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December 20, 2012 posted by Chuck Anderson

2012 Fantasy Football: Week 16 Inside the Numbers

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Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos

Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos

Pro Football Focus graded fifteen of Knowshon Moreno’s 21 runs positively.  He was last week’s top running back and also has the highest cumulative grade in Weeks Twelve through Fifteen.


The two highest single game QBR scores have come against the Buffalo Bills.


Stevie Johnson beat Richard Sherman for a touchdown.  It was only the second score that the Seahawk allowed in 2012.  Byron Maxwell played up to Brandon Browner’s level on the other side as well.


In place of Ike Taylor, cornerback Josh Victorian allowed seven catches for 88 yards.  Taylor will not play in Week 16, so that boosts Andy Dalton and A.J. Green.


On first down Dallas passed 27 times and ran five.  Look for Tony Romo to be very active again this week as he faces the porous New Orleans secondary.


Football Outsiders figures Mark Sanchez generated 202 fewer yards than a “replacement level” quarterback Monday Night.


Sanchez, Matt Stafford, and Joe Flacco lead the league in red zone interceptions.


Aaron Rodgers has an 18/0 TD/INT ratio in the red zone this year.  Since he inherited the job in 2008 he clocks in at 102/2.


Cam Newton’s first nine games:  8/10 TD/INT.  In his last five:  10/0.


Greg Olsen moved into second place (Rob Gronkowski) among tight ends with 1.85 yards per route run.


Marshawn Lynch gains 2+ yards on 79% of his carries, best in the league.


Trent Richardson pulled off an unusual feat.  He had a better per carry average in the red zone than outside it.


Cecil Shorts saw five red zone targets, most in the league.  This week’s matchup against New England is enticing.


New England scored 318 points in its last eight games.  Jacksonville scored 219 in fourteen games.  Shorts is probably the only usable fantasy option on the Jaguars.


In the last four weeks (aka Kaepernick Time) Michael Crabtree is ninth in targets, sixth in catches.


The Giants did not get much pressure on Matt Ryan, Atlanta’s offensive line allowed negative pass plays at only a 3.45% clip.  The Falcons’ Offensive Hogs rank eighth.  Next up for New York is Baltimore, 21st on the O-Hog scale.  Look for more big plays out of Justin Tuck and company.








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