Aaron Schatz

Aaron Schatz

Founder of Football Outsiders
Editor-in-Chief
Creator of DVOA and DYAR
Worcester, MA

Compared to Bill James by The New York Times Magazine, and attributed as a “founding father of football analytics” by The Ringer, AARON SCHATZ is the creator and Editor-in-Chief of Football Outsiders. Aaron is also the creator of most of the original statistical methods (DVOA, DYAR) used in NFL analysis on this website, as well as Lead Writer, Editor, and Statistician on the book series Football Outsiders Almanac  (published since 2009). He also writes for ESPN.com and ESPN+, and appears weekly during the NFL season on the Off The Charts podcast. During the 2011 season, he was a regular panelist on the ESPN2 show Numbers Never Lie. Before Football Outsiders, Aaron spent five years as a radio host at WBRU Providence and WKRO Daytona Beach, and three years as the writer and producer of the Lycos 50, the Internet's foremost authority on the people, places, and things that are searched online. He has written on sports, politics, and taxes for a number of publications including The New RepublicThe New York TimesThe Boston GlobeSlateThe American Prospect, and the Boston Phoenix. Aaron resides in Worcester, Massachusetts and yes, is a New England Patriots fan.

Aaron Schatz's Archive

New Comeback Record, Playoff Scenarios | NFL Week 16

Aaron Schatz, Vince Verhei, and Bryan Knowles go live to discuss some of the most surprising statistics and look at the playoff picture through Week 15 of the 2022 NFL regular season.

NFL Week 16 December 20, 2022, 1:59 pm ET
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NFL Week 16 December 20, 2022, 1:59 pm ET
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NFL Week 15 Preview | Battle for NFC Wild Card Spot?

aron Schatz and Mike Tanier look ahead to the best games in NFL Week 15, accompanied by stats, bets, and a guest appearance from Heavy.com's Matt Lombardo!

NFL Week 15 December 16, 2022, 9:47 am ET
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NFL Week 15 December 16, 2022, 9:47 am ET
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ESPN: Weaknesses for Every NFL Starting QB

Our new article at ESPN+ goes through all the Football Outsiders stats as well as charting from ESPN Stats & Information to identify a weakness for each NFL starting quarterback. Some of these weaknesses look like one-year flukes. Others have been problems for years.

NFL Week 15 December 16, 2022, 9:00 am ET
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NFL Week 15 December 16, 2022, 9:00 am ET
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Eagles 1st in DVOA & Playoff Scenarios | FO Data Show

Aaron Schatz, Vince Verhei, and Bryan Knowles go live to discuss some of the most surprising statistics and look at the playoff picture through Week 14 of the 2022 NFL regular season.

NFL Week 15 December 13, 2022, 2:31 pm ET
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NFL Week 15 December 13, 2022, 2:31 pm ET
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NFL Week 14 Preview | Schatz & Tanier

Aaron Schatz and Mike Tanier look ahead to the best games in NFL Week 14, accompanied by stats, bets, and a guest appearance from SNY's Connor Rogers to look at the New York Jets!

NFL Week 14 December 08, 2022, 2:06 pm ET
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NFL Week 14 December 08, 2022, 2:06 pm ET
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Hurts Making History & Playoff Scenarios! | FO Data Show

Aaron Schatz, Vince Verhei, and Bryan Knowles go live to discuss some of the most surprising statistics and look at the playoff picture through Week 13 of the 2022 NFL regular season.

NFL Week 14 December 06, 2022, 2:52 pm ET
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NFL Week 14 December 06, 2022, 2:52 pm ET
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