NFL DFS Pace of Play for Week 3 (Fantasy Football)

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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 differentiations 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 script.

Each week I’ll highlight five stacks to consider for tournaments, the pace of play metrics worth paying attention to and five dart throws to shoot for the moon with.

Make sure to check out the DFS Podcast where Betz and I breakdown the main slate and highlight some of our favorite plays of the week.

Five Games to Stack for Tournaments

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Los Angeles Rams (-1)- O/U: 56.0 


Team Implied Total Plays Per Game 2021 Pass Rate
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27.5 18th


Los Angeles Rams

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28.5 29th


We detailed on the Week 3 Preview Pod that this will likely come in as the most popular game although the roster percentage could be spread out especially with so many moving parts on the Tampa Bay side. The Buccaneers double-stack is going to be a simple strategy you can employ almost every single week. The Rams showed last week their pass defense isn’t insurmountable as Michael Pittman Jr. and Zach Pascal found lots of soft spots in zone. I don’t think you’ll see quite as much zone this week with Tom Brady basically bred to pick apart defensive schemes like that. Last week it was Mike Evans who found the paint twice matching Rob Gronkowski. Legitimately there is going to be a different combination between those two, Antonio Brown, and Chris Godwin every week. You can’t cover all your bases so make sure you play the roster percentage game.

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