07 Jan 2016, 05:36pm by Aaron Schatz
We've got a podcast double feature here to look at the upcoming NFL playoffs: the return of the Off The Charts podcast after two weeks off, and my annual appearance on the Beating the Book podcast as well. (Click to read more.)
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06 Jan 2016, 05:41pm by Aaron Schatz
I went through and looked at some lesser-known players who could make a big impact in the postseason. Well, lesser-known to most fans. I'm sure FO readers have heard of most of these guys: Tyler Lockett, David Johnson, James White, Kawann Short, Whitney Mercilus, Ryan Shazier, Ron Parker, and (as the next Justin Bethel/Matthew Slater on punt coverage) Jeff Janis.
06 Jan 2016, 02:39pm by Aaron Schatz
Peter King polled a broad panel of 24 NFL people, from analytics guys (including me) to players and media people and one celebrity fan (John Legend) to get these picks for 2015 awards. Come read my impassioned argument for Buffalo offensive coordinator Greg Roman as Assistant Coach of the Year, even though only coordinators from playoff teams seemed to get votes from anyone else.
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05 Jan 2016, 02:41pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's a look at the five players chosen as Football Outsiders stars for Madden Ultimate Team in Week 17. (Click to read more.)
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05 Jan 2016, 01:02pm by Aaron Schatz
The Browns have hired Paul DePodesta, former GM of the Los Angeles Dodgers, as "chief strategy officer." He'll apparently run the Browns alongside Sashi Brown, formerly the team's general counsel and now executive director of football operations. DePodesta has a football background, playing wide receiver at Harvard and then working with the CFL Baltimore Stallions before going into baseball. There seems to be a general sense that going with non-football people like Brown and DePodesta to run the show means the Browns are going all-in on analytics.
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04 Jan 2016, 11:33pm by Aaron Schatz
No, really. The biggest news of Black Monday is the opposite of Black Monday. What kind of Monday is it when a coach who was considered on the chopping block all season gets a four-year extension instead of being told goodbye? Apparently, Ryan Grigson, Jim Irsay, and Pagano have hugged it all out. My problem with the decision isn't this decision, but rather the decision to keep both Pagano and Grigson. The rest of this team has never developed around Andrew Luck. Either Pagano isn't coaching them up with the right schemes, or Grigson isn't drafting and signing the right players.
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04 Jan 2016, 08:55pm by Aaron Schatz
The Seahawks steamroll Arizona to finish No. 1 in our DVOA ratings for the fourth straight year, and head into the playoffs as one of the hottest teams we've ever measured. Plus: 2015 goes down as the year no offense stood out, but one defense certainly did because it was horrendous.
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04 Jan 2016, 01:57pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's a list of the best and worst players of Week 17 by FO metrics.
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04 Jan 2016, 12:02pm by Aaron Schatz
Once again this year, we'll keep an open thread all day on the Monday after the season to announce firings. Every year, it seems like the announcements start earlier and earlier. This year, we can't even wait for any of Sunday's games to be over. (Click to read more.)
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29 Dec 2015, 08:39pm by Aaron Schatz
In the final ESPN Fantasy Football Weekly podcast for this season, Anita Marks and Aaron Schatz discuss who to target and who to steer clear of if you are in a league that goes through Week 17. Plus, they review the biggest surprises and busts of the 2016 season and which players have the most value for dynasty leagues going forward.