Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

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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03 Dec 2014, 06:28am by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Week 14 Fantasy Matchups

Some of our favorite fantasy matchups for Week 14 salary-cap leagues include Tony Romo, Rashad Jennings, Eddie Royal and Robert Woods. We also looked at the average variance in weekly DVOA for the last 10 years.

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26 Nov 2014, 11:36am by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Week 13 Fantasy Matchups

The bye weeks are finally over. Some of our favorite Week 13 matchups for salary-cap leagues include Ben Roethlisberger, Andre Ellington, Rashad Jennings and Reggie Wayne. If you're looking for a Thanksgiving sleeper, consider Jordan Matthews against Dallas.

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25 Nov 2014, 11:39pm by Brian Fremeau

ESPN: SEC West Showdowns

If the Iron Bowl and Egg Bowl contenders had swapped schedules this season, would they have swapped records as well?

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20 Nov 2014, 12:40pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Brees Isn't Problem for Saints

If the Saints are only 4-6, then Drew Brees must be struggling, right? Nope.

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20 Nov 2014, 11:19am by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Week 12 Fantasy Matchups

Jonas Gray is the latest fantasy flavor of the week, but a star was not born on Sunday night. A bad defense was exposed by a smart coach taking advantage of his bye week. Some of our favorite Week 12 fantasy matchups for salary-cap leagues include Drew Brees, Jay Cutler, Justin Forsett and Larry Donnell. You should also consider taking a chance on Josh Gordon in his return against the 32nd-ranked Atlanta pass defense.

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13 Nov 2014, 12:44pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Race for No. 1 Pick

Analyzing the latest FO playoff odds and what they say about the race for the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

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12 Nov 2014, 10:08pm by Brian Fremeau

ESPN: Playoff Contender Fatal Flaws

We identified the key statistical measures that may hold back each of the top six teams from claiming a spot in the College Football Playoff when the final rankings are announced next month.

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12 Nov 2014, 03:28am by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Week 11 Fantasy Matchups

Some of our favorite Week 11 fantasy options for salary-cap leagues include Robert Griffin, Mark Ingram, Martavis Bryant, Mychal Rivera and Ahmad Bradshaw. Mark Sanchez may be a name to consider in the future, but don't trust him against the Packers this week. The Carolina Panthers even made Andy Dalton look great.

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08 Nov 2014, 04:28pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Over .500... and in Trouble

ESPN asked me to go through our playoff odds and talk about which teams over .500 were most likely to fall short of the playoffs. Remember, since there's no NFC South team currently with a winning record, there are only 11 spots for 17 winning teams. This features updated playoff odds which incorporate the Thursday night Cleveland-Cincinnati game.

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