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 12 rankings.
Arizona Cardinals – The Cardinals have gained the most rushing yards from draw plays this season at 165. Kyler Murray leads the league for players at 99. Kenyan Drake is in the top 10 for players, while Chase Edmonds is in the top 20.
Baltimore Ravens – The Ravens have gained 377 rushing yards on power run plays — 99 more yards than any other team. J.K. Dobbins (128), Gus Edwards (94), Lamar Jackson (79) and Mark Ingram II (76) all rank in the top 16 players, and all average 4.8 yards per carry or better on power runs.
Chicago Bears – Allen Robinson II leads the league in contested targets at 37, but he has only been able to bring in 14 of them. Only one other player has more than 23 contested targets on the season.
Cincinnati Bengals – A.J. Green has seen the most contested targets in the last five weeks at 15. He’s caught six of them. Tee Higgins has the second-most contested targets in that time with 12, and he has caught four of them.
Dallas Cowboys – Amari Cooper is tied for the league lead on receiving first downs from plays where he was in motion before the snap. He’s caught 13-of-15 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown across 59 such plays.
Denver Broncos – Tim Patrick has gained 235 receiving yards from go routes in 2020, which ranks third in the league. He’s caught six of his eight targets on go routes but has yet to convert one into a touchdown.
Green Bay Packers – The Packers lead the league in touchdowns off play-action passes at 12. Green Bay receivers have caught 69 passes on 91 play-action targets.
Jacksonville Jaguars – Laviska Shenault Jr. leads all rookie wide receivers in avoided tackles on receptions at 11. He’s done this despite seven other rookie wide receivers tallying more catches and despite missing the last few games due to a hamstring injury.
Los Angeles Chargers – Justin Herbert has faced six or more pass rushers on 35 of his dropbacks. He’s one of only two quarterbacks to put up over 300 passing yards on plays with six or more rushers; he has six touchdowns compared to no interceptions.
Los Angeles Rams – Robert Woods has run 13 times from jet sweeps, while no other player has run more than seven. He’s gained 78 yards on those runs, turned three into a first down and one into a touchdown.
New England Patriots – James White leads all running backs on first downs from screens with seven. He’s caught all 11 screens thrown his way and gained 120 yards on those plays. Teammate Rex Burkhead is tied for the second-most at five, with Burkhead catching all 10 thrown his way for 91 yards. They are the only two backs with eight or more screen targets and a 100% catch rate.
Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steelers have used by far the fewest play-action passes this season. They’ve thrown 35 targeted passes off play action while the next closest team has 55. They’ve gained 214 passing yards off these passes, which is less than half the yardage total of every other team.
San Francisco 49ers – The 49ers have three players in the top 10 in yards per route run on plays where that player was in motion before the snap. Richie James Jr. is first at 7.00, Deebo Samuel in seventh with 4.67 and Jerick McKinnon in tenth at 4.27. McKinnon has the most for all running backs.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Tom Brady’s 95.3 PFF grade when the defense has an eight-man box is the best among quarterbacks. He’s completed 40-of-54 passes against an eight-man box for 467 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception.
Washington Football Team – Washington has gained the most passing yards from wide receiver screens at 304. Washington receivers have caught 39-of-40 targets, with 13 leading to first downs. Terry McLaurin and Isaiah Wright both rank in the top seven among wide receivers in yards from screens. Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic rank first and second among running backs lined up from a wide receiver position at gaining yards from screen passes.