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
30 32 24 25 20 290 33 861 24 30 32 34 34 273 19 435
29 34 32 33 28 246 14 337 19 22 26 26 26 190 25 475
28 34 39 41 24 272 37 803 20 21 33 35 10 90 26 611
28 29 25 26 32 210 35 848 30 32 29 29 24 166 23 449
27 32 25 26 19 105 9 193 20 22 24 26 28 235 18 451
26 28 31 32 32 387 23 523 16 21 23 25 25 224 22 502
25 26 46 47 20 126 22 510 13 19 26 30 11 59 36 839
25 26 22 24 28 150 30 759 21 23 35 39 22 176 23 589
24 27 25 25 19 116 17 413 17 26 30 34 24 313 28 645
24 29 40 41 20 134 24 691 21 23 32 32 22 243 33 865
24 31 31 33 27 198 22 457 20 27 31 32 15 116 31 714
23 28 29 36 30 325 24 561 19 24 25 26 24 237 50 1,103
22 25 23 25 23 203 16 551 21 24 27 27 29 294 18 522
21 27 36 38 29 360 18 313 18 19 21 21 18 146 19 501
21 24 54 58 21 258 30 731 20 23 29 32 14 84 30 639
21 26 23 24 20 163 21 455 22 26 40 42 26 234 29 612
20 21 30 32 16 100 25 595 19 19 36 39 20 128 29 618
20 24 25 26 30 190 27 613 28 33 23 26 26 169 14 332
20 23 23 24 12 79 23 456 16 21 29 32 26 201 11 239
20 24 17 18 24 175 30 662 22 24 30 33 28 239 24 575
19 21 19 20 24 187 24 467 22 25 25 26 26 105 16 287
18 22 35 37 20 214 14 258 25 29 31 32 17 81 21 451
17 26 26 27 22 187 16 400 26 29 24 24 19 147 27 628
16 20 32 32 26 129 21 393 23 28 27 31 30 253 24 487
16 18 32 35 21 148 21 447 17 20 37 38 17 141 15 346
16 17 30 31 22 264 28 719 21 27 34 37 26 213 10 271
16 20 37 39 19 105 23 553 16 22 25 28 28 208 27 610
15 20 21 26 25 223 35 686 22 29 32 35 34 395 18 425
14 20 36 40 23 142 22 381 15 17 42 45 23 190 25 522
13 17 34 36 19 229 32 739 25 28 40 41 22 166 22 524
10 16 39 44 28 232 26 504 18 21 32 33 16 244 30 617
8 12 20 20 27 197 24 518 20 25 31 31 40 384 23 513

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.