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Super Bowl Kick Returners Preview
Super Bowl Kick Returners Preview
PUBLISHED: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 04:40 PM EST
R Player  Tm  Pos Vs.  2016 TDs PR Yds PR TDs KR Yds KR TDs Comments  1 Eric Weems Atl WR NE 0 10 0 52 0 New England has not allowed more than 86 combined return yards in six straight games. 2 Dion Lewis NE RB Atl 1 0 ...
2016/2017 Division Review/Preview: NFC North
2016/2017 Division Review/Preview: NFC North
PUBLISHED: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 01:22 PM EST
Note: Free agency and salary data is from spotrac.com. Chicago Bears (3-13; 4th in NFC North) Quarterbacks Jay Cutler – The Cutler Era in Chicago will likely unceremoniously end this off-season after a mostly polarizing eight years with the Bears. He sprained his thumb in Week 2 and missed five g...
2016 SOS Adjusted QB Scores
2016 SOS Adjusted QB Scores
PUBLISHED: Friday, January 27, 2017 10:19 AM EST
Every year, after the season ends, I look back at player performance (in fantasy points (FP)) adjusted by factoring in their strength of schedule (SoS). I want to strip out the effects of difficult or easy schedules in order to better predict player performance next season. I look at all the offensi...
2016/2017 Division Review/Preview: AFC South
2016/2017 Division Review/Preview: AFC South
PUBLISHED: Thursday, January 26, 2017 02:37 PM EST
Note: Free agency and salary data is from spotrac.com. Houston Texans (9-7; 1st in AFC South) Quarterbacks Brock Osweiler – Where do we even begin? After an abysmal season in which Osweiler barely managed to look competent in even routine situations, Houston will likely look elsewhere at the quar...
2016/2017 Division Review/Preview: AFC North
2016/2017 Division Review/Preview: AFC North
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 01:00 PM EST
Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5; 1st in AFC North) Quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger – It wasn’t too long ago that the Steelers had one of the best receiving corps in the league. Then WR Martavis Bryant was suspended for the season, TE Ladarius Green couldn’t get on the field consistently in 2016, and WR ...
2016/2017 Division Review/Preview: NFC East
2016/2017 Division Review/Preview: NFC East
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 11:49 AM EST
Note: Free agency and salary data is from spotrac.com. Dallas Cowboys (13-3; 1st in NFC East) Quarterbacks Dak Prescott – No matter what way you slice it, Prescott had one of the best rookie seasons for a QB ever, and he was the eighth QB taken in the 2016 draft. Thrown into the starting lineup b...
Championship Round Kick Returners Preview
Championship Round Kick Returners Preview
PUBLISHED: Saturday, January 21, 2017 08:58 AM EST
R Player  Tm  Pos Vs.  2016 TDs PR Yds PR TDs KR Yds KR TDs Comments  1 Eric Weems Atl WR GB 0 13 0 59 0 Weems resumed the dual return role in the Divisional playoff round. 2 Dion Lewis NE RB Pit 1 0 0 48 0 ...
Championship Round Tight End Previews
Championship Round Tight End Previews
PUBLISHED: Friday, January 20, 2017 02:21 PM EST
1. Jared Cook (GB vs. Atl, Sun. 3:05 p.m.) Last five weeks: 24/329/1 receiving (41 targets), 12.6 FPG You know it is a rough week for tight ends when this is by far and away the best option. In fairness to him, Jared Cook has really turned his up-and-down play around with Green Bay. In fact, witho...
Championship Round Wide Receiver Previews
Championship Round Wide Receiver Previews
PUBLISHED: Friday, January 20, 2017 02:20 PM EST
1. Antonio Brown (Pit, at NE, Sun. 6:40 p.m.) Last five weeks: 24/386/3 receiving (36 targets), 20.2 FPG What’s Brown been up to this week? We’ll let his social media mishap alone since we see it having no bearing on how this game will actually play out this week. Brown posted 6/108 receiving on 1...
Championship Round Running Back Previews
Championship Round Running Back Previews
PUBLISHED: Friday, January 20, 2017 02:20 PM EST
1. Le’Veon Bell (Pit, at NE, Sun. 6:40 p.m.) Last five weeks: 102/552/3 rushing, 12/56/1 receiving (19 targets), 24.2 FPG If the Steelers are going to win the AFC championship, it’s going to be on the shoulders of Bell, who has been absolutely dominant thus far in the playoffs. Against the Chiefs ...
Championship Round Quarterback Previews
Championship Round Quarterback Previews
PUBLISHED: Friday, January 20, 2017 02:19 PM EST
1. Aaron Rodgers (GB vs. Atl, Sun. 3:05 p.m.) Last five weeks: 127/191 (66.5%), 1616 yards, 14 TDs, 1 INT, 19/90/1 rushing, 20.4 FPG Even though Rodgers is red-hot, the Packers’ receiving corps is a complete mess. Jordy Nelson (ribs) still is not practicing and is a “long shot” to play against the...
The Future of Kirk Cousins
The Future of Kirk Cousins
PUBLISHED: Thursday, January 19, 2017 10:36 AM EST
My local paper's lead sports columnist had a piece today on whether or not Washington should sign Kirk Cousins to a long-term contract. His argument was that the team should, and he argued that "it’s a lot more likely that he stays the same or gets better than he regresses." So I wondered if that wa...
Wednesday Injury Update
Wednesday Injury Update
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 06:07 PM EST
Falcon WR Julio Jones (toe) did not practice Wednesday, as expected. He’ll be good to go for this weekend. Falcon WR Taylor Gabriel (foot) was limited at Wednesday’s practice. Packer WR Davante Adams (ankle) didn’t practice Wednesday, according to ESPN, and HC Mike McCarthy said Adams may not prac...
Championship Round Production Tracker
Championship Round Production Tracker
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 04:23 PM EST
It is time to review the defensive points allowed data. In addition to traditional points allowed metrics, this weekly piece features various data points by position. Not only do our readers get access to more data that allows for a full view of what defenses allow, the data is presented as a heat ...
Championship Round Kicker Recommendations
Championship Round Kicker Recommendations
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 11:59 AM EST
Kickers put the foot in football with an 11.9 FP average in the Divisional Round. That is so far off a normal week for kickers that it's hard to say much about a system predicated on kickers doing what kickers usually do. When a "Sit" kickers puts up 11 FP, and that group (of one) is tied for the lo...
Tuesday's Injury Roundup
Tuesday's Injury Roundup
PUBLISHED: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 04:45 PM EST
Note: Not all teams release injury or practice information prior to Wednesday, so be sure to check in with the Wednesday Injury Update and Thursday Injury Update for more up-to-date news concerning practice and injury. Falcon WR Julio Jones (toe) will be “ready to rock” for this weekend’s clash wit...
Championship Round History Report
Championship Round History Report
PUBLISHED: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 02:59 PM EST
Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots Good History Ben Roethlisberger (Pit) – Big Ben has faced NE 9 times in his career, the highest non-divisional total, and has owned the Pats with 19 TDs, 9 INTs and 23.6 FPG. He only tossed 1 TD last year against them but threw for 351 yards for 21.6 FP. ...
Conference Championship Round Stat-Pack
Conference Championship Round Stat-Pack
PUBLISHED: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 01:48 PM EST
It’s a special playoff version of Stat Pack! I will go team-by-team and breakdown three (five!) key statistics with a forward-looking view. The attempt here isn’t so much to provide atypical game recaps, but to provide rich context about the games that may not be obvious. Instead of writing the col...
Divisional Round Snap Report
Divisional Round Snap Report
PUBLISHED: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 09:45 AM EST
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones played 42 offensive snaps (58%). Because he hasn’t been 100% healthy, he hasn’t been playing as many snaps as earlier in the season, but still makes the most of every snap. WR Mohamed Sanu led all WRs with 49 offensive snaps (68%). He also caught his first postseason...
Divisional Round Kick Returners Preview
Divisional Round Kick Returners Preview
PUBLISHED: Friday, January 13, 2017 05:57 PM EST
R Player  Tm  Pos Vs.  2016 TDs PR Yds PR TDs KR Yds KR TDs Comments  1 Lucky Whitehead Dal WR GB 0 10 0 63 0 Whitehead had just one kick return for 21 yards against Green Bay in their first meeting back in Week 6. ...
Divisional Round Quarterback Previews
Divisional Round Quarterback Previews
PUBLISHED: Friday, January 13, 2017 12:21 PM EST
1. Tom Brady (NE vs. Hou, Sat. 8:15 p.m.) Last five weeks: 83/130 (63.8%), 1084 yards, 9 TDs, 1 INT, 3/4/0 rushing, 22.7 FPG While the Patriots couldn’t have asked for a better draw to open their playoff campaign – they are favored by 15, the second-largest spread in Divisional Round history – the...
Divisional Round Running Back Previews
Divisional Round Running Back Previews
PUBLISHED: Friday, January 13, 2017 12:19 PM EST
1. Le’Veon Bell (Pit, at KC, Sun. 1:05 p.m.) Last five weeks: 110/618/6 rushing, 14/122/1 receiving (19 targets), 32.5 FPG The Steelers have been a different team on the road this year, we know that. At home, they’re a juggernaut, and on the road, they’ve been an inconsistent mess that often plays...
Divisional Round Wide Receiver Previews
Divisional Round Wide Receiver Previews
PUBLISHED: Friday, January 13, 2017 12:16 PM EST
1. Antonio Brown (Pit, at KC, Sun. 1:05 p.m.) Last five weeks: 23/356/3 receiving (36 targets), 19.1 FPG Brown escalated things pretty quickly in the first quarter of their Wild Card showdown with the Dolphins, taking two shorts passes the distance from 50 and 62 yards. He finished with 5/124/2 re...
Divisional Round Tight End Previews
Divisional Round Tight End Previews
PUBLISHED: Friday, January 13, 2017 12:16 PM EST
1. Jimmy Graham (Sea vs. Atl, Sat. 4:35 p.m.) Last five weeks: 11/191/1 receiving (20 targets), 7.3 FPG Even though Graham slowed down considerably over the last month of the regular season (8/154/1 receiving on 16 targets) and was held fairly quiet in the Wild Card round (3/37), he is in a possib...
Thursday Injury Update
Thursday Injury Update
PUBLISHED: Thursday, January 12, 2017 04:18 PM EST
Chief RB Spencer Ware (ribs) practiced Wednesday after the team held him out of the regular season finale as a precaution. Cowboy LT Tyron Smith (knee) is expected to do more in Thursday’s practice, according to DallasCowboys.com. Falcon TE Austin Hooper (knee) practiced Wednesday and is fully exp...