The 2016 NFL regular season is still four months away, but we are only three months away from the start of fantasy football season. Most drafts occur over the final two weeks of August, but deeper leagues will often draft in the earlier part of the month.
A lot of content is coming out to help people prep for their 2016 fantasy drafts, and I recently came across an interesting angle. Chris Raybon of 4 For 4 Fantasy Football recently took a look at three key fantasy-relevant tendencies of each NFL offensive coordinator. If you are a fantasy fan, it's worth book-marking this for your draft preparation later this summer.
The 49ers hired Chip Kelly this offseason, and he brought in Detroit Lions running backs coach Curtis Modkins to be the offensive coordinator. This is Chip Kelly's offense, so it would seem like Modkins will be serving in more of a run game coordinator type role. We'll hopefully learn more in the coming months, but we know this is all about Kelly's philosophy.
If you want to learn more about the Chip Kelly offense, I highly recommend you spend a few days checking out David Neumann's Chip Kelly offense resource page. Enjoy that while we are in this slow period. For now, Raybon discussed the following three tendencies with regard to the 49ers offense under Chip Kelly.
1. The one thing you can bank on with Kelly is an up-tempo offense. Even though San Francisco did play at the fifth-fastest pace in neutral situations (28.57 seconds between plays), Kelly’s Eagles played 4.6 seconds per play faster (23.94). In fact, the 4.3-second gap between Philadelphia and the second-fastest team was larger than the gap between the second-fastest team and the 29th-fastest team.
2. Quarterbacks tend to see both their yards per attempt and completion percentage spike under Kelly. However, Kelly is by no means a pass-happy coach; the highest red zone pass percentage his teams have ever had still ranked only 23rd in the league.
3. Kelly's zone blocking scheme will be a welcome addition to a line that finished dead last in adjusted line yards (3.16). Carlos Hyde managed only 3.39 yards/carry over his last six games and stands to benefit from Kelly's arrival. Kelly gave a back 20 touches 44% of the time last season -- nearly identical to Hyde’s rate through seven games (43%).