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.
Kevin Clark had me on The Ringer NFL Show to talk about Football Outsiders Almanac 2020. We talked about season predictions, the most surprising things I learned preparing the book, and a little bit about what analytics means for the NFL labor market.
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4 comments, Last at 30 Jul 2020, 02:47pm by Aaron Schatz
I made an appearance on this morning's edition of Good Morning Football to talk about the all-new FO Almanac 2020 and offer some season predictions. We also discussed how the pandemic affects projecting teams for this season.
Did we say that the NFL was going to cancel half the preseason in 2020? We meant the entire preseason. The NFLPA has informed its members there will be no preseason this year to help try to prevent the spread of COVID-19. More details to come, I'm sure.
Let's talk about fantasy football on this week's Off The Charts Podcast, featuring FO fantasy analyst Scott Spratt. We talk about how COVID-19 is going to change fantasy football and introduce the new upgraded KUBIAK fantasy projection system, then discuss some of the players KUBIAK likes better (Dak Prescott, Joe Mixon) and worse (Ryan Tannehill, Rob Gronkowski) than ADP (average draft position). (Click for audio link.)
Certainly, this time signing a running back to a big-money second contract will work, right? Actually, this contract may not be that bad. Henry becomes fifth at the position in average annual salary, not first.
24 comments, Last at 20 Jul 2020, 03:37pm by ImNewAroundTheseParts
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It's time for some of those men on the franchise tag to sign last-minute long-term contracts, and we'll start with Kansas City's great defensive tackle Chris Jones. Jones has agreed to a four-year, $80-million contract that includes $37 million at signing and $60 million guaranteed for injury.