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52 stats to know for fantasy in the Super Bowl

By Tyler Loechner
Jan 30, 2018

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Jan 29, 2018; Bloomington, MN, USA; A general view of Super Bowl XLII merchandise of the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots at the Mall of America, the site of the Super Bowl LII media center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Super Bowl LII has finally arrived, and we’re here to bring you the final round of “stats to know” for the 2017-2018 season.

Without further ado, here are 52 stats to know for Super Bowl 52.

New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles

1. Tom Brady was sacked 35 times this year — 21 times in the first half of the year, and 14 times in the second half of the year.

2. Brady’s average depth of target was 9.5 yards this year. It was his highest aDOT since 2007 (also 9.5).

3. Brady led the NFL with 2,731 passing yards in the air (without drops). That was 271 yards more than the next-closest quarterback (Russell Wilson).

4. In his 13 games, Carson Wentz had an aDOT of 10.3 yards. In his eight games, Nick Foles had an aDOT of 8.3 yards.

5. Wentz gained 63.9 percent of his yards via the air. From Weeks 14 through the Conference Championship game, Foles has gained 50.6 percent of his yards through the air.

6. When facing no pressure, Foles (107.8) had a nearly equal passer rating to Wentz (110.3) this year.

7. When under pressure, Foles (23.8) had the worst passer rating in the NFL. Wentz’s rating under pressure was 81.7 — fourth-best.

8. Brady’s passer rating under pressure: A league-leading 96.6.

9. From Week 14 through the Conference Championship game, Foles (0.44) has actually scored more fantasy points per dropback than Brady (0.42).

10. However, Brady’s volume trumps this (minor) difference: He has attempted 88 more passes than Foles in this span for 493 more yards.

11. Foles when throwing in 2.5 seconds or less: 112.3 passer rating. When throwing in 2.6 seconds or more: 43.3 passer rating. Brady’s rating hardly changes (103.3 and 102.0, respectively).

12. Dion Lewis ranked first among qualifying running backs (minimum 50 percent snap threshold) in PFF elusive rating this year, at 73.2. He forced 49 misses on 212 touches.

13. Lewis gained an average of 3.2 yards after contact — tied for fifth-highest in the NFL this year (with Derrick Henry).

14. LeGarrette Blount ranked third in elusive rating (72.8). He forced 37 missed tackles on 181 touches.

15. Blount gained 36.9 percent of his yards on long runs (15-plus yards). That was the fourth-highest rate in the league among qualifying running backs.

16. Blount gained an average of 3.6 yards after contact — third-highest among running backs this season.

17. James White gained 1.59 yards per pass route run in 2017, seventh-highest among qualifying running backs.

18. In the postseason, Lewis has gained 2.71 YPRR. That would have trailed only Alvin Kamara in the regular season (2.81).

19. As a team, Philadelphia ranked third in rushing yards, with 2,115. However, they had no individual running back top 800 rushing yards.

20. The Eagles only scored nine combined rushing touchdowns — the ninth-fewest among all teams this year.

21. The Patriots gave up only five rushing touchdowns to running backs this year, the second-fewest in the NFL. But they did give up four passing touchdowns to opposing running backs.

22. No Eagles running back saw more than 16 targets this season, though.

23. Rex Burkhead scored 0.75 fantasy points per opportunity this year, which ranked second among all running backs, trailing only Kamara (0.76).

24. Lewis (0.59) was tied for sixth in fantasy PPO among running backs, with New Orleans’ other running back, Mark Ingram.

25. Lewis, Burkhead, and White all scored three receiving touchdowns this season.

26. From Weeks 15 through the playoffs, Foles had a passer rating of 109.1 when targeting Nelson Agholor. Wentz had similar success, with a 129.1 rating when targeting Agholor Weeks 1-13.

27. Agholor caught four fourth-quarter touchdowns this year. That was tied for second-most among receivers, behind only DeAndre Hopkins (5).

28. Foles has a perfect passer rating (158.3) when targeting Alshon Jeffery so far this postseason. The next-best QB-WR hookup this postseason is Foles to Torrey Smith, with a rating of 145.0.

29. Including the playoffs, Danny Amendola has more third-down receptions (24) than every other Patriots receiver combined (23).

30. Brandin Cooks has gained 748 of his 1,214 yards on first down this year (61.6 percent). That is the second-highest percentage of yards gained on first down among all receivers who had at least 500 yards this year.

31. Agholor gained 50.2 percent of his yards on third down — the highest percentage of yardage gained on third down among all receivers who had at least 500 yards.

32. Torrey Smith gained 44.8 percent of his yards on third down — the second-highest percentage, trailing only Agholor.

33. Agholor’s eight touchdowns out of the slot were the most among all receivers in the regular season. No other receiver had more than six.

34. Cooks was targeted 20-plus yards down the field on 33 percent of his passes in the regular season — the second-highest rate among qualifying receivers (minimum 50 percent target threshold).

35. In the regular season, Jeffery was targeted 20-plus yards down the field on 20.4 percent of his targets — but only three of them resulted in a catch.

36. No starting receiver playing this weekend ranked in the top 30 in terms of drop rate this season. Jeffery had the lowest drop rate, at exactly 5.0 percent.

37. Smith had the highest drop rate of any receiver playing in Super Bowl LII, at 16.28 percent. It was the sixth-highest among all qualifying receivers this year (25 percent target threshold).

38. Rob Gronkowski ranked tied for first in fantasy points per snap among tight ends this year. He scored 0.28 fantasy points per snap.

39. Zach Ertz ranked tied for fifth in fantasy PPS among tight ends, at 0.25.

40. Gronkowski’s aDOT of 11.9 yards ranked tied for second among all tight ends who had at least 30 targets this year.

41. Ertz’s aDOT was 8.6 yards, which ranked 33rd among tight ends.

42. Gronkowski dropped five passes on 100 targets. Ertz dropped four on 102 targets.

43. Gronkowski ran 53.2 percent of his routes from the slot this season, and he was targeted on 17.9 percent of his slot routes.

44. Ertz ran 44.1 percent of his routes from the slot, but he was targeted on 21.4 percent of his slot routes.

45. Gronkowski (2.40, first) and Ertz (2.0, fourth) both ranked in the top five among tight ends in terms of yards per route run.

46. Including the playoffs, Gronkowski (21) and Ertz (17) led their respective teams in red-zone targets this season.

47. Philadelphia’s Jalen Mills gave up nine touchdowns when in coverage this season, most among all corners in the NFL.

48. New England’s Malcolm Butler gave up six scores when in coverage, tied for third-most in the league.

49. Philadelphia’s Patrick Robinson gave up 582 yards when in coverage this year, and 318 of those yards came after the catch (54.8 percent).

50. When in coverage, New England’s Elandon Roberts allowed a passer rating of 144.3 against — second-highest among all linebackers this year. He gave up 22 catches on 27 targets for 263 yards and three touchdowns.

51. New England’s Duron Harmon was targeted nine times as the primary coverage defenseman this year. He intercepted four of his targets.

52. Fletcher Cox generated pressure on nearly 13 percent of his pass-rushing snaps.

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