Each week in this space, we’ll be taking a look back at Sunday’s games to find five of the most interesting and most important stats for fantasy owners. With 14 of 15 games from NFL Week 8 in the books, here are the five stats you need to know:
1. Through eight weeks, the New England Patriots defense has scored 173 fantasy points. In PPR leagues, that would rank fourth among quarterbacks, third among running backs, second among wide receivers, and first among tight ends. That’s also 71 fantasy points more than the next-closest defense, and, already, just 14 fantasy points behind what the Chicago Bears defense (last season’s highest-scoring defense) totaled last year.