Today is August 4th, which means one thing: we are one day away from the first preseason game of the year! Football is on the horizon, boys and girls! Thus far, we have looked at the top-40 quarterbacks, top-100 running backs, top-175 wide receivers, and top-50 tight ends for the upcoming fantasy football season. Taking that all into account, we have been able to formulate … Continue reading Fantasy Football 2021 Auction Values
To the average person, asking someone if they play fantasy football may be expected to induce a binary “yes or no” answer. However, for hardcore enthusiasts, this is not the case. Do you play PPR, half-PPR, or with multiple quarterbacks? Auction drafts, snake drafts, or linear drafts? What other scoring and roster setting quirks does your league have? There are so many intricacies when it … Continue reading Fantasy Football 2021 Dynasty Top-400 Rankings
With free agency and the draft well in the rearview mirror, we’ve reached the “dead period” of the NFL offseason. That is, unless you play fantasy football. Rather than focus on which players are in the “best shape of their lives” and tracking training camp statistics, this is a critical time for the formulation and finalization of rankings. Competitive drafts are already starting to take … Continue reading Fantasy Football 2021 Quarterback Rankings + Projections
We are less than two weeks away from the start of NFL free agency, which figures to be much more chaotic than years past! First off, no one seems to know exactly what the cap number will be for 2021, but it is likely to be around $180 million, much less than previous seasons. Thus, teams will have to cut ties with veterans they may … Continue reading 2021 NFL Free Agency Value Projections
After playing general manager for each AFC team earlier in the week, it is now time to do the same for the NFC. My thoughts on the offseason and free agency may differ from some, so I’ll repeat what I stated in the AFC version: “Whereas the draft is much more complex and predicated on drafting as many valuable players as you can to keep … Continue reading NFL: Playing “GM” For Every NFC Team Ahead of Free Agency
With the 2020-2021 NFL season now over, it is officially the offseason! To be fair, there really isn’t an offseason in professional sports- activity happens year-round! As we get farther into the offseason, we will get to see how each front office goes about building their rosters. The best part about this? No two general managers are alike! Some will prioritize adding star talent through … Continue reading Stars or Depth? What Is The Best Way To Build an NFL Roster?
Once upon a time, quarterbacks were expected to be statues in the pocket. As the team’s signal-caller, your job was to simply pass the ball and execute a game plan. If you weren’t a pocket passer, there probably was a lot of momentum for you to move to a different position. This was a much simpler time of football analysis, but now, the game has … Continue reading NFL Deep Dive: How Important Is Mobility At The Quarterback Position?
We’re in the midst of a historic time of football, with respects to blockbuster trades. Since the NFL was established, there have been eight trades involving two first-round picks for an established player, and four of them have come in the past two years. The latest monster transaction took place on Saturday, as the Seahawks shipped two first-round picks, a third-round pick, and safety Bradley … Continue reading Reacting to Jamal Adams Trade: What is The Value To Having One Defensive Star?
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
Team-building is just a fascinating phenomenon is sports, and, honestly, it is my favorite part about studying them. There are so many different strategies that lead executives take towards building a championship-caliber roster, and since they come from different backgrounds, their values are completely different. There isn’t a sport where this isn’t more obvious than in the NFL. While more executives are “analytically-minded” and have … Continue reading What Actually Wins NFL Games? Not What Conventional Wisdom Wants You To Believe!