Welcome to Statistically (in)Significant, the place to find great stats that probably only matter at the water cooler (or bar). Each week I'll dig through the stats of the week gone by and deliver you some choice conversation starters. All fantasy stats are standard Yahoo scoring, unless otherwise noted.
39:31 TD to INT Ratio
So far this week, QB play has really been sloppy compared to the sharper, more efficient play that we saw the last few weeks. Of course, you can't blame all of these interceptions on QBs, some of this is the fault of awful play calling in the KC-NYG game. In that game, both Shane Vereen and Travis Kelce threw interceptions on plays that can only leave you scratching your head. Elsewhere in the league, there were 5 QBs that were responsible for at least 4 turnovers each. Among them, the Bills starter Nathan Peterman stands out, having thrown 5 interceptions in the first half, resulting in his benching and the second QB switch in as many weeks for Buffalo. By contrast, Tyrod Taylor has 3 picks all season. How is there even a QB controversy in Buffalo?
32.40 Fantasy Points
Many of us were staring at a huge number all weekend after Antonio Brown had 10 receptions for 144 yards and 3 touchdowns. Hopefully, you were on the good end of this performance, which was the second highest total for a WR all season, just behind Amari Cooper's 33 points in Week 7, also on a Thursday night. The Steelers put up 40 points against the Titans and it's finally looking like their offense may be starting to roll in the ways that were predicted early in the season. With 3 of their next 4 games at home, the Steelers can get their offense back on track, as they are clearly better at home than on the road. They will also have a chance to really secure home field advantage in the playoffs since the Patriots visit Heinz field in Week 15.
54-34 Chargers vs AFC West
Going in to Sunday, the tied-for-last-place Chargers were the victims of many close losses early in the season, so being able to pull Philip Rivers in the 4th quarter must have been a great relief. They also outscored their entire division by 20 points, springing them into second place in a now very winnable AFC West. The Chiefs haven't been able to do much winning lately, and the Broncos and Raiders both seem very lost at this point in the season. The Chargers are one of only two teams in the league that are under .500, yet have more points scored for them than against. A wildcard spot may be tough to reach, but if the Chiefs keep losing (even Andy Reid's awesome record after a bye couldn't save them yesterday), the Chargers just might wind up taking this division. Pretty good for a team that almost nobody cares about anymore.
0% Owned in Yahoo Leagues
Two of the top three TEs in Week 11 are owned in 0% of yahoo leagues. Allow me to introduce you to Ricky Seals-Jones of Arizona and Adam Shaheen of Chicago. Seals-Jones had zero points going into this game with only 1 target on the year. With Blaine Gabbert starting, he caught two touchdowns, which HELPS NO ONE! At least Gabbert got one to Larry Fitzgerald as well - side note: congrats to Larry on his contract extension, I hope we get to see him play for many years to come. Anyways, back to the ridiculous situation that TEs are in this season. Who is the other guy in the top 3, you may ask? Well that's O.J. Howard, who is owned in a whopping 22% of Yahoo leagues. Of the top 10 tight ends this week, only 2 of them are owned in over 45% of leagues. This will make for some waiver wire fun towards the end of the fantasy regular season.
4 D/STs Over 20 Points
With such a sloppy week on offense, it's only logical that the defenses should clean up, and some of the bigger names this season did just that. It's the first time since week 6 that we had that many teams break the 20 point mark. Three of the four teams that hit that total this week, The Ravens, Jaguars and Eagles, all hit that back in Week One as well. All three teams also have at least 3-20 point games (the Ravens have 4 of them). The Ravens have really needed their defense, too. They have three shutouts on the season, but just 5 victories. Even with a feast-or-famine defense, I think it's worth keeping them around for the next couple of weeks. When your defense can put up 20 points for you, good things are going to happen to your fantasy team.