In the weekly “Stat Pack”, I will go team-by-team and breakdown three key statistics that helps explain the week that was. The attempt here isn’t so much to provide atypical game recaps, but instead to provide rich context about the games that may not be obvious.
Here is the Week 5 Stat Pack. Enjoy:
- David Johnson's weekly PPR finishes as the Cardinals’ starter are nothing short of incredible (doesn't include Week 17 of 2015): RB7, RB8, RB1, RB7, RB6, RB10, RB5, RB19, and RB1.
- These are Michael Floyd’s snap rates over the past three weeks: 90%, 46%, and 37%.
- Jaron Brown has out-snapped Floyd in each of Arizona’s past two games (58% in Week 4 > 46% in Week 5).
- Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman have combined for 179 PPR points in Week 1-5. That's 63.7 more fantasy points than DeMarco Murray, who is the cumulative RB1 in PPR-leagues (115.3 points).
- These are Julio Jones’ target shares by week: 21%, 15%, 23%, 41%, and 21%. Jones’ lowest target share in a single game last year was 22%.
- In Week 5, Matt Ryan (267 yards) became the first signal-caller to throw for over 206 yards against the Broncos’ this season. Prior to last week, the Broncos allowed an opposing quarterback to throw for over 260 yards in a single game just five times since the start of 2015.
- Through five games, Joe Flacco is tied for last with Blaine Gabbert in yards/attempt (5.9) among qualifying passers.
- Flacco has never averaged less than 6.4 yards/attempt in a given season and his career average is 6.9.
- Baltimore is currently averaging 4.85 yards/play (5th-worst in NFL) and 0.023 offensive touchdowns per play (2nd-worst). They just fired OC Marc Trestman and promoted quarterbacks coach Marty Mornhinweg to coordinator.
- The Bills’ defense has accumulated three or more sacks in all but one game so far.
- Buffalo is running just 56.8 offensive plays per game (2nd-fewest), but they have trailed on just 34.5% of snaps so far (10th-best).
- These are LeSean McCoy’s PPR finishes this season: RB13, RB17, RB3, RB5, and RB13. Buffalo’s Week 6 opponent (San Francisco) has allowed a top-7 rusher (PPR) in three straight games.
- These are Greg Olsen’s tight end finishes this year: TE6, TE1, TE10, TE2, and TE2.
- Olsen is fourth among all wide receivers, tight ends, and running backs in team red-zone target share (38.9%).
- If cleared through concussion protocol this week, Cam Newton will return to a beautiful Week 6 spot vs. the Saints. He has 13 total touchdowns vs. New Orleans in his last three meetings and has finished as the QB1, QB3, and QB1 in those dates.
- Jordan Howard has now eclipsed 100 yards rushing in his first two starts (111 and 118 yards).
- Jeremy Langford’s career-high rushing total is 83 yards.
- Through five games, Alshon Jeffery is tied for 64th among all receivers, tight ends and running backs in targets per game (6.2) but he is 15th in receiving yards per game (78.8).
- The Bengals are trailing on 73% of their offensive snaps, which is the second-highest rate in the league.
- Despite the high trail rate and throwing on 62.6% of their plays (11th-highest rate), A.J. Green’s yardage totals have been extremely inconsistent: 180, 38, 77, 173, and 50.
- Cincinnati is running 8.4 plays in the red-zone per game (14th-most) but they have just six total red-zone touchdowns to show for it (tied for 2nd-fewest).
- The Browns are dead last in red-zone plays per game through Week 1-5 (4.8).
- Terrelle Pryor is tied for 15th among all wide receivers, tight ends and running backs in targets per game (9.2) but he is 36th in receptions/game (4.8).
- Despite being smashed by the Patriots in Week 5, Isaiah Crowell recorded his highest snap share of the year (59%).
- Ezekiel Elliott is leading all running backs in attempts (21.8) and yards (109.2) per game.
- Elliott is just 14th among all backs in red-zone carry share (63.6%), but he has at least one inside-10 (red-zone) carry in every game.
- Dak Prescott is fifth among all passers in adjusted yards per attempt (8.5).
- Emmanuel Sanders has out-targeted Demaryius Thomas in every game so far this season.
- Sanders is second among all WRs, TEs, and RBs in team red-zone target share (45.5%). Thomas has seen just 22.7% of the Broncos’ total team targets in the red-zone.
- These are Devontae Booker’s snap shares by week: 10%, 20%, 24%, 25%, and 41%.
- Theo Riddick is second among all running backs in targets per game (6.4) and he is actually 7th in team red-zone target share (36.8%).
- Marvin Jones has over 74 yards and/or a touchdown in every single game so far.
- Matthew Stafford has thrown 33 touchdowns and zero interceptions inside of the red-zone over the past two seasons.
Green Bay Packers
- Eddie Lacy has 20+ carries in just two of his last 20 regular season games dating back to 2015.
- Jordy Nelson is seeing the 10th-most targets per game (10) but he is 37th in yards per contest (61.0).
- Nelson leads all WRs, TEs, and RBs in team red-zone target share (47.6%).
- Of the 18 running backs seeing 60+ percent of their team’s red-zone carries, Lamar Miller (87.5%) and Jordan Howard (60%) are the only backs yet to score a red-zone TD.
- Houston is second-to-last in yards per offensive play (4.64).
- The Texans are last in touchdowns per offensive play (0.018) and tied for last in red-zone touchdowns (4).
- T.Y. Hilton’s target share by week: 27%, 28%, 29%, 25% and 29%.
- Without Donte Moncrief in Week 3-5, Phillip Dorsett has 10 total targets (4, 3, and 3)
- Over the past three seasons, Andrew Luck is averaging 301.3 passing yards per game at home and 277 yards/game on the road.
Jacksonville Jaguars – On Bye in Week 5
Kansas City Chiefs – On Bye in Week 5
Los Angeles Rams
- Todd Gurley has 10 targets in his last two games. He had 16 targets in his previous 10 regular season games combined (2015-16).
- Gurley has accounted for 84.2% of the Rams’ running back carries inside of the red-zone.
- Once more, Gurley is one of just four backs to account for all of his teams’ inside-10 (red-zone) carries.
- Miami has run 45 or fewer plays on offense in back-to-back games in Week 4-5.
- The Dolphins are now last in total plays/game (52.8) and are well behind the second-worst team (Buffalo: 56.8).
- After seeing double-digit targets in each game in Week 1-4, Jarvis Landry drew just three passing targets in Week 5. DeVante Parker has just 12 targets in his last three games combined.
- Through five games, the Vikings are the fifth most run-heavy team in the league (46.5%).
- Jerick McKinnon has seen his carry totals increase every week since Adrian Peterson was lost for the season (16, 18, and 20).
- While this is not directly applicable to fantasy football, Sam Bradford owns the league’s second best QB rating to-date (109.7) and the third best adjusted yards per attempt (8.9).
New England Patriots
- With Tom Brady back, Rob Gronkowski was on the field for 81% of Patriots’ snaps. He played 23% and 69% of Pats’ snaps in the two prior weeks.
- These are Martellus Bennett’s snap shares by week: 98.4%, 79% and 69%.
- The Patriots did have two tight ends on the field for nearly 60% of their Week 5 snaps, after using 2-TE on just 29% of snaps in Week 1-4.
New Orleans Saints – On Bye in Week 5
New York Giants
- Eli Manning is tied for ninth in total pass attempts (187) but he is 25th in touchdown rate (2.7%).
- Odell Beckham is one of just five wideouts to see 9+ targets per game this season but have just one or fewer touchdowns.
- Without Rashad Jennings (thumb) for another week, the Giants backfield snap share in Week 5 was: Bobby Rainey (50%), Paul Perkins (25%), and Orleans Darkwa (25%).
New York Jets
- The Jets secondary is allowing 10.1 adjusted yards per attempt this season. The 2015 Saints were at 9.7 AY/A.
- Matt Forte’s opportunities (attempts plus targets) have tapered off in every game since Week 2: 19, 17, and 14.
- Conversely, Bilal Powell has 10, 13, and 12 opportunities during that span.
- (Bonus!): Brandon Marshall’s targets have risen steadily in every game to-date: 8, 9, 10, 12, and 15.
- Without Latavius Murray (turf toe), DeAndre Washington (51%) led in snaps while Jalen Richard played 37% of the Raiders’ downs.
- Both Richard and Washington saw 15 total opportunities (attempts plus targets) in Week 5.
- Amari Cooper is one of just five wideouts to see 9+ targets per game this season but have just one or fewer touchdowns.
- Carson Wentz targeted eight different Eagles’ pass catchers in Week 5, with Nelson Agholor leading the way with just seven targets.
- After being banged up (ankle) in Week 2-3 (29% > 12% snap-shares), Ryan Mathews was on the field for 41% of the Eagles’ plays in Week 5. Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner played one snap each against Detroit.
- These are Jordan Matthews’ target shares by week: 38%, 27%, 10%, and 12%.
- Even though he has played just two games, Le’Veon Bell is already tied for 10th in cumulative targets (17) among running backs.
- Bell is already leading all qualified running backs in opportunities per game (27.5). Todd Gurley is next closest (24.2).
- Even though Sammie Coates’ targets are on the rise (4, 8, and 11), his snap-shares have remained flat (67% > 56% > 58%).
San Diego Chargers
- Melvin Gordon is leading all running backs in cumulative red-zone rush attempts (24).
- San Diego is leading the league in red-zone plays per game (13.6).
- Tyrell Williams and Jason Witten are the only two pass catchers in the NFL with six or more red-zone touchdowns to be held without a single red-zone touchdown. Both Williams and Witten have 8 red-zone targets (tied for third most).
San Francisco 49ers
- San Francisco is last in yards per offensive play this season (4.5) but they are ninth in offensive touchdowns per play (0.043).
- Colin Kaepernick’s career touchdown rate when he is throwing from under center is 6.1%. When he is in shotgun his touchdown rate drops to 3%.
- All but one of Blaine Gabbert’s 150 pass attempts has been out of shotgun this season.
Seattle Seahawks – On Bye in Week 5
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- With Doug Martin (hamstring) and Charles Sims (knee) out of the lineup, Jacquizz Rodgers handled a Week 5-high 36 opportunities.
- Eight of the Bucs’ final 11 opponents currently rank 13th or worse in yards per carry allowed. Six of those eight opponents are 10th or worse in YPC allowed.
- Cameron Brate’s targets by week: 10, 8, and 3.
- Tajae Sharpe’s receptions by week since the beginning of the season: 7, 4, 3, 2, and 2.
- Delanie Walker is third among all tight ends in target share over the past two weeks (29%).
- DeMarco Murray is second among all running backs in target share this season (17%).
- These are Jordan Reed’s target shares by week: 26%, 16%, 21%, 37%, and 28%.
- If you combine all wide receivers and tight ends, Reed would rank 10th in total targets (46).
- After owning 81% and 72% snap-shares in Week 1-2, Jamison Crowder has played 62%, 55%, and 56% over the past three games. Crowder saw 18 total targets in his first two games and has seen just 13 targets since.