Through Sunday night, we’ve seen 26 teams battle it out on the gridiron, with only five of them surpassing 30 points and just one (Philly) cracking the 40-point barrier. Nine of the 13 winners thus far in Week 12 won with no more than 27 points, and seven with 24 points or fewer.
Whenever overall points are down, touchdowns increase in importance; if you weren’t able to grab a decent share of the week’s touchdowns, you’re probably not in great shape in your fantasy league. Here’s a look at some interesting stats from a few players who were (and a few who were not) able to find the end zone in Week 12.
0.96: Fantasy points per dropback for Tony Romo in Week 12
With 275 yards, four touchdowns, and no picks on just 28 dropbacks, Romo led all quarterbacks in Week 12 efficiency, by a wide margin. According to Pro Football Focus, no quarterback other than Romo scored more than 0.75 points per dropback in Week 12. That passer was actually Ryan Tannehill, not Peyton Manning.
Romo is now one of just three quarterbacks in the league with greater than 8.0 yards per attempt in 2014, trailing Aaron Rodgers for the league-lead by just over one-tenth of a yard.
2.7: Average depth of Blake Bortles’ Week 12 passes
Yes, you’re reading that correctly; Bortles dropped back to pass 31 times on Sunday, and his average pass traveled just 2.7 yards past the line-of-scrimmage. That was the lowest total of Week 12, according to Pro Football Focus, and Bortles managed only 146 yards, no touchdowns, and one pick.
On the season, only Alex Smith has thrown a shorter average pass than Bortles. At just 5.7 yards per throw, the difference between Smith’s average pass length and that of Bortles (7.2 yards), is the same as the difference between Bortles and the next 17 quarterbacks!
12: Rank of the top-scoring fantasy running back in Week 12 who failed to find the end zone
DeMarco Murray ran all over the Giants in Week 12, but he ranked only 12th in fantasy points since he didn’t score a touchdown. Murray racked up 143 total yards on Sunday night, but Romo “vultured” all of his touchdowns, so to speak.
This shows the importance of both touchdown-scoring and pass-catching ability for running backs. The Cowboys tried to throw the ball downfield on Sunday night, so Murray ended up with just two receptions on three targets. Despite an impressive ground performance, his failure to score a touchdown really hurt his fantasy output.
We always want our running backs to have success between the tackles, but the ability to run the ball up the field is only half of the battle in projecting a running back in fantasy football.
Even though he had a down week with just 58 yards and no scores, Cobb has still been the most efficient wide receiver in the NFL this year, and it isn’t very close. Cobb has managed to rack up 10.7 yards per target and 10 touchdowns on just 78 looks so far in 2014.
Rodgers has a near-perfect 148.3 passer rating when targeting Cobb this season. The difference between Cobb and the next-best wide receiver (which is teammate Jordy Nelson) is greater than that between Nelson and the next 19 receivers!
2: Number of tight ends with double-digit fantasy points in standard leagues
It was another quiet weekend for tight ends. We still have Jimmy Graham to play on Monday night, of course, but you know things are bad when Tim Wright and Delanie Walker are the week’s leading scorers. Wright managed only 36 yards, but scored twice, while Walker torched the Eagles for 155 yards (but no touchdowns).
Jason Witten ranked third in fantasy points despite his 30 yards—just 0.3 fantasy points ahead of fourth-ranked Cooper Helfet. If you had Helfet in your Week 12 lineup, congrats on the great call just quit fantasy football.
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