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By The Numbers: Week 14: Tony Romo, Roy Helu, Christian Ponder & More

There are always some intriguing numbers that helps lead us to our fantasy football decisions. Let’s take a look at some of them for Week 14: 

4 – Number of targets for Golden Tate in Week 13
He converted all four into receptions, with four catches for 47 yards and 1 TD.  Tate actually tied for the team high in Week 13 (with running back Michael Robinson), as Tavaris Jackson only threw the ball 16 times.  In time Tate’s targets should increase, though I wouldn’t count on it this week with the Seahawks taking on the porous St. Louis Rams’ rushing defense.  Expect a steady diet of Marshawn Lynch in Week 14, though Tate should remain the go to receiver.  As a deep sleeper, he’s worth considering.

8 – Passing touchdowns allowed by the Baltimore Ravens this season
It’s not like Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon should’ve been considered high level options to begin with, but taking on the Ravens really makes it hard to trust them.  Just to make it a little worse, in their past five games the Ravens have allowed just two touchdowns to wide receivers (Mike Wallace in Week 9 and Andre Caldwell in Week 11).    Read more

By The Numbers: Week 13: Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, Fed Davis & More

There are always some intriguing numbers that helps lead us to our fantasy football decisions. Let’s take a look at some of them for Week 13:

0 – Rushing touchdowns allowed by the San Francisco 49ers
It’s an incredibly impressive number, especially when you realize only one other team has allowed less than five rushing touchdowns (the Miami Dolphins have allowed 3).  The last team to allow fewer than five rushing touchdowns in a season was the 2008 Baltimore Ravens, who allowed four, and at this point it is hard to imagine the 49ers not bettering that feat (since 1990 no team has allowed fewer than four rushing touchdowns).  In other words, what the 49ers defense has done is clearly impressive and says a lot about their ability.  Steven Jackson unfortunately has a matchup with them this week and the chance of him posting a big game seems almost nil.  At best he’s a RB2, but he’s an extremely tough play. Read more

By The Numbers: Week 12: Matt Ryan, Cedric Benson, Victor Cruz & More

There are always some intriguing numbers that helps lead us to our fantasy football decisions. Let’s take a look at some of them for Week 12:

5 – Consecutive scoreless games for BenJarvus Green-Ellis
If he was guaranteed to get ample touches maybe our view of him would be a little bit different.  Unfortunately, one thing we know about New England is that you should take nothing for granted.  He’s had as many as 20 carries just twice this season.  He’s had eight carries or less in two of his previous four games.  There’s too much risk to consider him a must play option.

39 – Roy Helu’s average rushing yards per game over his past three games
We have all been waiting for him to take over the lead back duties since he posted 74 yards on 10 carries in Week 2.  Since then Mike Shanahan has done nothing but repeatedly frustrate fantasy owners, as he refuses to turn to any running back on a full-time basis.  Helu, who should have been given an opportunity by now, continues to wait his turn.  He has yet to score a touchdown and has not yet had more than 10 carries in a game.  If the Redskins should ever hand him an opportunity he would likely be a good play in all formats.  Until that happens there is too much risk involved. Read more

By The Numbers: Week 11: Ray Rice, Rob Gronkowski, Eli Manning & More

There are always some intriguing numbers that helps lead us to our fantasy football decisions. Let’s take a look at some of them for Week 10:

8 = Number of Eli Manning touchdown passes in his last two games vs. Philadelphia
While the Eagles passing defense was supposed to be one of the best in the league, they have had some serious holes this season. They aren’t giving up a ton of yardage (219.6 passing yards per game), but they are tied for the fourth most passing touchdowns allowed at 17. With the level Manning and the Giants offense is playing at he remains a good play in all formats, regardless of the matchup.

13 = The total number of carries Ray Rice has in the Ravens’ last two losses
Over their past four victories Rice is averaging 21 carries per game. Is anyone not expecting him to get significantly more touches this week against the Bengals? Despite Cincinnati allowing the second fewest rushing yards per game (86.8 yards), they have allowed 8 TD. Throw in his potential to produce in the passing game and he remains one of the elite options in the game. It comes down to the game planning and you have to think Baltimore has learned from their mistakes. Read more

By The Numbers: Week 10: Frank Gore, Tom Brady, Chris Johnson & More

There are always some intriguing numbers that helps lead us to our fantasy football decisions.  Let’s take a look at some of them for Week 10:

0 = Number of rushing touchdowns allowed by the San Francisco 49ers in 2011
Does anyone have faith in Brandon Jacobs this week?  You shouldn’t be viewing him as anything besides a low-end RB2/FLEX option, and even then he probably isn’t a recommended play (dependent on the rest of your roster).

5 = Number of consecutive 100 yard rushing games for Frank Gore
Over this stretch he has rushed for 634 yards and 4 TD on 100 rushes (only once has he had more than 20 carries).  Yes the ankle injury is a concern, but it is hard to argue against him at this point.  Taking on a New York Giants defense that is allowing the ninth most rushing yards per game (127.1) just makes things look that much more appealing.  Read more