The StatFox Situational Power Team Trends uncover certain situations where a team outperforms or underperforms their normal level of play. Unlike the StatFox Super Situations, all trend records listed apply to the team in question. Only trends which apply to the current game and possess exceptionally bad or good records are displayed. These trends are great indicators of how teams react to certain situations – coming off a close win, against division opponents, after a loss giving up a high number passing yards, etc. Many of these situations will provide a different level of motivation and preparation level for the upcoming game.
How do I use this?
There are a two general strategies members make use of with the matchup trends. First, they look for the "best trends". Obviously this leads to the follow up question of "what are the best trends?". There are a couple ways to answer this. First, which one's make the most sense, especially given the context of the current matchup. For example, if there is a trend indicating that Cincinnati has a horrible ATS record against good passing teams and they are playing against Peyton Manning and the Colts, that is pretty important. In addition, the star rating is a solid indicator of the strength of a trend's record. The higher the rating, the stronger the trends past record has been.
Another strategy commonly employed by members is to count the number of trends or add up the star ratings of the trends favoring one side or the other. The theory is that teams with the edge in number of trends or total star ratings match up better against their opponent. Luckily the FoxSheets add this information up already for you, above the list of a team's matchup trends.
There is one other valuable use of the trends - eliminating risky picks. Let's say for example, a handicapping service that you subscribe to has given you a pick on the Chicago Bears. However, when you get to the FoxSheet, it tells you that they are a bad home team, poor team as a favorite, and can't beat good passing teams like the one they are playing in the current game. This could make you reconsider and take you off a potentially bad play.