Fine-Tuning Wins Above Replacement To Better Capture an NFL Player’s $/Year Value

  Whereas baseball is filled with advanced statistics, other sports, particularly football, have lagged behind. For analysis, the common fan too often turns to unstable, flawed statistics such as yards gained/allowed, turnovers, and touchdowns, and, as a result, NFL players tend to be more polarizing than MLB players- analysts are using different variables to compare players. Luckily for us, Pro Football Focus’ grades and new Wins Above … Continue reading Fine-Tuning Wins Above Replacement To Better Capture an NFL Player’s $/Year Value

Ranking The Top 68 Running Backs From A Mathematical Perspective

After letting the numbers decide who the top 48 quarterbacks in the NFL were, let’s take a similar approach with running backs- we’ll look at the top 68 running backs in the NFL. We’ve already harped in the past that this is easily the least important position, but it’s still fun to rank them by taking them outside of their scheme and surrounding cast. To … Continue reading Ranking The Top 68 Running Backs From A Mathematical Perspective

Panthers Make Major Team-Building Error Extending Christian McCaffrey

Between hiring head coach Matt Rhule and offensive coordinator Joe Brady, while cutting ties with franchise favorites Cam Newton and Greg Olsen, it’s safe to say that the Panthers have undergone a lot of turnover this offseason. However, in an attempt for some sort of long-term continuity, they’ve reached an agreement with running back Christian McCaffrey on a four-year, $64 million extension. This deal makes … Continue reading Panthers Make Major Team-Building Error Extending Christian McCaffrey

Winners and Losers From NFL Week 1

Week 1 of the NFL was filled with so much excitement. Let’s recap this incredible week of football with the biggest winners and losers from Week 1. Winner: New York Jets With a rookie quarterback starting his first game in Sam Darnold, no one would’ve blamed the Jets or Darnold if they struggled on the road in Detroit. Instead, the Jets scored 31 unanswered after being … Continue reading Winners and Losers From NFL Week 1

NFC South Preview and Prediction

Two more divisions to go! Let’s take a closer look at the NFC South. First: Atlanta Falcons (12-4) Even though they didn’t win the division a year ago, the Falcons are clearly the best team in the NFC South. Quarterback Matt Ryan has so many weapons with two good running backs in Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, one of the league’s best wide receiving corps … Continue reading NFC South Preview and Prediction

Running Backs Who Will Disappoint This Season

For many reasons, running backs tend to regress harder than any other position. Whether it comes from wearing down, changed offensive scheme, or offensive line changes, there is a lot that can go wrong for them from year to year. Here are five running backs that will disappoint this season. Kenyan Drake, Miami Dolphins After the Dolphins traded lead back Jay Ajayi to the Eagles … Continue reading Running Backs Who Will Disappoint This Season

Todd Gurley Extension a Smart Move For The Rams

Last week, the Rams locked up wide receiver Brandin Cooks to a 5 year/$80 million extension. Yesterday, they extended another young offensive player in running back Gurley. Los Angeles signed him to a record-breaking 4 year/$60 million extension with $45 million guaranteed. Gurley is now the highest paid running back and his $45 million in guarantees is the most of all time. Let’s take a … Continue reading Todd Gurley Extension a Smart Move For The Rams