SCOTT SPRATT got into analytics through his baseball work for Sports Info Solutions and writing for ESPN and FanGraphs, but he loves football analytics because of the intricacies of the sport. He is a Sloan Analytics Research Paper Competition and Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner and was a 2018 finalist for FSWA Football Writer of the Year for his writing for Pro Football Focus. He is an elusive native Charlottean and has the Jimmy Clausen-given scars to prove it.
The Tuesday edition of our new weekly FO fantasy podcast will focus on the waiver wire and who you need to pick up and drop that week. Players discussed today include Lamar Jackson, DeSean Jackson, Malcolm Brown, John Ross, and Mark Andrews. (Click for audio link.)
Here's the debut of our brand new, twice-weekly fantasy football podcast featuring Scott Spratt. In this first edition, Scott looks at your start and sit decisions for Week 1. Drew Brees headlines a list of quarterbacks who consistently show home/road splits. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs face a tough pass defense in Jackonsville. And Tevin Coleman may be a better road option than teammate Matt Breida. (Click for audio link.)
The Saints are our pick to win the Super Bowl this season, and Drew Brees is our pick to start in your fantasy lineup this week. We're also high on Kerryon Johnson and Minnesota's receivers, but down on Aaron Rodgers and Tyreek Hill.
2 comments, Last at 06 Sep 2019, 05:04pm by Scott Spratt
The Chicago Bears were the NFL's best pass defense in 2018, but even they had their weaknesses. We chart every team's strengths and weaknesses -- or, in Detroit's case, mainly their weaknesses, because the Lions had few strengths.
2 comments, Last at 29 Aug 2019, 12:34pm by zenbitz
In two NFL seasons, Alvin Kamara has established himself as one of the best pass-catching running backs in the NFL, no matter where he lines up on the field. Scott Spratt looks at other running backs and tight ends who don't always line up at running back or tight end.
2 comments, Last at 18 Aug 2019, 10:27pm by Vincent Verhei
ESPN+ has our annual look at all 32 teams ranked by their talent under 25. This year we changed things to also consider value and length of players' current contracts. We end up with Cleveland and Indianapolis on top, and a couple of surprising Super Bowl contenders on the bottom.
Tyreek Hill was the NFL's most valuable wideout from the slot last year, while Mike Evans was the most productive when lined up out wide. Our numbers show which players specialized in one role or the other, and whose performance changed from 2017.
2 comments, Last at 28 Aug 2019, 12:41pm by phantaskippy