2018 Stats You Should Pay Attention to for the 2019 Season
Every NFL season there are an uncountable amount of stats generated. It’s one of my favorite things about being an analyst of this fantasy football game we love to play. The truth is there are enough stats out there for you to make a case for or against a player. It’s all about what you choose to leave out to strengthen your take. This makes it very difficult to trust what you see floating around twitter. It’s OK to fact check, I encourage it.
Before I go off on too much of a tangent, let me tell you what this article is about. I wanted to go back in my history of tweets to find certain stats that could have a significant impact on the 2019 season. These are stats that have become more relevant as the 2019 season approaches due to roster changes, a new coaching staff, etc… So without further ado, here are some stats from the 2018 season that could have major implications for 2019.
*All of these stats can be found on the timeline of my Twitter account: @DomiNateFF.
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Telling Stats from 2018
1.) Want a bargain TE with Top 5 upside? Trey Burton is currently going in the late ninth or later rounds in drafts. He was very hyped before 2018 as the “Travis Kelce” in Matt Nagy’s offense. Although he disappointed, he still finished as the TE7 (.5PPR). He’s my TE5 for 2019.
Tweeted: May 24th, 2019
2.) The only WRs with double-digit targets from inside the 10-yard line in 2018 were:
DeAndre Hopkins (15)
Michael Thomas (14)
JuJu Smith-Schuster (11)
T.Y. Hilton (10)
Tweeted: July 23, 2019
3.) Davante Adams exceeded 20 #FantasyFootball points in just 3 games last year, but he also never had a game below 12.1 fantasy points. (.5 PPR) A truly consistent option. I believe he raises his ceiling from 2018 & becomes the #1 fantasy WR again in 2019.
Tweeted: July 2nd, 2019
4.) There were only 4 tight ends with 10+ targets inside the 10-yard line in 2018. Travis Kelce – 12, Jared Cook – 11, Zach Ertz – 10, Austin Hooper – 10. All 4 TEs caught 7 of those targets. TD results: Kelce – 5, Cook – 2, Ertz – 5, Hooper – 4 #FantasyFootball #OpportunityisKing
Tweeted July 16th, 2019
5.) To put some perspective on the TE position in 2018 & the whole “crapshoot” after the top options…
Combined #FantasyFootball points (.5 PPR) for the Top 5 TEs: 1,028.90
Combined FF points for the next 9 TEs: 1,009.00
Tweeted: July 25th,2019
6.) 1k+ receiving yards in 6 out of his 8 NFL seasons. Just missed 1k by 36 yards in 2016 (only 10 games played)
6+ receiving TDs in all but 1 of those seasons.
100+ targets every season but 2018 (9 games played).
A.J. Green is just a producer.
Tweeted: July 25th, 2019
7.) RB rush attempts leaders from inside the 5 (better scoring opportunities) in 2018:
Todd Gurley: 22
Saquon Barkley: 18
Derrick Henry: 17
Alvin Kamara, James Conner, Chris Carson, Christian McCaffrey: 16
Tweeted: July 14th, 2019
8.) Phillip Lindsay’s 2018 ROOKIE season:
2nd in the NFL with 5.4 YPC (RBs with 68+ carries)
The only RB to have 1k+ rushing yards with under 200 carries
9th in rushing yards
Tied 7th with 9 rush TDs
Would you still rather have Royce Freeman in 2019?
Tweeted: July 24th, 2019
9.) Brandon Cooks has 1,000+ receiving yards and 100+ targets in each of his last 4 seasons. Why would anyone draft Woods over Cooks in 2019 #FantasyFootball drafts?
Tweeted: April 17th, 2019
10.) Recency bias: Robert Woods He was #Good in 2018. Posting career highs in yards, targets, receptions, & TDs.
2018 Yds: 1,219 Tgt: 130 Rec: 86 Rec TD: 6
Career highs prior to 2018 (2013-2017) Yds: 781 (2017) Tgt: 104 (2014) Rec: 65 (2014) Rec TD: 5 (2014/2017)
Tweeted: April 17th, 2019
11.) The tale of 2 seasons for Adam Thielen…
1st 8 games: 925 yards (115.625 YPG) 6 TDs
Last 8 games: 448 yards (56 YPG) 3 TDs
Tweeted: December 31st, 2018
12.) Among TEs:
– TE6 in 2018
– 1st with an 80.7% catch rate (33+ targets)
– 8th in targets
– 7th most yards
– 4th most receptions
– Currently drafted 13.12 (TE16)
Tweeted: June 28th, 2019
13.) Mike Williams 2018 #FantasyFootball WR rank (.5PPR) from:
Inside the 20: 4th (61.3 FP)
Inside the 10: 3rd (43.8 FP)
Inside the 5: 3rd (28.9 FP)
Tweeted: June 17th, 2019
14.) Can someone explain to me why Dak Prescott is currently the 21st QB taken in drafts?
Dude hasn’t finished worse than QB11 in his 3-year career. By far my favorite late-round QB for 2019.
Tweeted: June 11th, 2019
15.) Dak Prescott’s rushing TD rankings among QBs…
2016: Tied 1st
2017: Tied 1st
Tweeted: June 12th, 2019
16.) Josh Allen led all QBs with 8 rushing TDs.
He was 2nd in rushing yards behind Lamar Jackson.
Only 3 other QBs had 5 or more rushing TDs.
Dak Prescott – 6
Deshaun Watson – 5
Lamar Jackson – 5
Josh Allen played in just 12 games.
Tweeted: June 7th, 2019
17.) Non-RB1s from 2018 (.5 PPR) with over 200 touches:
Derrick Henry: 230
Chris Carson: 267
Nick Chubb: 212
Adrian Peterson: 271
Jordan Howard: 270
Marlon Mack: 221
Lamar Miller: 235
Peyton Barber: 254
Sony Michel: 216
Dion Lewis: 214
Tweeted: June 5th, 2019
18.) Todd Gurley played just 14 games last season and had fewer than 15 carries in 4 of his final 5 games of the season.
He still finished as the top #FantasyFootball RB.
Tweeted: June 4th, 2019
Nate Hamilton is a regular contributor in the fantasy football industry. He has provided advice & analysis on a daily basis since joining Twitter (@DomiNateFF) in August of 2013. He has written content for many well-known sites including FantasyPros, The Fantasy Footballers, Fantasy Data, and currently, FantraxHQ. He is the co-host of The Fantasy Tilt Podcast with Keaton Denlay. Nate also Co-Authored Amazon’s #1 Best Selling “The Fantasy Football Black Book” with Joe Pisapia & others in 2018. He is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA).
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