2017 NFL Surprising Stats to Know: Week 9
Brandon Marianne Lee takes a look at the stats that catch her eye while researching and tells you what they mean for your team.
Week 9 has another six teams on bye. Last week we had our first grouping of games impacted by the weather. The members of #FANation are smart. They just want numbers, then they can make the call.
Well… here you go! Enjoy!
Over the course of his last five matchups against the Jets, LeSean McCoy has put up 521 scrimmage yards, 104.2 yards per game.
According to Pro Football Focus, Jeremy Kerley has the best catch rate in the slot out of all receivers who have played in 50 percent or more of their team’s offensive snaps, with only one drop on the season.
Austin Hooper has played in 80 percent of Atlanta’s offensive snaps. Mohamed Sanu has averaged play in 77 percent of the team’s snaps. Julio Jones averages 73 percent. Then it’s Devonta Freeman in 65 percent.
Only once has Curtis Samuel played in more than 28 percent of Carolina’s offensive snaps. Russell Shepard has played in 52 percent of the Panthers’ offensive snaps this season, and has been on the field for more snaps than Samuel in every game.
Since Week 6, Jack Doyle is the highest scoring tight end in PPR formats. He’s caught 25 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns.
Deshaun Watson passed for 402 yards, four touchdowns and rushed for 67 yards in Week 8 at Seattle. He is the only player in NFL history with 400+ passing yards, 4+ passing touchdowns, and 50+ rushing yards in a single game. And it was a bad matchup.
Joe Mixon has a more difficult matchup than it may seem. The Jaguars haven’t given up a touchdown since Week 4. In that same time frame, they have only allowed one running back to rush over 47 yards. Jacksonville has yet to allow a receiving touchdown to an opposing running back.
The Jacksonville Jaguars only allow an average of 15.7 points to their opponents per game. The quarterback who scored the most fantasy points against the Jaguars was Marcus Mariota in week 2. He managed 13.00 fantasy points. Quarterbacks average 186.1 passing yards, 0.6 touchdowns and 1.4 interceptions against Jacksonville.
Mike Evans is averaging 1.5 yards after the catch. That is 105th out of 112 wide receivers who have played in at least 25 percent of their team’s offensive snaps. Last year, Mike Evans averaged 2.0 yards after the catch, which tied with Deonte Thompson for 121st of 130 wide receivers that played in at least 25 percent of the team’s offensive snaps.
Willie Snead only played in four of the Saints’ 61 offensive snaps last week and didn’t log a single catch.
Greg Zuerlein is the No. 1 kicker in fantasy right now. He has nine more fantasy points than the second-best player. His 97.0 points scored is more than Andy Dalton. More points than all running backs other than Hunt, Elliott, Gurley, Bell, Gordon and Fournette in standard scoring. That is more than all the tight ends in the league in PPR formats, other than Ertz, Gronkowski, Kelce, and Brate.
Eli Manning scored 20 or more fantasy points in Week 3 at Philadelphia and Week 4 at Tampa Bay. Other than that, he’s averaging 9.55 points per game.
C.J. Anderson has 20 or more carries in each of the three games the Broncos won this season. He has 15 or fewer carries in each of their losses. Also, according to Pro Football Focus, Anderson has the best pass-blocking grade in the league.
According to Pro Football Focus, LeGarrette Blount has the highest elusive rating among running backs who have played in at least 25 percent of their team’s offensive snaps.
Alex Collins is averaging 6.0 yards per carry. That is the best average in the league among running backs with at least 20 carries on the season.
Tennessee is only averaging 201.9 passing yards per game, the 26th most in the league. Marcus Mariota has only thrown four touchdowns this season.
The 49ers allow an average on 113.3 rushing yards per game to opposing running backs, the third most in the league. In Week 6, Adrian Peterson carried the ball 26 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns.
Chris Thompson’s 442 receiving yards is the most among running backs. It’s also the 17th most among wide receivers.
Over the last four weeks Russell Wilson has averaged 328.0 passing yards per game, that is the absolute most in the league.
Alex Smith’s 2,181 passing yards is the second most in the league just behind Tom Brady. His 16 passing touchdowns is tied with Brady for the third most in the league behind Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson, who both have 19. And yet, Alex Smith has yet to throw an interception.
Five quarterbacks have three rushing touchdowns on the season: Dak Prescott, Marcus Mariota, Cam Newton, Jacoby Brissett, and DeShone Kizer. Prescott also has 14 passing touchdowns on the season (6th most in the league). Newton has 10 passing touchdowns, Brissett has five, Mariota four, and Kizer has three.
The Oakland Raiders have yet to force an interception this season. Every other team in the league has at least two interceptions to their name.
The Miami Dolphins have only 1,767 offensive yards on the season, the absolute fewest in the league. Cincinnati has the second fewest yards at 2,010. They are also at the bottom of the league averaging 13.1 points scored per game.
Martellus Bennett was the leading receiver in Week 7 during Brett Hundley’s first start at quarterback, with two catches for 17 yards. Randall Cobb had two catches for 15 yards, Geronimo Allison had one catch for 14 yards, Jordy Nelson had one catch for 13 yards, and Davante Adams had two catches for 12 yards.