If you’re still trying to make sense of the NFL’s first week, we’ve got a set of six statistics that we hope will help fantasy managers. Let’s start by acknowledging the amazing comeback…
260: How many days have passed since James Robinson tore his Achilles last season when he returned to action in Week 1 against Washington. Marvelous. This is one of the most remarkable recovery times in recent memory given the severity of the injury. Robinson was phenomenal against the Commanders, gaining 69 yards on a dozen touchdowns, throwing a couple of touchdowns and playing 49 percent of offensive snaps. According to the PFF, he gained 4.2 yards after contact per try. Here is a sample of his work:
Robinson looked exactly like the pre-injury version of himself, a guy who averaged 5.0 yards per touchdown in his first two seasons. Whatever surgeons do with tendons these days is incredible. Sterling Shepard returned after an achilles rupture in a similar timeline to Robinson’s, and he also made house calls at the start.
123: Saquon Barkley rushed for 123 yards after first contact in his 18 carries against the Titans, the most in a first week for any defenseman in the league. He only lifted 435 yards after contact all last season for 162 attempts. We should also note that the Tennessee defense finished second last year, so that doesn’t mean that Barkley simply enjoyed the friendly. Looks like Sakuon has indeed returned.
39: Chase Claypool lined up 39 times on Sunday, claiming a role in Pittsburgh’s offense that previously belonged to Juju Smith-Shuster. He caught four balls for 18 yards on six targets and also did things in the Deebo vein, throwing six times for 36 yards. So it was fun. For fantasy purposes, this is not very suitable, but its use makes it very interesting chess piece is moving forward. Claypool is a clear trading target after the 1st week.
13.9: It was Jarvis Landryaverage airborne yards per goal on Sunday, according to NFL Next Gen Stats, and as you might have guessed, that’s a big number by his career standards. Jamis Winston He’s been a high aDOT quarterback throughout his career, so it’s no surprise that his main wide receivers target deep field. Landry was great in the first game, which was crucial to the team’s comeback in the fourth quarter.
We can run it in any PPR format with confidence. If Landry stays healthy, he will clear 1,000 yards for the first time since 2019.
12: Marcus Mariota dribbled 12 times against the Saints on Sunday, a new career high with 72 ground yards and a touchdown. The fumble was poor and he only went 215 scoreless yards, but let’s not pretend he ran into weak defense. If Mariota works at that speed (or anything close to it) this season, then he’s going to be extremely streamable. There are many friendlies ahead of Atlanta’s schedule, and in the end, Mariota will find Drake London as well as Kyle Pitts in the end zone.
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5.1: Jalen Hurts finished with an average hitting depth of just 5.1 in Sunday’s win, one of the lowest in the league in the first week. Last year he was at the top of the leaderboard with a score of 9.5 (and 10.1 the previous season). All of his close range attempts didn’t make much of a difference to his completion percentage, as he only hit 18 of 32 shots. In fact, Hurts was 10 out of 13 when aiming AJ Brown and 8 out of 19 aimed at anyone else. He only made one shot for 20-plus yards, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Last year, the Hurts completed only 38.1% of deep passes, throwing four touchdowns and five interceptions.