against NFC East foes, Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (69 catches, 779 yards, eight TDs) has rock-solid averages of 6.3 catches, 70 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. Of equal importance, he collected double-digit targets on all three occasions.

14. In two career meetings with New Orleans, Tony Romo has somewhat underwhelming averages of 281 yards passing and one touchdown. But that cannot deter me from doling out the highest Romo ranking of the season, thanks to Dez Bryant's rising star (eight TDs in six games)...and the Saints' 31st-ranked pass defense.

15. Calvin Johnson needs 182 yards to break Jerry Rice's NFL record for seasonal receiving yards (1,848 in 1995). Johnson's staggering numbers since Week 10 include: three straight outings of double-digit catches, four consecutive tallies of 20-plus fantasy points (Weeks 10-13) and six straight games of double-digit targets and 100 yards receiving.

16. Last week against the Vikings, Rams QB Sam Bradford established seasonal highs in completions (35), pass attempts (55) and yards passing (377). And for this Sunday, Bradford has a sweet matchup with the Buccaneers, the NFL's worst pass defense (310 yards per game).

17. Michael Crabtree, riding a career-best streak of three games with double-digit targets, has 23 catches, 34 targets, 301 yards and two touchdowns since Week 13. And of his last seven outings, the 49ers dynamo claims six TDs.

18. Strange but true: Seattle receiver Sidney Rice (49 catches, 734 yards, seven TDs) hasn't tallied five or more receptions in any home game this season. On the plus side, though, he's found the end zone four times at CenturyLink Field.

19. In his last six encounters with the Seahawks, Niners tailback Frank Gore has superb per-game averages of 125 total yards and 0.5 touchdowns.

And finally...

20. It's a shame Jamaal Charles isn't playing at Indy's Lucas Oil Stadium this weekend. In his last four complete games played indoors (dating back to 2010), Charles absurdly averaged 165 total yards and 0.5 TDs. Among those four outings, Charles rolled for 101 yards against the Colts two years ago.  


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