Fantasy Football Week 15: By The Numbers
I truly hope you’re here because you need to gain all of the insight possible for your Week 16 championship matchup. If you’re here to distract yourself from the sadness of missing out, we love you just as much. Don’t worry.
Week 15 had an insane amount of scoring, as I saw plenty of teams get blown out after scoring something like 160 points. It was definitely one of those weeks where it was tough to squeak by with a modest total, but hopefully you made it through.
Here’s your Week 15 by the numbers:
The percentage of receiving yards on the Bears that went to Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller. Mitchell Trubisky had 334 passing yards, and Robinson had 125 of them while Miller had 118. Endorsing their passing game still doesn’t feel like the most comfortable thing in the world, but they’ve produced for a few straight weeks now and have become viable options in Week 16.
Drew Brees’s completion percentage on Monday night, which is an all-time record. Beyond that, Brees also set the all-time passing touchdown record and ended up going for 307 yards and four touchdowns on 29-of-30 passing. Yes, I know you already heard all of this.
Number of games out of the last 10 where Michael Thomas didn’t rack up at least 100 receiving yards. In Week 6, Thomas had 89 yards. In Week 13, he had 48. In the other eight games, he’s averaged 131.8. Thomas is an absolute monster.
Touchdowns for Kenyan Drake, who is the Cardinals’ clear workhorse now. Drake had 22 carries for 137 yards, while David Johnson had three carries for six yards. Drake has been quite the revitalization story since moving to Arizona, and he looks primed to continue that form into 2020.
Passing touchdowns by Lamar Jackson in Week 15, his third game this season with five passing touchdowns. There isn’t really much more to say about Jackson. There’s a good chance that you’re still playing fantasy football in Week 16 because of him.
Receptions for John Brown, which he turned into 99 yards on Sunday night. The next player on the Bills in terms of receptions was Devin Singletary with two. All other receivers had a maximum of one, not that you would be starting anyone else anyway.
Number of receptions for each of Tyler Lockett, D.J. Moore, and Christian McCaffrey in the Seahawks-Panthers game. Those three led their teams by a fairly large margin, and McCaffrey added another 87 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Try to act surprised.
Receptions for Sterling Shepard against the Dolphins. That was five more than the next Giants player, which was Saquon Barkley. The Giants’ receiving corps has been quite the merry-go-round lately, as we have no idea which of Shepard, Golden Tate, or Darius Slayton is going to pop on any given week.
Total carries for the Chargers against the Vikings. It isn’t a bad total, but the distribution was nasty: Melvin Gordon had seven, Austin Ekeler had seven, and Justin Jackson had five. Gordon led the way with 28 rushing yards, as the Chargers got blown out in a 39-10 loss.
Targets for Tyler Higbee over the past three weeks, which he’s turned into a massive 334 yards. It’s a bit late now, but he has returned easy TE1 value since Gerald Everett went down. Ideally, you have a solid tight end situation if you’re playing in the championship in Week 16. If not, make sure Higbee is owned.
Scrimmage yards for Leonard Fournette in Week 15. Fournette has had two of his four lowest yardage outputs of the season over the past two weeks, and all four have come over the past six weeks. He seems to have cooled off at precisely the wrong time.
Week 15 yards for A.J. Brown, his third game out of the last four with at least…114 yards. He has four touchdowns in that span and has been rewarding his fantasy owners at the perfect time. The rookie has another volume-friendly matchup against the Saints in the championship week.
Passing yards for Tom Brady against the Bengals, his third game out of the last four with a yardage total below 200. Brady is usually good for a touchdown or two, but his lack of yardage and volume cap his upside from a fantasy perspective.
Receiving yards for both Julio Jones and George Kittle, oddly enough, in Week 15’s Falcons-49ers game. They both also had 13 receptions, though Jones added two touchdowns while Kittle had zero. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but these two are the clear main weapons on their respective offenses and shouldn’t be benched for any reason. Of course, I shouldn’t have to tell you that.
Combined rushing yards for the Broncos and Chiefs in everyone’s favorite snow game of Week 15. Oddly enough, there wasn’t a ton of running in a game that logically seemed to call for it, as both teams combined for 548 yards through the air.
Scrimmage yards for Miles Sanders, who also had six receptions and two total touchdowns last Sunday. Sanders, like many others in this week’s piece, has popped at the perfect time to reward fantasy owners for keeping the faith in him.
Passing yards for Jameis Winston, his second week in a row over 450 passing yards. Chris Godwin had 121 yards while Breshad Perriman had 113 plus three touchdowns. Winston has been out of this world lately, and he probably carried plenty of you into the championship game.