Before you can get good at projecting fantasy points, you need to understand how fantasy points are scored. And there’s probably no better place to start than in the passing game.
I used the following scoring system to determine passing fantasy points: 1 point per 25 yards passing (this is gross passing, so if you look at team passing data, you need to add back in sack yards), 4 points per touchdown pass, and -1 point per interception. That’s it.
The average team in 2015 scored 16.1 fantasy points per game; to make life a bit more intuitive, I am going to convert fantasy point numbers into a plus/minus average number. So the Patriots passing attack, which scored 329.5 fantasy points in 16 games, and averaged 20.6 FP/G, gets credited as +4.5. That was the best average in football. On defense, the Patriots were slightly better than average, at +0.3 points per game (here, positive is good for defense; if you forget, just check the Saints line). Using New Orleans as an example, the Saints get a +4.2 offensive grade (ranked 2nd) and a -6.5 defensive grade (32nd). I put all 32 teams into the table below with their respective offensive and defensive grades and ranks: [click to continue…]