NFL DFS Pace of Play for Week 1 (Fantasy Football)
The pace of play gives the prospective DFS player an opportunity to consider not just Vegas totals but how the game will be played out in a given week. Game flow is a tricky rabbit hole to jump down when you consider the endless scenarios that can play out in a game. Stacking up-tempo offenses who can keep the ball moving is crucial to gaining an edge in DFS. Even slight differentiation of team trends matters in a world where volume is king. In 2020, on average, teams ran a play 0.8 seconds per play slower in positive game scripts than they did in neutral game scripts.
Each week I’ll highlight five statistics that will affect matchups this week, five stacks to consider for tournaments, and five dart throws to shoot for the moon with.
Make sure to check out the DFS Podcast where Betz and I break down the main slate and highlight some of our favorite plays of the week.
Five Stats to Know
1. We all get excited about Week 1 matchups and last year’s unique circumstances surrounding the pandemic was an enigma in itself. It was relatively chalky at the top among WRs with Davante Adams, DeAndre Hopkins, and Julio Jones all crossing the 150-yard mark. However, only three rushers surpassed 100 yards as a whole. Bet on passing efficiency to continue and find stacking options where GroupThink from over the summer still is seeping through. You can see how DK bonuses were distributed over the course of last season and Week 1 was one to bank on.