Here are 20 fun facts involving some of fantasy football's biggest stars leading up to NFL Week 13 (Sunday/Monday games)—the last shot at regular-season glory before next week's playoffs.
Hopefully, these numbers-based revelations will help bring clarity to your lineup dilemmas.
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1. Andy Dalton has accounted for 300 yards passing and/or multiple touchdowns in his last four road games. For the season, he's also a perfect 11-of-11 in attempting 27-plus passes.
2. In his last seven matchups with AFC foes, Calvin Johnson has racked up at least 120 yards or one touchdown. And of his last 15 games overall (including last year's playoffs), he has amassed 200 yards four times. Wow!
3. In a surprise to no one, Arian Foster (1,186 total yards, 14 TD) has a superb track record against the Titans. In his last four starts against Tennessee, Foster boasts absurd averages of 152 total yards and one touchdown.
4. Dating back to 2008, Wes Welker has a six-game streak of double-digit targets against the Dolphins, his former club. In that time frame, the Patriots dynamo claims averages of 9.2 catches, 123 yards and 0.3 TDs.
5. Ex-Charger Vincent Jackson's most recent five-game record against the Broncos reeks of mediocrity: 3.1 catches, 43 yards and 0.2 touchdowns. (Fingers crossed on a reversal of fortune.)
6. In his last five games against the 49ers, Rams rusher Steven Jackson boasts healthy averages of 94.6 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns.
7. Peyton Manning may no longer be riding a hefty streak of 300 yards passing or three TD passes, but that hardly depresses his Week 13 value. The Bucs currently rank as the NFL's worst pass defense, and Manning has home averages of 309.2 yards passing and 2.6 TDs (with Denver).
8. Antonio Gates has struggled mightily against AFC North clubs this decade, averaging two catches and 19 yards over three games. As a stark contrast, Gates averaged 6.5 catches, 101 yards and 0.8 touchdowns against four AFC North foes in 2009.
9. Since Week 6, C.J. Spiller is a perfect 6-of-6 in collecting 100 total yards. So why wouldn't he be a lock for 400 yards and two touchdowns within Buffalo's homestand of Jacksonville, St. Louis and Seattle? (This rhetorical prediction factors in a healthy Fred Jackson getting his share of touches.)
10. To date, Jason Witten is the only NFL tight end with 100 or more targets. And of his last six regular-season games against Philly, Witten has averaged 5.5 catches, 48 yards and 0.7 TDs.
11. Ahmad Bradshaw has collected seven touchdowns in his last seven meetings with the Redskins (dating back to 2009).
12. How's this for consistent? Andrew Luck has accounted for 297 yards passing or multiple touchdowns in his last three road tilts. And against NFC North foes (three outings), he claims averages of 298 yards passing and 1.7 TDs.
13. Bills wideout Steve Johnson has already crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown nine times. For what it's worth, he also caught five balls for 46 yards and two TDs against the Jaguars in 2010.
14. Food for thought: Three weeks ago, the Cowboys notched three D/ST scores against the Eagles, with one kick-return TD, one pick-six and one fumble recovery in the end zone.
15. In his last four games, Raiders rusher Marcel Reece has racked up 95 total yards and/or one touchdown each time.
16. Good news for Jake Locker owners: The Texans have surrendered 795 yards passing and six touchdowns in their last two games (via Chad Henne, Matthew Stafford). Better news for Tennessee receiver Kenny Britt: Houston corners favor press coverage.
17. The Patriots have recorded four defensive touchdowns in the last five weeks; but in that span, they also rank 29th against the pass. This sets up well for Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill, who hasn't accounted for multiple touchdowns since Week 6 (against the Rams).
18. On the road this season, Frank Gore has averaged 85.3 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns. And in his last (home) meeting with the Rams, he rolled for 115 total yards and one score.
19. I have a bad news/good news proposition regarding Reggie Wayne: In his last six road games (dating back to last year), the Colts wideout hasn't found the end zone. But on the positive side, Wayne has averaged 7.3 catches and 92 yards during that span. Of equal importance, he also drew double-digit targets for all six games (79 total).
20. And finally... Here are two viable reasons to flex-start Patriots backup Shane Vereen in 12-, 14- and 16-team leagues:
a. In his last four games, Vereen has tallied 239 total yards and two touchdowns. (Last week, he produced 133 yards and one score.)
b. New England has averaged a staggering 47.5 points in its last four games (five-week period). Comparatively speaking, the Chiefs have scored a grand total of 57 points (five games) in that same span!
Bottom line: If you crave a stealth start for this crucial weekend, simply follow the vapor trail of Tom Brady goodness and a relentless Patriots offense that seldom hits cruise control.
Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.
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