Enter the Red Zone

Enter the Red Zone is back at the NFP after a short hiatus.

So before you shut down the office computer for the week and head out for happy hour, get involved in some serious statistical analysis and game predications (with a little Start ‘em/Sit ‘em on the side).

Because that’s how we do things around here on Fridays.

You are now entering the red zone…

From the 20: You must protect the quarterback

I’ve already decided that before the start of the 2010 fantasy season, the National Football Post is going to publish a detailed study of all 32 teams’ offensive lines. Why? Because this information is essential to the fantasy draft process.

As we’ve analyzed before, it all comes down to pressure. The ability to get after the quarterback and disrupt his rhythm plays a huge factor in determining offensive success.

In standard scoring formats, seven of the top 10 fantasy quarterbacks rank 12th or lower in sacks. Four of those quarterbacks (Warner, Brady, Brees and Peyton Manning) all rank 23rd or lower.

In addition, six of the seven MOST-sacked quarterbacks in the NFL (Russell, Delhomme, Cassel, Campbell, McNabb, Garrard) rank 15th or lower in fantasy scoring (Cutler, who ranks seventh in sacks, ranks 11th among fantasy quarterbacks in scoring).

It’s simple. Give your quarterback time to throw and he’ll produce.

From the 19: In news that shouldn’t surprise you…

The five teams with the highest run-to-pass ratios this season (New York Jets, Miami, Cincinnati, Tennessee and, surprisingly, New Orleans), have produced six of the top 15 fantasy running backs through 12 weeks (Thomas Jones’ numbers exclude Thursday night’s game).

Additionally, seven of the top 10 highest-scoring running backs rank in the top nine in carries this year (C. Johnson, MJD, Peterson, T. Jones, D. Williams, S. Jackson, M. Turner).

This information just goes to reiterate that running backs who share the workload (Moreno, Jacobs, Barber) should fall a little bit farther down your board on draft day. Touches lead to production.

From the 18: Speaking of Chris Johnson…

The Titans Pro Bowl running back is still leading the NFL in a statistical category known as “stuffs.” A stuff occurs when a running back gets tackled at or behind the line of scrimmage for no gain.

Johnson and Lions running back Kevin Smith are currently tied for the NFL lead in stuffs with 27. Rounding out the top 10 are Adrian Peterson (26), DeAngelo Williams (25) and Steve Slaton (21).

Despite ranking seventh in carries (205), Bengals running back Cedric Benson is currently ranked 17th in stuffs (16).

On the defensive side of the football, Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Geno Hayes leads the NFL in stuffs with eight.

From the 17: Did you know?

If you play in a standard-scoring fantasy league that starts the following positions:

QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, W/R, TE, D/ST, K

And you could go back to August and use your first nine draft picks on:

Round 1: Ricky Williams

Round 2: Tim Hightower

Round 3: Miles Austin

Round 4: Donald Driver

Round 5: Brett Favre

Round 6: Laurence Maroney

Round 7: Vernon Davis

Round 8: Cincinnati D/ST

Round 9: David Akers

You would currently be averaging 100.7 points per week?

From the 16: Game Prediction No. 1

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS -13

Upcoming Games

Dec 9th, 8:20 PM

Pittsburgh +3.5 -110

Minnesota -3.5 -110

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Dec 12th, 1:00 PM

Seattle -6.5 -110

Houston +6.5 -110

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Dec 12th, 1:00 PM

Jacksonville +9.5 -110

Tennessee -9.5 -110

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Dec 12th, 1:00 PM

Las Vegas +10 -110

Kansas City -10 -110

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Dec 12th, 1:00 PM

Dallas -5 -110

Washington +5 -110

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Dec 12th, 1:00 PM

New Orleans -6.5 -110

NY Jets +6.5 -110

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Dec 12th, 1:00 PM

Atlanta +2.5 -110

Carolina -2.5 -110

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Dec 12th, 1:00 PM

Baltimore -1 -110

Cleveland +1 -110

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Dec 12th, 4:05 PM

NY Giants +7.5 -110

LA Chargers -7.5 -110

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Dec 12th, 4:05 PM

Detroit +8.5 -110

Denver -8.5 -110

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Dec 12th, 4:25 PM

San Francisco +2.5 -110

Cincinnati -2.5 -110

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Dec 12th, 4:25 PM

Buffalo +3.5 -110

Tampa Bay -3.5 -110

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Dec 12th, 8:20 PM

Chicago +11 -110

Green Bay -11 -110

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Dec 13th, 8:15 PM

LA Rams +2.5 -110

Arizona -2.5 -110

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Dec 16th, 8:20 PM

Kansas City -3 -110

LA Chargers +3 -110

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