News & Analysis

Premium Content Sign Up

Using PFF data to identify defensive ends with big pass-rushing potential

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 31: Takkarist McKinley #98 of the Atlanta Falcons gives chases to Jonathan Grimes #34 of the Jacksonville Jaguars at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Welcome back to the second piece in this series where I deep dive some of the different statistics collected by the PFF analysts, with a view to making them more approachable (and useful) to IDP fantasy gamers. It’s all well and good to have pages upon pages of snap data and knowing a player’s average depth of target or tackles per opportunity, but what do these numbers really mean for a player’s fantasy value? Defensive numbers can be murky, so more to the point, how can you interpret this data to find you fantasy edge?

If you want to look back to the first piece in the series, looking at safeties who line up in the box a lot, you can here. Below is this week’s take, on how to leverage pass-rush productivity data.

Defensive ends — Pass-rush productivity

The pass-rushing productivity signature statistic is a metric that measures the pressure created on a per-snap basis, with weighting toward sacks. This helps fantasy gamers to identify pass-rushers who, when given the opportunity, are converting their pass-rushing snaps into impactful plays. While this is a useful data point, we need to add a little more context to be able to translate it into a useful statistic when prepping on draft day or scouring the waiver wire for possible pickups.

Subscribe to PFF Edge to continue reading

Already have a subscription? Sign In

Fantasy Featured Tools

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

    Available with

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

    Available with

  • 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

  • Available with

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

    Available with

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