Fantasy Football Notable Numbers: Week 3, 2010

You shouldn't rely solely on stats, but just like an MBA analyzing a business or a stock, you should include statistical analysis as part of your fantasy football decision-making regimen.

Herewith are some interesting stats to from Week 3 of the 2010 fantasy football season:

Quarterbacks
  • 57.  Attempts by Denver's Kyle Orton.  With the Broncos having a moribund ground game and quite a few useful receiving targets, Orton's been in a position to put up solid numbers each week this season.
  • 9, 8, 7, 6.  TDs thrown by Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, and Drew Brees, respectively, making them the top 4 QBs in the category (with Jay Cutler, Mark Sanchez, and Michael Vick tied with Brees). 
  • 6.  INTs thrown by Brett Favre and Eli Manning, which is more than the 5 Rams' rookie Sam Bradford has thrown. Eli's brother Peyton has yet to throw an INT.
Running backs
  • 220. Yards on the ground for Cleveland RB Peyton Hillis, which is good for 9th most in the NFL.
  • 2.9.  Yards per carry for Green Bay's Brandon Jackson.  I said not to blow your budget or waiver position on him; I didn't think he'd be this bad though.
  • 2.5  YPC for Tampa Bay's Cadillac Williams, which ranks as 112th best in the NFL.  With 3 other RBs to contend with for touches and a feeble YPC, it's probably time to cut Caddy in all but the the deepest leagues.  Look for more upside.
Wide receivers
  • 12, 171, 2.  Receptions, yards, and TDs for Austin Collie of the Colts in Week 3.  I had him last year on two teams and he was inconsistent, so I avoided him this year because the Colts have so many weapons.  Ooops.  He's the leading WR in the NFL!
  • 17. Targets for Brandon Marshall of the Dolphins in Week 3.  New address, same number of targets on average -- a lot.
  • 41.  Targets on the season for Roddy White of the Falcons.  He's one I did want on my teams because I expected lots of targets for him.  I didn't manage to snag him in either league.  And his target total is exceeding my expectations.  Darn! Wish I got him.

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