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Specific Factors Influencing Player Performance - Fantasy Football

Team Factors

  • Quarterbacks:
    • Does this player's team have a good offensive line? Will the offensive line give the player sufficient time to make good, unhurried passes? Does this player's team have a strong running game, which would force opposing teams to defend heavily against the run?
    • What style of offense does this player's team use? Do the quarterbacks typically produce well in this style of offense?
    • Does this player's team have a good wide receivers or a good receiving tight end? Does this player have an established rapport with the receivers?
    • Will this team find itself ahead or behind late in games? Will the team be forced to throw the ball more often to catch up, or will it focus on running the ball to eat up more clock?
  • Runningbacks:
    • Does this player's team have a good offensive line? Does this player's team have an effective passing game which would prevent defenses from focusing purely on stopping the run?
    • What style of offense does this player's team use? Do the runningbacks typically produce well in this style of offense? Does this player's team use different runningbacks for short yardage or passing situations?
    • Will this team find itself ahead or behind late in games? Will the team be forced to throw the ball more often to catch up, or will it focus on running the ball to eat up more clock?
    • Does the team focus its red-zone offense on the short passing game?
  • Wide Receivers:
    • Does this player's team have a good quarterback? Does this quarterback have an established rapport with the player?
    • What style of offense does this player's team use? Do the wide receivers typically produce well in this style of offense?
    • Does this player's team have a good offensive line to give the Quarterback time to throw? Will their team's runningback force opposing teams to use defensive backs against the run? Will their team's other wide receivers attract double or triple coverage and open up the field?
    • Will this team find itself ahead or behind late in games? Will the team be forced to throw the ball more often to catch up, or will it focus on running the ball to eat up more clock?
    • Does the team have a strong goal-line running game, or will the team focus its red-zone offense on the short passing game? Does this team have a quality receiving tight end which would be the focus of this game, or would it use the wide receivers?
  • Tight Ends:
    • Does this player's team have a good quarterback? Does this player have an established rapport with his quarterback?
    • What style of offense does this player's team use? Does the tight end typically produce well in this style of offense?
    • Does this player's team have a good offensive line to give the Quarterback time to throw? Will their team's runningback force opposing teams to use defensive backs against the run? Will their team's other wide receivers attract double or triple coverage and open up the field?
    • Will this team find itself ahead or behind late in games? Will the team be forced to throw the ball more often to catch up, or will it focus on running the ball to eat up more clock?
    • Does the team have a strong goal-line running game, or will the team focus its red-zone offense on the short passing game?
  • Kickers:
    • Does this player's team have a strong red zone offense, which would cause the team to rarely kick field goals?
    • Does this player's team score well, leading to both field goal and extra point opportunities?
    • Does this player play home games in a friendly kicking environment (dome, high altitude, warm dry weather) or a difficult one (outdoor, windy, icy, rainy)?

Player Situation

  • Is this player sharing time at his position with another player?
  • Is there a strong backup behind the player at this position, or is this player the backup himself? How likely is it that this player will spend significant time on the bench or in a less potent role?
  • How secure is this player's job on his team? Is this a young player who will be sent to a minor league team fairly readily? Is this a player who the team will bench quickly because the player needs time to develop?

Player Health

  • Is this player currently injured? Is this an injury the player can play through, or will this player be out for a portion of the season? How well would you expect this player to play when he returns, or while suffering through the injury? Is this an injury which can easily recur?
  • Is this an injury-prone player? Does this player play in such a way that leaves the player especially exposed to injury? Has this player suffered injuries in the past which may easily recur? Does this player have long-term health risks which leave this player especially vulnerable to an injury which could impair his ability to play well, or to cause him to miss games or lose playing time?
  • How old is this player? Is this player reaching an age where players at his position tend to suffer injuries more frequently? Will this player's age impair his ability to heal after an injury?

Player Motivation

  • Is this player in the final year of his contract? Would this player be significantly rewarded financially for good play? Does it appear that this kind of motivation matters for this player?
  • How much does this player care about winning? Is he on a good team? Is this player likely to give up on the season if his team does poorly?
  • Has this player changed teams recently? Will a fresh start, and an opportunity to impress a new team/community benefit this player? Was it apparent that the situation with his previous team had been sufficiently sour to depress his earlier performance? Will the additional scrutiny in his new team/market improve or hurt his future performance?

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