41 Facts for the 2018 Fantasy Football Season

41 Facts for the 2018 Fantasy Football Season

2018 Fantasy Football season is around the corner.

Many fantasy football fanatics would spend countless of hours analyzing the game and which players to pick for their draft. What makes this player a better candidate than the others? Is he going to make me win? Does he have the right skills and potentials? With so many things to consider, it’s easy to get lost in the drafting process. Since this impacts how your game runs, it’s important that you make the right decisions.

Below are some of the 2018 Fantasy Football facts that you should know before making your draft.

  1. Deshaun Watson threw a touchdown on 9.3 percent of his passes last season


  1. Carson Wentz threw a touchdown on 7.5 percent of his passes last season.


  1. 3 percent was the league average TD rate for a QB last season.


  1. Since 2001, Peyton Manning got the highest rate of TD passes per attempt over a full season (9.9 percent in 2004)


  1. In 2014, from Weeks 13-16, Tom Brady was QB14 (QB7 in points per game Weeks 1-12).He was QB8 (QB1 in points per game Weeks 1-12) from Weeks 13-16 in 2015. He was QB9 (QB2 in points per game Weeks 1-12) from Weeks 13-16 in 2016. Tom Brady was QB20 (QB4 in points per game Weeks 1-12) from Weeks 13-16 in 2017.


  1. Three of the four teams to play the Patriots were top 10 in fewest fantasy points allowed to opposing QBs last season from weeks 13-16 in 2018.


  1. Quarterbacks who were drafted in more than 50 percent of ESPN leagues finished as a top-10 weekly performer at the position 81 times last season.


  1. Quarterbacks who went undrafted in more than 50 percent of ESPN leagues finished as a top-10 weekly performer at the position 89 times last season.


  1. Kirk Cousins ranks fourth in fantasy points off play-action since 2015.


  1. Cousins has a 70.1 percent completion rate off play-action over the past 3 years, best in the NFL among qualified QBs.


  1. Only Cam Newton and Tyrod Taylor have more rushing touchdowns among QBs than Kirk Cousins Over the past three years.


  1. Alex Smith has the fifth-most rushing yards by a quarterback during the past three years.


  1. Three of the past four years, a Jay Gruden offense has been top 12 in the NFL in pass percentage.


  1. Be it as a head coach or an offensive coordinator, Jay Gruden brings his offense inside the top 10 in terms of total QB fantasy points four times in the past five seasons.


  1. Alex Smith is currently being drafted in the 13th round as QB18. He was QB4 in total fantasy points last season and now starting for Gruden in Washington.


  1. Kirk Cousins and Philip Rivers are the only quarterbacks who have thrown for at least 4,000 yards and 25-plus touchdowns each of the past three years.


  1. Rivers has 25-plus touchdowns and has thrown for at least 4,000 yards in nine of the past 10 years.


  1. Rivers has not missed a game since 2006.


  1. No quarterback in the NFL had more 300-yard games last season than Rivers, who had six.


  1. Rivers’ ADP was QB17 last season. He finished as QB8.


  1. Over the past two years, “Player A” has played 32 games and and thrown for 6,991 yards and 45 touchdowns while  “Player B” has played 29 games and thrown for 7,594 yards and 47 touchdowns. Player A is Dak Prescott. Player B is Jameis Winston.


  1. Prescott has run for six touchdowns in each of the past two seasons.


  1. Cam Newton is the only one QB who has run for six or more touchdowns in three straight seasons in the past 15 seasons.


  1. During Prescott’s NFL career, Jason Witten and Dez Bryant have combined for 40.9 percent of his passing yards, 40.4 percent of his completions and 46.7 percent of his passing touchdowns.


  1. Neither Witten nor Bryant is expected to play for the Dallas Cowboys this season.


  1. On his five starts last season, Jimmy Garoppolo averaged the fourth-most yards per play.


  1. Four of the top five offenses in terms of yards per play have produced a top-nine fantasy QB in each of the past two seasons.


  1. Andy Reid’s quarterbacks have scored 2,755.4 fantasy points over the past decade.


  1. Travis Kelce leads all tight ends in deep receptions during the past two years.


  1. Tyreek Hill ranks second in catches that have gained 35-plus yards the past two seasons.


  1. Jerick McKinnon is one of six running backs with at least 40 reception and 150 carries each of the past two years.


  1. McKinnon averaged 31.4 snaps a game during those two years.


  1. The 49ers ranked top five in the NFL in RB targets, RB receptions and B receiving yards last season.


  1. During Kyle Shanahan’s two years in Atlanta, the Falcons were fifth in RB receiving yards, eighth in RB receptions, second in RB red zone receptions and led the NFL in RB red zone receiving yards.


  1. Last season, only Melvin Gordon, Le’Veon Bell, Kareem Hunt and Todd Gurley had a higher percentage of their team’s red zone carries than Marshawn Lynch.


  1. Lynch averaged 2.47 yards per carry after first contact, the second-highest rate of his career and was fifth best in the NFL.


  1. During the past three seasons, there have been eight rookie running backs who finished top 10 at the position.


  1. Last season, the Vikings ranked second in rush percentage. They are now under Giants head coach Pat Shurmur.


  1. While in Philadelphia (2013-15) and Minnesota (2016-17), Shurmur’s offense was sixth in red zone rush percentage.


  1. The Vikings running backs got 108 targets last season under the wings of Shurmur.


  1. Derrius Guice is the only player in SEC history with three 250-yard rushing games.


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