#Trendspotting: Week 15 - Footballguys

Examining player and team trends to identify valuable DFS options and start/sits in season-long leagues

Reader's Guide

As you read, you may run into some colors in the text. Blue text is a good matchup for that team's offensive players. Red text is a bad matchup. Some other key items are below:

  • All red/blue highlighting in tables is relative to the entire NFL, even when showing only a limited number of teams.
  • All reference to fantasy points assumes DraftKings scoring rules unless otherwise specified.
  • All stats reference the full 2018 season unless otherwise specified.

This week, we'll discuss the following topics:

Tempo, Tempo, Tempo

How fast teams play is an often-overlooked piece of fantasy analysis and projections. If teams play fast, they give their players more chances for production. Because offenses have more control over tempo than defenses, we'll look at the fastest offenses and how fast the offense of their Week 15 opponent plays.

Note: the pace rankings here are based on neutral situations, so end-game situations that would increase or decrease pace due to factors beyond a team's general preference have been excluded.

Uptempo Offense Pace Rank Week 15 Opponent Pace Rank
New England Patriots 1 Pittsburgh Steelers 9
Indianapolis Colts 2 Dallas Cowboys 22
Los Angeles Rams 3 Philadelphia Eagles 26
Baltimore Ravens 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6
Denver Broncos 5 Cleveland Browns 17
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 Baltimore Ravens 4
Kansas City Chiefs 7 Los Angeles Chargers 13
Houston Texans 8 New York Jets 29
Both columns show offensive tempo rankings. 

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