Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

06 Jan 2015, 02:44pm by Brian Fremeau

ESPN: Three Championship Game Factors

Turnover value, special teams value, and field position value figure to be critical factors in the championship game. Will Oregon or Ohio State have the edge?

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31 Dec 2014, 12:26pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Wild Card Fantasy Matchups

If you could only pick one this week: Dez Bryant or Calvin Johnson? Is Ryan Lindley a bargain to load up on the wide receivers, or is he destined for single-digit points? Is DeMarco Murray too expensive against the best run defense now that Ndamukong Suh is allowed to play? Should we even bother looking at any Pittsburgh running back this week? We answer these questions and more to help set up your rosters for salary-cap leagues for this Wild Card weekend.

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31 Dec 2014, 08:15am by Brian Fremeau

ESPN: The NY6 and the BCS

In each of the NY6 games, the efficiency ratings for both teams closely matched a major bowl game of recent vintage. Those matchup similarities highlight a few important statistics that figure to be keys to this week's biggest games.

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24 Dec 2014, 03:14am by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Week 17 Fantasy Matchups

This is probably the week to avoid fantasy players from the Patriots and Colts with those teams locked into their playoff seed. Some of our favorite Week 17 matchups for salary-cap leagues include Cam Newton, Teddy Bridgewater, Justin Forsett and Terrance Williams.

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18 Dec 2014, 11:23am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Race for No. 1 Pick Update

Here's an update on the race for the No. 1 overall pick. Tonight's Jacksonville-Tennessee game means a lot, but Tampa Bay still has the best shot at it. And check out the ridiculous dominoes that would need to fall for Washington to get the top pick!

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16 Dec 2014, 08:54pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Week 16 Fantasy Matchups

Some of our favorite Week 16 matchups for salary-cap leagues include Matthew Stafford, C.J. Anderson, Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce. I also think Alex Smith will actually throw a touchdown to a wide receiver (Dwayne Bowe) while Kyle Orton will help Charles Woodson get his 60th career interception. A high-priced stack of Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson in Tampa Bay is something you'll want to do as well.

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16 Dec 2014, 04:48pm by Brian Fremeau

ESPN: Future College Playoff Contenders

If multiple years of success are a key to playoff contention, these four programs are well-positioned to take the next step.

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10 Dec 2014, 11:21am by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Week 15 Fantasy Matchups

Some of our favorite Week 15 matchups for salary-cap leagues include Matt Ryan, Isaiah Crowell, Odell Beckham, Martellus Bennett and just about anyone in the Steelers-Falcons game.

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09 Dec 2014, 11:43pm by Brian Fremeau

ESPN: An Eight-Team Playoff

How would an eight team college football playoff change the likelihood of a championship for each of the contenders this year?

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06 Dec 2014, 11:33am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Where Contenders Get Beat

Today's ESPN Insider article looks at the biggest coverage weaknesses of top contenders, not by looking at specific defenders but rather by looking at scheme. That means using FO's DVOA "vs. types as receivers" as well as a new table we're debuting today that lists defensive DVOA vs. passes by distance and direction: short/deep as well as left/middle/right. You will now find that table on the team defense stat page and are welcome to discuss here. Thanks to John Argentiero for setting up the Excel macros that made producing that table easier. We'll be updating it each week through the end of the regular season.

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