Welcome to Five Things We Learned. Every Monday morning, this article will bring you the top need-to-know storylines for Fantasy Football in 2022. All data included in this article comes from trumedianetworks.com unless otherwise stated.
Panthers’ Boast Unstoppable Rushing Attack
Carolina Panthers interim head coach Steve Wilks has fielded the league’s most run-heavy team since installing Sam Darnold at quarterback in Week 12.
The table below ranks Carolina’s per-game rushing data in parentheses among NFL teams in Weeks 12-16. “RZ” refers to the red zone. “GZ” refers to the green zone.
NFL Team Per-Game Rushing
Rush Att. per Game
Yards Rushing per Att.
Yards After Contact per Rush Att.
Yards Rushing per Game
Rush Att. Inside: RZ – GZ
4.96 (No. 7)
3.18 (No. 6)
187.25 (No. 1)
8.75 (No. 1) – 5.00 (T-No. 1)
The table below ranks Nos. 1 and 2 running backs D’Onta Foreman and Chuba Hubbard’s per-game rushing data among 69 NFL running backs with at least 10 total rush attempts in Weeks 12-16.
Harris should have little issue pummeling a Baltimore defensive front likely to be without defensive lineman Calais Campbell (knee).
Kittle Cooking With Purdy
With wide receiver Deebo Samuel (MCL/high-ankle sprain) injured, San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle has averaged 27.65 points-per-reception points per game during the last two weeks. That ranks No. 1 at the position by 5.5 points.
However, he trounced the league’s top-ranked tight end defense in Week 16, the Washington Commanders, to the tune of 30.0 points-per-perception points, ending any fluke-related concerns.
The table below ranks Kittle’s Weeks 15-16 receiving data in parentheses among NFL tight ends with at least five targets during that span.
Tight Ends – Weeks 15-16
Per Routes Run Rates: Targets – Yards
aDot – Yards After Catch per Rec.
25.5% (No. 6) – 4.18 (No. 1)
76.9% (No. 14)
8.92 (No. 8) – 10.90 (No. 1)
54 (No. 1)
Kittle’s Week 10 opponent, the Las Vegas Raiders, allows 13.0 points-per-reception points per game, which is the 10th most in the NFL.
Willis Tanks Titans’ Passing Game
In Malik Willis’ limited action across six games this year, his lack of passing attempts and underwhelming abilities have trap-doored the floor of the Tennessee Titans’ pass-catching corps.
The table below ranks Willis’ passing data in parentheses among 53 NFL quarterbacks with at least 50 pass attempts.
NFL QB Passing Data
NFL Passer Rating
50.8% (No. 53)
4.52 (No. 53)
0.00 (T-No. 50)
42.8 (No. 53)
Willis started in Weeks 8, 9 and 16. The table below shows the best weekly positional points-per-reception finishes of Tennessee’s wide receivers and tight ends in Willis’ three starts.
TEN WR/TE Finishes w/ Malik Willis Starting
*All Tennessee wide receivers finished worse than WR90 in points-per-reception scoring in Week 9.
Tennessee faces the Dallas Cowboys in Week 17. Dallas’ 6.84 yards passing per attempt allowed is the 10th fewest in the NFL.
Packers’ Dillon Takes Over With Jones Hurt
Green Bay Packers No.1 running back Aaron Jones has been on the injury report since Week 10. He’s been listed with shin, glute, knee and repeated ankle issues throughout the last six weeks.
Jones’ ankle and knee injuries in Weeks 15 and 16, respectively, stink of a potential high-ankle sprain and MCL sprain combination. The two injuries often occur together and Jones has four documented Grade 2 MCL sprains between 2017-2021, with one ambiguous Grade 1 knee sprain in January 2022.
Both injuries typically result in multiple games missed, resulting in decreased fantasy-point production upon a running back’s return, per Adam Hutchison’s Injury Index.
No. 2 running back A.J. Dillon assumed lead back duties in Week 13.
The table below shows Jones and Dillon’s per-game snap averages between Weeks 13-16. Green Bay was on a bye in Week 14.
GB RBs – Weeks 12-15
Total Snaps per Game
1st & 2nd Down
3rd & 4th Down w/ 3+ Yards To Go
Red Zone – Green Zone
8.00 – 5.33
8.67 – 2.67
Dillon led in all five categories in Week 16.
The table below shows Jones and Dillon’s per-game usage and production in Weeks 13-16.
GB RBs – Weeks 12-15
Rush Att. – YPC – Yards After Contact per Rush Att.
Routes – Per Routes Run Rates: Targets – Yards
RZ Rush Att. – Targets
GZ Rush Att. – Targets
13.33 – 4.13 – 2.35
16.67 – 18.0% – 1.46
3.33 – 0.00
2.33 – 0.00
10.67 – 4.41 – 3.00
14.00 – 28.6% – 1.64
3.33 – 1.67
1.00 – 0.33
Green Bay faces the Minnesota Vikings in Week 17. Minnesota’s 18th-ranked 4.4 yards rushing allowed per attempt are hardly threatening to Dillon’s rushing prospects. Their soft defensive front is allowing 1.67 yards rushing before contact.