Founder of Football Outsiders
Creator of DVOA and DYAR
Compared to Bill James by The New York Times Magazine, and attributed as a “founding father of football analytics” by The Ringer, AARON SCHATZis 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 Republic, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Slate, The American Prospect, and the Boston Phoenix. Aaron resides in Worcester, Massachusetts and yes, is a New England Patriots fan.
How often since 1997 have teammates been drafted at the wide receiver position, and how often does the player who is more productive in college actually get drafted later? Can it tell us anything about Henry Ruggs and Jerry Jeudy?
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More this week with the winner of the SIS Football Analytics Challenge, discussing the relative value of defensive line positions. Find out which defensive linemen give you the most (and least) bang for the buck in certain metrics. (Click for audio link.)
Hey! It's more Football Outsiders Almanac 2020 promotion, this time on The Mina Kimes Show featuring Lenny. We discuss previews for the AFC North, but also Tuesday's list of NFL opt-outs and the Jamal Adams trade.
Well, we've got a new record defensive player contract. Joey Bosa has a new extension with the Los Angeles Chargers for five years and $135 million. The deal includes $78 million guaranteed at signing and $102 million guaranteed overall.
This week's Off The Charts podcast is all about taking a look at the Football Outsiders Almanac 2020. What's new in this year's book? Why are we so high on the Pittsburgh Steelers? How much did Cam Newton mean to the Patriots' projection? And which teams from the bottom half of our projections do I most like subjectively to beat their projections? (Click for audio link.)