While preparing my fantasy football rankings each week, I come across statistics and trends worth monitoring. The following are 32 interesting stats — one for each NFL team — that helped inform my Week 9 rankings.
Baltimore Ravens – Lamar Jackson is tied for the league lead in quarterback runs in the red zone at 17, though none have resulted in touchdowns. Last season, he had five touchdowns from red zone carries.
Buffalo Bills – On passes thrown in 4.1 seconds or longer, Stefon Diggs leads all WRs with 11 targets, seven catches and 133 yards. His receiving yard figure would have been the fifth-most among wide receivers in 2019.
Carolina Panthers – The Panthers have two of the top five players in receiving yards after contact regardless of position. Robby Anderson is the top wide receiver and second overall at 159 yards after contact, and Mike Davis is fifth overall and second among running backs with 123 yards.
Chicago Bears – The Bears have posted the second-fewest rushing yards before contact on their rushing attempts.
Cincinnati Bengals – Tyler Boyd leads the league with 21 targets in the red zone. They have led to 13 receptions and three touchdowns. A.J. Green is also in the top 10 with 15 red zone targets, but he hasn’t caught any of them.
Denver Broncos – The Broncos have run the second-fewest plays in the red zone at 54.
Green Bay Packers – Aaron Rodgers leads the league in passing yards on deep passes with 626. Rodgers has finished second in deep passing yards in four different seasons but has never finished at the top.
Indianapolis Colts – Jordan Wilkins has averaged 0.31 tackles avoided per carry over the last calendar year — the most among running backs with 75 or more carries. Jonathan Taylor has avoided 0.07 tackles per carry. That is tied for the fewest.
Jacksonville Jaguars – The Jaguars pass on 66% of first-half plays. That is the third-highest rate in the league. In the second half of games, the rate jumps to 70.5%, the second-highest rate among teams.
Las Vegas Raiders – Josh Jacobs is seeing a sophomore slump, but that hasn’t stopped him from being one of the best backs at avoiding tackles. He led the league least year with 69 on his carries and is one away from tying the league lead this year with 28.
Los Angeles Chargers – Keenan Allen has amassed a league-leading 106 receptions over the last calendar year. What makes that more impressive is that he doesn’t have a drop. Every other player with at least 67 catches in that time has at least two drops.
Miami Dolphins – Mike Gesicki has 252 receiving yards from passes thrown beyond the first-down marker — second-most among all tight ends. On passes in front of the first down marker, he ranks 47th with 37 yards.
New England Patriots – Patriot tight ends have a combined 10 receptions this season. That is the fewest for a team at tight end through eight weeks since 2016.
New York Giants – It has only taken Daniel Jones 34 carries to reach 316 rushing yards this season, but that's good for the third-most among QBs. Every other quarterback with over 300 yards has more than 60 rushing attempts.
Philadelphia Eagles – Miles Sanders has racked up 208 total yards on his five carries that have gone for 15 yards or more. That's the most rushing yards thanks to these longer runs among running backs.
Pittsburgh Steelers – Ben Roethlisberger has 54 passing attempts on passes with a time to throw of 1.5 seconds or less — 12 more than any other quarterback. His total would have tied for seventh-most for all of 2019.
San Francisco 49ers – George Kittle‘s 589 yards after the catch over the last calendar year is the most for any tight end or wide receiver. Deebo Samuel has the third-most during that time (552 yards).
Seattle Seahawks – Russell Wilson is tied for the league lead in adjusted completion percentage at 82.8%. This is especially impressive because his average depth of target of 9.0 is above the league average.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Tom Brady has been pressured on only 21.2% of dropbacks, the lowest rate among quarterbacks. When he has thrown while under pressure, he’s completed a below-average 42.9% of passes.