Sets, Snaps & Stats: Week 6

Pat Thorman examines the fantasy impact of up-tempo offenses and other emerging trends after six weeks of NFL action.

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Pat Thorman examines the fantasy impact of up-tempo offenses and other emerging trends after six weeks of NFL action.

Sets, Snaps & Stats: Week 6


082012-nick-foles-400The weekly Sets, Snaps and Stats report is a summary of participation, formation, target and other data mined by PFF’s game charters. Used with PFF Fantasy’s own signature stats, our aim – as always – is identifying relevant trends to provide out subscribers with a competitive advantage.

Taking Tempo-Ture

A team that runs more snaps does not guarantee itself a positive outcome, just like teams that go up-tempo are not necessarily going to be successful. For instance Baltimore has run a high percentage of no-huddle, and their offense has made Ravens fans long for the heady days of Cam Cameron piloting them into icebergs. Okay, not really – but up-tempo has not produced the desired results, to say the least.

In the interest of getting a rough idea of how closely raw snap totals correlate to performance, we took a look at average points and yards per game as they pertain to teams that run the most and least total plays. Once bye weeks have passed this will be revisited in more detail, but for now we are able to get a rough picture that, in all honesty, presents more questions than answers.

Of the top 10 teams in average snaps per game, three rank in the top 10 in points and five rank in the top 10 in yards per game.

Of the bottom 10 teams in average snaps per game, four rank in the bottom 10 in points and four rank in the bottom 10 in yards per game.

So it seems that yards correlate a bit more highly with snap counts than points do, which certainly makes sense on the surface. That proves to be true again when it comes to opponents’ snap counts.

Of the top 10 teams in average opponents’ snaps allowed per game, four rank in the top 10 in most points allowed and six rank in the top 10 in most yards allowed.

Of the bottom 10 teams in average opponents’ snaps allowed per game, four rank in bottom 10 in most points allowed and four rank in the bottom 10 in most yards allowed.

It will be interesting to look deeper into these rankings, as well as to study the outliers – such as the Cleveland Browns, who allow the third most snaps but the seventh fewest yards, and run the seventh most plays but rank 24th in both points and yards. Once the data settles down some more we will take that on, but first let’s look at what took place during Week 6:

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Please note that penalty plays are removed from the snap totals and will differ from what is posted in our Premium Statistics game logs.

Pat Thorman is a Lead Writer for PFF Fantasy. You can follow him on Twitter at @Pat_Thorman

 

 



Pat Thorman is a lead writer for PFF Fantasy and a Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner.

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