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Off The Charts Podcast: October 8

This week on the Off The Charts Podcast: Lots of discussion of the Cincinnati Bengals. Is Andy Dalton on a hot streak, or is this a new level of play for him? Is 2015 just like the other years where the Bengals seemed strong early and then faded? Is it rare for four teams (New England, Green Bay, Arizona, and the Bengals) to be so far ahead of the rest of the league in DVOA? Plus, a look at which running backs and wide receivers have improved significantly in our stats this season, with broken tackle numbers from the Sports Info Solutions charting project.

Oct 08, 2015

ESPN Fantasy Football Weekly: It's Time to Say Goodbye

I would like to thank Matt Bowen for sitting in for me on the ESPN Fantasy Football Weekly podcast this week while I was off dealing with the Tammy Wynette part of my life. This week, Anita Marks and Matt discuss which players it is time to give up on after four weeks of struggles, and which quarterbacks you want to target for the rest of the 2015 season. I'll be back on the podcast next week.

Oct 07, 2015

Off The Charts Podcast: October 1

This week on the Off The Charts Podcast: More discussion of Arizona and their ideal opposites, the Chicago Bears. How rare is it to rank in the top five in all three phases of DVOA, like Arizona does? How far can the Chicago Bears fire sale go, and where are the best landing places for Matt Forte and Alshon Jeffery? Plus: Why Derek Carr is so much better this year, and why the future is bright on both sides of the ball for Oakland despite a No. 28 rank in defensive DVOA so far.

Oct 01, 2015

Off The Charts Podcast: September 24

This week on the Off The Charts podcast: What do we really know about the Arizona Cardinals, and how real is their huge Week 2 lead in DVOA? Which surprise 0-2 teams are most likely to get their acts together and make a playoff run? What does the Tony Romo injury mean for the Cowboys. Plus, lots of NFC South talk about the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers, and answering some questions from Twitter.

Sep 24, 2015

ESPN Fantasy Football Weekly: Time for the Backups

In this week's ESPN Fantasy Football Weekly, Anita Marks and I discuss which quarterbacks are best to cover for your injured starters over the next few weeks. The players with the easiest schedules through the end of October may surprise you. Plus, we look at hot receivers and running backs, asking who's for real and who is likely just a flash in the fantasy football pan.

Sep 22, 2015

Off The Charts Podcast: September 17

The second weekly edition of our new Off the Charts podcast breaks down the basic ideas behind DVOA and DAVE then dives into what we've learned about the AFC South and AFC East after surprisingly dominant Week 1 wins from Buffalo and Tennessee. Scott Spratt and I also look at the NFC West, with some interesting charting stats on Carlos Hyde and how the 49ers running game succeeds despite facing constantly loaded boxes.

Sep 17, 2015

ESPN Fantasy Football Weekly: Impressive First Weeks

In the second edition of my new fantasy football podcast for ESPN, Anita Marks and I discuss impressive first weeks for a number of tight ends and less impressive first weeks for a number of stud wide receivers, plus what players will benefit from injuries in Dallas, Arizona, and Indianapolis.

Sep 15, 2015

Off The Charts Podcast: September 10

In the inaugural episode of the Off the Charts Football Podcast, Scott Spratt of Sports Info Solutions and Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders discuss the updated DVOA projections. Why have the Packers fallen, and which NFC North teams could potentially benefit? Why are the Rams so high? Why are the Dolphins so low? What is going on in the NFC South?

Sep 10, 2015

ESPN Fantasy Football Weekly: The Ripple Effect

Hey, it's the first edition of ESPN Fantasy Football Weekly featuring yours truly along with Anita Marks. For this inaugural edition of our podcast, we talk about the ripple effect from players with early-season injuries and suspensions, then go through basic early expectations for this year's top rookie wide receivers and running backs.

Sep 08, 2015