Some of these 16 stats after Week 9 are just for trivia, but most are good to know as you look at fantasy trends/leaders across the season or look for specific positions or teams to focus on or avoid.
As we are now in the middle of the season the stats this week are a mix of players who had big week 9s, players who have had multiple games with strong statistical output, and a few outstanding as well as some not so good team stats. When I put these together I always find at least a few players stand out to me who I knew were playing well but didn’t realize were really excelling to a certain degree (at least statistically), this week they were Miami QB Tyler Van Dyke and Missouri RB Tyler Badie. I hope a few jump out to you as well.
Miss State QB Will Rogers completed 36 of 39 passes against Kentucky on Saturday (92.3%). It was the first time this season a player had a 90% completion percentage when throwing at least 30 passes.
Syracuse RB Sean Tucker leads the nation in 100 yard rushing games with 8, next closest with 6 are Mataeo Durant (Duke), Sincere McCormick (UTSA), and Bijan Robinson (Texas). Tucker has run for 100 in 8 of his 9 games, the only time falling short was a 13/54 game against Rutgers on September 11.
Minnesota has had 5 different players this season with 100 yard rushing games – Mohamed Ibrahim, Treyson Potts, Bryce Williams, Ky Thomas, and Mar’Keise Irving have all crossed the century mark. Ibrahim, Potts and now Williams all have suffered season-ending injuries.
Of the top 5 passing completion % leaders with at least 100 passes thrown, two come from the same school – Will Rogers (Miss State, 75.2%), Spencer Rattler (Oklahoma, 75.0%), Grayson McCall (Coastal Carolina, 73.4%), Brock Purdy (Iowa State, 73.3%), and Caleb Williams (Oklahoma, 71.6%).
Miami QB Tyler Van Dyke has thrown for 25/33-325-4 and 32/42-426-3 the past two weeks. Only six QBs in the nation have at least two games this season with 300-3 with at least a 75% completion rate. The other five are Carson Strong (Nevada, 4), Will Rogers (Miss State, 3), Jake Haener (Fresno St, 2), Tanner Mordecai (SMU, 2), and Bailey Zappe (Western Kentucky, 2).
Since volume matters for RBs, two players had 30 rushing attempts in week 9 – Dylan McDuffie (Buffalo, 34/166-2) and Tyler Badie (Missouri, 31/254-2). McDuffie’s previous season-high carry total was 23 which he’d done twice.
There were zero 200 yard receiving games in week 9 – this is the first week that has happened since week 5. The high total for the week was 187 by Virginia Tech’s Tre Turner.
There were four 200 yard rushing games in week 9 – Tyler Allgeier (BYU, 29/266-5), Tyler Badie (Missouri, 31/254-2), Sean Tucker (Syracuse, 26/207-1), and Keaontay Ingram (USC, 27/204-1). It was Allgeier’s 2nd 200 yard game this season while Badie became the first player to hit 200 three times.
Only six QBs have multiple games with both 100+ yards passing and rushing – Sam Howell (UNC, 4), Garrett Shrader (Syracuse, 3), Adrian Martinez (Nebraska, 2), Nick Nash (San Jose State, 2), Jordan Travis (Florida State, 2) and Malik Willis (Liberty, 2).
To show TEs some love, there are 5 in the top 100 receiving yardage leaders – #16 Trey McBride (Colorado State, 740), #39 Derrick Deese (San Jose State, 634), #46 Isaiah Likely (Coastal Carolina, 609), #61 Cole Turner (Nevada, 571), and #100 Greg Dulcich (UCLA, 477).
Colorado State RB David Bailey ran for 21/37-0 against Boise State last weekend. It was the fourth time this season a player had 20 rushes with less than 40 yards this season, but was the first time a RB had done it, with the other three times by QBs.
Excluding the service academies, Ole Miss leads the nation (actually third) in rushing yards per game with 249.8, a total of 1999 yards. But what stands out to me is they don’t have a player with more than 519 rushing yards, their leaders are QB Matt Corral (519), RB Henry Parrish (462), RB Snoop Conner (434) and RB Jerrion Ealy (323).
Western Kentucky WR Jerreth Sterns was held to 10/89-1 receiving on Saturday, but he was still the team’s leading receiver, outgaining Mitchell Tinsley by one yard (6/88-1). Sterns has impressive led the team in receiving yardage in all eight games this season.
Virginia Tech RB Malachi Thomas has led the team in rushing each of the past two weeks, with games of 21/151-3 and 25/103-0. Prior to these two games his season high carries/yards had been a 6/33 game. He is already the second-leading rusher for the Hokies this season with 302 yards, trailing only Raheem Blackshear (355).
Wake Forest is the only team to score at least 35 points in each of their games this season.
It may seem like I pick on Colorado a lot, but their offense is just impressively bad, especially for a power 5 conference team. They are last (130th) in the nation in total yards, but that breaks down to being 127th in the nation in total passing yards, and 108th in the nation in rushing yards. Their leading rusher on the season is Jarek Broussard (359 yds) and receiver is Brenden Rice (280 yds).
Credit to the CFB Reference and cfbstats.com sites for their stat-keeping, if you see any stats you feel are incorrect please let me know.
Some of these 16 stats after Week 8 are just for trivia, but most are good to know as you look at fantasy trends/leaders across the season or look for specific positions or teams to focus on or avoid.
As we are now in the middle of the season the stats this week are a mix of players who had big week 8s, players who have had multiple games with strong statistical output, and a few outstanding as well as some not so good team stats. When I put these together I always find at least a few players stand out to me who I knew were playing well but didn’t realize were really excelling to a certain degree (at least statistically), this week those guys were Northern Illinois RB Jevyon Ducker, Illinois RB Chase Brown, and Nevada WR Romeo Doubs. I hope a few jump out to you as well.
Wake Forest QB Sam Hartman threw for 23/29-458-5 against Army last weekend. He was the first QB this season to pass for 450 yards with less than 30 pass attempts (FIU’s Max Bortenschlager threw for 466 on 30 attempts). The only other QB to hit those numbers in the last five years was Liberty QB Stephen Calvert in 2019.
There are 5 RBs averaging 120 rushing yards a game: Kenneth Walker (Michigan State, 142.4), Sean Tucker (Syracuse, 132.5), Bijan Robinson (Texas, 132.0), Mataeo Durant (Duke, 124.7), and DeAndre Torrey (North Texas, 121.8). Torrey is doing it for a 1-6 North Texas team.
Nevada QB Carson Strong passed for 49/61-476-4 against Fresno State. According to his coach Jay Norvell, Strong was the first FBS QB to throw 60 passes and complete at least 80% of them in a game since the year 2000.
Georgia leads the nation in team defense yardage allowed, with only 208.3/game, with the next lowest being Wisconsin at 223.0. The worst is Arkansas State allowing 578.6/game, with the next worst being UMass at 495.9, still an impressive 82 yards better than last.
Marshall QB Grant Wells had six rushing attempts for four yards and 3 TDs in week 8. While QB rushing numbers can sometimes be skewed, he is the only player this season to have 3 rushing TDs with less than 10 rushing yards. Next lowest is Eastern Michigan RB Samson Evans with a 5/11-3 game.
Since volume matters for RBs, four players had 30 rushing attempts in week 8 – Chase Brown (Illinois, 33/223-1), Tyler Allgeier (BYU, 32/191-2), Jevyon Ducker (Northern Illinois, 31/183-0), and David Bailey (30/159-2). Ducker became the first player with 30 carries in a game in back to back weekends.
There were two 200 yard receiving games in week 8 – Malik Williams (App State, 10/206-1) and Romeo Doubs (Nevada, 19/203-1). It has happened eleven times this season, and the previous high number of catches had been 13.
There were two 200 yard rushing games in week 8 – Chris Smith (Louisiana, 24/238-2) and Chase Brown (Illinois, 33/223-1). It was Brown’s second 200 yard game this season, and he became the first player this season to do it twice in the same month.
Syracuse QB Garrett Shrader threw for 16/34-236-2 and ran for 22/174-3 in week 8. He is the only player to hit those yardage and TD numbers this season, the last to do so being Jalen Hurts for Oklahoma in 2019 with a 332-3, 176-3 game.
In Colorado’s 26-3 loss to Cal, RB Jarek Broussard led the Buffaloes in both rushing yards (11/28) and receiving yards (3/30-0). While those numbers are really low, what is surprising is that only one other player on the Buffs had double digit rushing or receiving yards, TE Brady Russell with 2/18. Colorado fired their offensive line coach after the game.
Kansas State RB Deuce Vaughn has 583 rushing yards on the season, as well as 302 receiving yards. Vaughn leads the Wildcats in rushing by 345 yards, and is second in receiving, trailing WR Phillip Brooks (316) by only 14 yards.
Only one team in the country has not scored 10 TDs on the season – Arizona has 9. Next lowest are Vanderbilt with 11 and Southern Miss with 12. The fewest field goals in the nation is Tulane with only 2, Rice and Liberty are next lowest with 3.
Nevada WR Romeo Doubs set the season high for catches in a game with 19, beating the previous high of 17 by Jerreth Sterns (Western Kentucky). The last time a player had more than 19 catches in a game was Zay Jones (East Carolina) who had a 22 catch game in 2016.
Oregon RB Travis Dye had 4 rushing TDs in week 8, tying a season-high as the 11th player to do so. Dye ran for 14/35-4, a 2.5 average, and had the fewest rushing yards of any player with a 4 TD game, the previous low being 59 yards (Isaiah Bowser, UCF and Rasheen Ali, Marshall).
Wake Forest beat Army 70-56 last weekend. Amazingly Wake Forest’s time of possession was only 17:17 as compared to Army’s 42:43. Wake Forest had more yards than Army (638 to 595) but not as many first downs (22 to 31).
There are only 62 power 5 conference players with 25 catches and 350 receiving yards this season, Virginia has five of them, and Ohio State (three) is the only other team with more than two players at those numbers (credit David Hale).
Credit to the CFB Reference and cfbstats.com sites for their stat-keeping, if you see any stats you feel are incorrect please let me know.
Some of these 16 stats after Week 7 are just for trivia, but most are good to know as you look at fantasy trends/leaders across the season or look for specific positions or teams to focus on or avoid.
As we are now in the middle of the season the stats this week are a mix of players who had big week 7s, players who have had multiple games with strong statistical output, and a few outstanding as well as some not so good team stats. When I put these together I always find at least a few players stand out to me who I knew were playing well but didn’t realize were really excelling to a certain degree (at least statistically), this week those guys were UNC WR Josh Downs, Ole Miss QB Matt Corral (the rushing!), and Nevada TE Cole Turner. I hope a few jump out to you as well.
North Carolina WR Josh Downs has 60/837-8 receiving this season through 7 games. No other Tarheel has more than 16 receptions or 253 receiving yards. Downs has caught 45.8% of their completed passes and has 43.9% of their receiving yards.
There are 5 QBs averaging 40 passing attempts a game, and I bet you can’t guess one of them – Will Rogers (Miss State, 56.5), Bailey Zappe (Western Kentucky, 49.5), Brennan Armstrong (Virginia, 47.0), Carson Strong (Nevada, 41.0), and Jonah Johnson (New Mexico State, 40.5). Johnson is tied for 10th in the nation in total passing attempts, but is 48th in passing yards (1449).
Nevada TE Cole Turner had 12/175-0 receiving last weekend against Hawaii on an impressive 20 targets, especially for a tight end. There have only been seven 12/175 receiving games this season, and Turner was the first tight end. Three of those seven games were by Western Kentucky’s Jerreth Sterns.
Only two players in the nation have six 100 yard rushing games – Texas RB Bijan Robinson and Syracuse RB Sean Tucker. Tucker is 2nd in the nation in rushing yards (948) and Robinson is 3rd (924), both trailing only Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker, who has topped 100 yards in four of his seven games.
In the rough QB performance of the week, New Mexico QB CJ Montes, who was filling in for an injured Terry Wilson, threw for 3/19-11-0, with 2 interceptions. Montes was the first QB this season to throw 15+ passes in a game but throw for less than 30 yards. Three other times a QB has 15+ passes and less than 40 yards passing, one of those by Montes’ injured teammate Terry Wilson.
Since volume matters for RBs (and a QB this week), five players had 30 rushing attempts in week 7 – Tyrion Davis Price LSU, 36-287-3), Jevyon Ducker (Northern Illinois, 33/210-0), Jaylen Warren (Oklahoma State, 33/193-0), Breece Hall (Iowa State, 30/197-2), and Matt Corral (Ole Miss, 30/195-0). Warren is the first player this season with three 30+ carry games, and Corral was the first QB to hit 30.
There were two 200 yard receiving games in week 7 – David Bell (Purdue, 11/240-1), and Jerreth Sterns (Western Kentucky, 13/221-1). It was Sterns’ highest total so far of his impressive season.
There were three 200 yard rushing games in week 7 – Tyrion Davis-Price (LSU, 36/287-3), Charles Williams (UNLV, 27/221-3), and Jevyon Ducker (Northern Illinois, 33/210-0). Price’s 287 yards was the most of any player this season, while Ducker was the first player to rush for 200 this season without also rushing for a TD.
Fresno State QB Jake Haener had thrown for at least 298 yards in his first six games of the season, four times passing for 375 or more. But in week 7 Haener was 15/28-96-2 against Wyoming. Haener was reported to have suffered an ankle injury at the end of the Hawaii game before the bye, and was in a boot during the bye week before playing last weekend. This is something to keep an eye on, whether it was just an off game or if he is perhaps being limited by an injury.
In Northern Illinois’ 34-26 win over Bowling Green on Saturday they rushed for 320 yards while only passing for 38 yards. QB Rocky Lombardi was 4/8-38-1 passing. Northern Illinois averages 139 passing yards a game (124th in the nation) and 238 rushing yards a game (11th in the nation), and has five different players with over 200 rushing yards this season.
Only four players have totaled both 250 rushing yards & 250 receiving yards this season – Missouri RB Tyler Badie (743/265), Fresno State RB Ronnie Rivers (493/254), Arizona State RB Rachaad White (477/251) and Georgia Tech RB Jahmyr Gibbs (279/301).
Only two teams in the country are averaging more than 8 yards per play – Coastal Carolina (8.82) and Ohio State (8.55). Conversely, only two teams in the nation average less than 4 yards per play – Louisiana-Monroe (3.95) and New Mexico (3.99).
Western Kentucky WR Jerreth Sterns could basically get his own article with the numbers he is putting up this season. He leads the nation with 962 receiving yards, an average of 160.3 a game, 20 more than the 2nd highest (Drake London, USC, 138.7). Sterns also leads the nation in receptions per game with 11.5. He has more receiving yards on the season than 8 teams have total passing yards.
Kentucky RB Chris Rodriguez has averaged 6.7 yards a carry over his four season career. The fewest yards he had averaged per carry this season against an FBS opponent was 5.2, but against Georgia on Saturday he had 7 rushes for 7 total yards (1.0 avg). That was the lowest yardage total of his 26 game career.
Texas Tech beat Kansas 41-14 on Saturday, yet only had one player with more than 40 rushing yards (RB SaRodorick Thompson, 13/83-0), and only one player with more than 40 receiving yards (WR Erik Ezukanma, 5/76-0). The knee-jerk reaction when seeing a blowout like that might be that a few players had huge days, but Texas Tech had 10 different players with a rushing attempt, and 8 different players with a reception.
The most total rushing yards this season without a rushing TD ? – Baylor RB Trestan Ebner has run for 496 yards, 54th in the nation, but has no rushing TDs. He is the only player in the top 100 in rushing yards without one, but he does have one receiving TD.
Credit to the CFB Reference and cfbstats.com sites for their stat-keeping, if you see any stats you feel are incorrect please let me know.
Some of these 16 stats after Week 6 are just for trivia, but most are good to know as you look at fantasy trends/leaders across the season or look for specific positions or teams to focus on or avoid.
As we are now in the middle of the season the stats this week are a mix of players who had big week 6s, players who have had multiple games with strong statistical output, and a few outstanding as well as some not so good team stats. When I put these together I always find at least a few players stand out to me who I knew were playing well but didn’t realize were really excelling to a certain degree (at least statistically), this week those guys were Missouri RB Tyler Badie and Memphis WR Calvin Austin. I hope a few jump out to you as well.
Syracuse QB Garrett Shrader became the first player this season with a 150 yard pass & 150 yard rush game, totaling 15/27-160-2 passing and 29/178-1 on the ground. Since 2016 a player hitting both of those numbers with at least 25 carries has only happened 7 times, with three of those being former Louisville QB Lamar Jackson.
TCU RBs Zach Evans and Kendre Miller had very effective rushing games against Texas Tech last week, with Evans (17/143-2) and Miller (12/185-3). It was only the second time this season a team had two players with 17 or less rushes both have 140 rushing yards, the other being Georgia Southern (Logan Wright/Jalen White).
Coastal Carolina TE Isaiah Likely had a 8/232-4 line last week, becoming only the 2nd player this season with 4 TD catches in a game (Fresno State WR Jalen Cropper), and the first tight end to have 3 or more receiving TDs in a game this season.
Virginia leads the nation in total passing yards (2477) and is 104th in the nation in rushing yards (678). This might not seem that unusual, but in 2020 Virginia was 32nd in the nation in passing yards and 43rd in rushing yards. While the games played is not even among all teams which skews the results slightly, the contrast is still stark. More unusual is that UVA has the same starting QB (Brennan Armstrong) and RB (Wayne Taulapapa) in both seasons yet such different results. One of the primary differences is that Armstrong rushed for 552 yards in 9 games last season, but in 2021 has rushed for only 44 yards in 6 games.
Penn State backup QB Ta’Quan Roberson was thrown into a difficult situation after starter Sean Clifford was injured last week against Iowa. Roberson went on to throw for 7/21-34-0. It was the second lowest passing yardage total for a QB with at least 20 attempts in a game this season, beaten in futility only by Terry Wilson (New Mexico) who had a 10/23-33 game earlier this year.
Since volume matters for RBs, three RBs had 33 rushing attempts in week 6 – Mataeo Durant (Duke, 43/152-1), Ellis Merriweather (UMass, 39/171-2), and Brad Roberts (Air Force, 33/140-1). Durant’s 43 was a season-high for any player, while Merriweather’s 39 was the third highest total. Durant’s 3.5 average yards per carry was tied for the lowest average of any back with 30+ rushes in a game this season. A’Jon Vivens (Colorado State) had 31/114-0 this week, making Colorado State only the second school this season to have two different players with 30 attempts in a game, joining Minnesota (Ibrahim/Potts), David Bailey also had 30 in a game for Colorado State earlier this year.
There have only been seven 200 yard receiving games this season, and five of them happened in week 6 – Xavier Worthy (9/261-2), TE Isaiah Likely (Coastal Carolina, 8/232-4), Jalen Nailor (Michigan St, 5/221-3), Tyrese Chambers (Florida International, 3/201-2), and Calvin Austin (Memphis, 13/200-1). Austin was the first player to do it twice this season, and Worthy had the season high with 261 yards.
There were three 200 yard rushing games in week 6 – Kenneth Walker (Michigan State, 29/233-1), Kennedy Brooks (Oklahoma, 25/217-2) and Tyler Badie (Missouri, 17/217-2). It was the second 200 yard game of the season for both Badie and Walker, the only two players with two so far this year.
Florida International WR Tyrese Chambers caught 3/201-2 against Charlotte last week, a 67.0 yard per catch average. On the season Chambers has caught 20/672-2, a 33.6 average. Amongst players with 20 catches he is the only one averaging over 24 yards/catch, next is Jacob Cowing (UTEP, 23.42).
In MTSU’s 41-13 loss to Liberty, they did not have a single player rush for 10 yards, as they went 21/35 rushing as a team. Seven different players had a carry, “leading the way” were QB Chase Cunningham (6/4), RB Chaton Mobley (4/8) RB Brad Anderson (3/7) and RB Frank Peasant (3/5).
Iowa State RB Breece Hall is the only player in the nation with three games with 100 rushing yards and 2 rushing TDs in the same game. Fifteen players have done it twice this year, all are RBs.
Only three teams in the nation have only had one passing TD on the season, two are option-oriented teams (Navy and Georgia Southern), the third is South Florida. USF is 116th (out of 130) in the nation in passing yards (927) but WR Xavier Weaver has caught their only TD.
Western Kentucky QB Bailey Zappe leads the nation in passing yard per game, with 447.0. Next in line are Brennan Armstrong (Virginia, 410.0), Will Rogers (Miss State, 372.4), Jake Haener (Fresno State, 371.7) and Kenny Pickett (Pitt, 346.2). So the difference between 1st and 5th place is 101 yards. To get another 101 yard drop you have to go from 5th place to 37th place.
Western Kentucky WR Jerreth Sterns had a 16/195-2 receiving game, one week after a 17/186-1 line. Sterns 33 receptions the last two weeks are more than three teams have for the season. WR Drake London (USC) had 16/162-1 last week, which tied Sterns for the second-most catches in a game this season.
Only 8 times this season has a player had 20+ rushes with less than 60 rushing yards in a game, and only one player has done it twice. In each of the last two weeks Navy QB Tai Lavatai has met the mark, rushing for (21/57) and (24/53). The 24 carries was the most by any player under 60 yards this season.
The most receiving yards this season without a TD reception? – Marshall’s Corey Gammage (38/506). Next in line are Virginia’s Keytaon Thompson (29/419) and West Virginia’s Winston Wright (32/364).
Some of these 16 stats after Week 5 are just for trivia, but most are good to know as you look at fantasy trends/leaders across the season or look for specific positions or teams to focus on or avoid.
As we are now in the middle of the season the stats this week are a mix of players who had big week 5s, players who have had multiple games with strong statistical output, and a few outstanding as well as some not so good team stats. When I put these together I always find at least a few players stand out to me who I knew were playing well but didn’t realize were really excelling to a certain degree (at least statistically), this week those guys were Coastal Carolina QB Grayson McCall and East Carolina RB Keaton Mitchell. I hope a few jump out to you as well.
Through five games Clemson has thrown a total of four TD passes. WR Justyn Ross is the only player currently on the Clemson roster with a TD catch this season, with three. The other TD catch was by RB Lyn-J Dixon who has since entered the transfer portal. Last season the Tigers had 11 different players with a TD reception. Clemson has a problem…
The Pac 12 team who won with less than 50 yards passing – In Oregon State’s 27-24 win over Washington last weekend Chance Nolan was 7/15-48-0 passing. Only one receiver had at least two receptions (Zeriah Beason, 2/9) and the leading receiver by yardage was Anthony Gould (1/22). While they only had 48 yards passing, they had 242 yards rushing.
Louisville QB Malik Cunningham has rushed for 2 TDs in all five games he has played this season. Two players have four games with two rushing TDs – RB BJ Baylor (Oregon State) and RB Jaren Mangham (South Florida).
Among the bottom five teams in passing yards per game after week 5 includes four option teams and Colorado, who is 127th in the nation with only 100.4 yards per game. Colorado was hit with the surprise transfer of QB Sam Noyer to Oregon State this summer, then the season-ending knee injury to QB JT Shrout in late August. Starting QB Brendon Lewis is 48/90-475-2 over five games, and their only receiver with over 100 yards is TE Brady Russell (9/124-0).
Florida State QB Jordan Travis threw for 22/32-131-2 last weekend against Syracuse, 5.95 yards per completion. He was the first QB this season to have 20+ completions but throw for less than 135 yards. Georgia QB JT Daniels previously had a 22/30-135-0 game.
Since volume matters for RBs, three RBs had 35 rushing attempts in week 5 – Brian Robinson (Alabama, 36/171-4), Jaylen Warren (Oklahoma State, 36/125-2), and Bijan Robinson (Texas, 35/216-2). The only higher total this season was Sincere McCormick (UTSA, 41, revised from 42). Warren became the only player with two 32 carry games this season, and Warren’s 3.5 yards per carry was the lowest average of any player with a 30 carry game this year.
Only five times this season has a QB passed for 150 yards and rushed for 125 yards in a game, and two of those were in week 5 – Liberty’s Malik Willis (287 pass, 144 rush) and Syracuse’s Garrett Shrader (150 pass, 137 rush).
There were six 200 yard rushing games in week 5 – Chase Brown (Illinois, 26/257-2), Keaton Mitchell (East Carolina, 15/222-2), Tyler Allgeier (BYU, 22/218-3), Bijan Robinson (Texas, 35/216-2), Logan Wright (Georgia Southern, 10/208-2) and De’Montre Tuggle (Ohio, 17/201-1). There had only been nine 200 yards games prior to this week. Of all 15 games this season, Wright had the fewest carries (10) and the highest yards per carry (20.8), while Bijan Robinson had the fewest yards per carry (6.2).
Kansas State RB Deuce Vaughn became the first player this season to have a game with 15 rushing attempts and 10 receptions, with a 15/51-0, 10/104-1 game against Oklahoma. Next closest is Missouri RB Tyler Badie who had a 14/61-0, 10/88-1 game against Kentucky earlier this season.
In Wisconsin’s 38-17 loss to Michigan last weekend, the Badgers did not have a player rush for 20 yards. Jalen Berger (8/13), Chez Mellusi (6/13), Braelon Allen (5/19) and WR Kendric Pryor (2/17) and Isaac Guerendo (2/7) came closest. They were 32/43 total as a team on the ground.
Coastal Carolina QB Grayson McCall leads the nation both in passing percentage (80.2%) and yards per pass attempt (12.9). Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler is second in percentage (76.3%) and Liberty QB Malik Willis is second in yards per pass attempt (10.5).
Only two teams in the country are averaging less than 70 rushing yards per game – Mississippi State (56.2) which is understandable in their high-volume passing offense, and Bowling Green (47.2). Bowling Green’s leading rusher after five games is RB Jaison Patterson (39/120-1, a 3.1 average).
Through five games this season SMU QB Tanner Mordecai has thrown 24 TDs. Next closest, a full five TDs behind, is Pitt QB Kenny Pickett with 19. Only 10 QBs have thrown even 13+ TD passes on the season, meaning Mordecai has twice as many as the #11 ranked TD passer on the season. Mordecai has thrown for at least 4 TDs in all five games he has played this season.
Western Kentucky WR Jerreth Sterns set a season-high with 17 receptions in a game, putting up 17/186-1 against Michigan State. The previous high was 14 by Jalen Cropper (Fresno State) and Emeka Emezie (NC State), which was also reached in week 5 by Hassan Beydoun (Eastern Michigan, 14/167-0). Beydoun was the first to have 14 receptions in a game this season without also catching a TD in the game.
Among the top 100 receivers by yardage so far this season (at least 292 yards) there are 5 tight ends – Trey McBride (Colorado State, 36/398), Sean Dykes (Memphis, 22/391), Michael Mayer (Notre Dame, 32/360), Greg Dulcich (UCLA, 16/313) and Gerrit Prince (UAB, 15/299).
Among the top 50 rushers by yardage so far this season (at least 384 yards) there are 5 QBs, the highest being 33rd of 50 – Emory Jones (Florida, 70/438), Christian Anderson (Army, 58/431), Haaziq Daniels (Air Force, 71/419), Malik Willis (Liberty, 66/418), and Adrian Martinez (Nebraska, 80/412).
Some of these 16 stats after Week 4 are just for trivia, but most are good to know as you look at fantasy trends/leaders across the season or for specific positions or teams.
Early in the season I like to find the players who have been consistently excellent, so lots of focus again this week on players who have had multiple games with strong statistical output, but certainly some explosive breakout stats mixed in as well. When I put these together I always find at least a few players stand out to me who I knew were playing well but didn’t realize were really excelling to a certain degree (at least statistically), this week those guys were Louisville QB Malik Cunningham, Syracuse RB Sean Tucker, Fresno State WR Jalen Cropper, and Pitt WR Jordan Addison. I hope a few jump out to you as well.
Army defeated Miami, Ohio last weekend 23-10. What is unique is Army did not complete a single pass, QB Christian Anderson was 0-5 passing. Nine different players carried the ball for Army, totaling 63/384-3.
SMU QB Tanner Mordecai has four games throwing for at least 4 TDs, no one else in the nation has more than two four TD passing games.
The only QB who has 4 games this season with both a passing TD and a rushing TD? – Louisville’s Malik Cunningham. Cunningham has actually rushed for 2 TDs in all four games he has played, with 5 total passing TDs. Five QBs have done it three times – Gerry Bohanon (Baylor), Austin Kendall (Louisiana Tech), Adrian Martinez (Nebraska), Chris Reynolds (Charlotte) and Malik Willis (Liberty)
Four RBs are averaging 130+ rushing yards a game – Kenneth Walker (Michigan State, 138.5), Sean Tucker (Syracuse, 134), Mataeo Durant (Duke, 131.25), and Chris Rodriguez (Kentucky, 130.5).
Looking for a high-volume QB? Only four QBs are averaging 40 pass attempts a game – Will Rogers (Miss State, 56.3), Brennan Armstrong (Virginia, 45.0), Carson Strong (Nevada, 40.7) and D’Eriq King (Miami, 40.7).
Since volume matters for RBs as well, two RBs had 30 rushing attempts in week 4 – Sincere McCormick (UTSA, 42/184-3), and Sean Tucker (Syracuse, 32/169-1). McCormick’s 42 were easily a season-high, breaking the previous mark of 34 by Minnesota’s Treyson Potts.
Only 4 receivers have at least 20 receptions on the season and average 20+ yards a catch – Jacob Cowing (UTEP), Jaivon Heiligh (Coastal Carolina), Dontayvion Wicks (Virginia) and Nick Mardner (Hawaii).
There were two 200 yard rushing games in week 4 – Army QB Christian Anderson (15/236-2) and Northwestern RB Evan Hull (22/216-2). Anderson was the first QB to reach 200 this season, and also did it in the fewest carries (15), with the next fewest being 22 (also Hull this week).
Fresno State WR Jalen Cropper was the first receiver to have a 4 TD receiving game, bringing in 10/108-4 against UNLV. There have been seven 3 TD receiving games, with an impressive two of those by Pitt’s Jordan Addison.
Through week 4 there are three teams rushing for 300 yards a game – Air Force (357.25) and Army (344.5) are not a surprise based upon the offenses they run, but the third is Florida (322.5). Florida’s top two leading rushers by yardage are their QBs, Emory Jones (57/375) and Anthony Richardson (11/275). Their leading RB is Malik Davis with (41/259).
Only one player has three games with 10+ receptions – USC’s Drake London with games of 12/137, 13/170 and 10/165, plus one other game with 4/68. No player in the nation averages 10 receptions a game, London is at 9.8.
Four players have three games this season with 22+ rushing attempts – Sincere McCormick (UTSA), Treyson Potts (Minnesota), DeAndre Torrey (North Texas) and Harrison Waylee (Northern Illinois).
UNLV RB Charles Williams had 102 rushing yards and 96 receiving yards against Fresno State, the first with those numbers against an FBS team. The only other player with a 90/90 game this year is Syracuse RB Sean Tucker with a 132/121 line against Albany.
NC State WR Emeka Emezie tied the season-high for most receptions in a game with 14/116-1 against Clemson. Jalen Cropper also had 14 in week 3.
Five QBs have thrown 100+ passes this season but have 0 interceptions – Kaleb Eleby (Western Michigan, 121), Jack Plummer (Purdue, 118), Noah Vedral (Rutgers, 112), Bo Nix (Auburn, 103), Tanner McKee (Stanford, 102). Ironically Plummer and Nix are at risk of losing their starting jobs this week, perhaps they are being too conservative.
Only two teams are averaging 50 points scored a game – Ole Miss (52.7) is a not a surprise, but Pitt (52.5) I would not have guessed off the top of my head. Pitt has scored 51, 41, 41 and then 77 against New Hampshire in week 4. Pitt averaged 29.0 points a game last season.
Credit to the CFB Reference site for its stat-keeping, if you see any stats you feel are incorrect please let me know.
Some of these 16 stats after Week 3 are just for trivia, but most are good to know as you look at fantasy trends/leaders across the season or for specific positions or teams.
Early in the season I like to find the players who have been consistently excellent, so lots of focus this week on players who have had multiple games with strong statistical output, but certainly some explosive breakout stats mixed in as well. When I put these together I always find at least a few players stand out to me who I didn’t realize were playing so well, I hope you do also.
Mississippi State QB Will Rogers set several 2021 season-highs last weekend, he had the most pass completions in a game (50) as well as pass attempts (67). The next highest for pass attempts this year was Miami QB D’Eriq King with 59, while 3 QBs have had 39 completions in a game (next highest), with one of those again being Rogers. Since the year 2000, a QB has completed 50 passes in a game 16 times, 6 of those were on Mike Leach teams.
Only five players have three 100+ yard rushing games – Greg Bell (San Diego State), Tank Bigsby (Auburn), Blake Corum (Michigan), Abram Smith (Baylor), and Deuce Vaughn (Kansas State).
Two QBs last weekend threw for 200 yards and rushed for 100 yards – Sam Howell (UNC, 307/112), and DJ Irons (Akron, 296/136), who was filling in for an injured Kato Nelson. It has been done five time total this season, and Howell has two of those and Adrian Martinez (Nebraska) also has two.
Four QBs have three 300+ yard passing games – Brennan Armstrong (Virginia), Jake Haener (Fresno State), Tanner Mordecai (SMU) & Grant Wells (Marshall).
Only two players have three 2 TD rushing games – RB BJ Baylor (Oregon State) and QB Malik Cunningham (Louisville).
Since volume matters, three RBs had 30 rushing attempts in week 3 – Greg Bell (San Diego State, 33/119-2), Jaylen Warren (Oklahoma State, 32/218-2), and David Bailey (Colorado State, 30/132-0).
From 2018-2020 only two players had 100+ rushing attempts, 35+ games played, and averaged 6.5 rushing yards per carry. One was Clemson RB Travis Etienne (579/4186-57, 7.2 average). The other, Clemson RB Lyn-J Dixon (208/1372-13, 6.6 average). Dixon entered the transfer portal this week.
There were two 200 yard rushing games in week 3 – Treveyon Henderson (Ohio State, 24/277) and Jaylen Warren (Oklahoma State, 32/218). Henderson’s was a season-high, surpassing Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker who had 264 yards.
Kentucky WR Wan’Dale Robinson is the only receiver in the nation with three 100 yard receiving games, he has games of 125, 101, and 111 yards.
Only one QB has thrown 10 TDs and 0 interceptions so far this season – Bryce Young (Alabama, 10 TDs.) Next closest are Matt Corral (Ole Miss) and Payton Thorne (Michigan State) with 9.
Three players have two games with 10+ receptions – Stanley Berryhill (Arizona), Drake London (USC) and Makai Polk (Miss State). Berryhill has played 28 games in his career, but prior to this season he had only ever had one game with more than 5 receptions (an 8 catch game in 2020).
Only one player has three games this season with 20+ rushing attempts – Brad Roberts, Air Force. Fourteen players have two games with 20+ attempts.
UNC WR Josh Downs had the second 200 yard receiving game by any player this season, hauling in 8/203-2 against Virginia. The only other is Memphis WR Calvin Austin (239 yards).
A new season-high for most receptions in a game was set by Fresno State WR Jalen Cropper who pulled in 14/141-1 against UCLA. USC’s Drake London tied the previous high with a 13/170-2 line.
Three players have at least 200 total rushing yards this season but have 0 rushing TDs – Trestan Ebner (Baylor, 42/317), Nate Noel (App State, 48/250-0), and Ellis Merriweather (UMass, 37/201-0).
Three WRs have at least 250 total receiving yards this season but have 0 receiving TDs – Corey Gammage (Marshall, 22/344), Jalen Tolbert (South Alabama, 14/317) and Jake Bobo (Duke, 27/280).
Credit to the CFB Reference site for its stat-keeping, if you see any stats you feel are incorrect please let me know.
Some of these 16 stats after Week 2 are just for trivia, but most are good to know as you look at fantasy trends/leaders across the season or for specific positions or teams.
120+ teams have played exactly two games, so many of the stats this week are focused upon consistency/hitting benchmark stat totals in each of the first two games. Teams/players that played in week zero and have not yet had a bye week (Nebraska, Illinois, UConn, Fresno State, Hawaii, UTEP, & New Mexico State) may be a little over-represented.
There have been five 400+ yard passing games this season – and Bailey Zappe (Western Kentucky) has two of them, the others are CJ Stroud (Ohio State), Seth Henigan (Memphis) and Brennan Armstrong (Virginia). The season high was Stroud’s 484 yards against Oregon.
Only three players have two 125+ yard receiving games – Dontay Demus (Maryland), Erik Ezukanma (Texas Tech), and Samori Toure (Nebraska).
Three times this season a QB has thrown for 200 yards and rushed for 100 yards in a game, and Nebraska’s Adrian Martinez has two of those games (242/112 & 232/111). The other is North Carolina’s Sam Howell (352/104).
Nine QBs have two 300+ yard passing games – Brennan Armstrong (Virginia), Chevan Cordeiro (Hawaii), Dillon Gabriel (UCF), Jake Haener (Fresno State), Tanner Mordecai (SMU), Nick Starkel (San Jose State), Carson Strong (Nevada), Grant Wells (Marshall), and Bailey Zappe (Western Kentucky).
Only one player has two 3 TD rushing games – Duke’s Mataeo Durant. Sixteen other players have one game with at least 3 rushing TDs. Only three players have had 4 in a game – Kenneth Walker (Michigan State), Isaiah Bowser (UCF) and Rasheen Ali (Marshall).
Since volume matters, only two players have had two 25+ rushing attempt games – Brad Roberts (Air Force) & Harrison Waylee (Northern Illinois).
Three times this season a player has had a game with at least 70 rushing yards as well as 70 receiving yards – RB Trestan Ebner (Baylor, 125/70), RB Bijan Robinson (Texas 103/73) and WR Wan’Dale Robinson (Kentucky, 73/101).
There have been five 200 yard rushing games – Kenneth Walker (Michigan State), Mataeo Durant (Duke), DeAndre Torrey (North Texas), Chris Rodriguez (Kentucky) & Tyler Badie (Missouri). Walker has the season-high, a 23/264-4 game against Northwestern.
Memphis WR Calvin Austin has the only 200 yard receiving game – a wild 6/239-3 against Arkansas State.
Only one QB has two 4+ TDs passing games so far this season – SMU’s Tanner Mordecai. Most passing TDs in a game is 7, again one by Tanner Mordecai and the other by Bailey Zappe (Western Kentucky).
Three players have two games with 8+ receptions – Josh Downs (North Carolina), TE Trey McBride (Colorado State), and Deven Thompkins (Utah State).
Only one player has at least two rushing TDs as well as two receiving TDs so far this year – Colorado State RB David Bailey – 34/126-2 rushing and 6/59-2 receiving.
Five times this season a player has had 30 rushing attempts – Treyson Potts (Minnesota, 34), Isaiah Bowser (UCF, 33), Sincere McCormick (UTSA, 31), Chez Mellusi (Wisconsin, 31) and Mohamed Ibrahim (Minnesota, 30). Minnesota is obviously the only school with two players on the list.
Most receptions in a game this season? TE Trey McBride (Colorado State) had 13/116-0 against South Dakota State. Four players are tied for next with 12.
Two players have at least 40 total rushing attempts this season but have 0 rushing TDs – QB Chevan Cordeiro (Hawaii, 40/125-0) and RB Kevin Mensah (UConn, 40/107-0).
Three QBs have thrown at least 50 total passes this season but have 0 passing TDs – Davis Brin (Tulsa, 55), Graham Mertz (Wisconsin, 54) and Brock Purdy (Iowa State, 53).
Credit to the CFB Reference site for its stat-keeping, if you see any stats you feel are incorrect please let me know.
I take a look at some key stats & fantasy takeaways that stood out from the 9 FBS teams that played last weekend. The “Stat to Know” from each team is bolded, as well as players who are mentioned.
It should be noted that a number of these games were blowouts of mismatched teams where starters didn’t play full games, one game was against a lower division team, and also that just one game is a small sample size to make any grand observations, but it’s what we’ve got so far, so here we go…
Fantasy Takeaways from Week Zero (teams listed in alphabetical order):
Fresno State – QB Jake Haener and the Bulldog passing offense could do anything they wanted against UConn, as Haener threw for 20/26-331-3 before leaving the game with cramping issues in the third quarter. The passes were really spread around, with only WR Erik Brooks having more than 3 catches (5/61-0).
Hawaii – Not a lot to like here as Hawaii lost 44-10 to UCLA. QB Chevan Cordeiro, usually considered a dual-threat, had 220-1 passing but was limited to 9/11-0 on the ground. No Hawaii player rushed for more than 20 yards (RB Dae Dae Hunter, 7/20-0). Hunter also led the team with 7 receptions, but for only 19 yards with a lot of dumpoffs. A player who continues to disappoint is WR Jared Smart (1/9-0). In 2019 Smart caught 87/1129-5, but in 2020 in nine games he pulled in 36/320-1. I’d like to see him return to 2019 levels but not encouraged so far.
Illinois – QB Brandon Peters only threw four passes before getting injured, but Rutgers transfer QB Art Sitkowski had a really efficient day, 12/15-124-2. The surprise of the day was that with RB Chase Brown limited, RB Mike Epstein was the leading rusher with 16/75-1, a 4.7 avg. Assuming Brown returns to full-speed soon I’m not sure if this becomes more of a committee approach, especially if the Peters injury causes him to miss time and the ground game becomes even more of a focus.
Nebraska – QB Adrian Martinez ended up totaling decent numbers with 232-1 passing and 17/111-1 rushing, but the 16/32 passing is an ugly percentage. WR Oliver Martin (6/103-1) was the only player with more than 40 yards receiving. But to me the key stat was that other than Martinez, no player rushed for more than 33 yards (RB Gabe Ervin – 12/33-0), and no RB averaged better than 3.3 yards per carry. Nebraska has a problem.
New Mexico State – As a team they were 9/33 passing for 89 yards and 0 TDs, 2.7 yards an attempt. QB Jonah Johnson was 8/24-82 while QB Weston Eget put up 1/9-7. As a team rushing they were a collective 34/101-0, a 3.0 average. No player had more than 37 yards rushing (RB Juwaun Price) or 31 yards receiving (Missouri transfer WR Dominic Gicinto).
San Jose State – Playing against FCS Southern Utah, QB Nick Starkel had his way throwing for 16/27-394-4. Interestingly, no player had more than 3 receptions, with WR Charles Ross (3/77-1) and TE Derrick Deese (3/72-1) leading the way. Three other players also had 50+ yards receiving.
UCLA – Hawaii couldn’t stop the UCLA rushing attack, as RB Brittain Brown put up 13/78-1, while Michigan transfer RB Zach Charbonnet ran for 6/106-3, a huge 17.7 average. Only one UCLA player had more than 21 yards receiving – RB Kazmeir Allen with 2/47-1 receiving. Bruin WRs totaled only 5 catches for 38 yards, which makes me a little hesitant to play any of their WRs until I see some more game action.
UConn – QB Jack Zergiotis got the start but UConn was overmatched and Zergiotis threw for 12/24-61-0, an awful 2.5 yards per attempt. The shared backfield approach was somewhat of a surprise with RB Kevin Mensah (11/31-0), and RB Nathan Carter (8/10-0). In 2019 Mensah had 226 carries in 12 games, an 18.8 carries/game average. Whether that is somewhat of a philosophy change to share carries or was a byproduct of nothing working Saturday is to be seen.
UTEP – WR Jacob Cowing was the standout, hauling in 5/158-1, which was 63% of the team’s 249 passing yards. New Mexico State couldn’t slow UTEP down, as UTEP had three different players with 50+ yards rushing – RB Deion Hankins (11/50-1), Ronald Awatt (11/74-1) and Quardraiz Wadley (6/51-0), although Wadley’s yards came in mopup time.
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With the start of the season on the horizon let’s take a look at some results from a mock draft I took part in back a month or two ago. It was a 13 team draft full of some great leaders from the CFF community in which I (FBSFantasyFoot) picked 6th – you can see the full results in the graphic above (along with the list of teams who took part – you might need to zoom in to see it better). The Part 1 article analyzed my picks round by round, whereas this time I’ll share some general draft takeaways to help you start thinking about your own draft as well some players and trends that stood out to me.
Round 1 – QB Malik Willis (Liberty) being the 1st player off the board was not a big surprise, but the next QB was not taken until 1.8 Spencer Rattler (Oklahoma). Of the 13 first round picks, 5 were QBs, 6 were RBs, and just 2 were WRs (David Bell, Purdue & Kayshon Boutte, LSU).
Round 2 – Clemson & Alabama are both replacing their QBs this season, with Clemson’s DJ Uiagalelei going 2.4 with Alabama’s Bryce Young falling to 4.5. I personally think Young fell too far here, but with Uigalelei getting more reps last season while Trevor Lawrence missed some time there may be a touch more familiarity with what to expect from him.
Round 3 – Every draft has it’s own ebb and flow, but I found it interesting that 8 of the 13 round 3 picks were RBs, including the first four picks of the round and 6 of the first 7. Max Borghi (Washington State) is interesting at 3.3 after missing most of last season due to injury, so it’s still to be seen what to expect of him in Nick Rolovich’s offense.
Round 4 – Three Ohio State players came off the board this round, WR Chris Olave, WR Garrett Wilson, & QB CJ Stroud. While Stroud is not technically locked in as QB1 for Ohio State yet, I like the value of either Olave or Wilson in round 4.
Round 5 – An interesting mix of 5 QBs in round 5 – Grayson McCall (Coastal Carolina), Brock Purdy (Iowa State) & Kedon Slovis (USC) represent the proven talent, D’Eriq King (Miami) has all the potential in the world if his ACL is healthy and he is back to full-go, and Bailey Zappe (Western Kentucky) is a transfer likely to be QB1 in what is expected to be a newly high-powered WKU offense.
Round 6 – I like BYU RB Tyler Allgeier at the end of round 6, he ran for 1130-13 last season and with QB Zach Wilson gone I think Allgeier may become the centerpiece of this offense next season as they break in some new starters.
Round 7 – Several RB picks that intrigue me, Lyn-J Dixon looks to become the featured back at Clemson with Travis Etienne departed, Lew Nichols (Central Michigan) looks to build upon a 508 yard, 6.5 yard per carry season, and DeWayne McBride (UAB) should be the featured back with Spencer Brown departed after a 9.3 average on 47 attempts last season.
Round 8 – Mississippi State QB Will Rogers at 8.12 is intriguing to me. For a long time I’ve been a proponent of taking a Mike Leach QB high in the draft (and a returning Leach QB even higher) but Miss. State was such a trainwreck last season, so this feels about right with the hopes that Leach now has been able to mold the roster more to his liking and that Rogers will beat out Southern Miss transfer Jack Abraham.
Round 9 – Appeared to be the round where a number of owners started going for a little more unexpected players who they hope will have breakout seasons, which makes sense past the halfway point in the draft. I think Oklahoma RB Kennedy Brooks (full disclosure, I took him) and Ball State WR Yo’Heinz Tyler represent good value amongst better-known returning players.
Round 10 – If you are trying to gauge when TEs will come off the board (although each league will be different based upon rounds & teams), Round 10 saw the first TEs come off the board, Greg Dulcich (UCLA, 517 receiving yards and a 19.9 avg, easily their top receiver) and Charlie Kolar (Iowa State).
Round 11 – Another 5 TEs were taken in Round 11 as the run happened, although none were Arik Gilbert, as news came after this draft that he was transferring from LSU to Georgia, where he may play a hybrid WR/TE type role. Gilbert was listed as a WR on the Georgia roster, so pay attention to your league to see what position availability he may have.
Round 12 – Two running backs from the state of Florida look like nice picks this round, Bentavious Thompson (UCF) is the hopeful RB1 for this explosive offense although several transfers are in the mix, and D’Vonte Price (Florida International) was the only real bright spot for FIU last season as he ran for 85/581-4, a 6.8 average.
Round 13 – Arizona State QB Jayden Daniels came off the board middle of the round, after a superb freshman year he appeared more ordinary as he only played in 4 games in 2020 (701-5 passing, 223-4 rushing), if he rebounds then 13th round could be a steal.
Round 14 – Florida State RB Jashaun Corbin was drafted here, while Corbin may share time in the backfield with Lawrance Toafili I think there is nice potential in the FSU run game, especially with La’Damian Webb departed. Former Oklahoma TE Grant Calcaterra who is now at SMU also has my attention.
Round 15 – If you are looking to see who some of the QBs who were seen as worth drafting but not high-round picks, five QBs came off the board here, four of whom are fairly safe picks – Sam Hartman (Wake Forest), Cornelious Brown (Georgia State), Hudson Card (Texas), Anthony Brown (Oregon) and Kenny Pickett (Pitt). Card will need to beat out Casey Thompson at Texas.
Round 16 – As expected, a number of less proven players were taken in the final round, but one proven returning player who I thought was good value was BYU WR Gunner Romney (39/767-2). While BYU has to replace QB Zach Wilson, WR Dax Milne has also departed, meaning Romney might really be the featured WR for a new signal-caller.