Beyond the Stats Week 12

Each week I uncover some interesting stats, tidbits and information that you may not know. 

DID YOU KNOW?

Struggling but still productive - Kirk Cousins is the only quarterback in the league with a 100+ QB Rating and a losing record (4-6). 

That Jacksonville ground game though - Blake Bortles has the fewest touchdown passes (12) of any quarterback with at least 7 wins. 

Double Trouble - Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram II average 6.4 yards and 5.2 yards per carry respectively. That's first and fourth best in the league (min 6.25 rushes per game)

New and improved Jay Ajayi - Jay Ajayi averaged 19.7 carries per game (7 games) with Miami and 66.4 yards rushing per game. With Philadelphia, his carries per game has dropped to 7.5 but his yards per game has increased to 84.0 in two games.  

Wear and Tear Beware - Le'Veon Bell's 232 carries this year is 40 more than the next closest running back (Jordan Howard - 192). Bell is on pace for 371 carries!

Chris Thompson will be missed - His 13.1 yards per reception was the highest among all running backs (min 1.8 catches per game). The next closest is Todd Gurley at 11.2 yards per catch.

The underrated Jarvis Landry - Landry has at least 4 touchdowns each season he has been in the league with no less than 84 catches. He's on pace for 107 catches and 9.6 touchdowns this year. 

Russell Wilson isn't one of them - Two quarterbacks have passed for 300+ yards and rushed for 50+ yards in the same game this year. Carson Wentz in Week 2 and Deshaun Watson in Week 8. 

"Oh what a Thielen" - Adam Thielen has 916 yards receiving this year (84 shy of 1,000). The next closest player has 130 yards less. Thielen is on pace for 100 receptions and 1,465 yards. 

"Oh what a start!" - Kareem Hunt has not scored a touchdown since Week 3 and he's still the 2nd best fantasy running back this year (3rd in PPR). 

Wait, what? - Deshaun Watson still has more fantasy points than Philip Rivers, Matt Ryan or Ben Roethlisberger.

Falcons rising? - Atlanta has the most sacks (17) since Week 7. The Giants have the fewest (2). 

Kicking your age is a good thing - Harrison Butker (age 22), Jake Elliott (age 22), Will Lutz (age 23) and Greg Zuerlein (age 29) are one field goal away from having the same number of made field goals as their age. Not bad for having 6 games left. 

IT MIGHT BE GOOD TO KEEP YOUR QUARTERBACKS AWAY FROM THESE TEAMS

Top 5 QB Rating Against (Week 12 Opp)

  • 64.5 JAC (ARI)
  • 66.9 BAL (HOU)
  • 74.2 PIT (GB)
  • 76.4 LAR (NO)
  • 76.9 PHI (CHI)
  • 78.8 LAC (DAL)

AND START YOUR QUARTERBACKS AGAINST THESE TEAMS

Bottom 5 QB Rating Against (Week 12 Opp)

  • 113.3 OAK (DEN)
  • 104.3 MIA (NE)
  • 102.3 CLE (CIN)
  • 99.0 HOU (BAL)
  • 98.5 DEN (OAK)
  • 97.2 SF (SEA)

LOOKING GOOD FOR THESE TEAMS WEEK 12

  • Miami - New England allows 6.3 yards per play (highest in league)
  • Baltimore and Oakland - Houston and Denver have allowed 22 passing touchdowns to date. Oakland also allows 2.28 points per drive, the league's high. 
  • Kansas City - Bills have allowed 16 rushing touchdowns
  • Dallas - The Chargers have allowed 1,389 yards rushing and 4.9 yards per carry this season.
  • Oakland- Opponents average drive start against the Broncos is their own 35 yard line, worst in the league.
  • Denver - Oakland has allowed the most made field goals (24).
  • Tennessee - Indianapolis allows 28 points per game - most in the league. 
  • Cleveland and Jacksonvile - Cincinnati and Arizona both allow a 54.3% third down conversion percentage. Highest in the league. 
  • Seattle - San Francisco has allowed the most plays in the red zone (41) and scores in the red zone (22)
  • Buffalo and Indianapolis wide receivers - Kansas City and Tennessee each allow 1.5 touchdowns per game to wide receivers

NOT SO GOOD FOR THESE TEAMS WEEK 12

  • Arizona - Opponents against Jacksonville average a league low 4.5 yards per play. Jacksonville also leads the league in fewest touchdown passes allowed - 7 and fewest passing first downs allowed - 92. Jacksonville also has allowed the fewest field goals (12), fewest total touchdowns allowed (15), a league low 14.1 points allowed per game, they have the most sacks (40) and 64.5% QB rating against. Oh and they have allowed only 16 plays in the red zone. Good luck facing your former team, Blaine Gabbert
  • Houston - Baltimore allows the fewest completions per game of 18.1 and the second lowest completion rate 56.9%. Baltimore also has the most interceptions on defense with 16. 
  • Chicago - Philadelphia allows only 71 rushing yards per game, they have allowed only 4 rushing touchdowns.
  • Baltimore - Houston has allowed only 3 rushing touchdowns this season. They also allow the fewest plays per drive (4.9). 
  • Detroit - Minnesota defense has the best third down conversion percentage at 28.6%
  • Dallas - The Chargers have the best red zone percentage. 40% of the time an opponent reaches the red zone, they score.

THE ALL-SNEAKY LINEUP THIS WEEK

Quarterback: Tyrod Taylor
Running Back: Alfred Morris
Wide Receiver: Deonte Thompson
Tight End: Vernon Davis
Kicker: Brandon McManus
Defense: Cincinnati

Stat of the Week

14 different quarterbacks have had games this year with 30+ completions. Four have done it twice (Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, Joe Flacco and Tom Brady).Tom Brady has done it five times. 

Top 5 finishes by position

Quarterback

6 times

5 times

4 times

3 times

2 times

1 time

Running Back

5 times

4 times

3 times

2 times

1 time

 Wide Receiver/Tight End

5 times

4 times

3 times

2 times

1 times

 

Questions, suggestions and comments are always welcome to haseley@footballguys.com


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