22 Jul 2016, 10:38am by Aaron Schatz
It's not yet official because of an appeal, but Le'Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for another violation of league drug policy. This time, it's for missing a test, not for failing one. A four-game suspension would be a big deal, both for real football (Pittsburgh is a leading Super Bowl contender) and fantasy football (depending on your league scoring, Bell or Todd Gurley will be the No. 1 running back in our KUBIAK projections before considering the suspension).
35 comments, Last at 20 Aug 2016, 12:23am by Jerry
22 Jul 2016, 12:22am by Aaron Schatz
J.J. Watt suffered a herniated disc working out this week and had to undergo back surgery, and will be out 6-10 weeks. Reports now seem to be leaning on the longer side of that range, which would keep Watt out for the first few weeks of the season. This could be hugely impactful, given how close the AFC South is. There's no division where the four teams are closer together in quality right now. You also have to remember that the Texans still aren't sure who is going to replace Jared Crick. Now they might need two new 5-technique ends for the first month of the season. Yikes.
7 comments, Last at 25 Jul 2016, 12:32pm by ChrisS
20 Jul 2016, 12:52pm by Aaron Schatz
Part II of a preview of the Strategic Tendencies comments and some of the other stats you'll find in the upcoming Football Outsiders Almanac 2016. We've gone through and found one positive number for each offense in 2015. Some of these splits are significant for illuminating the strengths and weaknesses of each team's personnel. Other splits tend to oscillate wildly from year to year, and a great performance in 2015 may not indicate that a team will be equally strong in the same ways in 2016.
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18 Jul 2016, 12:37pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's a bit of a preview of the Strategic Tendencies comments and some of the other stats you'll find in the upcoming Football Outsiders Almanac 2016. We've gone through and found one positive number for each offense in 2015. Some of these splits are significant for illuminating the strengths and weaknesses of each team's personnel. Other splits tend to oscillate wildly from year to year, and a great performance in 2015 may not indicate that a team will be equally strong in the same ways in 2016.
15 Jul 2016, 02:22pm by Aaron Schatz
The Broncos and Von Miller beat the franchise-tag extension deadline with a new deal that reportedly is worth $114 million over six years, with $70 million of that guaranteed.
25 comments, Last at 20 Jul 2016, 12:09am by alexcaster
15 Jul 2016, 01:15pm by Aaron Schatz
Tom Brady announced on his Facebook page that he will not pursue an appeal to the Supreme Court and will accept his four-game suspension. Here's once last thread for everybody to bitch about the Ideal Gas Law, the CBA, Roger Goodell's overreach, the "Cheatriots," and how this whole process shows that once again the NFL schedulemakers totally screwed the Seattle Seahawks.
Future threads will be dedicated to actual football questions such as "So, is Jimmy Garoppolo any good or not?"
113 comments, Last at 01 Aug 2016, 9:01am by Will Allen
15 Jul 2016, 11:38am by Aaron Schatz
The 2015 KUBIAK fantasy football projections are complete and available for download. One $20 purchase lets you download unlimited updates throughout the preseason. Or, pay less: this year, we've partnered with FanDuel and a first-time FanDuel deposit of $10 or more will get you KUBIAK for free. (Click to read more.)
01 Jul 2016, 11:47am by Aaron Schatz
My latest feature for ESPN Insider looks at the weakest receiving depth charts of the last decade, based on how much experience and past production players had going into the season. Not all depth charts that look bad end up performing that way, but there's a reason teams go into the season trying not to look like this year's San Francisco 49ers. By the way, there's a ridiculous amount of Derek Hagan in this piece.
29 Jun 2016, 03:44pm by Aaron Schatz
Details to come, of course, but Luck is apparently now the highest-paid player in the NFL. A source has told Ian Rapoport that the new contract pays Luck over $75 million for the first three years.
52 comments, Last at 02 Jul 2016, 11:26pm by Will Allen
28 Jun 2016, 10:20am by Aaron Schatz
The great defensive mastermind Buddy Ryan passed away this morning at the age of 82. Ryan, of course, created the 46 defensive scheme for perhaps the best defensive team in NFL history, the 1985 Chicago Bears. He was also head coach for one of the often forgotten great defenses that followed, the late-80's Philadelphia Eagles. His twin sons Rex and Rob will coach together in Buffalo this season, and I expect to hear a lot about a season dedicated to their father's memory.
28 comments, Last at 08 Aug 2016, 9:06am by sirish