I haven't compared historical numbers, but fantasy owners just aren't getting the passing numbers (targets) to supplement the dreaded running back by committee. Ray Rice owners have quickly moved him back into starting lineups after his bye week. The Buffalo duo of C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, the law firm of BenJarvus Green-Ellis and fantasy god Arian Foster are also returning. Shonn Greene, Frank Gore, Stephen Jackson and the New England committee are on vacation in week nine. Tight ends Jermaine Greshmam, Dennis Pitta, Scott Chandler and Owen Daniels are back in starting lineups, with Dustin Keller, the struggling Vernon Davis and fantasy favorite Rob Gronkowski taking a seat this weekend.
Is Demarco Murray on your fantasy squad? How about Darren McFadden or Doug Martin? They, along with Mikel Leshoure return from by this weekend. With Dallas, Detroit, Oakland and Tampa Bay completing their bye weeks, Carolina, Chicago Jacksonville and New Orleans take their turn this week. Take proper precautions if you have Matt Forte, Maurice Jones- Drew or running backs in Carolina or New Orleans.
Week 17 is a wild card when it comes to Fantasy Football. Some leagues are in their Super Bowl, some leagues are done, some use the last week as a tiebreaker and some use it as any other week. What can we learn from the final weeks of the season? Teams looking to next season are using the final weeks as an audition for next season, while those locked into a playoff berth are resting starters, creating a great deal of uncertainty.
Some new faces surfacing in the passing game among running backs. The new faces emerging gaining opportunity due to injury and unfortunately only for the short term. We also saw some old reliable backs not getting their usual “looks” but for the most part they made up for it in the ground game.
Finally, the bye weeks are over. No more juggling due to off weeks. No more surprises, only injuries to contend with. A special week of action with the usual triple header of action on Thanksgiving Day! Will Detroit hand Green Bay its first loss of the season? Is Dallas all the way back and finally going to be a team to contend with in the postseason? And which Harbaugh brother will prevail?
Is Jimmy Graham the best tight end in the NFL? The answer is a resounding yes, at least from a fantasy perspective. Saints quarterback Drew Brees has targeted the former University of Miami basketball star 96 times through ten weeks off play.
As we reach the mid-way point of the NFL season, we really begin to see trends developing. The occasional really good or bad week don’t skew the season averages like they do early on. Many teams have had their bye weeks, with all teams done following week 11. The raw totals are a tad higher for those who have yet to have their bye week: Carolina, Detroit, Jacksonville and Minnesota are off this week; Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans and Pittsburgh are on bye during week 11. We have three sets of numbers for you, for both running backs and tight ends. We share those that are exceeding the norm, those that didn’t receive the normal “looks” they have become accustomed to and the season aggregate totals.
As we head into Week 7 of the 2011 NFL season there are a number of things to keep in mind. First, the numbers really begin to have meaning as one or two week wonders are falling from the big pictures. Also, with some of the teams already having had their bye weeks, their season totals need to be adjusted to take note of such. Lastly, while targets are a key component of a player’s involvement in his team’s game plan, of equal importance is how many of the attempts are actually completed.