Fantasy Football Expected Points & Opportunity: Week 7
Welcome to the Expected Points & Opportunity article for Week 7!
In this article, we will use my Expected Fantasy Points model to highlight the most valuable players at every position over the last few games. As you already know, volume matters tremendously for fantasy football. However, it is important to remember that not every opportunity is created equal and that a player’s value will vary based on their unique usage and offensive ecosystem. Expected Fantasy Points can help quantify each player’s projected fantasy value based on a variety of factors – such as the down, distance, depth, and location of their opportunities.
The key metrics used in this article are:
- Expected Fantasy Points (or xFP): The average (or expected) fantasy value of a player’s opportunities. This metric is synonymous with volume
- Fantasy Points Over Expected (FPOE): The difference between a player’s actual fantasy production and their Expected Fantasy Points. This metric is synonymous with efficiency and is subject to regression week over week
What do these metrics tell us?
- My model analyzes fantasy production in terms of volume (xFP) and efficiency (FPOE)
- Players with high xFP are more likely to produce consistently, while players who rely too heavily on FPOE may experience volatility in their production. In other words, we want to ideally target players that rank highly in xFP
- xFP is by far the more stable and predictive metric. However, it is not a ranking system. It is only one part of the equation and should be used in conjunction with other metrics to get a complete picture of a player’s value
- While I caution investing in players who rely on FPOE, I would NOT avoid them entirely. Players who depend on efficiency simply have a higher range of outcomes. In other words, these players can simultaneously raise the ceiling and lower the floor of your lineups
If you are newer to this series, be sure to check out my full series primer where I break down my Expected Fantasy Points model in more detail. The full version of this article is available only in the DFS Pass.
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- While Austin Ekeler was finally back in our lineups, fantasy managers were likely expecting more than an RB26 finish in Week 6. However, his usage values were right back where we expected them to be. He received 16.2% of the team’s targets and 60.9% of their rushing attempts, which is in line with what we saw in Week 1 before his injury. In addition, he finished the week with a 59% route participation and a 100% rushing share inside the five-yard line as he continues to dominate the usage in high-value situations. Given his elite volume, Ekeler should have been more productive in Week 6, as his 15.4 Expected Fantasy Points ranked within the top 10 at the running back position. Therefore, I fully expect Ekeler to bounce back as the Chargers are set to face the Chiefs in what should be one of the highest-scoring games this week.