Numbers of note from 2013 fantasy football season
Peyton Manning captivated football fans with seven touchdown passes in the season's first game. The Kansas City Chiefs won nine-straight games to start the season. And Josh Gordon put up 1,646 receiving yards despite being suspended for two games. From Jamaal Charles reaching pay dirt 19 times to Richard Sherman's eight interceptions, statistics dominated Monday morning water cooler talk for fantasy owners. Let's reflect on a number of the more intriguing stats from the fantasy season that was.
1: Games it took for fantasy owners to realize they should have drafted all the Broncos receivers. Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Wes Welker kicked off the season with two touchdowns apiece.
2: Rushing touchdowns for Bills running back C.J. Spiller, who ruined many fantasy seasons with a disappointing campaign, given his early average draft position.
3: The yards per carry that Colts RB Trent Richardson churned out in 2013. He's easily the biggest non-injury bust for fantasy purposes and could actually be a nice value pick next season. Owners who drafted him this season will stay far away.
4: Games played for Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon. He still managed 415 receiving yards when he wasn't suspended for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
5: Touchdowns for Jamaal Charles in Week 15, when he caught four and ran for another. This was the best fantasy performance of the season and came during the playoffs in many leagues.
5.5: League-leading yards per rush for Cardinals RB Andre Ellington, who should enter 2014 as a trendy fantasy draft pick.
6: Games played for perennial first-round fantasy pick Doug Martin. The Bucs running back needed surgery for a torn labrum, a development that was the downfall of many fantasy seasons.
7: The amount of touchdowns Peyton Manning threw in the first game of the NFL season. He added 462 yards in an amazing fantasy performance.
8: Interceptions for Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman. Sherman led the league for the first time in his three-year career.
9: Receptions for Steelers WR Antonio Brown in his Week 3 coming-out-party. Brown caught nine balls for 196 yards and two TDs on his way to a fantastic fantasy season. Brown finished with 110 catches, 1,499 yards and eight TDs.
10: Rushing TDs for Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno, who went undrafted in some leagues and emerged as a fantasy folk hero in 2013.
11: Fumbles for Robert Griffin III, who was surpassed by only Matthew Stafford for the league lead.
12: The number of rushing TDs for both Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles and Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch, who finished in a tie for the league lead.
16: Receiving TDs for Saints tight end Jimmy Graham. The last tight end to lead the league in touchdown receptions was Rob Gronkowski in 2011.
17: The number of touchdown passes Peyton Manning needs in 2014 to surpass Brett Favre to become the all-timer leader. Manning finished 2013 with 491 career-TD passes, while Favre sits at 508. Drew Brees is the next active player with 363.
19: Times that Jamaal Charles scored in 2013 after combining his 12 rushing scores with seven receiving TDs.
23: Fantasy points by Ravens kicker Justin Tucker in standard leagues during his legendary Week 15 performance on Monday Night Football. A kicker scoring 23 points in the week's last game, and during the fantasy playoffs, determined the outcome of many leagues.
22: The age of Packers rookie Eddie Lacy, who emerged as a fantasy star with 1,178 rushing yards and 11 TDs.
27: Interceptions for Eli Manning. It was the third time in Manning's career that he threw the most interceptions in the league.
55: Passing touchdowns for Peyton Manning, setting an all-time record for a single season. Manning passed Tom Brady, who threw 50 TD passes in 2007.
75: The record-breaking number of extra points kicked by Broncos kicker Matt Prater. The previous record was 74 by Stephen Gostkowski in 2007.
93: The longest rushing touchdown of 2013 was recorded by Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor when he scored on a 93-yard run in Week 8. Pryor had a dud of a fantasy game despite the long TD run, as he threw for only 88 yards with two interceptions.
113: Catches for Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon who re-emerged as a must-start fantasy option.
158: The league-leading number of points that Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski scored. Those were actual points, not fantasy points.
406: Passing yards for Eagles QB Nick Foles when he threw for seven touchdowns in a 49-20 win at Oakland. It was Foles' third start of the season en route to tallying 27 TD passes in total and only two interceptions.
399: Yards the Dolphins lost on Ryan Tannehill sacks in 2013. Miami and its dysfunctional offensive line provided some drama, but not much protection this year. Tannehill was sacked a league-leading 58 times. Joe Flacco was next up, getting sacked 48 times.
841: Yards Browns receiver Josh Gordon had in a five-game span from Week 8 through Week 12. The young star added six touchdowns during the span and will enter 2014 as an elite fantasy player.
1,607: Rushing yards for Eagles RB LeSean McCoy, who finished 268 yards ahead of Matt Forte for the league lead. McCoy also led the NFL in carries with 314, rushing yards per game with 100.4 and total yards from scrimmage with 2,146.
2,020: All-purpose yards for Vikings rookie Cordarrelle Patterson, who proved fun to watch down the stretch. Because of his flashy playmaking and highlight-reel returns, you'll have to reach for Patterson in 2014 fantasy drafts. He's worth it.
64,964: Career passing yards for Peyton Manning, who trails Brett Favre for the all-time record. Favre threw for 71,838 yards in his illustrious career.