Found October 10, 2013 on Football Nation:
Fantasy Football can be statistically misleading. Some players get a lot of pass attempts, rushes, or targets despite their individual performance or their team's standing.These situations arise when their team lacks depth at their position (no competition) or the team's strategy directly or indirectly benefits that player.Here are some statiscial anomolies so far in 2013 that might surprise you. 1. Matt Ryan is No.3 in the NFL in passing yards. The Falcons are 1-4 but this hasn't stopped Ryan's pass proficiency. Expect these numbers to decline following Julio Jones's injury. 2. Baltimore WR Torrey Smith is ranked No. 3 in the NFL in receiving yards. There's no doubting Smith's abilities but for him to be ranked this high is unusual. You can attribute this to key offensive line losses- causing the Ravens to run less, a diminished run game, and the loss of Anquan Boldin in free agency to explain why Smith's productivity has increased.3. Denver kicker M...

Baltimore Ravens: Torrey Smith emerging as a top receiver

Torrey Smith (Patrick Smith/Getty Images) It’s no secret that the Baltimore Ravens offense has struggled so far this season. Between injuries, dropped passes, interceptions, poor blocking, and an average of 2.9 yards per carry, the Ravens have a lot to work on on the offense. But among all of the chaos is wide receiver Torrey Smith. Smith has emerged as the Ravens top receiver...

Torrey Smith is the Ravens' most reliable weapon

When the Baltimore Ravens unloaded savvy veteran Anquan Boldin in the offseason the question was whether Torrey Smith could graduate from deep threat to all-around receiver earning Joe Flacco's trust in key situations. After five games the answer is an emphatic "yes." While the rest of the offense has mightily struggled Smith is the only player in the league to record...

Falcons Lose 30-28 to Jets, Drop Third Straight

Matt Ryan lost back-to-back home games for the first time in his career. (Jason Braverman) For the first time since the tumultuous 2007 season, the Atlanta Falcons have lost three straight games. Monday night’s 30-28 loss to the New York Jets was the Falcons’ second consecutive loss at home. It was the first time in Matt Ryan’s career he’s lost back-to-back home games. ...

Coyle likes Grimes' 'natural cover ability'

BY NICK ST. DENISTorrey Smith hauled in six receptions for 121 yards in the Baltimore Ravens' 26-23 victory over the Miami Dolphins Sunday, gaining much of that ground while lined up against Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes.According to ProFootballFocus, Grimes surrendered 99 yards -- the most he's given up since 2010 -- in coverage. He was also flagged for pass interference...

Torrey Smith offers words of advice to Adrian Peterson

Today, sad news shocked the NFL as it was reported that Adrian Peterson’s two-year old son had died due to the injuries he suffered after allegedly being assaulted by his mother’s boyfriend. Earlier today, before it was announced that his son had died, Peterson released a statement saying that he would play this Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Peterson’s reasoning was...

Key players: Ravens vs. Packers

Jimmy Smith No one is talking about Smith's importance in this game. In fact, Smith might be the most important player on the Ravens defense this week.Ever since being drafted in the first round in 2011, Smith has shown flashes of brilliance and is playing the best football of his career in 2013. But Smith has always struggled defending double moves and back shoulder fades. In...

New York Jets Defensive Line Grade Sheet: Week 5

Another week, another dominant performance from the Jets defensive line. The Jets took on an Atlanta offensive line that has had some injuries and serious struggles this season. On Monday night, on a prime time stage, the big men up front exposed that weakness, limiting quarterback Matt Ryan’s time in the pocket, along with the Falcon’s run game as a whole. I think most expect...

New York Jets Week 5 – Linebacker Grade Sheet

After a stunning week five win in Atlanta, the Jets are beginning to turn heads in the NFL. A big reason for their surprising success has been the superb play from Rex Ryan’s defense. Team’s are struggling to develop any type of ground game against the Jets, which is also limiting their aerial attack (no development of play action). The Jets linebackers were finally tested against...

Beyond the stats: Weinke to EJ (Volume III)

This might be the last EJ Manuel comparison for quite some time due to his untimely injury against the Browns. Hopefully he returns soon (but not so soon that he rushes his recovery) and maybe the Bills can win some games in the meantime. I’m not ashamed to admit that I almost cried when Manuel clutched his knee last Thursday on the sideline. My wife locked herself in our bedroom...
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