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SIMPLE FACTS: Ninety-Nine to Know

Quarterbacks

1. In the last two seasons, Drew Brees has averaged 237 passing yards per game and has thrown just 21 touchdown passes in 16 road games.

2. Excluding six divisional games against Tampa Bay, Carolina and Atlanta, nine of New Orleans’ remaining 10 games in 2019 will be against teams that finished in the Top 15 in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks in 2018. Five of those nine teams finished in the Top 10 in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks last season.

3. Eight quarterbacks threw at least 32 passing touchdowns in 2018. Drew Brees was the only one of those eight quarterbacks to throw fewer than six interceptions last season.

4. Two quarterbacks threw for at least 3,400 passing yards and rushed for at least 375 rushing yards in 2018. Those two quarterbacks were Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson.

5. Two quarterbacks threw for at least 3,800 passing yards and rushed for at least 300 rushing yards in 2018. Those two quarterbacks were Deshaun Watson and Dak Prescott.

6. Two quarterbacks attempted at least 525 passes and had at least 60 rushing attempts. Those two quarterbacks were Patrick Mahomes and Dak Prescott.

7. Deshaun Watson was the only quarterback to throw for at least 4,000 passing yards and rush for at least 500 rushing yards in 2018.

8. Kirk Cousins was the only quarterback to have at least 600 passing attempts and at least a 70 percent completion percentage in 2018.

9. Two quarterbacks had at least a 68 percent completion percentage, 4,300 passing yards and 32 passing touchdowns in 2018. Those two quarterbacks were Matt Ryan and Philip Rivers.

10. Ten quarterbacks attempted at least 560 passes in 2018. Three of those quarterbacks finished the 2018 season with a passer rating above 100. Those three quarterbacks were Patrick Mahomes, Matt Ryan and Jared Goff.

11. Eight quarterbacks finished the 2018 season with at least 300 fantasy points. Three of those eight quarterbacks threw at least 34 passing touchdowns and rushed for at least three touchdowns. Those three quarterbacks were Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger.

12. Ben Roethlisberger had 93 passing attempts inside the red zone in 2018, while Derek Carr had 64 passing attempts inside the red zone in 2018.

13. Two quarterbacks threw for at least 4,500 passing yards and 39 passing touchdowns in 2018. Those two quarterbacks were Patrick Mahomes and Andrew Luck.

14. Of the 15 quarterbacks who attempted at least 500 passes, Aaron Rodgers was the only quarterback to throw fewer than five interceptions last season.

15. Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger were the only two quarterbacks to have at least 16 passes of 40-plus yards in 2018.

16. Seven quarterbacks had at least 65 rushing attempts in 2018. Of those seven quarterbacks, Josh Allen and Mitchell Trubisky were the only two to average at least 6 yards per carry last season.

17. Deshaun Watson and Cam Newton were the only two quarterbacks to have at least 3,300 passing yards and 400 rushing yards in 2018.

18. Eli Manning’s 1,292 passing yards on third down were the most in the NFL among quarterbacks last season.

19. Russell Wilson led all quarterbacks with 16 passing touchdowns and 101 fantasy points on third down.

20. Eight quarterbacks threw for at least 4,300 passing yards in 2018. Tom Brady was the only one of those eight quarterbacks to have fewer than 285 fantasy points.

21. Four quarterbacks played in at least 11 games and had a completion percentage of at least 69.5 percent. Those four quarterbacks were Drew Brees, Kirk Cousins, Matt Ryan … and Carson Wentz.

22. Jameis Winston averaged 17.8 fantasy points per game in 11 games in 2018. Extrapolated to a full 16-game season, Winston would have finished with 284.8 fantasy points in 2018, which would have resulted in a QB12 finish.

23. Winston also averaged 272 passing yards, 25 rushing yards, 1.72 passing touchdowns, 1.27 interceptions per game and had one rushing touchdown in his 11 games last season. Extrapolated to a full 16-game season, Winston would have thrown for 4,352 yards, 27 passing touchdowns, rushed for 400 yards (with one rushing touchdown) and thrown 20 interceptions last season.

23. Pretend that Winston finished with those exact numbers in a full 16-game season last season but threw 16 interceptions instead of 20. Had Winston thrown for 4,352 passing yards, 27 passing touchdowns, had 400 rushing yards with one rushing touchdown and thrown 16 interceptions, he would have finished with 293 fantasy points. Winston would have finished as the 10th-best fantasy quarterback last season with those 293 fantasy points.

24. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Bruce Arians to be their head coach this past offseason. Earlier in his career, Arians spent five seasons (2007-11) as the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 2007, Ben Roethlisberger threw a then-franchise record 32 passing touchdowns.

25. In 2009, Ben Roethlisberger threw a then-team record 4,328 passing yards. Also, in 2009, Pittsburgh became the first team in NFL history to register a 4,000-yard passer (Roethlisberger), two 1,000-yard wide receivers (Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes) and a 1,000-yard running back (Rashard Mendenhall) all in the same season.

26. Arians was hired as the offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts in 2012. When then-head coach Chuck Pagano had to step away from his position due to health issues, Arians stepped in as the interim head coach for the final 12 games of the 2012 season. In those 12 games, Arians led the Colts to a 9-3 record and was nominated as the AP NFL Coach of the Year.

27. That season (2012) was also Andrew Luck’s first season in the NFL. Under Arians’ guidance, Luck set rookie records for passing yards (4,374) and 300-plus yard passing games (six). Luck finished as the ninth-best fantasy quarterback that season.

28. This isn’t a fact, more of an opinion, but if you’re not considering drafting Jameis Winston as your starting fantasy quarterback this season, you need to start considering it.

About Evan Reardon

An avid Boston sports fan, Evan has been a Patriots and NFL fan since the 1990's. Fantasy football runs in his family. He grew up in the 90's watching his father and uncles play in a 6-team, Touchdown-only league. He has been playing fantasy football since the early 2000's and has been writing fantasy sports content since 2014.