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2014 Fantasy Football: Quick Hits From 2013

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Ellington is due for a big boost in production, but are you buying into him? Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Ellington is due for a big boost in production, but are you buying into him? Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Sometimes we just want information, and we want it fast. We don’t want fluff introductions. We don’t want attempts at sarcastic one-liners. And, we certainly want no part of drawn-out ramblings on some undervalued wide receiver like… Kenny Stills.

So without further adieu, here are some quick hits of information that might be useful to you in the upcoming 2014 season:

  • The most accurate passer in the NFL last season was the Chargers Philip Rivers (69.6 completion percentage). Don’t tell me, you thought it was Peyton Manning? I did too, I admit.
  • Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill was sacked 59 times last year to lead the league, 11 more times than Joe Flacco who was second among QBs sacked. It was no picnic being a Miami offensive lineman last year.
  • Among receivers with 1,000 or more receiving yards, Anquan Boldin, Antonio Brown, Keenan Allen and Kendall Wright were tops in the league in Catch Rate percentage (balls caught compared to targets thrown).
  • Can you guess which three quarterbacks threw more interceptions than touchdowns last year? Eli Manning (18 TD, 27 INT), Joe Flacco (19 TD, 22 INT) and Geno Smith (12 TD, 21 INT), but you don’t really want anything to do with these guys anyway, right?
  • Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson rushed for 158 yards on 12 carries, while scoring three TDs.
  • Seahawks QB Russell Wilson only had 407 pass attempts, but still threw for 26 TD passes, as compared to Falcons QB Matt Ryan who had 651 pass attempts and 26 TD passes. That’s a pretty efficient job Wilson did, and puts him in good company as only a handful of QBs had a passer rating over 100 this season. Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Nick Foles and Rivers are the other four.
  • If you’re looking for big-play quarterbacks, Russell Wilson and Nick Foles are your guys. Both threw more than 25 percent of their pass attempts for longer than 15 yards - the rest of the NFL regular starting QBs fell under 25 percent.
  • Jamaal Charles could’ve been a WR3 or Flex on most fantasy teams with his receiving numbers alone: 70 receptions, 693 yards and seven TD.
  • The best offensive lines last season according to AdvancedNFLStats.com? Sure, why not? It could help. 1) Broncos 2) Cowboys 3) Raiders 4) Eagles 5) Chargers. Wow, the Raiders make this list?
  • If you didn’t get Jimmy Graham at tight end last year, you were better off waiting until the middle rounds. There were only 27 points that separated the second highest scoring TE (Vernon Davis) from the fifth highest (Jordan Cameron).
  • Cardinals RB Andre Ellington had a combined rushing and receiving yardage total of 1,023 last year, so keep him in mind when filling out your roster. Ellington is in line for a major workload increase as well. Look out!
  • Titans WR Kendall Wright racked up 94 receptions, showing his potential and how a few more TDs (only two during the entire 2013 season) could’ve put him a bit more on the map. Wright is one of the most underrated choices at WR to keep an eye on in 2014.
  • Who says LeSean McCoy isn’t durable, with 314 rushing attempts in 2013?