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November 15, 2012 posted by Chuck Anderson

Fantasy Football 2012: Week 11 Inside the Numbers

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Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants

Eli Manning’s slump is particularly apparent on passes 10+ yards downfield.  Fortunately for the Giants and their fans the sample size is too small to determine any long-term trends.  Manning’s QBR in Weeks Fifteen and Sixteen of 2011 was below twenty but he got it together on the playoffs.

 

C.J. Spiller is averaging 7.3 yards per carry with 87 carries under his belt (before Thursday’s action).  Players have finished a season averaging at least 7.0 ypc with 100 or more carries only four times.  Three were by quarterbacks, the fourth was in 1934.  He gains at least five yards on over half (53.6%) of his carries.

 

Chris Ivory forced six missed tackles on eight touches.  That screams for more usage even if Darren Sproles plays.

 

Robert Meachem ran four pass routes.  He has no sleeper value if Danario Alexander is active.

 

New England’s secondary gets fairly criticized – nine missed tackles does not help their case – but the pass rush was also terrible Sunday.  Ryan Fitzpatrick had longer to survey the field than any other quarterback.

 

Cam Newton had another disaster game, scoring 2.0 on QBR’s one to 100 scale.  He was 1-5 on third down and the Panthers were 0-12 converting them into first downs.

 

Although Danny Amendola did not have a catch longer than sixteen yards (on plays that stood anyway) eight of his eleven receptions picked up first downs.

 

Denver moved to the top spot on Cold Hard Football Facts’ Defensive Hog Index while slaughtering the Panthers.  They generated more than 11% negative pass plays (sacks, INTs) in four straight games.

 

So much for Shane Vereen as a vulture, Stevan Ridley ran seven times in the red zone and collected a score.

 

No surprise here, but Arian Foster leads the league with 45 red zone carries.  He converted ten into touchdowns and has scored in seventeen of eighteen.

 

Tennessee has three linebackers among the bottom twenty in tackling efficiency.  Keep feasting on that defense.

 

Mark Sanchez was the only quarterback with a worse Accuracy Rate than Byron Leftwich in Week 10.

 

Ray Rice leads the league by gaining positive yards on 88.9% of his carries.

 

Felix Jones is eight for eight on third down and two yards to go or less.

 

Adrian Peterson has been first hit behind the line 39 times but managed 57 yards on those carries.  In contrast Jamaal Charles has taken 38 hits in the backfield and lost 44 yards.

 

San Francisco’s line is giving backs 3.2 yards before contact, best in the league.

 

 

 

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