Fantasy points allowed to a defense has everything to do with the offense, unlike the other positions where it is more about the defense. The stats allowed by offense area is going to show how much turnovers and sacks they allow to opposing defenses. These are the big stats that help generate fantasy points for defenses. When you pair those teams that score a lot of points and don’t allow many sacks and turnovers are not going to let defenses score much fantasy production against them. Touchdowns and safeties are a bit random, but some teams certainly are more prone to it in comparison to others. Defensive and special teams touchdowns add up quickly and are a big factor in fantasy points allowed.
Offenses are built in different ways, and you can see how they are producing in terms of yards. More pass yards are going to open the door for scoring for both offenses and defenses. Rushing yards against will slow things down for opposing defenses. Because points go against fantasy points for opposing defenses, it is important to see points scored. Those high flying offenses will not make it easy to put up fantasy points on the defensive side. The fantasy points and fantasy points ranks are shown to break down how teams rank compared to the rest of the league. You will also see the offensive ratings based on our Lineups formula to create team ratings.
Within the drop downs and tabs, you can flip between the current and recent seasons, as well as the positions. Defensive scoring is going to differ between sites and scoring formats, so make sure you have the right selection made. The rankings and data allowed will change based on what you have selected. The weekly slider can help pinpoint those ranges that you want to see fantasy points allowed. If a starting quarterback goes down, fantasy points allowed to defenses will likely change those weeks he is out. You can dive into those numbers. It also can help you switch from the first half of the season to the half.
What Factors Into An Offense Allowing More Fantasy Points To Defenses
We generally think of bad offense like the one to give up fantasy points to opposing defenses. That is the truth, as you are not going to find great offenses a ton of fantasy points to defenses. There are a few outliers, as there always are each position. Turnover prone and teams that allow a lot of sacks are going to be at the bottom of the list for fantasy points allowed. We also see teams that are in a lot of shootouts and fast-paced, high scoring games allow a bit more fantasy production to opposing defenses. Scheduling is also going to be a factor for fantasy points allowed to defenses.
When you sort through the offenses that allow the most fantasy points to opposing defenses, the poorer the offense, the lower the rank. Often they are allowing a lot of sacks and turn the ball over. Touchdowns are going to factor in, and as mentioned, some teams are more prone than others, but it isn’t something to rely on. It is important when viewing these fantasy points allowed page to see how they are generating the points they are. Those offenses that are turning the ball over and not scoring many points are going to give the most fantasy points to opposing defenses.
The way an offense plays is also going to dictate how fantasy points are scored against them. If they are an up-tempo team and pass a ton, there are going to be more fantasy point potential to be scored against you. When teams run the ball and run heavy, there is not a ton of potential for fantasy points against. That is because you can’t get a sack, and chances for turnovers/touchdowns go way down. When teams are constantly trailing games, this is why poor teams are easy targets, but they are always taking chances and trying to get back into games. When you are not in control, mistakes are going to be made.
Scheduling is going to play a part in fantasy points allowed. We can continue to point to the NFC South, where a team like the Carolina Panthers had to face three of the top-scoring offenses in the league. Taking six games against top offenses within a division is going to be a real knock against your fantasy points allowed. If you get a rough draw on the out of division schedule, then you could be in real trouble.
What Factors Into An Offense Allowing Fewer Fantasy Points To Defenses
The more points an offense scores, the fewer fantasy points the opposing defenses are going to accumulate. Because this is the only thing that acts as a negative in most scoring formats, this is how defenses will lose points. Those offenses are going to keep defenses on the lower end of the spectrum for fantasy points. When you consider they don’t allow a ton of sacks or turnovers, this is really going to put a defense in a stranglehold. sacks and turnovers are the easiest way to get fantasy points on the defensive side. A good offensive line is going to prevent fantasy points against. The same goes for offenses that are not throwing a ton of interceptions or fumbling often.
Offenses that are slow and more run heavy are going to make it tough against opposing defenses. Any time of possession off the field for the defense, this simply means they cannot score fantasy points. Against run dominant teams there are less chances for sacks and interceptions. You would have to be relying on fumbles to generate any sort of turnover. When you sort through, you might notice more so that the teams that are run heavy are not giving up a ton of fantasy points.
Some divisions have a major advantage over other teams. For example, the AFC East has been a favorable place for defenses. If a team has to face three tough defenses, then they might not be putting up points for themselves, but are allowing big fantasy points in the six division games. Outside of the division they might have a better schedule too, which would mean more chances to not allow a lot of fantasy points defenses. A schedule with Miami, New York, and Cincinnati on the schedule is going to dictate things a bit.
Using Fantasy Points Allowed To Stream Defenses
Streaming defenses has become a popular way of using the position, especially if you don’t want to draft one until the last round or two of your draft. Streaming a defense means you are looking at a defense each week or over the span of a few weeks to use against weaker teams. You are playing the schedule and those teams available to use. It is always wise to look ahead and see if a team has a few weaker matchups ahead on the schedule, that way you don’t have to make a move every week. You are going to be looking through weaker offenses, but some are built differently and getting an upside from your defense is important.
Sample size is always a big talking point for fantasy football, because the span of 4-5 weeks isn’t going to be telling given there is a lot that you won’t be able to see from just a singular column that tells you how many fantasy points allowed there have been. So looking at these matchups, it is important to see what teams are giving up and if there is anything weird going on. If a team allowed seven sacks in two games, but six was to the top ranked pass rush in the league, and one was to an average team, you need to gauge where the talent of your defense is and also what the opposing teams really is. Using this page you can see the game logs within all positions, but you can see more of the story that leads to fantasy points allowed.
When looking at what teams give up, there are a few stats you can bank on. Watch out because a team might look like they are allowing a lot of fantasy points, but have randomly allowed a defensive or special teams touchdown or two over the span of a few games. Find those teams that for one are not scoring well, but are also allowing a lot of sacks and turnovers. This helps defenses have a good floor, because even if they give up 20 points, you want that stuff to fall back on. Now if they don’t give up 20 points, then you are looking at a strong game. Interceptions points against and sacks are more predictive stats, where fumbles and everything else are more tricky to project.