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Crazy Fantasy Stats of the 2018 offseason

By Daniel Kelley
Jul 24, 2018

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Dec 24, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints fans cheer against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Falcons 23-13. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

There are a lot of data pages contained within the Pro Football Focus website.  Between grades and fantasy statistics and Signature Stats, you can spent all of spring and summer exploring the various data pages and not come close to soaking it all up.

We know this, because PFF Fantasy editor Daniel Kelley has more or less done that this offseason. Starting with two days after the Super Bowl, there’s been two pieces a week (roughly) where he’s found something interesting in the PFF database and told you about it. Ranging from the unluckiest touchdown scorers to the fact that Cobi Hamilton finished 2017 with a 0.0 passer rating when targeted, some of these stats are extremely meaningful for 2018, while others are just curiosities. But they’re all interesting. And they’re all here in one place:

Feb. 6: Davante Adams’ unlikely fantasy consistency
Feb. 8: Lamar Miller, non-elusive Texan
Feb. 13: Sammy Watkins’ unsustainable touchdown luck of 2017
Feb. 15: The unluckiest pass catchers of 2017
Feb. 20: LeGarrette Blount, the running back in the wrong time
Feb. 22: Austin Ekeler: The poor man’s Alvin Kamara?
Feb. 27: Was Alex Smith the product of Tyreek Hill, or vice versa?
March 1: Nelson Agholor’s big 2017 leap in efficiency
March 6: The perception/production gap: Fantasy QBs and RBs
March 8: The perception/production gap: Fantasy WRs and TEs
March 13: Do any of the released RBs have fantasy value left?
March 15: The fantasy fallout of QBs locking on to their top targets
March 20: The haves and have-nots among fantasy tight ends
March 22: Kyle Juszczyk: The artificial ceiling on Jerick McKinnon’s fantasy stock
March 27: The fantasy options most hurt by their division
March 29: The fantasy options most helped by their division
April 5: NFC targets per route: The notable takeaways for fantasy
April 10: AFC targets per route: The notable takeaways for fantasy
April 12: Fantasy quality against quantity in 2017
April 17: Jordan Howard’s fantasy value despite his poor receiving
May 1: How the quarterbacks put together their fantasy totals
May 3: Balanced NFL rosters vs. top-heavy rosters for fantasy purposes
May 8: The luckiest and unluckiest team scorers of 2017
May 10: Look for Brice Butler to soak up the deep targets in Arizona
May 15: The ‘one-game wonders’ of the 2017 fantasy season
May 17: Arbitrary endpoints: The best fantasy players over short stretches of 2017
May 22: The Seahawks’ late-season passing-game fantasy prowess
May 23: Fantasy Pick Your 5 — The Social Media Game
May 29: The streakers: Year-to-year reliability in fantasy
May 31: Fantasy football mock drafts: Drafting for 2018 while ignoring 2017
June 5: The hybrids: How the running backs put up their fantasy points
June 7: See Michael Thomas in the slot, target Michael Thomas in the slot
June 12: Fantasy points leaders across the last 2 seasons
June 14: Fantasy stat leaders across the last 2 seasons
June 15: 5 teams set for less fantasy success in 2018
June 19: Small-sample fantasy deception of deep-ball passers
June 21: The best fantasy roster by birth year
June 22: 5 teams set for more fantasy success in 2018
June 26: The value of the high fantasy floor
June 28: Different ways to look at RB breakaway yards
July 3: Streaming a fantasy DST without knowing football
July 5: Which team position fantasy streaks will end in 2018?
July 10: Room for fantasy improvement for the lowest YPRR averages
July 12: The riskiness of a fantasy TE in his first year with a new team
July 17: Fantasy takeaways from the Fantasy Playbook: QB/RB
July 19: Fantasy takeaways from the Fantasy Playbook: WR/TE
July 24: 2017 fantasy stat leaders if ‘sample size’ isn’t a thing
July 26: Fantasy football rankings: Take away injuries and see what happens
July 31: One more crazy Alvin Kamara fantasy stat from 2017

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