Zegura's Fantasy Football Fact Sheet: Week 8


  1. The Browns did not allow a single touchdown in Week 7, marking the first time that has happened all year. Quarterbacks have produced multiple touchdowns against the Browns in six of seven games this year. Case Keenum is completing 64 percent of his passes the last four weeks, but has just two passing touchdowns and two interceptions total during that span. He has not thrown for 240 yards or multiple touchdowns in any of his last four games, but the Vikings have won three straight games.
  1. The Browns boast the league's sixth-ranked run defense, allowing just 83.6 yards rushing per game. They are giving up only 3 yards per carry, which is the best in the entire NFL.
  1. Forty percent of all rushes against the Browns have gone for no gain or negative yardage, which is the highest rate in the NFL.
  1. No runner has rushed for 70 yards against the Browns all season, and the Browns have not allowed a running back to rush for a touchdown against them in four straight games. The Vikings have had a runner rush for more than 60 yards in every game this year and they have had a runner top the 90-yard mark in three of the last four. Also, a Vikings running back has rushed for a touchdown in five straight games.
  1. Since Dalvin Cook's injury three weeks ago, Jerrick McKinnon has averaged 20 touches, 100.7 total yards and one touchdown per game. Latavius Murray rushed for a season-high 113 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens last week. Over the last three weeks, he is averaging 15 carries per game, but has managed more than 31 yards rushing only once.
  1. A wide receiver has scored in five of the last six games against the Browns. The opposing No. 1 receiver has scored in five of the last six as well against the Browns, but amazingly only one receiver (T.Y. Hilton) has produced even 65 yards receiving in that span.
  1. With Stefon Diggs out the last two weeks, Adam Thielen has been targeted 25 times and has 14 catches for 138 yards and no touchdowns. Thielen has at least five catches in every game and eight-plus targets in five straight, but he has not scored a touchdown this year. His 65 targets this year are fourth-most in the NFL thus far and the most of any receiver without a touchdown in 2017 (he has six red zone targets, tied for the team lead with Kyle Rudolph).
  1. Before his injury, Stefon Diggs was averaging nearly six catches for 100 yards and one touchdown per game for the Vikings.
  1. Kyle Rudolph has at least seven targets, five catches and 40 receiving yards in three straight games for the Vikings. He has just one touchdown in that span, but the Browns have allowed at least 60 yards receiving or a touchdown to tight ends in four straight games and six of seven this year.
  1. The Browns have scored a touchdown on 11 of their 83 drives this year (13.3 percent), which is the lowest rate in the NFL. The Vikings have allowed only 10 touchdowns on 76 drives this year (13.2 percent), the second-lowest rate in the league.
  1. The Vikings defense has produced 21 sacks (sixth in the NFL), 43 tackles for loss and 131 quarterback hurries in only seven games this year.
  1. Over the last four games, no quarterback has thrown for more than 210 yards or produced multiple touchdowns. In fact, in their last four games, the Vikings have surrendered only three passing touchdowns and have recorded four interceptions.
  1. No group of running backs has rushed for 100 yards against the Vikings all year, and they have allowed only one rushing score by a back all season long. Only Le'Veon Bell, Jordan Howard and Ameer Abdullah have rushed for more than 41 yards against Minnesota this year. Only two backs have reached 30 yards receiving against them all season as well.
  1. Isaiah Crowell has rushed for more than 45 yards twice in 2017 and is still in search of his first rushing touchdown.
  1. Duke Johnson Jr. has 70-plus total yards or a touchdown in five of the last six games. He has 45-plus yards receiving in five of his last six as well with 59-plus yards on three of those occasions. Johnson is the Browns leading receiver through seven games with 32 receptions for 314 yards.
  1. No receiver has topped 60 yards against the Vikings in four straight games, and only two have reached 55 yards with a touchdown against them all year, and that was back in Weeks 2 and 3.
  1. Coby Fleener, back in Week 1, is the only tight end to top 40 yards against the Vikings all year. They have allowed three tight ends to score this year, but no tight end has 40 yards and a touchdown against them in six straight games.
  1. David Njoku has 48 yards or a touchdown in four of his last six games, but in the two that he did not, he managed just 11 yards total.

3 to Start

  1. QB Cam Newton vs. TB: Get back on the Cam Coaster this week, folks. The Bucs have allowed nearly 22 FanDuel points per game to quarterbacks over the last five weeks and quarterbacks have scored the second-most points against them through Week 7 this season.
  1. RB Chris Thompson vs. DAL: Thompson is a nice roll of the dice against the Cowboys, who have allowed the eighth-most receiving points to running backs so far in 2017. Thompson has 100-plus total yards or a touchdown in five of his six games this year and has topped double-digit FanDuel points in three games on receiving totals alone.
  1. WR Michael Crabtree vs. BUF: Crabtree just chugs along and has produced double-digit points in every game but one this year. He has scored in three straight games and has six in his last five games overall. The Bills have allowed a wide receiver touchdown in three straight games and they have really struggled with top receivers the last two weeks (22 points per game to opposing No. 1s and, yes, I consider Crabtree the top dog.)
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