Comments: 7 NFL Players whose Stats Don't Tell the Whole Story
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Comments: 7 NFL Players whose Stats Don't Tell the Whole Story

Statistics rarely convey context. In any team sport, a great individual stat line doesn't necessarily translate into a great individual performance. For example, a quarterback might throw a ton of screen passes which a running back or wide receiver might take 80 yards for a touchdown and 79 of those yards came after the catch. Those yards all count the same for the QB. Another example could be based upon your scoring system. For example, Pierre Garcon led the league with 113 receptions. He finished as the No. 14 fantasy WR in one of my standard leagues and No. 10 in a PPR league. The standard-to-PPR difference is even larger for RBs. Pierre Thomas topped the league with 77 receptions. He finished 16th in PPR and 23rd in standard (these rankings come from a couple leagues I'm in so they aren't exact).

Instead of living and dying by positional tiers or fantasy codewords like ceiling and floor, try to take a closer look at the full fabric of a player's situation. That's the intention here as I cover seven players who finished 2013 with slightly deceiving stats.

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