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Fantasy football: These midseason numbers don't lie

Jake Ballard #85 of the New York Giants

Jake Ballard #85 of the New York Giants grabbed by Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks. (Getty) Credit: Jake Ballard #85 of the New York Giants grabbed by Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks. (Getty)

A savvy fantasy football owner should regularly scour statistics in an effort to determine a player's value in the coming weeks. Here are some interesting numbers from the season's first half:

7 - Rushing touchdowns by Carolina quarterback Cam Newton. The Panthers' running backs have run for just three scores, meaning Newton is the team's de facto goal-line back.

21.3 - Average fantasy points scored by Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger over the past five weeks. Only Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and Newton have been better.

74 - Times that Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown has been targeted this season, which is tied with Calvin Johnson for seventh most.

58th - Philadelphia wide receiver DeSean Jackson's rank among wide receivers in fantasy scoring over the past five weeks. D-Jax is averaging just 5.6 points during that span, which trails even teammate Jason Avant.

9.9 - Fantasy points that Giants tight end Jake Ballard is averaging over the past five weeks - only San Diego's Antonio Gates and New Orleans' Jimmy Graham have scored more.

64 - The most rushing yards that San Francisco's defense has allowed to any running back this season (Cincinnati's Cedric Benson in Week 3). The 49ers host the Giants on Sunday.

1 - Number of 100-yard games by Falcons wide receiver Roddy White. Meanwhile, teammate Julio Jones has eclipsed the century mark three times despite missing two games with an injury, giving weight to the argument that he is in fact Atlanta's best fantasy wideout.


Ryan Chatelain (ryan.chatelain@am-ny.com) is amNY's fantasy football columnist.

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