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. 

9 = Number of 40+ yard passes allowed by the Denver Broncos in 2011 (leading the league)
That includes a 40 yard touchdown by Michael Reece in Week 9.  It’s not that Matt Cassel and company are locks to produce big games, but it’s obvious the Broncos defense is prone to the big play through the air (they’ve also allowed 27 passes of at least 20 yards).  Jonathan Baldwin has emerged as the big play receiver in Kansas City, so he is someone to keep in mind as a deep sleeper.

23.29 = Number of points that the Carolina Panthers are allowing to opposing running backs (according to
I know that no one wants to get excited about Chris Johnson off of just one game, but things are shaping up for a repeat performance.  He is coming off his second best game of the season (110 total yards) and should be considered a good play in all formats for Week 10.

35 = Number of times Antonio Brown has been targeted the past three weeks
In comparison Mike Wallace has received just 20 targets over the same period.  Brown has made the most of his opportunities, with 21 receptions for 278 yards and 1 TD.  It appears that he’s entrenched himself as the second best receiver and a very good fantasy play as a WR2.

93 = Total number of yards for DeSean Jackson over his past three games
It has been that bad of late, as he has just 8 receptions on 21 targets.  Just to make matters worse, he has scored just two touchdowns on the season.  Whatever the reason, things between Jackson and Michael Vick just aren’t there.  His upside keeps him as an intriguing WR2, but it is extremely hard to trust him.

466 = Total number of rushing yards for DeMarco Murray over his past three games
It’s good for an amazing 8.5 yards per carry.  I’m not sure how anyone can still be talking about Felix Jones and him likely retaking the starting job when healthy.  Murray has done more than enough to entrench himself as the lead back already.  However, he should further state his case this week against a Bills defense that is allowing 120.8 rushing yards per game as well as 10 TD (one behind the league worst).

946 = Number of passing yards Tom Brady has against the Jets in their last three matchups (including playoffs)
Vaunted defense or not, it’s clear that Brady knows how to produce against the Jets secondary.  I know the Jets are coming off one of their best defensive showings of the season, limiting the Bills to 287 total yards.  However, struggling or not, the Patriots are not the Bills.  There’s no reason to think that Brady won’t continue to produce against them.

Make sure to check out all the rest of our Week 10 articles:

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  1. Randy says:

    Due to potentially bad matchups this week for some of my roster, I am extremely torn about how to fill 2 WR slots and a RB/WR slot, in a standard league. I must win the rest of the way to make the playoffs. Here are my options:

    On my team: Larry Fitzgerald, Brandon Lloyd, Steve Breaston, Marion Barber, Chris Ogbonnaya…

    Free agents I could pick up: Earl Bennett, Preston Parker, Michael Jenkins, Jabar Gaffney, Josh Cribbs.

    What would you do? I’m good with Foster and Murray at RB, but beyond that, it’s a struggle this week… Thanks!

    • Yea, that’s a tough spot, but I think Fitzgerald & Lloyd are fine options at the WR spot.

      As for the FLEX, I don’t love any of the options, but Ogbonnaya has a great matchup. Does that mean he’s going to produce? Absolutely not, but he is going to be the lead back and that means 15-20 carries. He offers the most upside among any of the other options.

  2. Chris says:

    Need to start 3 wr welker Wallace brown and Harvin non ppr who do I start

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