Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

23 Jan 2017, 04:47pm by Brian Fremeau

ESPN: Best of the NCAA Second-Best

Alabama was the best team of the last decade that didn't win the national championship. Yay?

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20 Jan 2017, 12:19pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Will Weak QB Schedule Derail Patriots?

Here's a look at the 10 teams to make the NFL's final four since 1990 with the easiest schedules of quarterbacks faced. Yes, the Patriots are in there, but they aren't number one. Do these teams have a history of failing to win the Super Bowl because their defenses haven't really been tested? (Hint: Nope.)

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16 Jan 2017, 01:12pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Most Improved Units of 2016

Today's ESPN piece looks at the most improved units of 2016, including the Atlanta offense that powered the Falcons into the NFC Championship Game. How did these units improve, and what's likely to be the result in 2017?

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11 Jan 2017, 06:33pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Divisional Round DFS Matchups

Our final DFS matchups column for the 2016 season looks at our favorite matchups for the divisional round, including Matt Ryan, LeGarrette Blount, Dez Bryant and Jared Cook. We're fading Ben Roethlisberger and Jordy Nelson, though only the latter is more for injury concern than anything else this week.

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05 Jan 2017, 02:14pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Ranking Position Groups of Every Playoff Team

Here's an interesting little feature for ESPN Insider where I attempted to rank all 12 playoff teams, unit by unit, based on FO stats and consultation with our staff. Feel free to quibble with the WR/TE rankings, which were by far the toughest and could be in a completely different order.

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04 Jan 2017, 02:30pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Wild Card DFS Matchups

At ESPN Insider, some of our favorite DFS matchups for the wild-card round include Pittsburgh's killer B's, Lamar Miller, Doug Baldwin and Eric Ebron. We're fading Aaron Rodgers against the postseason's top defense, and don't you dare bother starting Connor Cook in Houston. Not even the Raiders want to do that.

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30 Dec 2016, 12:50pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Comparing NFL Contenders to Past Playoff Teams

I had a lot of fun writing this feature for ESPN Insider, finding a past playoff team (since 1990) similar to each of this year's playoff teams. I used DVOA splits but also common sense, to find a team that had similar stats and narrative. Don't worry if you miss seeing Denver in the playoffs, the Broncos are there! The Patriots are the 2013 Broncos, the Giants are the poor man's 2015 Broncos, and the Texans are the 2011 Tim Tebow Broncos because nobody can figure out how they've won so many games.

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28 Dec 2016, 02:16pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Week 17 DFS Matchups

At ESPN Insider, some of our favorite Week 17 DFS matchups include Matthew Stafford, Bilal Powell, Eli Rogers and Martellus Bennett. We're big on the Packers-Lions and Saints-Falcons games, since you can count on the offensive starters to put in a full effort.

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28 Dec 2016, 01:24pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Week 17 Playoff Odds

This week's playoff odds commentary for ESPN Insider is more focused on each team's chances of winning Super Bowl LI, now that most of the playoff spots have been decided.

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21 Dec 2016, 12:59pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Week 16 Playoff Odds

Here's a look at our playoff odds for Football Outsiders, with commentary including a breakdown of the chances that the NFC North and AFC South will be decided with Week 17 showdowns.

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