Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

01 Oct 2008

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The historical DVOA database, which can be viewed in a variety of formats. These include: DVOA by down, area of field, or current score gap; the development of one team's DVOA over a 25-year span; and one team's weekly DVOA for all 16 games of the regular season. It also includes Adjusted Line Yards and Adjusted Sack Rate for past seasons. Right now the database goes from 1989 through 2014, and it will be updated regularly on Tuesdays during the 2015 season. (ALY/ASR go back to 1995 only.)

Historical access to the new Football Outsiders player pages. All readers can see the last three years of data and the last year of game charting data, but Premium users can see all data back to 1989 and all game charting data back to 2005, as well as an archive of all articles on FO relating to each player since we launched in 2003. For all current players, you also get lists giving the ten most similar players over one-, two-, and three-year spans. Please note that the database does not yet include playoff performance or game-by-game logs for players, just season stats.

Premium access also includes the Football Outsiders weekly picks. These picks come in two flavors -- spread, and straight-up -- and use a formula that incorporates particular splits of DVOA as well as injury and weather data. Here is the record of FO regular-season picks over the past five years:


  • 2010 Regular season: 141-108-7, .561
  • 2011 Regular season: 127-117-12, .520
  • 2012 Regular season: 144-104-8, .578
  • 2013 Regular season: 119-130-7, .479
  • 2014 Regular season: 111-136-9, .451


  • 2010 Regular season: 165-91, .641
  • 2011 Regular season: 164-92, .642
  • 2012 Regular season: 171-84-1, .670
  • 2013 Regular season: 171-84-1, .670
  • 2014 regular season: 162-93-1, .635

A note about 2013 and 2014: Yes, that record against the spread is pretty bad. 2013 was a very strange first few weeks. Read this article about how most stats-based sites had terrible picks earlier in the season. Things returned to normal after Week 6; not a great year against the spread, but not terrible either. In Weeks 7-17, the FO picks were 84-75-5 against the spread (.527) and 113-50-1 straight up (.692). We're still not sure what happened in 2014.

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Jason: I have been using the Football Outsiders Fantasy Football Answering Service since December 2008 and would recommend it to anyone playing fantasy football looking to gain an edge over their competition. Bill Barnwell's quick, timely, and well researched responses to my fantasy questions were instrumental in clinching my league in 2008, and finishing third last year despite a horrible 0-and-3 start.

Dean: The FO answering service gave me the specific week to week advice I needed to win back to back league championships! I picked up Jerome Harrison in a PPR league championship week but talked myself out of starting him. The guys at FO reminded me that he was guaranteed to get passing targets given the offensive scheme, especially against a weak pass D vs. RBs. I put him back in the lineup, won the league, and the rest is history.

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(Note: We've had some confusion about this, so we want to make clear what is NOT included in FO Premium. At this time, FO Premium does not include weekly fantasy football projections. We may add that at a later date. In addition, FO Premium is about stats, not content, and does not give you access to Football Outsiders content on ESPN Insider. That requires a separate subscription.)

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Posted by: holman on 01 Oct 2008