The Defense KnowledgeSeeker tracks every offensive stat against all defenses over their last five games. This report can help determine if a team defense is trending up or down against either the pass or the rush.
Watch as 4for4 expert TJ Hernandez teaches you how to use the Defense KnowledgeSeeker. You can also read more about the Defense KnowledgeSeeker below.
How to Apply the Defense KnowledgeSeeker to Your Research
A snapshot of every player’s contribution against each defense can be especially helpful when it comes to roster decisions such as if a team defense might be worth streaming or if a defense is particularly strong or weak against a specific team’s player, such as their WR2. By looking at the previous five weeks of data, there is enough of a sample size that 4for4 users can confidently assess if a defense really performs well in a specific area, or if there has been some short term variance.
This information can have both season long and DFS implications. Owners that are considering a certain start/sit might reference the Defense KnowledgeSeeker to determine if a player such as a team's WR2 matches up well against a particular defense, while DFS players might recognize a particular matchup that points to a player that is mispriced on a particular DFS site.
The KnowledgeSeeker in Action
Going into Week 17 of the 2015 season, the Carolina Panthers were facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and playing for the number 1 seed in the NFC. Ted Ginn had been declared inactive, and although the Bucs defense ranked outside the top 20 against WRs, it wasn’t clear which Panthers receiver to target.
Looking at the Defense KnowledgeSeeker, 4for4 users might have noticed that Tampa Bay had given up 15+ PPR points to multiple receivers in three of their last 5 games. With Devin Funchess, Corey Brown, and Jerricho Cotchery all priced at $3400 or lower on DraftKings, DFS owners could afford to take a shot at any of the three or even a combo of two of them and still have a realistic shot at a favorable outcomes, since it was clear that the Buccaneers had trouble covering multiple receivers, and weren’t weak in one particular spot.
In their final game of the season, Jerricho Cotchery posted 13.2 DK points and Devin Funchess finished in the top 10 among wideouts with 27 DK points. Owners assessing this situation might have taken a stab at one Carolina receiver or even avoided the unclear situation altogether, but users of the Defense KnowledgeSeeker might have capitalized on the situation, possibly even starting two cheap receivers, since they knew Tampa Bay was capable of giving up big games to multiple pass catchers.