03 Sep 2014, 02:37pm by Scott Kacsmar
At Insider, our Week 1 fantasy matchups include our usual lists of players with favorable and unfavorable matchups along with a group of elite players. This is one week where playing Geno Smith over Aaron Rodgers could work. Emmanuel Sanders and Andre Ellington are poised for fast starts, but Bernard Pierce may not be ready to fill the shoes of Ray Rice against Geno Atkins and the Bengals.
27 Aug 2014, 09:07pm by Brian Fremeau
Five SEC teams need to be particularly careful in nonconference matchups this weekend.
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27 Aug 2014, 11:53am by Aaron Schatz
ESPN Insider asked me to give Super Bowl odds for all 32 teams along with a sentence or two about what a championship season would look like for each franchise. These are updated odds that account for the Sam Bradford injury and numerous preseason changes, although not yesterday's New England-Tampa Bay trade. Denver leads at 16.9 percent.
26 Aug 2014, 05:14pm by Scott Kacsmar
At Insider we looked at the 10 teams who finished 4-12 or worse in the highest percentage of our simulations used for projections in Football Outsiders Almanac 2014. Oakland has missed out by the smallest of margins the last two years, but the Raiders lead the way this year.
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21 Aug 2014, 12:06pm by Scott Kacsmar
Is the NFC West the best division ever? Winning percentage and point differential call the 2013 NFC West the best division in the eight-division era, but DVOA actually begs one as being a little bit better: the 2004 AFC East.
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19 Aug 2014, 12:56pm by Aaron Schatz
This piece for ESPN Insider looks through our various rookie projection systems not just for guys with strong projections, but for guys who will also have the opportunity to be very important this season.
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12 Aug 2014, 01:48pm by Aaron Schatz
Everyone thinks of San Francisco as one of the NFL's most dominant teams, so why does FOA 2014 only give them a 51 percent chance to make the playoffs this year? In an ESPN Insider article, I explain a bit about why projections are so grouped around 8-8, and why the 49ers' defense may not be as good as we think -- at least through the end of October.
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08 Aug 2014, 11:17am by Scott Kacsmar
Scott Kacsmar explains why an aging and hurting Tony Romo combined with a still-poor defense means another year of missing the playoffs in Dallas.
1 comment, Last at 08 Aug 2014, 1:16pm by Sisyphus
06 Aug 2014, 09:14pm by Brian Fremeau
One final look back at the BCS era, ranking the best teams from each of the power conferences.
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05 Aug 2014, 12:12pm by Aaron Schatz
Part II of II. We actually measured here the chances of first-place teams dropping to 6-10 or worse, not their chances of finishing fourth this year, which does explain how Indianapolis can end up second on this list. Let's be honest -- even if they somehow flop to 6-10, the Colts aren't finishing last in that division. The clearly most likely first-to-worst team is Carolina.
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