Fantasy Philosophy – Average Depth of Target

Joe Bussell takes a look at how average depth of target (aDOT) can help determine what quarterbacks are fantasy gold and which are fool's gold.

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Joe Bussell takes a look at how average depth of target (aDOT) can help determine what quarterbacks are fantasy gold and which are fool's gold.

Fantasy Philosophy – Average Depth of Target


DaltonSomewhere along the way, it seems someone deemed that completion percentage is the be-all and end-all way of determining a quarterback’s accuracy. If a quarterback passes over 60 percent then he is considered “accurate.” If a quarterback completes any percentage below that, he’s considered inaccurate, and essentially a bum.

If you’re a Pro Football Focus subscriber, then you’re smarter than that. You realize that looking at accuracy in a vacuum and using solely completion percentage to determine accuracy is extremely short sighted. There are vast amount of circumstances that should be incorporated when looking at accuracy of a quarterback – like weapons, scheme, decision making, or drops by receivers.

With PFF, you have access to a very useful statistic that is an intrinsic element in a quarterback’s accuracy: Average Depth of Target, or aDOT. The logic is simple. Deeper throws are tougher throws and less likely to be completed. Shorter throws are easier and more likely to be completed. But how can you use this information to your advantage? To read the entire article, please login or sign up for PFF Fantasy Gold

  • Matt

    I am a PFF Subscriber. Where can I find the aDOT statistics?

    • Blindphleb

      Under “Fantasy Statistics” located on the right tool bar on the main page. I hope this helps.

      • Matt

        Thanks!