NFL Special Teams Stats 2021

While special teams may not be something you look at on a weekly basis, but it might be something to do moving forward. With kickers being a part of the fantasy world, finding which teams who are making more extra points and field goals than others is key. You can also view which teams allow more field goals, qualifying them as the bend don’t break defenses of the league. Finding teams that allow kick off and punt return yards can give an edge to those defenses for fantasy purposes when trying to breakout for a kickoff touchdown or setting up field position.

While special teams may not be something you look at on a weekly basis, but it might be something to do moving forward. With kickers being a part of the fantasy world, finding which teams who are making more extra points and field goals than others is key. You can also view which teams allow more field goals, qualifying them as the bend don’t break defenses of the league. Finding teams that allow kick off and punt return yards can give an edge to those defenses for fantasy purposes when trying to breakout for a kickoff touchdown or setting up field position.

Special TeamsSpecial Teams Allowed
TEAM FGM FGA XPM XPA PUNT RET PUNT RET YDS KICK RET KICK RET YDS OPP FGM OPP FGA OPP XPM OPP XPA OPP PUNT RET OPP PUNT RET YDS OPP KICK RET OPP KICK RET YDS
Special Teams 16 17 15 18 12 133 11 252 11 18 Special Teams Allowed 11 13 8 71 19 419
Special Teams 15 17 8 8 12 91 14 329 11 12 Special Teams Allowed 21 21 12 124 15 256
Special Teams 14 15 21 21 13 97 9 244 7 7 Special Teams Allowed 11 11 5 12 17 355
Special Teams 14 16 16 18 13 102 10 198 8 9 Special Teams Allowed 18 18 14 179 16 326
Special Teams 14 15 15 15 16 270 9 226 7 9 Special Teams Allowed 17 19 13 106 16 280
Special Teams 13 17 12 13 12 52 11 245 12 13 Special Teams Allowed 11 11 17 116 6 117
Special Teams 13 14 22 23 8 60 14 257 13 15 Special Teams Allowed 13 13 3 20 17 422
Special Teams 13 16 18 20 10 120 17 294 11 15 Special Teams Allowed 15 17 6 62 17 328
Special Teams 13 16 11 13 4 38 21 538 13 14 Special Teams Allowed 21 23 13 128 8 183
Special Teams 13 16 14 15 9 49 12 277 8 8 Special Teams Allowed 11 12 14 96 20 444
Special Teams 12 15 19 21 7 43 7 159 6 9 Special Teams Allowed 16 16 8 55 7 193
Special Teams 12 15 27 27 12 117 6 111 6 9 Special Teams Allowed 10 14 14 121 7 150
Special Teams 12 12 14 14 13 133 11 198 8 12 Special Teams Allowed 13 13 9 86 8 268
Special Teams 12 16 18 19 8 50 10 196 4 7 Special Teams Allowed 18 18 8 73 20 587
Special Teams 11 12 9 9 10 89 15 319 15 18 Special Teams Allowed 21 21 10 96 17 303
Special Teams 11 12 12 12 10 83 13 321 14 14 Special Teams Allowed 12 12 11 82 15 402
Special Teams 11 13 13 15 17 139 9 175 10 12 Special Teams Allowed 8 9 11 52 14 381
Special Teams 10 10 13 13 12 88 17 331 6 7 Special Teams Allowed 14 18 9 77 13 378
Special Teams 10 11 17 17 22 213 12 269 7 8 Special Teams Allowed 16 18 11 58 19 383
Special Teams 9 12 22 22 17 134 13 283 10 14 Special Teams Allowed 12 13 9 97 11 230
Special Teams 8 12 29 30 10 101 11 239 9 13 Special Teams Allowed 14 15 10 64 6 111
Special Teams 8 8 11 11 10 75 17 423 10 11 Special Teams Allowed 18 18 15 215 11 223
Special Teams 7 9 8 11 12 84 21 455 12 13 Special Teams Allowed 23 24 16 112 9 206
Special Teams 7 8 23 23 6 83 16 381 10 11 Special Teams Allowed 19 21 4 27 11 186
Special Teams 7 10 14 14 11 75 6 113 15 17 Special Teams Allowed 22 23 11 78 10 197
Special Teams 7 9 14 14 12 58 10 213 8 8 Special Teams Allowed 21 23 12 112 10 219
Special Teams 6 7 10 15 6 41 15 247 10 12 Special Teams Allowed 16 16 13 118 18 438
Special Teams 6 8 4 5 4 53 17 430 17 18 Special Teams Allowed 14 17 13 149 7 162
Special Teams 6 8 13 15 14 113 18 354 7 10 Special Teams Allowed 14 14 7 47 9 161
Special Teams 5 7 17 18 8 59 12 267 13 15 Special Teams Allowed 12 14 15 110 21 377
Special Teams 3 7 11 14 4 13 11 305 11 14 Special Teams Allowed 19 20 9 82 6 128
Special Teams 1 4 16 18 6 76 10 256 10 12 Special Teams Allowed 5 6 10 107 5 92

We live in an era where kickers are better than ever before, and offenses are moving the ball at will. With the passing attacks leading teams down the field, attempts are higher in this era of football. We have seen kickers like Justin Tucker and Stephen Gostkowski emerge as top end kickers, and of course we still have Adam Vinatieri who is still kicking over the age of 40. You are going to look for volume when it comes to kickers and fantasy. Volume generally leads to more production, although teams have been quicker to cut kickers so if they are inefficient, then they are going to be on their way out very good. Extra points were once an easy task, and now with the recent changes moving it back, it makes it a more of a notable stat to check in on. Teams might start moving towards going for two more often. We have seen Pittsburgh adopt that style a bit more, and it heightens your chances of more expected points.

Teams that have a dangerous return man have a pretty big advantage. We saw it for years with a guy like Devin Hester, who not only put Chicago in excellent field position most returns, but also put points up on the board. Overall yards can be a look at the success, but also the volume that returns are being brought back. Good defenses will force teams the punt more, and bad defenses will have the opposite effect.

When diving into the special teams allowed column, opposing extra points made can be a pretty good indicator of bad defenses and also teams that play up in pace. Defenses that limit touchdowns are also going to extra points and overall special teams stats like returning yards. Offenses that play up in pace or are very efficient can lead to more opportunities in special teams for opposing teams. These can be tricky stats to figure out, so tying in other stats can help explain the story better. For example, the Rams offense has been one of the better ones over the last few seasons, and are top ten in the league in punt returns and overall production. When you flip to their production, they rank inside the top ten in special teams stats, but they also have had a very good return game over the last few seasons.