Just Like We Thought: 32 Surprising Fantasy Football Stats through Week 4

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Life comes at you fast, and the fantasy football season comes at you even faster. It’s week 5 for fantasy football, which means we’re now 25% of the way done with the fantasy football season. The first four weeks of action have brought us some serious highs and some serious lows. One thing we can all know is that nothing surprises us. Definitely nothing. Definitely not these stats. These here stats are all things we 100%, definitely saw coming going into the year. And that’s definitely not sarcasm.

ARIZONA CARDINALS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Larry Fitzgerald leads the league in 40+ yard receptions, with four. His last four 40+ yard plays before 2019 came in October 2015, October 2014, and December 2013.

ATLANTA FALCONS STAT FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Matt Ryan leads the league in interceptions (6).

BALTIMORE RAVENS STAT FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Lamar Jackson is the only quarterback to have over 20 fantasy points in four games so far this season (4 point passing touchdown leagues)

BUFFALO BILLS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Frank Gore leads the league in stacked box rate, with 44.26% of his runs coming with 8 or more defenders in the box. He’s ninth in the league in rushing yards.

CAROLINA PANTHERS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Greg Olsen’s 9.8 yards average depth of target ranks third among tight ends with at least 20 targets.

CINCINNATI BENGALS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Before Andy Dalton took the field in week four, he had more fantasy points than Baker Mayfield, who had played four games to Dalton’s three games.

CHICAGO BEARS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Per Next Gen Stats, Mitchell Trubisky has the most improbable touchdown pass of the season, a 36-yard score to Taylor Gabriel in week three.

CLEVELAND BROWNS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Jarvis Landry is fourth in the league in yards after the catch per reception, after ranking 92nd last year and 55th in 2017.

DALLAS COWBOYS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Jason Witten is a top-ten TE in PPR scoring. I… I have nothing to add.

DENVER BRONCOS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Courtland Sutton ranks second among sophomore wide receivers in fantasy points, behind only D.J. Chark. He is #2 in yards, receptions, and touchdowns among second-year wideouts.

DETROIT LIONS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Through four games, Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay are the only teammates with over 20 targets and an average depth of target over 13 yards each.

GREEN BAY PACKERS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Aaron Jones is on pace for 1,080 scrimmage yards, which would be the first time a Packers running back has crossed 1,000 scrimmage yards since Eddie Lacy had 1,566 in 2015.

HOUSTON TEXANS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: DeAndre Hopkins is the first wide receiver to register an interception since Tyreek Hill on October 30, 2017.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Jacoby Brissett, the last-minute replacement for Andrew Luck, is the only quarterback to throw multiple touchdowns in four games so far this season.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Gardner Minshew II’s 69.4 fantasy points are 0.4 more than Jared Goff and 2.34 fantasy points more than Aaron Rodgers.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Sammy Watkins is the WR5 through four weeks, despite having just one week as a top-40 WR.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Current backup running back Austin Ekeler is one of just four players to get over 100 yards from scrimmage in three different games so far this season.

LOS ANGELES RAMS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Todd Gurley has three consecutive games below four yards per carry for the first time under Head Coach Sean McVay.

MIAMI DOLPHINS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: DeVante Parker leads the league in average depth of target (20.3 yards) among players with double-digit targets.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Through four games this season, Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have combined for 89.9 PPR points (Draft Kings scoring). Through the first four games last season, Adam Thielen had 111.3 PPR points (Draft Kings scoring).

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Tom Brady’s 4.7 fantasy points in week four were his lowest since week fifteen in 2016, at Denver. His 150 passing yards was the second-lowest figure of his career when throwing the ball at least 30 times.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Alvin Kamara has more runs of ten yards or more (7) than he has carries for negative yards (4).

NEW YORK GIANTS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Daniel Jones already has more rushing touchdowns than Eli Manning has in any season in his career.

NEW YORK JETS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: 37 different quarterbacks have at least as many touchdowns as the Jets quarterbacks have combined to throw this season. For the record, the three Jets quarterbacks have one touchdown between them.

OAKLAND RAIDERS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Darren Waller leads all tight ends in catches (33), five ahead of the #2 tight end… Austin Hooper.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Miles Sanders has the third-highest percentage of his team’s air yards among running backs (6%), behind only James White and Tarik Cohen.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: After leading the league in pass attempts last season, the Steelers have the eleventh-fewest pass attempts per game, with 34 pass attempts per game.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Jeff Wilson, Jr. leads the 49ers in running back touchdowns, after handing $40 million combined to Jerick McKinnon and Tevin Coleman.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Will Dissly leads all tight ends in receiving touchdowns (4), as well as touchdown rate (18.2%) among tight ends with multiple TDs.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: The Buccaneers have two wide receivers ranked in the top-five at their position, as Chris Godwin (WR2) and Mike Evans (WR5) have gotten off to a strong start. Despite this, Jameis Winston ranks just ninth at quarterback.

TENNESSEE TITANS FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Marcus Mariota has three passing touchdowns twice in four games. This is the second time this has happened in Mariota’s career, and the first time it’s happened since weeks six through nine in 2016.

WASHINGTON FANTASY FOOTBALL STAT: Terry McLaurin leads all players with a 46% air yards market share.

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