As the 2021 season grows increasingly strange and exciting, innovation on both sides of the ball has led teams into the hunt for conference titles, from Wake Forest's chaos-creating defensive front to UCLA's high-flying, multifaceted offense.
Matthew Stafford faces the Detroit Lions for the first time, and the Specters of Lions Misery have convened to determine his fate. Also, the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens must overcome a pair of AFC upstarts, Tom Brady must overcome a team with Nick Foles on the roster, and Walkthrough must overcome a rather lackluster slate of Week 7 games!
Scott Spratt hosts the FO Fantasy Show on Twitch this week with he is joined by Jeff Ratcliffe of FTN Fantasy and Sirius Radio XM. Scott and Jeff group broke down the Week 7 matchups from a fantasy and DFS prospective.
Pete Overzet and Chris Spags of EdjSports are joined by Ben Gretch discuss the latest injury news and give out Ride or Die hot takes for every Week 7 game.
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There's a battle of journeyman quarterbacks on Thursday Night Football as Teddy Bridgewater (currently starting for his fourth team) and the Broncos face Case Keenum (about to start for his sixth) and the Browns in a critical game in the AFC wild-card race.
The Rams offense has produced a lot of fantasy stars this weekend. So has the Lions defense. So you'll want to start everyone in a Los Angeles uniform—Kupp, Robert Woods, Tyler Higbee, Darrell Henderson, Matthew Stafford, maybe Flipper Anderson and Eric Dickerson—when they play Detroit on Sunday.
Despite a coaching staff in turmoil, the Las Vegas Raiders are tied for first place in the AFC West with wins over fellow playoff contenders Baltimore, Denver, and Pittsburgh. Derrik Klassen shows how Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has played more daring than ever before, confident in his ability to hit deep balls and squeeze passes into tight windows in coverage.
We all know that passing wins Super Bowls and the running game is overrated. But the 2021 Philadelphia Eagles are taking things too far, and it's jeopardizing Jalen Hurts' development. Plus, a look at the best (and worst) teams in the NFL at passing over the middle, and a look at five unheralded defenders who will make an impact in Week 7.
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.
This week's feature at ESPN+ looks at surprising stats for all 16 NFC teams. The most surprising? Aaron Rodgers has been the worst quarterback in the NFL this year under pressure.
Schatz & Tanier on Football Outsiders Live! is hosted by Aaron Schatz with Mike Tanier. This week Aaron and Mike are joined by Anthony Reinhard fo the Orange and Brown Report. They previewed TNF and what's going on with the Browns as well as the other big matchups of the weekend.
Pete Overzet and Chris Spags of EdjSports catch up on this week’s NFL news, review some interesting stats for key fantasy players, and preview Thursday Night Football’s Broncos-Browns game for betting and NFL DFS!
Week 6 brings with it a check into our failed completion and failed reception leaderboards, filled with Ja(y)lens as far as the eye can see!
Strangely obsessed with Aaron Rodgers' brief sojourn into the crazy world of game show hosting, Andrew and Bryan get to thinking about other NFL players seeking life outside the gridiron.
Whitney Mercilus and Andre Roberts were granted sweet freedom from the Houston Texans on Monday. Can they tell us what's going on within the Easterby Compound? Plus, Walkthrough examines what's wrong with the Miami Dolphins and tries to determine if any NFC teams are worth a playoff prop bet.
Football Outsiders Live! takes your questions for another Ask Me Anything (AMA). Aaron Schatz and Mike Tanier hosted this week's AMA with special guest Rob Weintraub.