When reading about football or watching a game you may have come across the term garbage time. The only issue is many casual fans of the game don’t know what this football slang means. That’s why this article is hand to break down everything you need to know about garbage time in football.
Garbage time refers to the point in the game when the play calling of both teams changes because one team has an insurmountable lead. Essentially once a team has a large lead in a game they will start playing a much more conservative defense.
This allows for the opposing team to get yards and touchdowns quite easily. This will artificially inflate their stats and often cause big implication in Fantasy Football.
Why Is It Easier To Pad Your Stats?
The main reason that garbage time allows players to boost up their stats is because of prevent defense. In short, prevent defense allows for short plays to happen in order to stop deep passes.
This sort of defense prioritizes stopping long touchdowns. When winning by a large amount the only way for the other team to come back is for them to score quickly.
A sure fire way to stop this is to allow them the short to mid range plays but stop the long ones. This kills some time and also stops the other team from scoring early in the drive.
This means quarterbacks will line up and fire off passes of five to ten yards quickly. Since there is no coverage of these short passes they are easily completed. This increases the qbs yardage total and completion percentage.
Another reason it is easier to score in these scenarios is effort. Players on defense play much harder when they need to stop the other team. Once the game is a foregone conclusion they will not be putting their bodies on the line.
And finally in garbage time you will notice a large number of backups playing in the defense. These players would not get playing time if it were a close game. This gives another advantage to offensive players looking to score some points.
Do Garbage Time Stats Count?
Yes garbage time stats count just as much as any other time during the game. This is the primary issue with garbage in football. Often times the defense can completely shut down an offense only for them to score a few garbage touchdowns.
Garbage time affects many different football statistics. Not only are quarterbacks and their receivers getting yards but the opposing defense is having yards put against them.
When measuring the success of a defense throughout a season it is typically total yards allowed per game or points per game that is used to rank the defenses. Both of these statistics are affected by garbage time.
Though it is not a serious issue with the game garbage time can certainly muddy the waters of football statistics.
What Does Garbage Time Mean In Fantasy Football?
Garbage time has great effects on fantasy football as it affects the game script. The game script is a term that refers to how coaches call plays based on what’s happening in the game.
For example, if a team is down twenty points early in the game they will likely throw the ball a lot going forward. This would be an example of the game script going poorly for the running back.
When it comes to garbage time it is advantageous to have a quarterback or receiver that will play a lot of it on your fantasy team. An example of this could be the Atlanta Falcons. This team has a great passing attack but they also have a tendency to be down late in games.
Taking garbage time into account in fantasy shouldn’t make or break a player but it should give you another variable you can measure when looking at a player.