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Fantasy facts to know for the Super Bowl

By Tyler Loechner
Jan 30, 2019

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FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 04: Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams greets Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots after the New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 26-10 at Gillette Stadium on December 4, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Super Bowl LIII has finally arrived, and we’re here to bring you the final round of fantasy football facts to know for the 2017-2018 season.

Without further ado, here are 53 facts to know for Super Bowl 53.

New England Patriots

  • Tom Brady was our fifth-highest-graded quarterback this year (90.7).
  • Brady averages 322 passing yards per game in the Super Bowl (eight games). That’s a 16-game pace of 5,152 yards.
  • Brady has averaged 345.5 yards per game so far in the 2018 playoffs.
  • Brady has thrown for just one touchdown in five of his last seven games. He threw for three and four touchdowns in the other two games.
  • Brady hasn’t been sacked so far in the playoffs. He has only been sacked five times in the last eight games.

  • Throwing left or right, Brady completed 66.9% of his passes for 7.0 YPA with a 19:3 TD:INT ratio.
  • Throwing over the middle, Brady was 74.5% accurate with a 9.2 YPA, but had a 12:10 TD:INT ratio.

  • Sony Michel scored six touchdowns in the regular season in 13 games.
  • Michel has five touchdowns in two postseason games.
  • James White had 116 targets this year, second-most among all running backs.
  • White had seven receiving touchdowns, most among running backs.
  • White’s seven receiving touchdowns tied a PFF-era record (Jamaal Charles and Darren Sproles) for a running back.
  • Rex Burkhead score more rushing touchdowns last week (2) than he did in the regular season (1).
  • The Rams allowed running backs to average 4.9 YPC against this season, fourth-most in the NFL.
  • Wide receivers caught 20 touchdowns against the Rams this year, tied for seventh-most in the NFL.
  • Julian Edelman averaged 8.75 targets per game this year, 10th-most in the NFL.
  • Over his last 12 playoff games (since 2013), Edelman averages 12.5 targets per game, eight receptions per game, and 99.6 yards per game.
  • Edelman is the only wide receiver on the Patriots roster who had a 100-yard receiving game this year. (He did it twice; so did Josh Gordon.)
  • Chris Hogan averaged over 15 yards per reception. No other Patriots receiver (other than Gordon) averaged more than 12 YPR.
  • Hogan had five end-zone targets this year, most among all Patriots receivers.

  • Among players with at least 25 targets, Cordarrelle Patterson’s 2.33 yards per route run ranked 11th among receivers this season.
  • Hogan (1.07) and Phillip Dorsett (1.27) didn’t even rank in the top 80 in YPRR.
  • Dorsett has scored a touchdown in three straight games. He had just two touchdowns from Weeks 1-16.
  • Rob Gronkowski led the Patriots with six end-zone targets this year.
  • Gronkowski has three or fewer receptions in eight of his last 10 games.
  • Gronkowski’s 10 targets last week set a season-high, including several key third downs. His previous high was eight targets.
  • Gronkowski averaged 14.5 yards per reception, second-best in the NFL among qualifying tight ends (George Kittle had 15.7).

Los Angeles Rams

  • Jared Goff (87.2) was our eighth-best-graded quarterback this season.
  • Goff averaged 8.4 YPA, fourth-most among quarterbacks with at least 40 dropbacks this year.
  • Goff threw for 4,688 yards this season, fourth-most in the NFL.
  • Goff’s 32 passing touchdowns were tied with Drew Brees and Philip Rivers for sixth-most in the NFL.
  • The Patriots defense collected 18 interceptions, tied for third-most in the NFL.
  • The Patriots defense also allowed 29 passing scores, tied for 10th-most in the NFL.

  • Todd Gurley scored 21 touchdowns this year, most in the NFL.
  • Gurley had 22 rushing attempts inside the 5 this year. No other player had more than 18.
  • Gurley had 64 red-zone rushing attempts this year. No other player had more than 51.
  • Gurley also had 20 red-zone targets, third-most on the Rams behind Brandin Cooks (26) and Robert Woods (27).
  • Over the last two games, Gurley had been out-touched by C.J. Anderson 40 to 23.
  • Anderson is averaging 117 yards per game over his last four contests, with four touchdowns in that span.
  • Anderson is averaging 19.5 fantasy PPG over the last month. That 16-game pace would have ranked sixth among running backs this year.
  • The Patriots allowed 4.75 YPC to running backs this year, eighth-most in the NFL.
  • Cooks (13.2) doesn’t have the highest average depth of target among Rams receivers; Josh Reynolds (13.9) does.
  • Four different Rams receivers scored at least five touchdowns this year: Cooks and Reynolds each had five, while Woods and Cooper Kupp scored six apiece.
  • Cooks and Woods both topped 1,200 receiving yards this season. (Kupp was on pace for 1,110 yards.)

  • Cooks, Woods, and Reynolds saw a combined 276 targets this year. They dropped just three passes combined.
  • Cooks had five 100-yard games in the regular season, tied for seventh-most in the NFL.
  • Goff had an passer rating of 115.9 when targeting Cooks and 104.4 when targeting Woods.
  • More than a quarter of Reynolds’ targets (27%) came while he was standing in the end zone.
  • No other Rams receiver had an end-zone target rate greater than 10%.
  • Gerald Everett had four end-zone targets and two end-zone touchdowns this year.
  • Tyler Higbee had three end-zone targets and one end-zone touchdown.
  • Everett out-targeted Higbee 48-t0-29 during the regular season and caught 33 passes to Higbee’s 24.
  • However, in two playoff games, Higbee leads Everett in both targets (7 to 4) and receptions (6 to 2).

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