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Fantasy Tidbits - Week 2

*** All Stats go back to the 2000 season. Many of the statistics are researched at Doug Drinen's Pro-Football-Reference.com site

Sunday, Sept. 18

Baltimore at Tennessee

The Ravens are 7-6 lifetime against the Titans

  • The Ravens were 3-5 on the road last season
  • The Ravens threw 54 passes a week ago against the Colts. That likely won't happen this week.
  • RB Jamal Lewis ran hard but averaged only 3 yards per carry in week one. Don't expect the Titans to slow him down like that.
  • Lewis hasn't had a 100-yard rushing game against the Titans but has carried the ball 57 times for 252 yards with a single score.
  • QB Anthony Wright will start for the Ravens against the Titans. His last regular season start came in week seventeen of 2003 against the Steelers
  • As a Raven, Wright has completed 113 of 209 passes (51.7%) for 1413 yards (6.76 YPA) with 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
  • Former Titan WR Derrick Mason caught 8 passes for 99 yards in his season debut. It is the 9th time he has missed out on a 100-yard game by two yards or less
  • Mason had 12 passes thrown his way while Mark Clayton and Clarence Moore each had 8
  • Rookie Mark Clayton caught 5 passes for 44 yards in his debut. He looked quick and could improve as the year wears on.

  • The Titans were 2-6 at home last season
  • The Titans allowed the Steelers to rush for 206 yards in week one on 41 carries and gave up two rushing touchdowns
  • The Titans allowed nine of eleven passes against them in week one to be complete for a staggering 19.8 YPA
  • The Titans rushing attack did fine in week one with 21 carries for 98 yards with Chris Brown leading the way with 63 yards on 11 carries
  • QB Steve McNair has found his TE position again. 11 of his 18 attempts went to the TE in week one.
  • In five games against the Ravens, QB Steve McNair has
    • Completed 97 of 178 passes (54.5%)
    • Thrown for 1,022 yards (205 yards per game with a YPA of 5.74)
    • Tossed only 4 touchdowns against 5 interceptions
    • Rushed for 112 total yards but hasn't scored a rushing touchdown
    • Had two games with more than 18 fantasy points and three games with less than 13 fantasy points

Buffalo at Tampa Bay

The Bills are 2-5 lifetime against the Buccaneers

  • The Bills were 4-4 on the road a year ago but won their final four after starting the season 0-4 away from Buffalo
  • RB Willis McGahee carried the ball 22 times for 117 yards (5.3 YPC) and caught 3 passes in week one but didn't score
  • McGahee has now had eight games with 100-yards rushing but only two have come on the road
  • QB J.P. Losman had a solid first game in week one completed 60.7% of his throws for 170 yards and a touchdown
  • WR Lee Evans has had four games with 90+ yards receiving and three have come on the road
  • WR Eric Moulds went up against the Buccaneers during the 2000 season and caught 8 passes for 102 yards and a score

  • The Buccaneers were 4-4 at home last season
  • What a debut for rookie RB Carnell Williams. He gained 148 yards on 27 carries (5.5 YPC) including a 71-yard touchdown
  • WR Joey Galloway had 5 receptions for 97 yards in week one. He has now had 24 receptions for 339 yards and 4 touchdowns over his past four regular season games
  • WR Michael Clayton has had at least 50 receiving yards in thirteen of his last fourteen games. Only the Falcons in week 13 last year held him under that mark
  • QB Brian Griese has now thrown at least one touchdown pass in every game as a Buccaneer starter (22 TD passes in twelve games)
  • On the flip side, Griese has also thrown at least one interception in eight straight games
  • The Buccaneers defense caused five turnovers in last week's game against the Vikings

Detroit at Chicago

The Lions are 62-83-5 lifetime against the Bears

  • The Lions have defeated the Bears in each of the last three meetings by a total of twelve points
  • The Lions were 3-5 on the road last season after losing 24 consecutive road games during the 2001-2003 seasons
  • The Lions haven't scored more than 20 points in a game against the Bears over the last five meetings
  • The Lions are blessed with three terrific young receivers but they only caught a total of 4 passes for 47 yards in week one
  • RB Kevin Jones had 25 carries for 87 yards in week one but his longest run of scrimmage was only 7 yards
  • Is QB Joey Harrington a 'Must-Not' start this week? In six games against the Bears, he has
    • Completed 113 of 204 passes (55.4%)
    • Thrown for 1,183 yards (5.8 YPA)
    • Tossed only 3 touchdowns against 5 interceptions
    • Never exceeded 14 fantasy points in a game
  • In two career games against the Bears, RB Kevin Jones has 40 carries for 159 yards, 2 receptions and a score
  • In two games against the Bears, WR Roy Williams has 7 receptions for 102 yards with 0 touchdowns

  • The Bears were 2-6 at home last season
  • The Bears carried the ball 16 times for only 41 yards a week ago against the Redskins
  • The Bears longest gain from scrimmage in week one was only 22 yards by rookie receiver Mark Bradley
  • In his first NFL action, rookie QB Kyle Orton did a serviceable job with 15 completions in 28 attempts for 141 yards and an interceptions
  • WR Muhsin Muhammad snagged 6 receptions in his first action as a Bear
  • In two games against the Lions last year, RB Thomas Jones had
    • 43 carries for 176 yards (4.0 YPC)
    • 10 receptions for 72 yards (7.2 YPR)
    • 2 touchdowns
    • Two games over 14 fantasy points including one over 22 fantasy points (22.5 FP)

Jacksonville at Indianapolis

The Jaguars are 2-6 lifetime against the Colts but have split the season series in each of the last two years

  • The Jaguars were 5-3 on the road last season including a win in Indianapolis
  • The Jaguars scored 26 points in week one. They reached that mark only twice a year ago
  • QB Byron Leftwich threw for 252 yards and 2 passing touchdowns in week one
  • WR Jimmy Smith caught 7 passes for 130 yards and 2 touchdowns in week one. That was his best fantasy performance since week one of the 2001 campaign
  • In six games against the Colts, Smith has
    • Three games with 100 receiving yards
    • Four games with at least 1 touchdown receptions (five total touchdowns scored)
    • 32 receptions for 530 yards
  • In three starts against the Colts, Leftwich has
    • Completed 64 of 93 passes (68.8%)
    • Thrown for 797 Yards (8.6 YPA)
    • Tossed 4 touchdowns against only 1 interception
    • Had 19+ fantasy points in all three games
  • RB Fred Taylor touched the ball 22 times for a total of 90 yards in week one but his longest gain was only nine yards
  • In seven games against the Colts, Taylor has
    • 139 carries for 666 rushing yards (4.8 YPC)
    • Caught 17 passes
    • Scored at least one touchdown in four games (six total scores)
    • Finished with 17+ fantasy points four times and less than 10 fantasy points twice

  • The Colts only lost once at home a year ago but it was to the Jaguars 24 to 27
  • The Colts gave up only seven points in week one. That was their best performance on defense since the 2003 season
  • QB Peyton Manning has thrown 2+ touchdowns in fifteen of the last sixteen games
  • In seven games against the Jaguars, Manning has:
    • Completed 158 of 241 attempts (65.6%)
    • Thrown for 1,948 passing yards (278.3 passing yards per game)
    • Tossed 17 touchdowns against only 4 interceptions
    • Finished with more than 17 fantasy points in all but one game
  • In seven games against the Jaguars, RB Edgerrin James has:
    • Carried the ball 142 times for 564 yards (4.0 YPC and 80.6 rushing yards per game)
    • Caught 26 passes for 242 yards
    • Scored only two touchdowns
    • Finished with more than 17 fantasy points only once but more than 10 fantasy points all but one time
  • In seven games against the Jaguars, WR Marvin Harrison has:
    • Caught 26 passes for 341 yards (only 48.7 yards per game)
    • Scored 6 touchdowns
    • Finished with 14+ fantasy points in two games and less than 10 fantasy points in four games
  • WR Brandon Stokley caught 15 passes for 209 yards in two games against the Jaguars last season
  • In six games against the Jaguars, WR Reggie Wayne has
    • One game in which he caught 10 passes for 141 yards and 2 touchdowns (in 2003 week three)
    • Five games in which he caught a total of 15 passes for 158 yards and 0 scores
  • Wayne's 2nd best receiving yardage game ever came against the Jaguars (141 yards, week three of 2003)

Minnesota at Cincinnati

The Vikings are 5-4 lifetime against the Bengals

  • The Vikings were 3-5 on the road last season
  • The Vikings haven't had a winning record on the road in a season since 1998
  • QB Daunte Culpepper finished with 9.9 fantasy points last week. That was his worst performance since the 2002 season against the Giants (8.8 FP)
  • Culpepper has had thirty-three games with 25+ fantasy points. Don't panic yet Culpepper owners
  • Culpepper didn't throw a touchdown pass for the first time since week twelve of 2003 against the Lions
  • Last week, Michael Bennett and Moe Williams combined for 14 rushing yards on 12 carries. Ouch!
  • Not a great start for WR Burleson in week one. Hardly making Viking fans forget about Randy Moss, he only caught 3 passes for 45 yards
  • Burleson was targeted only 7 times in week one. Expect that number to go up substantially

  • The Bengals went 5-3 at home last year
  • The Bengals haven't had a 10-win season or better since the 1988 campaign (16 long seasons)
  • QB Carson Palmer had a strong first week with 280 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. That was his third best fantasy week as a pro
  • RB Rudi Johnson was the 5th best fantasy back a week ago, scoring 19.8 fantasy points. That was his fifth best fantasy performance
  • Rudi Johnson had his tenth career 100-yard rushing game
  • WR Chad Johnson caught 9 passes last week for the fifth time in his career. He had 91 receiving yards but didn't score a touchdown
  • Johnson caught 9 of the 10 passes thrown his way in week one.
  • The Bengals leading receiver in terms of fantasy production in week one was Kevin Walter with 10.7 fantasy points
  • RB Chris Perry had 5 receptions for 37 yards in his best game during his brief NFL career

New England at Carolina

The Patriots are 1-1 lifetime against the Panthers during the regular season but also defeated the Panthers in the Super Bowl XXXVIII

  • The Patriots are 12-4 on the road over the past two seasons
  • Tom Brady was the fourth best fantasy quarterback in week one. He had 23.2 fantasy points (306 passing yards and 2 passing touchdowns)
  • Despite only rushing for 63 yards on 23 carries (2.7 YPC), RB Corey Dillon finished third in fantasy points at running back for week one thanks to two rushing touchdowns
  • WR Deion Branch had 7 receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown in week one. That was the third best fantasy game of his career
  • WR David Givens was a disappointment in week one with only two receptions for 31 yards.
  • Branch was targeted 11 times while Givens was targeted 5 times in week one

  • The Panthers were 3-5 at home a year ago but did win three of their final four home games
  • RB Stephen Davis appears as strong as ever. He finished 11th in fantasy points for the week with 81 rushing yards and a touchdown
  • Davis has only had one multiple-touchdown game as a Panther
  • RB DeShaun Foster also had a solid week with 9 carries for 41 yards and 3 receptions. He will continue to split time with Davis
  • WR Steve Smith had a great week one with 8 receptions for 138 yards and a score. That was his third best fantasy game
  • Smith was targeted 13 times in week one
  • Smith has never had a multiple-touchdown game
  • QB Jake Delhomme struggled last week and finished 22nd overall in fantasy points with only 14.3 points

Pittsburgh at Houston

The Steelers lost the only meeting to the Texans 24-6 back in 2002

  • The Steelers went 7-1 on the road last season but only 2-6 the season before
  • What sophomore slump? Despite only throwing 11 passes, Ben Roethlisberger finished 10th in fantasy points last week with 19.4. That was his 3rd best fantasy effort
  • Fast Willie Parker exploded onto the scene in week one, finishing as the top fantasy running back with 26.9 fantasy points. That was the best fantasy score by a Steeler running back over the past four seasons (2nd best was the 26.7 FP put up by Jerome Bettis in 2001 against the Buccaneers)
  • WR Antwaan Randle El caught only 2 passes but finished tenth in fantasy points thanks to a long touchdown reception
  • WR Hines Ward caught only 2 passes for 25 yards last week, crippling fantasy owners
  • More surprisingly, Ward was only targeted two times
  • In his only game against the Texans, Ward caught 9 passes for 76 yards

  • The Texans went 3-5 at home last season and have never finished with a winning record at home
  • QB David Carr was terrible in week one. He rushed for 40 yards and a touchdown but only completed 9 of 21 passes for 70 yards with 3 picks
  • Carr's passing performance was his worst since week two of 2002 when the Chargers held him to 6 of 25 passing for 87 yards and 2 picks
  • RB Domanick Davis was brutal in week one. He finished with only 48 rushing yards on 14 carries and caught only 2 passes
  • Keeping with the theme, Andre Johnson was also brutal catching 3 passes for a minuscule 18 yards
  • Johnson was surprisingly only targeted 7 times in week one.

San Francisco at Philadelphia

The 49ers are 17-7-1 lifetime against the Eagles which includes a win over the Eagles in Philadelphia during the 2003 season

  • The 49ers went 1-7 on the road last season and have only two road wins over the last two seasons
  • Big props to the 49ers who stunned the football world with a solid win against the Rams in week one
  • QB Tim Rattay played a very good game last week. He only threw 16 passes but completed 11 for 165 yards and tossed 2 touchdowns
  • RB Kevan Barlow was terrible in week one, gaining only 22 yards on 14 carries but managed to score a touchdown to earn some fantasy points
  • RB Frank Gore outplayed his teammate in limited duty, rushing for 17 yards on 4 carries and catching 2 passes for 21 yards
  • WR Brandon Lloyd caught 3 passes for 65 yards and scored a touchdown last week
  • In week sixteen of 2003, Barlow had his best game as a pro while playing the Eagles. He gained 154 yards on 30 carries and scored 2 touchdowns
  • In his only game against the Eagles, Lloyd caught a touchdown pass (week sixteen of 2003)

  • The Eagles went 7-0 at home last season before resting most of their starters in week seventeen in a loss to the Bengals
  • QB Donovan McNabb was the 19th best fantasy quarterback in week one and rushed for zero yards. That was only the eleventh time he failed to register at least 10 rushing yards
  • WR Terrell Owens caught 7 passes for 112 yards in week one and was targeted 18 times. He failed to score though
  • RB Brian Westbrook was pedestrian rushing the ball against the Falcons, gaining only 47 yards on a dozen carries
  • Westbrook shone though in the passing game with 7 receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown and finished as the 9th best fantasy running back
  • Westbrook was targeted 11 times in week one, easily the most targeted running back.

Atlanta at Seattle

The Falcons are 2-7 lifetime against the Seattle Seahawks

  • The Falcons went 4-4 on the road last season and lost three straight road games at the end of the season
  • The Bad: QB Michael Vick threw only 156 yards on 12-23 passing against the Eagles, had no touchdown passes, was intercepted once and fumbled twice
  • The Good: Vick ran for 68 yards on 11 carries, scored a touchdown and finished as the 9th best fantasy quarterback
  • RB Warrick Dunn continues to run the ball well for the Falcons. He gained 117 yards on 21 carries
  • RB T.J. Duckett carried the ball only 8 times for 15 yards but did score a touchdown
  • TE Alge Crumpler caught 4 passes for 54 yards in week one and was targeted 9 times
  • WR Michael Jenkins was only targeted 4 times but caught 3 passes for 80 yards and missed a long touchdown by inches
  • In his only full game against the Seahawks, Vick finished with 22 fantasy points (2002 season) on 21-38 passing for 240 yards and 2 touchdown passes
  • In two games against the Seahawks as a Falcon, Dunn has gained 233 rushing yards on 45 carries and caught 9 passes. He hasn't scored though
  • In his one game against the Seahawks (2002) Crumpler caught 5 passes for 75 yards and scored at touchdown

  • The Seahawks went 5-3 at home a year ago and have gone 13-3 at home over the past two seasons
  • QB Matt Hasselbeck finished 11th in week one in fantasy points but threw 3 interceptions
  • RB Shaun Alexander was only the 32nd best fantasy running back in week one, gaining 73 yards on 14 carries and not catching a pass
  • Alexander was not even targeted once last week in the passing game
  • Receivers Bobby Engram and Darrell Jackson led the way with 9 targets apiece with TE Jerramy Stevens close behind with 7.
  • Jackson caught 6 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown while Engram caught 8 passes for 79 yards
  • Stevens only managed to catch 3 passes for 41 yards
  • In two games against the Falcons, Hasselbeck has thrown for 489 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception and finished above 19 fantasy points in both games
  • In two games against the Falcons, Alexander has carried the ball 47 times for 207 yards and scored 3 touchdowns. He was above 15 FP in both games
  • In two games against the Falcons, Jackson has caught 10 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown

St. Louis at Arizona

The Rams are 31-22-2 lifetime against the Cardinals but lost last season in Arizona 31 to 7

  • The Rams went 2-6 on the road last season
  • Despite the loss to the 49ers in week one, QB Marc Bulger was the leading fantasy quarterback with 25.9 fantasy points
  • RB Steven Jackson only gained 60 yards on 19 carries against the 49ers in week one
  • WR Torry Holt caught 10 passes for 125 yards in week one but didn't score. That was the 7th time he caught 10 passes
  • WR Isaac Bruce only caught 3 passes but did gain 61 yards and scored a touchdown
  • Holt was targeted 16 times while Bruce was targeted only 6. Surprisingly Kevin Curtis was targeted 14 times and Shaun McDonald 10 times
  • Only two passes were thrown to the tight ends
  • In five games against the Cardinals, Bulger has
    • Never had less than 16.6 fantasy points
    • Thrown for 1,437 passing yards
    • Tossed 8 touchdowns but been picked off 10 times
  • In six games against the Cardinals, WR Isaac Bruce has
    • Two games with more than 15 fantasy points
    • Four games with less than 6 fantasy points
    • 29 total receptions and 2 touchdowns
  • In six games against the Cardinals, WR Torry Holt has
    • Three games with 14+ fantasy points
    • No games with less than 6 fantasy points
    • 41 receptions in five of the games
    • Only 1 reception in the sixth game but he scored on that play

  • The Cardinals went 5-3 at home last season including a win against the Rams
  • QB Kurt Warner threw for 264 yards and a touchdown in his first action as a Cardinal player
  • Both running backs, J.J. Arrington and Marcel Shipp were invisible in week one (only 15 rushing yards combined)
  • WR Larry Fitzgerald had a monster week one, catching 13 passes for 155 yards and scoring a touchdown
  • Fitzgerald was targeted 15 times, Anquan Boldin 9 times and Bryant Johnson 11 times
  • Boldin caught 4 passes for 62 yards while Johnson caught only 2 of the 11 passes thrown his way
  • In three games against the Rams, Boldin has caught 17 passes for 257 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has one game with 27.1 FP and the other two were under 9 FP
  • Last season, Fitzgerald caught 8 passes and scored twice against the Rams in two games

Cleveland at Green Bay

The Browns are 6-9 lifetime against the Packers

  • The Browns have had two winning season over the last dozen years (69 wins and 123 losses)
  • The Browns went 3-5 at home last year but lost their last five
  • QB Trent Dilfer threw for 278 yards and a touchdown (against 2 interceptions) in week one
  • RB Reuben Droughns had 100 total yards on 15 touches (12 carries for 78 yards)
  • Surprise player of the week, WR Frisman Jackson had 128 receiving yards on 8 receptions and scored a touchdown
  • The passes were spread around nicely. WR Antonio Bryant had 10 targets, Jackson and Dennis Northcutt had 9 and Braylon Edwards had 5
  • Bryant had 5 receptions for 65 yards, Northcutt 4 receptions for 16 yards and Edwards 2 receptions for 16 yards
  • TE Steve Heiden was targeted 5 times and caught 3 of them for 32 yards

  • The Packers went 4-4 at home last season but did win four of the last five in Green Bay
  • The Packers haven't had a losing record at home since the 1991 campaign when Mike Tomczak led the team in passing attempts
  • QB Brett Favre was the 31st ranked fantasy quarterback last week, finishing with only 8 fantasy points
  • RB Ahman Green carried the ball 12 times for 58 yards and caught 5 passes
  • WR Donald Driver was the top Packers receiver finishing with 48 yards on 4 receptions
  • WR Robert Ferguson caught only 1 pass for 4 yards

Miami at New York Jets

The Dolphins are 38-40-1 lifetime against the Jets and lost both games a year ago by a combined score of 23 to 58

  • Last season the Dolphins had their first losing record since the 1988 season
  • The Dolphins went 1-7 on the road last season
  • Gus Frerotte was the 6th best fantasy quarterback last week, finishing with 21 fantasy points which was his 4th best performance since the 2000 season
  • RB Ronnie Brown carried the ball 22 times but only gained 57 yards. He finished as the 34th best running back
  • WR Marty Booker was the 8th best fantasy receiver, catching 5 passes for 104 yards and scoring a touchdown
  • WR Chris Chambers caught 5 passes for 40 yards and had a 61 yard run
  • TE Randy McMichael caught 6 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown
  • In six games against the Jets, McMichael has
    • Three games with 8+ fantasy points and three games with 5.1 or less fantasy points
    • 25 receptions for 296 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns
  • In seven games against the Jets, Chambers has
    • One game with 9 receptions for 153 yards and a touchdown for 21.5 fantasy points
    • Six games with less than 9.2 fantasy points. 19 receptions and no touchdowns

  • The Jets went 6-2 at home last season and are 9-2 at home over the last eleven games
  • QB Chad Pennington threw for 264 yards last week but had no touchdown passes and fumbled six times
  • RB Curtis Martin had 20 carries for only 57 yards and didn't score
  • WR Laveranues Coles had 6 receptions for 66 yards
  • In ten games against the Dolphins, Martin has
    • Five games with 15+ fantasy points
    • Four games with less than 8 fantasy points
    • Three 100-yard rushing games
    • Scored a touchdown in five of the games
  • In his last three games against the Dolphins, Martin has rushed for 317 yards and scored in each game
  • In four games against the Dolphins, Pennington has
    • Two games with more than 15 fantasy points
    • Two games with less than 9 fantasy points
    • Averaged 180 passing yards per game and has tossed 4 touchdowns in two games and zero in the other two

San Diego at Denver

The Chargers are 39-49-1 lifetime against the Broncos and have lost the last five meetings in Denver

  • Last year's winning record was the first for the Chargers since the 1995 campaign
  • The Chargers went 5-3 on the road last season
  • RB LaDainian Tomlinson didn't catch a pass in week one for the first time in his career
  • Tomlinson still finished as the 13th best fantasy back last week thanks to a touchdown run
  • QB Drew Brees finished as the 14th best fantasy quarterback but barely completed 50% of his throws and was picked off twice
  • WR Eric Parker led the way with 5 receptions for 75 yards for the Chargers
  • In eight games against the Broncos, Tomlinson has
    • Two games with 25+ fantasy points including a 45.1 week (2002, week thirteen)
    • Five games with fewer than 10 fantasy points
    • Two games in which he scored a total of five touchdowns and six games where he scored none
    • One 200-yard rushing game, one 100-yard rushing game
    • Four games with 22+ carries and four games with 16 or fewer carries
  • In five games against the Broncos, QB Drew Brees has
    • Never had more than 17.5 FP in a game
    • Never thrown for more than 235 yards
    • Tossed only 2 touchdowns against 4 interceptions
    • Averaged 11.9 FP per game
  • TE Antonio Gates only caught 7 passes for 61 yards against the Broncos last season in two games

  • The Broncos went 6-2 at home last season and are 12-4 over the past two seasons
  • QB Jake Plummer managed to finish as the 16th best quarterback in week one but completed only 22 of 48 passes and was picked off twice
  • RB Tatum Bell carried the ball 13 times for 47 yards but aside from one big run, averaged less than 1.5 YPC
  • WR Rod Smith finished with 7 receptions for 90 yards while Ashley Lelie had only 2 receptions for 17 yards
  • Lelie caught only 2 of the 12 passes thrown his way while Smith caught 7 of the 10
  • In four games against the Chargers, Plummer has
    • Three games with 17+ fantasy points
    • Three games with 8 touchdowns against 1 interception and one game with 0 touchdowns and 4 interceptions
    • Has thrown for 250+ yards in three of the four games
  • In ten games against the Chargers, Rod Smith as
    • Two games with 13.5+ fantasy points
    • Eight games with less than 10 fantasy points
    • One game in which he caught 11 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown (back in 2000)
    • Nine games in which he has caught 54 passes for 637 yards and one score
    • One 100-yard receiving game
  • In six games against the Chargers, Lelie has never had more than 13.3 fantasy points in a game

Kansas City at Oakland

The Chiefs are 46-42-2 lifetime against the Raiders and have won the past four meetings

  • The Chiefs went 3-5 on the road last season
  • The Chiefs have a deadly two-headed monster at running back. Both Larry Johnson and Priest Holmes finished in the top ten in week one
  • The two backs combined for 195 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns
  • QB Trent Green only threw for 200 yards and no touchdowns in week one
  • WR Eddie Kennison was solid in week one with 4 receptions for 76 yards
  • In eight games against the Raiders, Green has
    • Eclipsed the 15 FP mark in seven of the games
    • Hit the 200-yard mark in seven games and tossed two 300-yard games
    • Tossed 10 touchdowns against 8 interceptions and rushed for one more
  • In four games against the Raiders, Holmes has
    • Had at least 173 total yards in each game
    • Had at least 23 FP in each game
    • Had two 100-yard rushing games and two 100-yard receiving games
    • Scored 5 touchdowns
  • Not to be outdone, in two games against the Raiders last season, Johnson had
    • 45 carries for 197 yards
    • 7 receptions for 99 yards
    • 4 touchdowns
    • 24.2 and 29.4 FP games
  • In ten games against the Raiders, TE Tony Gonzalez has
    • Six games with 8+ fantasy points
    • Three games with 100+ yards receiving
    • Eight games with 4+ receptions
  • In seven games against the Raiders, WR Eddie Kennison has one game with 20.9 FP and six games with less than 8 FP

  • The Raiders went 3-5 at home a year ago
  • QB Kerry Collins was the 2nd best fantasy quarterback in week one, finishing with 24.5 FP
  • RB Lamont Jordan had 70 rushing yards and 40 receiving yards on 5 receptions in week one
  • WR Randy Moss had 5 receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown in week one. He only caught 1 of every 3 passes thrown his way though
  • WR Jerry Porter was only targeted 5 times and caught 3 for 48 yards
  • In two games against the Chiefs, Collins has
    • One game with 17.9 FP
    • One game with 29.2 FP
    • 560 passing yards
    • 5 touchdown passes
    • 1 interception
  • In seven games against the Chiefs, Porter has never had more than 12.7 FP
  • In his only game against the Chiefs, Moss erupted for 111 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns back in 2003

Monday, Sept. 19

Washington at Dallas

The Redskins are 34-54-2 lifetime against the Cowboys

  • Since the 1992 campaign, the Redskins have only had one 10-win season
  • The Redskins went 3-5 on the road last season
  • WR Santana Moss was targeted 9 times in week one and caught 4 for 96 yards
  • QBs Mark Brunell and Patrick Ramsey combined to throw for 175 yards and no touchdowns in week one
  • RB Clinton Portis gained 121 rushing yards on 21 carries in week one but didn't score or catch a pass
  • In his two games against the Cowboys last season, Portis was unable to get on track. He only rushed for 126 total yards, caught 3 passes and didn't score
  • Brunell had a great game against the Cowboys in week three last season. He threw for 325 yards and 2 touchdowns and finished with 24.3 FP

  • The Cowboys have gone 10-6 at home under coach Bill Parcells
  • QB Drew Bledsoe was the 3rd ranked fantasy quarterback in week one with 24.0 FP. He threw 3 touchdown passes
  • RB Julius Jones had 93 rushing yards and scored a touchdown in week one
  • Jones rushed for 57 yards on 22 carries and didn't score in his one game against the Redskins last season
  • WR Keyshawn Johnson caught two touchdown passes in week one. It was the 2nd time he accomplished that feat in Dallas
  • In two games against the Redskins, Johnson had one game with 9 receptions for 84 yards and one game with only 1 catch. He didn't score in either game
  • WR Patrick Crayton had a great week one with 6 receptions for 89 yards and a score.
  • WR Terry Glenn has scored a touchdown in two of his three games against the Redskins

New Orleans at New York Giants

The Saints are 9-13 lifetime against the Giants

  • The Saints have had a winning record only seven times in their thirty-eight year history
  • The Saints went 5-3 on the road last season
  • QB Aaron Brooks only threw for 192 yards in week one with no touchdown passes (also no interceptions)
  • RB Deuce McAllister only managed to rush for 64 yards on 26 carries (2.5 YPC) but scored twice
  • WR Joe Horn led the team in week one with 5 receptions for 66 yards. He was targeted 8 times
  • WR Donte Stallworth caught 4 of the 5 passes thrown his way
  • During the 2003 campaign in week fifteen, Horn caught 9 passes for 133 yards and 4 touchdowns against the Giants in the infamous 'Cell-phone' game. I still think it was pretty funny
  • In that same game, Brooks threw for 296 yards and 5 touchdowns while McAllister rushed for 80 yards and caught 8 passes

  • The Giants went 3-5 at home during the 2004 campaign
  • QB Eli Manning still struggled at times in week one with less than 50% completion rate and two interceptions but he did throw two touchdowns as well
  • RB Tiki Barber and rookie RB Brandon Jacobs are a great one-two punch. They combined for 19 carries, 101 rushing yards, 60 receiving yards and 2 scores
  • Barber finished as the 7th best fantasy option in week one
  • WR Plaxico Burress had a great first game with the Giants (5 receptions, 76 yards, 1 touchdown) and finished as the 12th best fantasy receiver
  • Burress was targeted 11 times in week one while Toomer saw only 4 passes thrown his way
  • In the 2003 game, Barber rushed for 37 yards on 11 carries and caught 5 passes. He didn't score though.
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