The numbers to remember for the 2023 drafts
The fantasy season is largely (if not completely) behind us, but we’ll take one final sweep of the league, six-pack style…
86.4 – First year tenant Rashid Shaheed has been a revelation, carving his way into an important late-season role for the Saints. He has caught 86.4 percent of his targets (19 of 22) over his last five games, an awful rate for a player averaging more than 18 yards per catch. Keep this fast wideout in your fantasy plans for 2023:
Shaheed and Chris Olave looks like a dangerous and well-made combo.
84.2 – At the end of your fantasy season, Travis Kelce surpassed the No. 2 tight end with 84.2 fantasy points in Yahoo’s default options. Kelce doubled up on all but five other tight ends this season (one of them an imposter tight end, Taysom Hill). He hasn’t actually reached the end zone since November, but he still averaged 6.2 receptions and 77.6 receiving yards over his last five games. Kelce will turn 34 next year, and, at some point, we assume he enters a decline phase.
But he produced his third season with 100-plus receptions, 1,300 yards and double-digit TDs, so that decline is not yet underway.
72.4 – Daniel Jones actually coming off a signature performance in which he accounted for four combined touchdowns – two passing, two rushing – while producing a passer rating of 125.2. Over his last five games, Jones has completed 72.4 percent of his throws – a rate that becomes more impressive when you consider who, exactly, is on the other end of those attempts. With all due respect Isaiah Hodgins and Richie Jamesum … well, these guys aren’t quite top notch Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. Jones has been a standout this season, but has completely rewritten the scouting report.
55 – Justin Fields has taken a sack on 55 of his 444 dropbacks this season, which is just awesome. Fields now leads the NFL in both sacks and yards lost after a sack (359). Some of this can obviously be pinned on Chicago’s terrible and damaged O-line, but plenty is also due to Fields himself.
Fields have He previously indicated that he would like to receive the single-season QB mark this season, would only need 64 more yards, but it seems the Bears have other plans. Nathan Peterman yes he was reportedly named the starter for Week 18which likely proves that the franchise wants to lock down the best draft spot and protect areas from any further damage.
Regardless, we hope he can enter the 2023 season unscathed, playing behind an improved line.
29 – Just in case you hadn’t noticed, Najee Harris has been impressive in his last eight games since coming off his team’s Week 9 bye. Harris has forced 29 missed tackles on rushing attempts over the past eight weeks, the third most among all cornerbacks, gaining 408 yards after contact, averaging 4.2 YPC and scoring six touchdowns. He has topped 80 scrimmage yards six times in this stretch, including each of the past three weeks.
Harris deserved to be on the Fantasy Bust of the Year watch list at midseason, but avoided that distinction with a solid second half. The barriers are back, as are the painfully stiff arms…
4.92 – Akers Cam has averaged 4.92 yards per carry over his last five games, easily the most productive and efficient stretch of his career, at least in the regular season. He looks a lot like the guy who ran all over the Seahawks and Packers in the postseason two years ago. During this recent five-game streak, Akers has made six touchdown calls and is averaging 96.6 scrimmage yards per week. He also has eight runs of 10 or more yards and forced 22 missed tackles, tied for the second-highest total in the league.
Remember, we’re talking about a player who was essentially cut from the team in October and shopped around the league before the trade deadline. Two months later, Akers is the only fantasy player still attached to the Rams offense.