32 WTF?! Stats From the 2018 NFL Regular Season

by Keith Lott
32 WTF?! Stats From the 2018 NFL Regular Season

Drafting in fantasy football is better than opening a pack of Topps as a kid.

It’s better than the moment the Red Zone Channel countdown clock finally disappears every Sunday in the Fall.

Every week, play by play, we ride the fantasy roller coaster of WTF?!

The 2018 NFL regular season is over and the NFL Playoffs kick off this Saturday.

We have asked fantasy football writers to share some of the more unique stats from the past 17 weeks.

Below you will find one stat from each NFL team that either defined their season or just made us say WTF?!

32 WTF?! Stats From the 2018 NFL Regular Season

AFC East

Buffalo Bills

Nathan Peterman finishes his career with a lower QB rating (32.5) than if he had just spiked the ball every single play (39.6). Source

Watching the GOAT Nathan Peterman operate was truly like watching a car crash. Every time he popped up on Red Zone, you knew the DST was getting points. I can't wait until 10-15 years from now when my son is calling Phillip Rivers Jr a trash quarterback and I get to look him in the eye and say "Son, let me show you a real legend."

- Kevin Huo @KevinMHuo

Miami Dolphins

Kenyan Drake finished the season as the RB14 in PPR leagues with only 173 touches

Since 2009, the average RB14 finisher had 267 touches. Drake averaged 1.2 fantasy points per touch which was .186 PPT higher than the next most efficient RB14 (Fred Jackson in 2011 who handled 209 touches) and .54 PPT higher than the least efficient RB14 (Michael Turner who handled 346 touches in 2010). Kenyan Drake was the definition of a boom-or-bust player in 2018. The talent was obviously there but based on his lack of value it was impossible to predict when his big games were coming. With Adam Gase moving on, Drake will hopefully see a bigger workload in 2019.

- Kevin Huo @KevinMHuo

New England Patriots

Chris Hogan finishes the fantasy season with 29/468/3 and Tom Brady as QB13.

Hogan was supposed to be a Top 25 receiver, and Brady wasn't supposed to fall off a cliff. Granted, Brady still eclipsed 4,000 yards but has a mere 25 TDs. Meanwhile, Hogan has just 29/468/3, even with no Julian Edelman the first four weeks and Josh Gordon not on the field until September 30. Brady was a staple of the Top 10 fantasy QBs, and Hogan was the next receiver he made great. Neither were true for 2018.

- Jake Ciely The Athletic @allinkid

New York Jets

Isaiah Crowell scored 49% of his PPR points in 3 of his 13 games. Source

Isaiah Crowell had three top 10 PPR RB games where he averaged 23 PPR points and scored 5 rushing TDs. In the other 10 games he played, he averaged 7.1 PPR points and scored 1 rushing TD. He managed only one top 27 PPR RB game out of those 10.

- Rudy Gamble Razzball @rudygamble

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

This year Lamar Jackson played in all 16 games, but only started seven games and still rushed the ball 147 times. That is the most in a season by any QB in the Super Bowl era.

Lamar Jackson played in 16 games but only ran the ball 28 times in the first nine games. That means he ran the ball on average 10.8 times per game in since Week 11 when he started for the Ravens. Its hard to count on that from year to year, as we see many run-first Quarterbacks, not named Cam Newton, fall off quickly. It is a risk to consider when drafting him next season but also a nice floor to have.

- Joe Bond @F6P_Joe

Cincinnati Bengals

No team averaged fewer fans in attendance at home games than the Bengals. Source

Paul Brown Stadium averaged just 50,753 fans per game in 2018. That equals just 77.5% capacity. Only the Washington Redskins (74.4%) and the Los Angeles Rams (77.4%) had more trouble filling up their home stadium. The difference is the Redskins still averaged 11,000 more fans per game and the Rams play their home games at the Coliseum, which has a capacity of over 93,000. Even at the same percentage as the Bengals, the Rams saw 22,000 more fans on average.

EXTRA - the Chargers only averaged 32,768 fans per home game (Stub Hub Center / Dignity Health Sports Park) but led the NFL in attendance percentage at 121.4%!

- Keith Lott @WeTlkFntsySprts

Cleveland Browns

From Week 7 on, only Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley saw more carries than Nick Chubb. Source

Chubb finished with 996 yards rushing and eight rushing touchdowns despite getting 16 total carries in the first six weeks.

- Jonathan Chan @JChan_811

Pittsburgh Steelers

Antonio Brown had the 10th highest 0.5 PPR points on 21+ yard TD plays since 2000.

Antonio Brown's nine 21+ yard TDs are tied for the most in a season since 2000. The only players who scored more 0.5 PPR points on these big play TDs since 2000 are: Randy Moss (3 times!), Jordy Nelson (2 times), Terrell Owens, Victor Cruz, Mike Wallace, and Josh Gordon.

- Rudy Gamble Razzball @rudygamble

AFC South

Houston Texans

DeAndre Hopkins caught all 115 of his catchable targets. Source

DeAndre Hopkins made his case as the best receiver in football in 2018 and it's hard to argue with the numbers. The best contested catch receiver in the league dealt with double-teams all season and still put up outrageous numbers. Catching 115 of 115 of his catchable targets probably isn't even possible in Madden.

- Kevin Huo @KevinMHuo

Indianapolis Colts

Eric Ebron scored more TDs in 2018 (13) than in his four-year career with the Lions (11). Source

Eric Ebron scored 11 TDs on 288 targets with the Lions across four seasons. He scored 12 receiving TDs with the Colts on 104 targets and added one rushing TD. The only TEs to score 13+ TDs since 2000 are Antonio Gates (twice), Gronk (twice), Vernon Davis (twice), Julius Thomas (twice), Jimmy Graham, and Tyler Eifert, This was also more TDs in a season than Tony Gonzalez or Jason Witten ever scored.

- Rudy Gamble Razzball @rudygamble

Jacksonville Jaguars

Tennessee Titans

Between Weeks 1-13, Derrick Henry was PFF's 26th ranked rusher (73.8). From weeks 14-17 Henry was the top ranked rusher with a rating of 91.7. Thanks to his late season outburst, he finished the season as PFF's third overall rusher. Source

Henry finished the season with 1059 yards (4.9 YPC) and 12 TDs despite gaining only 474 yards (3.7 YPC) from Weeks 1-13. Henry is one of the streakiest players in football and will again be one of the biggest risk-reward picks in 2019 drafts.

- Jonathan Chan @JChan_811

AFC West

Denver Broncos

Undrafted free agent rookie Phillip Lindsay nearly doubled the production of third-round pick Royce Freeman.

Lindsay ran for 1,038 yards with nine touchdowns, while Freeman was only able to muster 521 yards and five scores. Another example of how working the waiver wire is more important than draft night in fantasy football.

- Ryan Hallam Fighting Chance Fantasy @FightingChance

Kansas City Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes threw as many touchdowns on first downs alone (21) as Eli Manning and Matthew Stafford threw all season.

Patrick Mahomes, good. Eli Manning and Matthew Stafford, bad. But seriously, the Mahomes breakout wasn't completely unpredictable, but I doubt anybody foresaw it happening like this. He finished the season with 50 touchdowns and 5,097 yards, becoming the only player other than 2013 Peyton Manning to accomplish the feat - and in only his first year starting. Mahomes is going to light up the league for years to come.

- Kevin Huo @KevinMHuo

Los Angeles Chargers

Oakland Raiders

The Raiders tight ends caught a higher percentage of their team’s touchdown reception total than the Indianapolis Colts.

Even though the Colts TE’s lead the league in touchdown catches as a group (16), the Raiders trio of Jared Cook (6), Lee Smith (3), Derek Carrier (1) accounted for 53% of the team’s total TD catches in 2018.

- Anthony Zaragoza Dynasty Football Factory @ZaragozaAnthony

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

In 15 games this season Amari Cooper's teams (DAL/OAK) are 5-1 when he has 6 or more catches and 3-6 when he has 5 or less. Source

Gruden was probably right at the beginning of the season when he said the offense should run through Cooper. Dallas will likely continue to lean on Cooper as long as it works for them and could make him a consistent WR1 moving forward.

- Bobby Shepard @BobbyF6P

New York Giants

54% of Saquon Barkley's rushing yards came on just 20 breakaway runs that totaled 706 yards. Source

Saquon averaged five yards per carry as a rookie - great numbers. However, according to PFF, if you take away his 20 "breakaway" runs which totaled 706 rushing yards, he averaged just 2.49 yards on his 241 other carries. He is a true home run hitter and no Giants fan or fantasy football owner is complaining! The last time a RB had a Breakaway% greater than Saquon's was in 2012 - Adrian Peterson 56.5%. AP gained over 1,100 yards on 40 rushing attempts that went longer than 15 yards!

- Keith Lott @WeTlkFntsySprts

Philadelphia Eagles

Nick Foles and Carson Wentz both the Eagle franchise record with 70% completion passes in four straight games

Per Rueben Franks of CSN Philly: Foles has completed 70 percent of his passes in four straight games, which ties the franchise record set earlier this year by Wentz. Going back to last year’s playoffs, Foles has hit on 70 percent of his passes in six of his last eight games — all but the Super Bowl (65 percent) and the 2018 opener against the Falcons (56 percent).

- Shane Manila Dynasty Football Factory @DFF_Shane

Washington Redskins

Adrian Peterson rushed for 1,000 yards becoming the oldest player in 34 seasons to do so.

At the age of 33, not many thought he could last a whole season, much less produce the way he did. It will be hard to trust him next year one year older and not guaranteed to be on a team. Even if he is on a team, there is no guarantee he is the main guy.

- Joe Bond @F6P_Joe

NFC North

Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears defense finished the season with five more interceptions (27) than touchdown passes allowed (22). Source

Good luck to Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend at Soldier Field.

- Keith Lott @WeTlkFntsySprts

Detroit Lions

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was only a QB1 in one week during the entire 2018 fantasy football season

Matthew Stafford struggled this year and finished as the QB19 in 2018. Since becoming a full-time starter in 2011, Stafford has only finished outside the top 12 fantasy quarterbacks once, and he had finished as a top eight fantasy quarterback in each of the previous three seasons.

- Steve Rapin Fighting Chance Fantasy

Green Bay Packers

Minnesota Vikings

Adam Thielen wasn't just good, but CONSISTENTLY good all season, never scoring less than double-digit PPR points in any week...

...until the Fantasy Playoffs Week 15.

- Mark Strausberg

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan has the highest QBR of any quarterback ever to miss the playoffs. Source

Matt Ryan nearly matched his MVP numbers with 4924 yards, 35 TDs, and only 7 INTs. His QBR of 108.1 is the 22nd highest ever and the highest ever to miss the playoffs or finish with a losing record.

- Kevin Huo @KevinMHuo

Carolina Panthers

Christian McCaffrey played every single snap in the first 15 Carolina games and was the third RB since 2000 to get 200+ carries and 120+ targets. Source

The only RBs to out carry and out target CMC since 2000 are LT in 2003 (313 carries and 137 Targets!) and Matt Forte in 2014 (266 rushes, 130 targets).

- Rudy Gamble Razzball @rudygamble

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees set the single-season completion percentage record. He set the mark at 74.4. He set the previous mark last year at 72 percent. Source

Although he finished with less than 4000 passing yards for the first time since 2005 (!!!), Brees had one of his finest seasons and would probably be the MVP if not for Kansas City Kermit. Now 1st, 2nd, 4th and 6th on the completion % list, Brees is without a doubt the most accurate quarterback ever. If he adds another Super Bowl to his resume, he may have to be seriously considered for the GOAT title as well.

- Kevin Huo @KevinMHuo

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Second round pick, Ronald Jones finished the year with just 77 total yards. His 23 carries for 44 yards was good enough for a 1.9 YPC. Yikes!

Many presumed RoJo would be the lead ball carrier for the Bucs after a successful career in USC. I mean he didn't finish a season under 5.9 YPC through three years of college. RoJo could go from 2nd round pick and presumed starter, to possibly not making the final roster only one year later.

- Brandon Hamer FFDynasty260 @Doublehfantasy1

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals

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- Keith Lott @WeTlkFntsySprts

Los Angeles Rams

San Francisco 49ers

George Kittle finished the season with most yards after catch (YAC) for any player ever. Source

Despite limited snaps with Jimmy Garoppolo under center, George Kittle not only set the tight ends receiving yards record, but he also set the NFL record for yards after catch for any position player. He did so by catching a nine-yard pass and turning it into a 43-yard touchdown!

- Kevin Huo @KevinMHuo

Seattle Seahawks

Tyler Lockett finished the season with a perfect 158.3 rating when targeted. Perhaps the most insane NFL stat in a season full of them. Source

Lockett was a revelation in 2018, finishing as the WR11 in standard leagues despite only catching 57 balls (39th most among WRs). His 71 targets were tied for 56th among WRs. There may be some major regression coming in 2019, but his 2018 connection with Russell Wilson was one to remember.

- Kevin Huo @KevinMHuo

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