NFL Special Teams Stats 2018

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
37 42 39 41 38 327 20 487 23 26 29 32 32 240 33 682
35 39 36 37 35 404 32 707 20 26 27 29 31 315 32 745
34 41 51 53 30 307 39 834 25 28 39 42 12 104 29 652
33 34 27 29 31 180 36 944 24 27 45 50 25 195 27 662
33 36 30 33 25 324 46 1,238 33 39 42 44 42 318 23 539
32 33 31 32 37 231 45 1,097 31 35 39 39 27 177 28 570
30 37 34 36 30 198 30 644 23 31 43 44 20 206 40 1,022
29 36 32 33 21 119 13 283 27 30 31 33 30 254 25 662
28 32 30 30 27 171 20 482 19 28 35 39 29 332 37 837
28 30 52 53 24 157 23 560 17 23 32 37 12 60 39 885
27 32 27 28 25 291 29 663 25 30 50 52 28 241 39 922
27 32 49 50 26 199 28 755 25 29 34 34 25 255 42 1,034
26 30 28 31 27 237 23 737 26 29 31 32 33 296 25 696
26 29 25 26 17 110 29 570 21 26 34 38 31 303 13 295
26 31 33 35 33 216 33 725 32 37 28 32 31 194 24 540
25 26 41 43 21 147 31 689 22 22 41 44 27 184 36 818
24 27 65 69 22 261 40 975 22 26 37 40 17 97 36 809
24 29 36 43 34 358 28 653 23 30 30 31 28 257 61 1,322
23 27 44 47 24 217 17 337 28 33 36 37 21 93 27 595
23 30 42 45 33 411 23 440 25 26 22 22 20 150 22 548
23 26 22 23 34 334 26 532 27 31 29 30 37 184 21 374
22 32 36 37 29 315 22 540 33 36 28 29 31 188 31 722
22 28 25 26 31 207 38 807 24 27 36 39 34 297 34 754
22 27 48 51 25 143 29 669 26 33 31 34 36 304 37 919
20 25 35 35 30 132 30 604 26 31 35 39 35 368 28 581
20 27 40 44 26 163 31 631 21 23 51 54 27 231 34 714
19 21 37 41 24 165 26 582 20 23 42 43 22 181 17 406
19 25 28 34 32 290 44 884 30 37 36 39 37 397 24 574
19 23 39 41 22 236 43 1,071 33 36 44 46 30 220 31 705
18 20 35 36 28 293 39 938 24 32 47 50 37 384 13 339
16 23 44 49 31 252 32 619 22 26 38 39 17 245 35 727
12 17 23 24 36 295 25 536 25 31 42 42 44 420 27 583

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.