News & Analysis

Premium Content Sign Up

McFarland: Fantasy Football Utilization Report following NFL Week 8

Oct 18, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift (32) runs against Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Sidney Jones (35) during the second quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy performance occurs at the intersection of efficiency and opportunity. While most fantasy players and fans can recite empty efficiency stats such as yards per carry and yards per reception by memory, most don't have a real grasp of a player's utilization.

Monkey Knife Fight. Official Fantasy Sponsor of PFF. Join to receive a free EDGE subscription.
Sponsor

Opportunity is the lifeblood of fantasy performance. Thanks to statistics such as average depth of target (aDOT), air yards, routes run and quarterback dropbacks, we have a greater understanding of player utilization.

For 2020, using proprietary PFF data, readers will now have unique insights into several new utilization metrics available only in this report.

  • Two-minute offense
  • Four-minute offense
  • Third and fourth down with over 7 yards to go (LDD)
  • Play action
  • Open targets (two steps of separation or more)
  • First, next and check-down targets

With this data in hand, fantasy players can make timely and informed decisions based on the value of a player's role. Whether the goal is to unearth less obvious DFS plays or to know when to buy low or sell high in season-long, these trends are a crucial component of success.

Data notes and key:

  • Snap data includes plays called back by penalty because they provide additional play-calling and utilization intent
  • Pass snaps = route or pass blocking
  • Run snaps = rush attempt or blocking
  • LDD = long down and distance (third and fourth down with over seven yards to go)
  • 4 Min = four-minute offense (score differential and time dictates slower pace)
  • 2 Min = two-minute offense (score differential and time dictates faster pace)
  • aDOT = average depth of target
  • EZ target = end-zone target
  • Trailing = losing by four or more
  • Leading = winning by four or more
  • Close = score within three
  • BLOS = behind the line of scrimmage
  • Ranks = PPR season-long

Running Backs

D’Andre Swift (RB23), Detroit Lions

Subscribe to PFF Edge to continue reading

Already have a subscription? Sign In

Monkey Knife Fight. Official Fantasy Sponsor of PFF. Join to receive a free EDGE subscription.
Sponsor

Fantasy Featured Tools

  • Sort projected player stats and fantasy points by position, week, and category.

    Available with

    Edge
  • Research past fantasy performance with sortable player stats including PFF-exclusives like aDOT and fantasy points per opportunity.

    Available with

    Edge
  • Available with

    Edge
  • PFF’s Fantasy Strength of Schedule (SoS) metric provides a league-wide, season-long view of opponent matchups for each fantasy position.

    Available with

    Edge
  • Create winning NFL Daily Fantasy Sports with PFF’s DFS Lineup Optimizer. Set custom exposures and team stacks to optimize lineups effectively before exporting and uploading the unique lineups to DraftKings, FanDuel or Yahoo DFS.

    Available with

    Elite
Pro Subscriptions

Unlock NFL Player Grades, Fantasy & NFL Draft

$9.99 / mo
$39.99 / yr

Unlock Premium Stats, PFF Greenline & DFS

$34.99 / mo
$199.99 / yr