Somehow, there is only one game all weekend featuring two teams with winning records: Tampa Bay (2-0) heading to play the Rams (2-0) in L.A. on Sunday afternoon. The Sunday night game sees Green Bay (1-1) visit San Francisco (2-0), while Dallas (1-1) hosts Philadelphia (1-1) on Monday night. Use this thread to discuss them all.
Have opponents found Aaron Rodgers' weakness? And was it sitting on their desk the whole time? Walkthrough goes deep on the two-deep looks defenses are using against the Packers. Plus: the Chargers' red zone woes, the malfunctioning Bears, the stubborn Vikings, and your weekly dose of Carson Wentz slander.
Scott Spratt hosts the FO Fantasy Show on Twitch this week with he is joined by John Daigle of NBC Sports and NBC Sports Edge Football. Scott and John broke down the Week 3 matchups from a fantasy and DFS prospective.
Led by the efforts of JC Tretter, Wyatt Teller, and Jack Conklin, the Cleveland Browns dominated the Houston Texans 31-21 in a Week 2 matchup. Offensive line expert Ben Muth shows how effective they played as a unit and as individuals.
This week: Aaron Jones leaves it on the field—literally; Matt Nagy plays coy when discussing quarterback plans; Jared Goff is loving Detroit; Tom Brady talks about a changing league landscape; and Daniel Carlson trades a real-life victory for a loss in his fantasy league.
Our Metrics Explained
What is DVOA?
Defense-adjusted Value Over Average
Measures a team's efficiency by comparing success on every single play to a league average based on situation and opponent.
What is DYAR?
Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement
Compares the performance of each player, in terms of DVOA, to a replacement-level baseline rather than the league average for that position.
What is DAVE?
DVOA Adjusted for Volatility Early
Used early in the year with the goal of getting the best idea of how good a team will be over the entire season without jumping to conclusions based on one or two good or bad early games.
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