Sure, the pass numbers aren’t going to make anyone think Fields is on the cusp of being a traditional drop-back quarterback. But the stats suggest Fields is a QB on the rise. And it bears out in the fantasy football production Fields has been putting on as of late.
Once one of fantasy football’s worst quarterbacks during the first four games of the year, Fields has been the second-best fantasy signal caller since the start of Week 5:
Behold, the numbers that provide context to Fields’ meteoric in-season rise:
- Weeks 1-4: 34/67 (50.75%), 471 yards, 2 TD, 4 INT, 58.7 passer rating; 34 rushes, 147 yards, 1 TD
- Weeks 5-8: 59/92 (64.13%), 728 yards, 5 TD, 2 INT, 97.6 passer rating; 42 rushes, 277 yards, 2 TD
Here is where the intersection of fantasy and reality spits out tangible stuff for our use. Because, let’s face it, not all fantasy football data is useful for anything more than fantasy football. However, that isn’t the case with all of the numbers. Let’s run down some of the most important things to come from this recent trend.
- An increase of 13.38 percentage points on Fields’ completion percentage over the last four games when compared to the first four is notable because it cuts in multiple ways. Not only does it represent an increase of accurate and on-target throws, it also reflects a chance in scheme allowing Fields to get more easy throws under his belt to help him build a lather.
- A passer rating that has jumped 38.9 points when comparing the two sets of data is neat, too. The read here is that we’re seeing Fields make better throws and fewer mistakes. Pump up that completion rate, knock down that interception percentage, and watch the passer rating roll in the right direction.
- The increase in rushing yardage and attempts is also a nod in Luke Getsy’s general direction. Chicago’s play-caller is putting the ball in his best player’s hands by design and the resutls have been wonderful
And to think, it’s not just the fantasy numbers that are worth jotting down here. Some of the underlying passer numbers are encouraging, too:
- Fields’ TD% Weeks 1-4 (2.9%) and Weeks 5-8 (4.4%)
- Fields’ INT% Weeks 1-4 (5.9%) and Weeks 5-8 (1.8%)
- Fields’ Y/A Weeks 1-4 (7.03) and Weeks 5-8 (7.9)
- Fields’ yards/carry Weeks 1-4 (4.3) and Weeks 5-8 (6.6)
Some of this is good fortune, but all of it is encouraging. You wanted to see growth from Fields, right? Well, you’re seeing it. And on a variety of fronts, too. That dip in interception percentage is a credit to Fields not putting the ball in harm’s way as often as he was earlier in the year. The increase in rush yards per attempt is equal parts Fields magic and Getsy game-planning. Give kudos to the tweaks in the offensive game plan, personnel usage, and scheme. There are so many positive signs that we can latch onto as things Fields can build on when it comes to his real-life quarterbacking coming from our dissection of the fantasy data. It fills my heart with joy.
Oh, and it’s not like this is just some overnight sensation. Check out how he is trending:
I really, really hope you were able to get Fields on a buy-low earlier in the season. Otherwise, good luck acquiring him now.