#Trendspotting: Week 7

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 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.
  • All fantasy points rankings are on a per-game basis to account for bye weeks unless otherwise specified.

This week, we'll discuss the following topics:


Strengths and Weaknesses

This section will dissect how offenses gain their yards and how defenses allow them.

Passing
Offensive Team PaYd% Rank Defensive Team PaYd% Rank Avg. %
Atlanta Falcons 81.2% 2 Los Angeles Rams 69.6% 20 75.4%
Dallas Cowboys 68.7% 17 Philadelphia Eagles 79.4% 31 74.0%
New England Patriots 73.7% 6 New York Jets 73.2% 25 73.5%
Cincinnati Bengals 81.6% 1 Jacksonville Jaguars 64.8% 8 73.2%
Los Angeles Chargers 78.2% 4 Tennessee Titans 67.5% 12 72.9%
Green Bay Packers 70.2% 13 Oakland Raiders 74.1% 27 72.2%
Seattle Seahawks 67.3% 20 Baltimore Ravens 77.0% 30 72.1%
Kansas City Chiefs 80.4% 3 Denver Broncos 63.7% 7 72.0%
"PaYd%" = the percentage of a team's yards gained or allowed via the pass
"Rank" = the ranking of that percentage among NFL teams
(for offenses, 1 is the highest percentage; for defenses, 32 is the highest percentage)
"Avg. %" = the average of both "PaYd%" figures
(the higher the number, the more passing yardage we can expect for the offense)

Commentary

  • Atlanta gains 81.2% of its total yardage via the pass, the second-highest ratio in the NFL.
  • The Rams allow 69.6% of their total yardage via the pass, the 13th-highest ratio.
  • The Rams face 66.7 defensive plays per game, seventh-most in the NFL.
  • Philadelphia allows 79.4% of its total yardage via the pass, the second-highest ratio.
  • Philadelphia allows 52.3% of its total points via passing touchdowns, the fourth-highest ratio.
  • New England gains 73.7% of its total yardage via the pass, the sixth-highest ratio.
  • The Jets allow 73.2% of their total yardage via the pass, the eighth-highest ratio.
  • Green Bay gains 70.2% of its total yardage via the pass, the 13th-highest ratio.
  • Oakland allows 74.1% of its total yardage via the pass, the sixth-highest ratio.
  • Oakland allows 53.7% of its total points via passing touchdowns, the third-highest ratio.
  • Green Bay throws a pass on 65.2% of its neutral-script offensive plays, the sixth-highest ratio in the NFL.
  • Oakland faces a pass on 69.2% of its neutral-script defensive plays, the second-highest ratio.
  • Oakland allows 2.37 points per drive, fifth-most in the NFL.

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