Starting with the tabs and sliders, you are going to want to get the correct scoring format selected. Quarterbacks will generally score the same across most sites, but there are a few differences between the daily fantasy sites out there. This will make sure you are getting the correct information for what teams truly allow the most or fewest in for your fantasy scoring format. You can select the totals or per game numbers, which will always be pretty close, but bye weeks will factor into the total numbers. Fantasy points allowed will give you a per game look on what you could potentially expect each game moving forward.
Within the table, you are going to get the rankings from top to bottom. The higher the ranking number, the better that defense is against the quarterback. That means they are not allowing a lot of fantasy points to the position. The defensive rating is for their overall defense, and not just defense. This is our unique formula to come up with a rating on how that defense is overall. You can use it to gauge an overall defense, but they still might be giving up some fantasy points despite having a higher rating. Next on the table is the red zone fantasy points per game and red zone rank. This will show you how that defense is for allowing red zone fantasy points and their overall rank. This is so you can see who is struggling for excelling in allowing fantasy production inside their own 20-yard line.
The overall stats numbers are going to break things down for you to see how those fantasy points are being generated. A defense might be seeing a lot of volume against them, which can be seen with attempts and completions. This gives quarterbacks more of a chance to generate those fantasy points. You can also see what defenses are giving up more yards and touchdowns. Interceptions are a negative for a quarterback, so those high turnover defenses can negatively affect your quarterback. The 300+ yard mark is usually a bonus for scoring formats that have that setup. We have seen defenses struggle against rushing quarterbacks, and that is one way for a defense to allow big fantasy numbers.
What Factors Into A Defense Allowing More Fantasy Points To Quarterbacks
Every year we are going to see changes within the fantasy points allowed rankings, but we can generally pin point bad defenses right off the bat. If we know a secondary is bad, and that team has an overall bad pass defense, quarterbacks will have success in the fantasy point department. Now this always isn’t so clear, because there are other factors that go into this. The first major reason can be rushing numbers. This can be a bit fluky, because rushing touchdowns for quarterbacks can be a few one-yard sneaks or they have faced a lot of rushing quarterbacks. But because one fantasy point equals ten rushing yards, it can be an easier way to rack up fantasy points compared to one fantasy point per 25 passing yards. Be sure to keep this in mind.
Touchdowns are going to be the driving force behind fantasy points allowed, as often the teams that give up the most fantasy points are going to be allowing a lot of touchdowns as well. We have seen defenses give up a lot of yards, but limit passing touchdowns. This evens out their fantasy points allowed total a bit. Passing yards and overall volume are still linked to fantasy points allowed. Defenses that see a lot of attempts against them, whether that is because they are playing in faster paced games, or scheduling sets up that way, it correlates with fantasy points allowed to them.
What Factors Into A Defense Allowing Fewer Fantasy Points To Quarterbacks
Good pass defenses are an easy indicator as for allowing fewer fantasy points. They simply just make it tougher to accumulate fantasy points against them. We have seen some great defenses like the Patriots and Steelers in recent years, where they are making you consider benching your usual starting quarterback and looking for a different matchup. One of the bigger factors for defenses allowing fewer fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks is limiting touchdowns against. It is easy the highest correlation with fantasy production to quarterbacks allowed. When you sort by fantasy points allowed, you are not going to see many passing touchdowns against them.
Good defenses will also limit passing yards and overall completions. You might see a few outliers that allow an average amount of passing yards against or completions, but they are going to usually offset it with interceptions and touchdowns against. This leads us to our next area, which is interceptions. This is not something that defenses rely on, because it is such a small scale throughout the season. These interception numbers are also not consistent. The driving force for limiting fantasy points is still through yards and touchdowns. Being able to stop quarterbacks on the ground is also factored in here. However there are only a few quarterbacks around the league that are doing it more with their legs.
Why Scheduling Matters For Fantasy Points Allowed To Quarterbacks
Every year a new schedule comes out, and there are only going to be six games that you can count on for happening each year. Those are your divisional games. The divisional matchups make up nearly 40% of your schedule. Looking at the NFC South defenses, they have been at a disadvantage because of the passing games they have to face. Tampa Bay, New Orleans, and Atlanta have been some of the top pass offenses in the league in terms of fantasy production. When you are a team like Carolina and face them six games, those fantasy numbers against will be a bit inflated because of this. Now the AFC East has had some bad quarterback play in recent years, where a defense can take advantage of facing below average pass offenses over the span of six games.
The out of division games change each year, and they are reflected on where you finished the prior year and teams will be taking on another full division at least. If a team is facing a very good quarterback division in their out of division games, it can make things tougher on them. We haven’t even factored in home and road games. If a defense has to face Aaron Rodgers, Dak Prescott, and Russell Wilson all on the road, this is going to make things a lot tougher on them. If defenses find themselves in a lot of shootouts because of their schedule, then that is another factor that comes into play.
Don’t Overreact To A Good/Bad Fantasy Points Allowed Matchup
Just because you see your usual fantasy quarterback in a matchup against a team that is allowing the 8th fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, it doesn’t mean you should just bench him. There are some quarterbacks that are going to get their share regardless. You should be factoring in more how the game is going to play out and how much volume they are going to get. Above average to elite fantasy quarterbacks are still going to be safer starts no matter the matchup. That is why you drafted them, to be able to carry you in spots such as these. No schedule is going to be perfect, and quarterbacks have that floor for a reason. If you have two quarterbacks similar in fantasy value, then you can factor in the matchup a little bit more.
A great matchup does not instantly make a quarterback a great start that week. We have seen a lot of quarterbacks be put into good situations and flop. There can be a few reasons for this, as that defense that is allowing plenty of fantasy points is allowing them against above average quarterbacks because of their schedule. That tide might turn against a weaker offense and quarterback. There is certainly a reason for why a quarterback out their in free agency against the weakest defense in the league, it is because they are just not a very good quarterback. Don’t force these things.
Using Fantasy Points Allowed For Streaming Quarterbacks
Streaming quarterbacks has become another way to go in fantasy football, and you may need to do it throughout the season. Streaming quarterbacks means that you are taking a weekly approach as to who to start, whether that is having a few on your roster to choose from, or you are looking at the waiver wire and picking names up once a week or every few weeks. You will find yourself looking at matchups more closely, and take into consideration the fantasy points allowed that opposing defense is giving up. This shouldn’t be the only thing you look at, but it can help point you in the direction of some quarterbacks in good spots. Defenses that give up a lot of volume to quarterbacks is a great indicator of fantasy point potential for that week. Be sure to see if those matchups against are also just an outlier and find defenses that are due for positive and negative regression.
Fantasy Football Points Allowed to Quarterbacks FAQ
Who Allowed The Most Fantasy Points To Quarterbacks In 2019?
The Arizona Cardinals allowed the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. They allowed 349.7 fantasy points overall, which equals 21.9 points per game. Overall they allowed 4,785 passing yards, and 38 touchdowns through the air. They allowed 283 yards on the ground to quarterbacks.
Who Allowed The Fewest Fantasy Points To Quarterbacks In 2019?
New England Patriots allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in 2019. They allowed just 10.5 fantasy points per game, and 167.9 overall. Quarterbacks recorded just 12 passing touchdowns and four rushing touchdowns against the Patriots. They allowed the fewest passing yards as well.
How Do Defenses Allow Fantasy Points To Quarterbacks?
When defenses allow passing yards and passing touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks, those turn into fantasy points. The same can be said to rushing yards and touchdowns too. The more positive stats a defense allows to a quarterback, the higher the fantasy points allowed will be.
Who Allowed The Most 300+ Passing Yard Games To Quarterbacks?
The Houston Texans allowed the most 300+ yard passing games to opposing quarterbacks in 2019. The Texans were a bottom ten pass defense, and also allowed nearly 4,500 passing yards against and over 30 passing touchdowns. Quarterbacks simply had a field day against this secondary.
Who Allowed The Most Rushing Yards To Opposing Quarterbacks?
Cincinnati allowed 489 rushing yards to opposing quarterbacks in 2019. No surprise here as they also saw the most rushing attempts against. Having Lamar Jackson in the division, the Cincinnati Bengals saw a lot of rushing production from him alone.
Who Allowed The Most Rushing Touchdowns To Opposing Quarterbacks?
The New York Giants allowed the most rushing touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks. They allowed six rushing touchdowns on the ground, and overall were one of the bottom five defenses in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. With just 70 rushing attempts against, expect some regression in touchdowns.