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

Tom Brady (NE @ Pit) – Brady destroyed the Steelers pass defense when they played last season completing 78% of his passes for 298 yards and 4 TDs (30.5 FP). Going back even further, Brady has thrown 17 TDs and 0 INTs against the Steelers over his last five starts against them dating back to 2007 so historically this has been one of Brady’s better matchups. He put up 30+ FP in four of those five games.

Aaron Rodgers (GB vs. Chi) – Rodgers disappointed with only 202 yards and 1 TD in his most recent start against the Bears but if we look at his other three starts against the Bears since 2014, he’s put up stat lines of 189/3, 315/6 and 302/4.

Russell Wilson (Sea @ Ari) – Wilson is averaging 26.5 FPG against the Cardinals in his last four starts. He is averaging 247 passing yards and 2 total TDs in each game plus another 60 yards rushing.

Carson Palmer (Ari vs. Sea) – Palmer tore up the Seahawks’ defense in Week 10 of last season (we’ll throw out his meaningless start against them in Week 17). He completed 29 passes in that game for 363 yards and 3 TDs with 1 pick (30.0 FP).

Marcus Mariota (Ten vs. Ind) – Mariota has a big day in his only career start against the Colts last year. He threw for 367 yards and 2 TDs (and 2 INTs) and rolled up 26.4 FP.

Andrew Luck (Ind @ Ten) – Luck is averaging 25.1 FPG in his last three against the Titans. He has thrown for multiple scores in each game (8 TDs total) and topped 260 passing yards in two of the three.

Andy Dalton (Cin vs. Cle) – Dalton had two of the worst games of his career against the Browns in 2014 but he rebounded with two strong performances against them in 2015. He completed better than 73% of his passes and accounted for 3 TDs in each game (25.2 FPG)

 

Running Backs

Christine Michael (Sea @ Ari) – Michael ran through the Cardinals defense for 102 yards on just 17 carries (6.0 YPC) in their Week 17 meeting last year. Keep in mind that was a blowout win for the Seahawks in a meaningless game for the Cardinals.

LeSean McCoy (Buf @ Mia) – McCoy didn’t do much in the first Bills/Dolphins game last season but in their second meeting he carried 16 times for 112 yards and a TD and added two grabs for 7 yards (19.9 FP).

Frank Gore (Ind @ Ten) – Frank Gore had his second-best game for fantasy last season when he played the Titans in Tennessee. He carried 14 times for 86 yards and 2 TDs and added an 8-yard catch for a total of 22.4 FP.

 

Wide Receivers

Jordy Nelson (GB vs. Chi) – Jordy has been a beast against the Bears over the years. He obviously missed both games against the Bears last year but in 2014 he averaged 33.0 FPG against them posting stat lines of 6/152/2 and 10/108/2. Going back a little further, he’s put up 26/421/4 in his last three games in this series.

Anquan Boldin (Det vs. Was) – Boldin rolled up 28.7 FP in his last games against the Redskins back in 2014 as a 49er. He caught 9 balls for 137 yards and a TD in that game. Going back even further, it’s noteworthy that he has scored at least 1 TD in five straight games against Washington and has accounted for 8 total TDs over that span.

Antonio Brown (Pit vs. NE) – Brown had a typically great game against the Patriots back in Week 1 of last season catching 9 of 11 targets for 133 yards and a TD (28.3 FP).

Julian Edelman (NE @ Pit) – Edelman was busy the last time he played the Steelers back in Week 1 of last season. He caught 11 of his 12 targets for 97 yards and 21.6 FP.

Randall Cobb (GB vs. Chi) – Cobb has been a reliable fantasy producer in six straight games against the Bears scoring at least 13.0 FP in every game. He has scored in four of his last five (6 TDs total) in this series.

Larry Fitzgerald (Ari vs. Sea) – Fitz had two very productive games against the Seahawks last year posting stat lines of 10/130 and 6/55/1 (20.3 FPG)

Doug Baldwin (Sea @ Ari) – Baldwin is averaging 18.1 FPG over his last three games against the Cardinals. He caught 7 balls for 110+ yards in two of the three.

Kenny Britt (LA vs. NYG) – Britt caught 9 of 11 targets for 103 yards against the Giants the last time he played them back in 2014 (19.3 FP).

Jarvis Landry (Mia vs. Buf) – Landry has averaged 16.8 FPG in his last three games against the Bills. Last year he had at least 8 catches on 13 targets in each game.

Andre Johnson (Ten vs. Ind) – Johnson went for 7/99/1 against the Colts as a Texan back in 2014 (22.9 FP). Historically, Johnson has had some of the best games of his career against the Colts including a 9/229/3 outburst in 2013.

Torrey Smith (SF vs. TB) – Smith scored twice the last time he faced the Bucs back in 2014 as a Raven (21.1 FP).

Kendall Wright (Ten vs. Ind) – Wright posted 7/95/1 (23.8 FP) in his only game against the Colts last year.

 

Tight Ends

Rob Gronkowski (NE @ Pit) – Gronk had a field day against the Steelers in last year’s season opener catching 5 balls for 94 yards and 3 TDs for 32.4 FP.

Tyler Eifert (Cin vs. Cle) – Eifert had a 3-TD day against the Browns in Week 9 of last season. He finished the day with a 5/53/3 stat line good for 28.3 FP.

Julius Thomas (Jac vs. Oak) – Thomas put up 24.3 FP against the Raiders the last time he faced them in 2014 as a Bronco. He caught 6 balls for 63 yards and a couple of TDs in that game.

Delanie Walker (Ten vs. Ind) – Walker has caught at least 7 passes in three straight games against the Colts. He’s averaging 16.6 FP against them over the last two seasons and has only failed to reach double-digit fantasy points against them in one of six career games.

 

Bad History

Quarterbacks

None of note.

 

Running Backs

David Johnson (Ari vs. Sea) – By the numbers, Johnson has a bad history against the Seahawks (5.4 FPG) but those numbers were compiled in two games last year in which Johnson wasn’t a big part of the game plan. The first game was in Week 10 when Johnson had not yet ascended to lead back status and the second game was a meaningless Week 17 contest in which the Seahawks pulled their starters early.

Lamar Miller (Hou @ Den) – Miller has only played against the Broncos once in his career and he managed to put up just 7.7 FP. He had 13 touches for 67 total yards and no scores for the Dolphins against them back in 2014.

Isaiah Crowell (Cle @ Cin) – Crowell is averaging 7.9 FPG in his last four meetings with the Bengals. He averages 10 carries for 40 yards and 1 or 2 catches for 9 yards in each game and has only scored in one of the four.

Giovani Bernard (Cin vs. Cle) – Gio did little last year in two games against the Browns failing to reach 10 FP in either game. He averaged 9/49 rushing and 1/12 receiving in those games and did not score.

 

Wide Receivers

John Brown (Ari vs. Sea) – Brown has never caught more than 4 balls, gained more than 65 yards or scored in any of his three career games against the Seahawks.

Mohamed Sanu (Atl vs. SD) – Sanu only caught 1 ball for 15 yards against the Chargers last year as a Cincinnati Bengal (2.5 FP).

Robert Woods (Mia vs. Buf) – Woods has never scored a touchdown or topped 70 yards in six career games against the Dolphins.

Tavon Austin (LA vs. NYG) – Austin produced only 5.0 FP in his only career game against the Giants in 2014. He carried 3 times for 25 yards and only caught 1 pass for 15 yards.

 

Tight Ends

Jimmy Graham (Sea @ Ari) – Graham caught just 3 of his 7 targets for 41 yards (7.1 FP) against the Cardinals in Week 10 of last season.

Jacob Tamme (Atl vs. SD) – Tamme hasn’t reached double-digit fantasy points in five straight games against the Chargers. Most recently in 2014 as a Colt he caught 1 ball for 4 yards.

Zach Miller (Chi @ GB) – Miller caught just 2 of 8 targets across two games against the Packers last year. He did score a TD in the most recent meeting but still failed to reach double-digit fantasy points.