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Play Selection Breakdown

Tue Jul 21 2:52pm ET
By JEFF PAUR @jeffpaur
Sr Fantasy Writer

Play calling can be overlooked some when it comes to fantasy football, but it shouldn’t. The way teams call plays can impact a fantasy player greatly. Sure, trends change from year to year because of coaching changes and personnel, but it is always a good idea to know the teams that air it out most often or like to pound it out on the ground.

So we took a look at last year’s play calling numbers as well as the three-year average for all the teams in the NFL. Below is a breakdown and what it might mean for you when you are setting your rankings and coming up with a strategy come draft day.

  TEAM 2019 Pass %
1. Falcons 65%
2. Dolphins 64%
3. Giants 63%
4. Panthers 62%
  Chargers
  Bengals
7. Rams 61%
  Bucs
Chiefs
10. Jaguars 60%

The Falcons threw the ball most in all of football last year, airing it out 65 percent of the time. If you look at this list, one common theme is losing teams. There were only two winning teams in the top 10 when it comes to throwing the ball. Teams that lose, and maybe lose often, tend to play from behind and have to throw to play catch up. This is something to keep in mind when picking those secondary options at quarterback and receiver. You might want to think about targeting some players on losing teams because they could get more chances. 

Kansas City won the Super Bowl last year and was seventh overall for pass plays called. The Chiefs are the team that stands out when it comes to those that threw often and had success. It isn’t all bad teams that throw often in the NFL.