#Trendspotting: Week 8

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:

Follow the Targets

This section will examine which offensive positions have the most success through the air against certain defenses.

Defense Tgt % YdsRk TDs Tgt % YdsRk TDs Tgt % YdsRk TDs Opponent
Miami Dolphins 17.0% 21 3 59.7% 13 10 23.3% 23 1 Pittsburgh Steelers
Atlanta Falcons 16.9% 4 3 60.3% 30 10 22.8% 15 4 Seattle Seahawks
Oakland Raiders 24.5% 25 2 55.0% 25 10 20.5% 26 4 Houston Texans
Cincinnati Bengals 26.7% 31 3 55.1% 5 5 18.2% 14 1 Los Angeles Rams
New York Giants 20.7% 26 0 62.0% 27 8 17.3% 4 2 Detroit Lions
Los Angeles Chargers 19.9% 13 2 60.2% 7 7 19.9% 13 3 Chicago Bears
Philadelphia Eagles 21.6% 17 0 60.4% 31 11 18.0% 11 3 Buffalo Bills
Arizona Cardinals 13.0% 5 2 59.7% 18 7 27.3% 32 8 New Orleans Saints

This week, we added the column on the right to show this week's opponent for each of these poor defenses. This should make it easier to identify which offensive players we want to target.


The strengths of the opposing offenses don't align as well with the weaknesses of these defenses as we'd like. Here are a few examples:

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