Fantasy Fox: 20 fun facts to ponder for Week 7
Here are 20 whimsical factoids — some positive, some negative — to digest before the Sunday/Monday slate of Week 7 games:
1. Dating back to 2011 and including last year's Super Bowl, 49ers tailback Frank Gore (533 total yards, three TDs) has notched 100 total yards and/or one touchdown in his last eight games against AFC foes.
2. Jamaal Charles has been the most consistent force among running backs this season, rolling for 100-plus yards and one touchdown in every game. In other words, he's virtually untouchable on the trade market.
3. Arian Foster boasts averages of 162 total yards in his last three games. Plus, the Chiefs have surrendered cumulative team averages of 148 yards rushing in their last four outings.
Of equal importance, Foster doesn't lose any fantasy points whenever a Texans quarterback tosses a pick-six to the opposing squad. (Case Keenum ... next man up!)
4. Of his last nine games against NFC competition, Bengals wideout A.J. Green (six catches, 103 yards, one TD last week vs. Buffalo) has tallied 100 yards receiving or one TD seven times.
5. Lions tailback Reggie Bush (637 total yards, three TDs) already has five games of six-plus targets this season — matching his entire "targets" output with the Dolphins from 2011-12.
6. From a PPR-elite perspective, Browns wideout Josh Gordon (25 catches, 429 yards, two TDs) has either seven catches, nine-plus targets or one touchdown in every game this year.
7. Looking for reasons to endorse Eli Manning in Week 7? The Vikings (Eli's Sunday opponent) surrendered a minimum of 280 yards passing and 27 points to the opposition for Weeks 1-4.
And last week, Cam Newton ravaged Minnesota for an Al Bundy-type game of four touchdowns.
8. We're no longer in the business of minimizing Wes Welker's fantasy impact with a Broncos offense that's blessed with Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Eric Decker and Knowshon Moreno.
With the Broncos, Welker has recorded a touchdown in all six games — eight total — and eight-plus targets five times.
9. Bucs wideout Vincent Jackson (26 catches, 406 yards, two TDs) has collected 25 targets since Mike Glennon took over at quarterback (two games).
Which bring us to this ...
10. Of their five seasonal games, the Falcons have allowed either 300 yards passing or multiple touchdowns to the opposing quarterback each time.
11. Here's a two-fer involving quarterbacks Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers:
a. Newton, who has yet to face the Rams in his three-year career, has accounted for either 330 total yards or four touchdowns in his last three games.
b. Of his last five non-divisional home games, Rodgers has stellar per-outing averages of 315 yards passing and 3.5 touchdowns.
12. Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson has racked up 100 total yards in 20 of his last 22 games (including the postseason).
On an unrelated note (not really) ... the Giants have allowed 100-plus team rushing yards in five straight games.
13. You can bet the proverbial farm on Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez amassing double-digit targets — and maybe even double-digit receptions — for a third straight weekend.
With Atlanta down Julio Jones (season-ending foot injury) and possibly Roddy White (foot, hamstring maladies), it'll be Gonzalez's obligation to shoulder the receiving load against the Bucs.
That said, Gonzalez has surprisingly woeful averages of only 3.6 catches, 39 yards and 0.14 TDs in his last seven games against Tampa Bay. Ugh.
14. Going back to 2011, Giants wideout Victor Cruz has notched double-digit targets or at least one touchdown in 11 straight regular-season home games.
15. It's fair to wonder if the Redskins are in conservation mode with running back Alfred Morris (399 total yards, three TDs):
Of his last six games, including the wild-card loss to the Seahawks, Morris hasn't logged more than 16 touches.
Of his previous six games — all Washington victories (Weeks 11-17 last season) — Morris averaged 26 touches ... along with 130 total yards and 1.3 TDs per outing. Hmmmmm.
16. For what it's worth, Knowshon Moreno (104 total yards, three TDs last week) will encounter the NFL's two worst rushing defenses — Jacksonville for Week 7, Indianapolis for Week 8 — on consecutive Sundays.
17. Niners tight end Vernon Davis (eight catches, 180 yards, two TDs last week) has a chance to match his career-high streak of four straight games with a touchdown against the Titans.
18. The Dolphins haven't allowed a single back to rush for 100 yards in six games. The last one to accomplish the feat? C.J. Spiller rolled for 138 rushing yards in Week 16 of last year.
(FYI: Buffalo travels to Miami on Sunday.)
19. The fantasy masses aren't happy with Ray Rice's middling start (284 total yards, three TDs through five games).
But there is good news to report: Of his last four outings against the Steelers, Rice has averaged 104 total yards and one score.
And last but not least ... here are this week's contradictory nuggets:
a. Chargers tailback Ryan Mathews hasn't posted back-to-back games of 100 yards rushing in two years.
b. The Jaguars rank as the NFL's worst rush defense, allowing a staggering 152 yards per game.