Wednesday, November 19, 2014

FFEE - 2014 Rookie WR Class - Best EVER?! has a great article (here) on some of the reasons why the 2014 NFL Rookie WR class has performed so well so far. Here are some interesting stats!

As a whole, the 2014 class is on pace to finish with nearly 200 more catches, over 2,500 more yards and 40 more touchdowns than any class from this century. Seven rookies have five or more touchdown catches, the most for any full season in NFL history.

The closest comparison of the 2014 class, is to the 1996 wide receiver class that featured two potential Hall of Famers as well as exceptional depth, with nine players topping 500 receptions and 8,000 receiving yards in their lengthy careers.

1996 Rd. Pick Team Receptions Yards TDs
Terrell Owens 3 89 San Francisco 49ers 1,078 15,934 153
Marvin Harrison 1 19 Indianapolis Colts 1,102 14,580 128
Keyshawn Johnson 1 1 New York Jets 814 10,571 64
Muhsin Muhammad 2 43 Carolina Panthers 860 11,438 62
Eric Moulds 1 24 Buffalo Bills 764 9,995 49
Amani Toomer 2 34 New York Giants 668 9,497 54
Joe Horn 5 135 Kansas City Chiefs 603 8,744 58
Terry Glenn 1 7 New England Patriots 593 8,823 44
Eddie Kennison 1 18 St. Louis Rams 548 8,345 42
Bobby Engram 2 52 Chicago Bears 650 7,751 35
David Patten UD New York Giants 324 4,715 24
Jermaine Lewis 5 153 Baltimore Ravens 143 2,129 17

Name Team Rec. Yards TDs FF Pts. PPR
 Kelvin Benjamin CAR 52 768 8 117 169
 Mike Evans TB 46 794 7 116 162
 Sammy Watkins BUF 45 649 5 90 135
 Brandin Cooks NO 53 550 3 80 133
 Odell Beckham NYG 31 463 3 63 94
 Jordan Matthews PHI 44 558 6 86 130
 John Brown ARI 34 468 5 72 106
 Allen Hurns JAC 30 475 5 72 102

Thursday, November 13, 2014

2014 NFL Strength of Schedule - Weeks 11 to 13

Week 11 is upon us, and we'd like to take some time to check out which teams to target for solid production in the playoff push. Weeks 11 through 13 have some solid teams looking good down the stretch, including Green Bay, Indianapolis, and Philadelphia. Some of the tougher schedules are Arizona, Seattle, and the New York Jets.  Take a look, and prepare your roster for the playoff push!

ARI DET @SEA @ATL Palmer out + DET & SEA ahead = Not promising for ARI.
ATL @CAR CLE ARI ATL has an above average schedule through the next three.
BAL BYE @NO SD After the Bye, BAL should get the passing game going a bit.
BUF @MIA NYJ CLE Not bad, not good. Middle of the pack.
CAR ATL BYE @MIN They'll put up some nice stats with ATL and @MIN ahead.
CHI MIN TB @DET Next two home games should help CHI's offense improve.
CIN @NO @HOU @TB Three road games, but all should be decent matchups.
CLE HOU @ATL @BUF Next two are nice, Buffalo will be tough.
DAL BYE @NYG PHI Jump on the Cowboys after the bye, they'll score a bunch.
DEN @STL MIA @KC Nearly Matchup-proof, but KC usually plays tough at home.
DET @ARI @NE CHI Expect the Lions to get hot weeks 12 and 13.
GB PHI @MIN NE Really nice schedule for GB. Look for boatloads of points.
HOU @CLE CIN TEN Foster and the running game should work, the rest , unlikely.
IND NE JAX WSH Luck and IND should continue a torrid pace for the next three.
JAX BYE @IND NYG Fairly nice schedule after the bye, but JAX is not reliable.
KC SEA @OAK DEN Tough, easy, tough… About sums it up.
MIA BUF @DEN @NYJ The MIA running game will slow with  a slight uptick in passing.
MIN @CHI GB CAR MIN should produce, with CHI and CAR on the schedule.
NE @IND DET @GB NE has a tough stretch, but will likely score some points.
NO CIN BAL @PIT We see Brees and NO scoring well in the next three.
NYG SF DAL @JAX Home games, and @JAX look enticing for NYG.
NYJ BYE @BUF MIA Tough stretch for the JETS.
OAK @SD KC @STL OAK don't have much to look forward to right now.
PHI @GB TEN @DAL PHI will likely be in a couple of shootouts.
PIT @TEN BYE NO PIT will continue to put up points againts TEN and NO.
SD OAK STL @BAL SD should rebound nicely from a few tough weeks.
SEA @KC ARI @SF Not an easy road for the defending champions.
SF @NYG WSH SEA SF will have some ups and downs in the next three weeks.
STL DEN @SD OAK There really isn't much happening for the STL offense.
TB @WSH @CHI CIN Pretty good schedule for TB to get the offense clicking.
TEN PIT @PHI @HOU TEN's new QB should have some solid games coming up.
WSH TB @SF @IND TB and IND should be solid, @SF will be tough for WSH

Friday, November 7, 2014

BLAST FROM THE PAST - WEEK 10 - Year over Year Turnover

Week 10 of the 2014 NFL season is upon us, and we're ready to take a look back at 2013 and what if brought to us last year.  We took a look at the top 32 performers for week 10 2013 and found a startling discovery, of the top 32, only 14 of them are performing at or above their expected results from 2013. Now most of the failure of the other 18 has to do with injury, but it goes to show you, no matter how well you've set up your roster, anything can happen in the NFL.  

1 Thomas, Demaryius DEN WR 32.3 Performing as expected
2 Austin, Tavon STL WR 32.2 Nearly eliminated from the offense
4 Brees, Drew NOS QB 31.7 Performing as expected
5 Matthews, Rishard MIA WR 29.5 Scored 24.8 points… The ENTIRE 2014 Season so far
6 Marshall, Brandon CHI WR 29.4 Still getting the targets, but only one TD in last six games
7 Griffin III, Robert WAS QB 27.6 Injuries have taken their toll on RGIII
8 Manning, Peyton DEN QB 27.1 Performing as expected
9 Thomas, Pierre NOS RB 26.6 Missed the last month with a shoulder injury
10 Green, A.J. CIN WR 25.1 Missed three weeks with toe injury
11 Foles, Nick PHI QB 23.9 Will miss 6-8 weeks with shoulder injury
12 Cooper, Riley PHI WR 23.7 Performing as expected
13 Lynch, Marshawn SEA RB 23.6 Performing as expected
14 Johnson, Calvin DET WR 23.3 Missed a month with an ankle injury
15 Sproles, Darren NOS RB 23.3 Performing as expected
16 Ingram, Mark NOS RB 23 Performing as expected recently
17 Fitzpatrick, Ryan TEN QB 22.9 Benched as Texans starter
18 Wilson, Russell SEA QB 21.5 Performing as expected
19 Garcon, Pierre WAS WR 21.4 On pace for 75/815/5 … Major drop from 2013's 113/1346/5
20 Peterson, Adrian MIN RB 20.7 Suspended for conduct
21 Colston, Marques NOS WR 20.2 Still making catches, not getting TDs (currently at one TD)
22 Tate, Golden SEA WR 19.6 Performing better than expected
23 Bernard, Giovani CIN RB 19.5 Performing as expected, but out the last two games w/ injury
24 Carlson, John MIN TE 19.3 Performing as expected
25 Keenum, Case HOU QB 19.3 Now a free agent
28 Brown, Andre NYG RB 18.4 Now a free agent
29 Johnson, Andre HOU WR 18.2 Still making catches, not getting TDs (currently at one TD)
33 Stafford, Matthew DET QB 17.7 On pace for 4412/22/14… Big drop from 4647/29/19 of 2013
36 Bell, Le'Veon PIT RB 17.1 Performing as expected
37 Thomas, Julius DEN TE 17.1 Performing as expected
39 Kearse, Jermaine SEA WR 17 Performing as expected
40 McCoy, LeSean PHI RB 16.6 Pace for 1432 total yds & 2 TDs. Last year?! 2146 yds & 11 TDs
41 Hilton, T.Y. IND WR 16.5 Performing better than expected