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How does starting field position affect fantasy stock?

Dec 10, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Alex Collins (34) celebrates after a third quarter run against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 39-38. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

The 2018 NFL Draft is less than a month away, and us fantasy fiends will be analyzing every last detail regarding where the new rookies end up playing next year.

Let’s start with a simple one: Which teams start their drives closest to the end zone?

Where each team’s average drive started in 2017

For this study, we went through every play of the 2017 season and calculated each team’s starting distance from the end zone on every drive. The below chart shows you the averages for each team:

2017: Average Drive — Starting Distance From End Zone
Team Distance (yds) Team Distance (yds) Team Distance (yds) Team Distance (yds)
BAL 67.6 NO 71.0 NE 72.3 IND 73.3
LAR 68.0 WAS 71.0 OAK 72.5 DEN 73.4
MIN 70.2 PIT 71.1 NYJ 72.7 CLV 73.5
DET 70.3 TEN 71.3 MIA 72.8 GB 73.5
CAR 70.4 KC 71.6 SEA 72.9 LAC 73.8
ARZ 70.4 JAX 71.8 NYG 73.0 CHI 74.0
PHI 70.6 CIN 72.1 SF 73.0 ATL 74.5
DAL 70.8 BUF 72.1 TB 73.1 HOU 75.0

The Ravens had the best starting field position in the NFL last year, with their average drive starting 67.6 yards away from the end zone (about the opponent’s 32- or 33-yard line).

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