03 Jan 2014, 04:40pm by Aaron Schatz
Hey everybody! Time for the third edition of our Playoff Challenge game. Here's how it works: You need to pick a roster consisting of 2 QB, 4 RB, 4 WR, and 2 TE. However, you must pick one player from each of the 12 playoff teams, no duplicates. Whoever has the highest fantasy score during the playoffs wins a copy of Football Outsiders Almanac 2014 and the 2014 KUBIAK fantasy football projections. Standard fantasy scoring, no PPR. Thanks again to former Scramble writer Ian Dembsky for the idea for this game.
12 Jul 2012, 03:23pm by Aaron Schatz
Football Outsiders Almanac 2012 (PDF version) and the KUBIAK fantasy football spreadsheet are now on sale. Find out more details in this post. Now with samples!
10 Mar 2014, 01:09pm by Aaron Schatz
Two good columns from this weekend summarizing the problems of last weekend's Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. To be honest, it's gotten a bit stale, especially when it comes to sports that are not basketball. Click to read more and get links.
04 Mar 2014, 07:58pm by Aaron Schatz
Some familiar names had strong years against the run in 2013, including a Pro Bowl strong safety about to sell his services to the highest bidder. Plus: This week's FO players for Madden 25 Ultimate Team.
18 comments, Last at 08 Mar 2014, 1:21pm by TomC
25 Feb 2014, 06:30pm by Aaron Schatz
Click here to find out more about the players with the most Defeats in 2013 and which ones will get special FO cards in Madden 25 Ultimate Team. (Click for more.)
8 comments, Last at 01 Mar 2014, 7:12pm by LionInAZ
25 Feb 2014, 04:56pm by Aaron Schatz
Somehow, we ended up with a number of likely UDFA running backs on top of this year's Speed Scores, led by Damien Williams of Oklahoma. There will be a Matt Waldman column soon on the four top Speed Score guys and their strengths and weaknesses. Meanwhile, top prospect Ka'Deem Carey of Arizona had a Speed Score of 84.8, which would be the lowest ever for a player chosen in the first three rounds of the draft who wasn't immediately moved to wide receiver. (Hi, Dexter McCluster.)
13 comments, Last at 08 Mar 2014, 1:39pm by MC2
24 Feb 2014, 05:35pm by Aaron Schatz
Have you been eagerly awaiting the LCF projections to tell you which quarterback should be chosen No. 1 overall in the 2014 NFL Draft? Well, then it kind of sucks to be you.
53 comments, Last at 04 Mar 2014, 6:41am by MC2
23 Feb 2014, 11:07pm by Aaron Schatz
You may remember Andreas Shepard's article with estimated DVOA ratings going back to 1950. Over on Chase Stuart's Football Perspective site, they've put together a couple of tables with all of the estimated ratings for all 1,638 teams. Note these are all estimated ratings, rather than a mix of estimated and actual ratings like we ran here at Football Outsiders; therefore the 1962 Packers are on top, not the 1991 Redskins.
11 comments, Last at 25 Feb 2014, 3:18pm by tuluse
18 Feb 2014, 12:44pm by Aaron Schatz
During the offseason, we'll continue to be choosing star players for special Football Outsiders elite cards in Madden 25 Ultimate Team, based on strong performances in our various stats in 2013.
1 comment, Last at 25 Feb 2014, 3:11pm by LionInAZ
12 Feb 2014, 07:29pm by Aaron Schatz
It's defense overhaul time in New Orleans, as the Saints today cut veteran defensive end Will Smith, cornerback Jabari Greer, and safety Roman Harper. Actually... that's not so much of a defensive overhaul. Smith missed last season with a torn ACL. Greer was demoted to nickelback and Harper to third safety. While Greer used to be an FO binky, I think Smith is really the name here. He could be a really nice veteran addition if there's a team out there that needs a situational pass rusher and wants to get jiggy with it.
12 comments, Last at 15 Feb 2014, 12:07am by Joseph