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More week one thoughts

Posted by Doug on September 13, 2006

Just a few quick bits of trivia today...

If you're disappointed with the fantasy production you got from your wide receivers this week, you're not alone. Week one's top 10 receivers:

Donte Stallworth 20.1
Laveranues Coles 15.3
Plaxico Burress 14.0
Terrell Owens 14.0
Michael Jenkins 13.7
Larry Fitzgerald 13.3
Eric Moulds 12.8
Jerricho Cotchery 12.5
Anquan Boldin 12.2
Antonio Bryant 11.4

As a group they averaged 13.9 points, which is the lowest figure for the top 10 receivers in any week since (at least) 2000.

Of course, it wasn't just the wide receivers, and it wasn't just fantasy football. Teams simply weren't putting real points on the real scoreboard. In terms of average points scored, this was the 36th-lowest-scoring week (of 570 total weeks of football) since the merger. It was the lowest-scoring week since 2000. Since 1990, only 12 weeks have been lower-scoring.

The last time we saw as many as three shutouts in a week was 1991. The last time we saw more than three was 1983.

Another oddity about the just-completed slate of games is that the road team won 11 of the 16 games, which is 68.75%. In only 19 of the 570 weeks since the merger have road teams won a higher percentage of the weekend's games than they did last weekend. Random trivia I learned running that query: in week one of 1983, road teams won 12 of 14 games, which was the best week ever for road teams. Week 13 of the same season is the only week in which no road teams won.