20 Interesting Facts for Week 10 (2020 Fantasy Football)
Need a break from a narrow fantasy loss, a one-sided rout or all those injuries piling up on a weekly basis? This is the place for you!
Here are 20 of the most interesting facts from around the fantasy football world entering Week 10:
1. With the fantasy football season officially past the halfway point, it’s a great time to look at some “on pace” stats and trends which have a realistic shot at actually happening. We begin with quarterbacks – and there are presently three (Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers) on pace to throw for 40+ touchdowns. That would tie the single-season record for 40-TD performances in a single season, equaling the mark set in 2011.
2. Fantasy managers are blessed to see not just one, but two running backs averaging better than 100 rushing yards per game to date: Dalvin Cook (122.6) and Derrick Henry (105.4). If both players can maintain their breakneck pace, it’ll mark just the third time since 2008 that the league has had multiple 100-yards-per-game rushers: it happened in 2012 (Alfred Morris, Adrian Peterson) and again in 2016 (Le’Veon Bell, Ezekiel Elliott).
3. An equally intriguing development is shaping up with the league’s wide receivers; we enter the second half of the fantasy season with just one averaging 100 receiving yards per game (Davante Adams, 112.5). If Adams see his rate dip below triple digits – and no other receiver rises to the plateau – we could have our first NFL season without a 100-yards-per-game receiver since 2010 (minimum 10 games).
4. Travis Kelce is already enjoying another terrific season – and if he can maintain his first-half pace of production, he’ll make history. Kelce averages 85.4 receiving yards per game; if that holds, he’ll be the first tight end to average 80+ receiving yards in multiple seasons (having first achieved the feat in 2018). George Kittle, who also hit the plateau in 2018 and averages 79.0 YPG this season, is out up to eight weeks with a foot fracture.
5. Ian Hartitz has an encouraging stat for those of you looking to J.D. McKissic for fantasy help this week:
Most targets among RBs when lined up in the slot or out wide (PFF)
Nobody else has more than 8.
– Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) November 10, 2020
McKissic saw a whopping 14 targets last week against the Giants, and could be in for a similar workload in Week 10 against a Detroit Lions team that has hemorrhaged points through the air to the running back position. McKissic is a locked-in FLEX play who could finish as a top-15 RB option in PPR formats if the game script cooperates.
6. Only three players have active streaks of five or more games with 50+ receiving yards – and one of them wasn’t even on fantasy players’ radar to begin the season. Travis Fulgham has been a revelation, hauling in 29 passes for 435 yards and four touchdowns over his first five NFL games – and he has seen a whopping 41 targets over his past four games, third-most in the league over that span. He’ll be a fixture in the Philly offense moving forward.
7. There’s another intriguing name alongside Fulgham’s. Cincinnati Bengals rookie Tee Higgins has a five-game streak of 50-yard receiving efforts, putting together a solid 25-413-1 line over that stretch (with four games of 70+ yards). Joe Burrow appears to have narrowed his trust tree to Higgins, A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd, and with the rookie QB slingin’ it a bunch this year, Higgins will continue to shine as an every-week WR2-3.
8. Only one player in Buffalo Bills franchise history has averaged 10+ targets per game over the course of a full season – but Stefon Diggs has an outside shot at becoming the second. Diggs has 91 targets through the Bills’ first nine games, putting him on a 10.1 targets-per-game pace that ranks third in the NFL. Eric Moulds is the only Buffalo receiver to exceeded 10 targets per game, accomplishing the feat in 2000 and repeating it in 2002.
9. Diggs isn’t the only wide receiver with a shot at joining a franchise record holder. Washington sensation Terry McLaurin has 50 receptions through his first eight games, putting him directly on a 100-reception full-season pace that would allow him to join Pierre Garcon as the only Washington players with 100+ catches in a season. Given that McLaurin is the only player with 7+ targets in every game this season, he should have a good shot to do it.
10. Andy Holloway is here with a fact you probably didn’t know – even if you have Lamar Jackson on your roster:
BEST Red Zone passer rating this year…
1. Lamar 😳 129.3
2. Kirk 124.0
3. Kyler 121.6
4. Tanny 117.2
5. Teddy B 114.4
– Andy Holloway (@andyholloway) November 10, 2020
Jackson has completed more than 63 percent of his red-zone attempts, with 24 touchdowns and zero interceptions. He also shares the league lead with 16 touchdown passes inside the 10-yard line. Jackson is well behind his incredible 2019 pace from a fantasy perspective, but he’s still an elite threat inside the 20.
11. Which player has done the most with the least through the first nine weeks of the NFL season? That honor belongs to Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Nelson Agholor, who leads the league in PPR fantasy scoring among players with 20 or fewer touches (81.7). Agholor has just 17 catches through the first nine weeks, but has turned them into 347 yards and five touchdowns. If he gets more work moving forward, he could be a viable FLEX option.
12. On the flip side, let’s marvel at just how difficult it is to do so little with so many touches. That’s what Frank Gore has managed to do so far this season; the 85-year-old running back has 116 touches so far but has amassed just 51.6 PPR fantasy points, easily the fewest of any player with 100+ touches. Only two other players are within 30 points: Detroit running back Adrian Peterson (63.9) and the Chargers’ Joshua Kelley (64.3).
13. Gore also owns the distinction of having racked up the most rushing yards without reaching the end zone (386). And this one isn’t particularly close, either; aside from quarterback Daniel Jones (320 yards, 0 TDs, one big whoopsie that cost him a score), there is no one within 200 yards of that mark. It wouldn’t be the first time for Gore, who had 722 rushing yards without a touchdown with the Miami Dolphins in 2018.
14. Who is Gore’s receiver equivalent? There’s presently a tight battle at the top, with Cleveland’s Jarvis Landry at 419 yards without a TD and Detroit’s Danny Amendola at 401. Of note: The New England Patriots have four players in the top 12 on this list: Damiere Byrd (337, 3rd), Julian Edelman (315, 5th), Jakobi Meyers (294, 6th) and James White (195, 12th). The NFL record-holder? The Jets’ Al Toon, who had 963 TD-less receiving yards in 1991.
15. Our very own Kyle Yates makes those of you who claimed Meyers on waivers happy with this one:
Over the last three weeks, only five players in the entire NFL have seen more targets than Jakobi Meyers.
* Jakobi Meyers (30 targets)
– Kyle Yates (@KyleYNFL) November 10, 2020
This move could be a difference-maker for anyone with the foresight to snag Meyers; we don’t know if his recent stretch is sustainable, but with no other New England receiver having stepped up all season, he has as good a chance as anyone of building on his current rapport with Cam Newton and producing WR2-3 value more often than not. And hey, maybe he’ll even reach the end zone!
16. Let’s go back to Gore one more time, because it’s truly remarkable just how end-zone-allergic he has been in recent seasons. He has just two rushing TDs over the past three seasons; of any player with 400+ carries over that span, the next-lowest total belongs to Leonard Fournette with 10. And he has just nine rushing touchdowns on 954 attempts since 2016 – three fewer TDs than Dalvin Cook has just this season (in 144 rush attempts).
17. We’re still on a league-record scoring pace as we approach Week 10 – and it doesn’t appear as if the previous marks have any chance of surviving. Teams are averaging an unbelievable 25.3 points per game in 2020, which would shatter both the pre-Super Bowl mark of 23.6 (in 1948) and the Super Bowl-era record of 23.4 (in 2013). The biggest catalyst: the passing game, with teams averaging 1.77 receiving touchdowns per game so far.
18. We’ve paid plenty of attention to Joe Burrow in this space, but it’s time for Justin Herbert to get some love among the Class of 2020. Herbert ranks second among rookies all-time in passing touchdowns through the first nine weeks of the season (17) and is sixth in passing yards (2,146) – and here’s the kicker: He has only played seven games over that stretch. You can lean on him as a weekly back-end QB1 moving forward.
19. What if we combined what Burrow and Herbert have done in their rookie seasons to build a full-season hybrid? Here are what those statistics would look like: a 67.1-percent completion rate, 4,418 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. That’s good for 320.32 fantasy points, which would have slotted in as the QB4 last year (and that’s with just 15 combined games from Burrow and Herbert.) Conclusion: These guys are good.
20. Jacob Gibbs finishes things up with some great news for Dallas Goedert managers:
In his first game back, Dallas Goedert:
– 86% snap rate
– Ran a route on 28 of 37 dropbacks
Richard Rodgers played just 26% of the snaps and was used as a blocker on 15 of 18 offensive plays.
– Jacob Gibbs (@jagibbs_23) November 2, 2020
The Eagles’ receiving situation is a weekly ulcer-causer, but Goedert should be the one dependable weekly play with a rock-solid floor and occasional touchdown upside. He has TE1 value the rest of the way, but there will be bumps.