It’s always a good idea to take a look back at recent player performances against their upcoming opponent. Things change fast in today’s NFL. Players change teams and coaches and coordinators come and go so we usually only look back 1-2 years unless there is a really noteworthy trend. Know your history. In many cases it has a way of repeating.

 

Good History

Quarterbacks

Cam Newton (Car @ NO) – Cam has lit up the Saints in each of his last three games against them. He’s averaging 37.4 FPG in those contests accounting for 10 passing TDs and 2 rushing TDs.

Kirk Cousins (Was vs. Phi) – Cousins is averaging 30.8 FPG in his last three games against the Eagles over the last two seasons. He threw for at least 365 yards with at least 3 TDs in two of the three and has combined for 9 TDs and only 1 INT in those games.

Andrew Luck (Ind @ Hou) – Luck has been a strong play at Houston in each of his last two trips there averaging 29 FPG and tossing 3 TDs in each. Looking at the even bigger picture, Luck has thrown for multiple TDs in all six of his career games against Houston.

Alex Smith (KC @ Oak) – Smith is averaging 22.8 FPG in his last four against the Raiders throwing multiple TDs in each. Going back even further, Smith has a total of 19 TDs and only 3 INTs in eight career games against the Raiders.

 

Running Backs

Todd Gurley (LA @ Det) – Gurley had once of the best games of his career last season against the Lions carrying 16 times for 140 yards and a pair of scores (27.7 FP).

James Starks (GB vs. Dal) – Starks has played 71 career games and the second-best game he ever had for fantasy came  against the Cowboys last year in Week 14.  He carried 11 times for 71 yards and a TD and caught all 4 of his targets for 32 yards and a TD (26.3 FP).

Eddie Lacy (GB vs. Dal) – Both Lacy and Starks put up big numbers against the Cowboys in Week 14 of last season. Lacy carried 24 times for 124 yards and a TD and added a 24-yard reception (21.8 FP).

Mark Ingram (NO vs. Car) –Ingram averaged 19.5 FPG in his two games against the Panthers last year. He only averaged 53 yards on the ground in those games but he ran for a score in both and caught at least 4 passes in both. Going back to 2014 he has topped 17 FP in three of his last four in this series.

Jonathan Stewart (Car @ NO) – Stewart has had some of his better games the last two seasons playing at New Orleans. He has carried at least 20 times for at least 80 yards and a TD in his last two games against the Saints in the Superdome (20.9 FPG).

 

Wide Receivers

Jeremy Maclin (KC @ Oak) – Maclin averaged 23.4 FPG in his two clashes with the Raiders last season posting stat lines of 9/95/2 in the first game and 3/54/1 in the second.

Demaryius Thomas (Den @ SD) – Thomas is averaging 20.9 FPG in his last four games against the Chargers. He’s been consistently productive catching at least 5 balls and scoring between 18 and 24 FP in all four games. He topped 100 yards in three of the four and scored in three of the four.

A.J. Green (Cin @ NE) – Green had a very Green-like stat line of 5/81/1 (19.1 FP) the last time he faced the Patriots back in 2014.

T. Y. Hilton (Ind @ Hou) – T.Y. has had some of his best career games against the Texans in Houston. Last year he was OK posting 5/88 (13.8 FP) but going back further Hilton had a pair of 37 FP outbursts against them in 2014 and 2013. He has 5 TDs overall in his last four games at Houston.

Brandon Cooks (NO vs. Car) – Cooks was productive in both of his games against the Panthers in 2015 posting 7/79 (14.9 FP) in the first game and 6/104/1 (22.4 FP) in the second.

Pierre Garcon (Was vs. Phi) – Garcon has averaged 20.1 FPG against the Eagles in his last four games against them since 2014. He caught at least 7 balls in three of the four games, scored in three of the four games and hasn’t posted fewer than 10 FP against them since 2012 (seven straight with 10+ FP).

Travis Benjamin (SD vs. Den) – Benjamin had himself a high-volume day against the Broncos last year as a Cleveland Brown. He was targeted 13 times and caught 9 of them for 117 yards (20.7 FP).

Eddie Royal (Chi vs. Jac) – Royal blew up for 5/105/2 on 7 targets the last time he faced Jacksonville back in 2014 as a San Diego Charger (27.5 FP).

Kenny Stills (Mia vs. Pit) – Stills put up 27.2 FP against the Steelers the last time he faced them back in 2014. He caught 5 of his 6 targets for 162 yards and a TD playing for the Saints.

Ted Ginn (Car @ NO) – Ginn was a worthy start in both of his games against the Saints last year posting stat lines of 4/93 (13.3 FP) and 5/80/2 (25.0 FP).

 

Tight Ends

Rob Gronkowski (NE vs. Cin) – Gronk beat up on the Bengals in 2014 catching 6 of 11 targets for 100 yards and a score (22.0 FP).

Greg Olsen (Car @ NO) – Olsen has been on a huge roll over his last three games against the Saints catching at least 8 balls in each game and averaging 26.1 FPG. He has posted stat lines of 10/72/1, 8/134 and most recently 9/129.

Coby Fleeener (NO vs. Car) – Fleener posted 17.3 FP against the Panthers last year as an Indianapolis Colt. He caught 7 balls for 43 yards and a score.

Antonio Gates (SD vs. Den) – Gates has scored in three of his last four against the Broncos and is averaging 15.8 FPG over that span.

Jordan Reed (Was vs. Phi) – Reed didn’t do much in his first four career games against the Eagles but then he exploded for 33.9 FP against them in Week 16 last season. He caught 9 of 11 targets for 129 yards and a pair of TDs in that one.

Zach Ertz (Phi @ Was) – Ertz has had two of the biggest fantasy performances of his career against the Redskins over the past couple of years. He caught a ridiculous 15 of 18 targets for 115 yards (26.5 FP) against them in Week 16 of 2014 and caught 13 of 17 targets for 122 yards (25.2 FP) against them in Week 16 last season. Note that he did put up a 2/11 stinker in between those two monster performances.

 

Bad History

Quarterbacks

Case Keenum (LA @ Det) – Keenum tallied only 6.4 FP on 22 pass attempts last year against the Lions in Week 15. He averaged only 5.6 YPA and had 0 TDs and 1 INT.

Derek Carr (Oak vs. KC) – Carr hasn’t been particularly good over the last two years against the Chiefs averaging just 16.3 FPG. He managed to top 16 FP just once in four starts and threw for fewer than 225 yards with only 1 TD in three of the four.

Phillip Rivers (SD vs. Den) – Rivers has averaged only 15.3 FPG in his last three games against Denver and has failed to reach 20 FP in all three. He has a combined 3 TDs and 4 INTs in those games and hasn’t topped 235 passing yards in any of them.

 

Running Backs

LeSean McCoy (Buf vs. SF) – McCoy struggled against the 49ers back in Week 4 of 2014 as an Eagle. He’s on a different team now and the 49ers defense is quite different but we’ll note than McCoy only put up 1.7 FP in that one, carrying 10 times for 17 yards.

Ryan Mathews (Phi @ Was) – Mathews wasn’t used much against Washington last year as he combined for just 38 total yards and a score on 11 touches (5.9 FPG).

 

Wide Receivers

Emmanuel Sanders (Den @ SD) – Sanders hasn’t been much of a factor the last two times he has played against the Broncos in Denver. He posted just 3/19 against them last year and 3/53 against them there in 2014.

Amari Cooper (Oak vs. KC) – Cooper only caught 50% of his targets in two games against the Chiefs last year. He disappointed with stat lines of 4/69 in Week 13 and 2/20 in Week 17 (7.1 FPG).

Mike Wallace (Bal @ NYG) – Wallace managed to pull in only 2 of his 6 targets for 11 yards (3.1 FP) against the Giants last year as a Minnesota Viking.

Davante Adams (GB vs. Dal) – Adams was a non-factor last year against the ‘Boys catching just 2 balls for 12 yards (3.2 FP).

Devin Funchess (Car @ NO) – Funchess caught only 1 pass in each of his two games against the Saints last year. He did score on one of those two catches but still only averaged 5.4 FPG.

Cole Beasley (Dal @ GB) – Beasley caught 3 of his 4 targets against Dallas last year for just 25 yards and 5.5 FP.

Kenny Britt (LA @ Det) – Britt was targeted 5 times against the Lions in Week 14 last season but caught just 2 for 35 yards (5.5 FP).

 

Tight Ends

Gary Barnidge (Cle @ Ten) – Barnidge caught his only target for 17 yards against the Titans back in Week 2 of last season but that was before he broke out and became a big part of the Browns offense.

Dwayne Allen (Ind @ Hou) – Allen hasn’t been much of a fantasy factor in his last four against the Texans, failing to reach 10 FP in all four games. Last year he caught just 1 pass in each of his two meetings with the Texans.

Travis Kelce (KC @ Oak) – Kelce struggled against the Raiders last year posting stat lines of just 2/42 and 1/10 (4.1 FPG). Note that he did considerably better against them in 2014 (13.8 FPG)