Last week, Zach Ertz was held below 40 yards for just the fourth time this season but the second consecutive week. Before these two games (in which he managed to pull in just 8 of his 15 targets), Ertz was on pace to finish with 124 receptions, which would have put him at fifth-most in a season all-time. He is now on pace for 115, which would still put him in the top 20 for receptions in a season and break Jason Witten’s single-season record for receptions by a tight end (110).
Written by PATRICK ROWLEY The Cowboys trading for Amari Cooper has turned their season around. Following their Week 8 bye Dallas was looking up at both the Redskins (5-2) and Eagles (4-4) in the standings. Since acquiring Amari Cooper, the Cowboys have gone 5-1 and are currently on a five game win streak, the longest […]
Written by MARK SIMON Research by PATRICK ROWLEY The Patriots often assign their No. 2 cornerback and a safety to cover the other team’s top receiver, which means top cornerback Stephon Gilmore goes 1-on-1 with the other team’s No. 2 receiver. So if healthy, we would expect Gilmore to defend JuJu Smith-Schuster this weekend when […]
by MARK SIMON Who are the top players at defending against the pass in 2018? Let’s look at that specifically through pass coverage (rather than the pass rush) We will use the player’s ranking in our Total Points stat as the basis for judgment. What is Total Points? Total Points takes the Expected Points stat […]
by MARK SIMON The following is an excerpt from the 2019 Bill James Baseball Handbook, published by Acta Sports. You can purchase the Handbook online here. By BILL JAMES When people ask me whether so-and-so belongs in the Hall of Fame, I generally have dodged the question. I will advocate for two or three Hall of […]
By MARK SIMON Yesterday, we looked at which quarterbacks are best and most prolific when it comes to throwing deep passes. Today, let’s look at which receivers are the best at catching them. Note that for our purposes, unless otherwise noted, we’re referring to passes thrown at least 20 yards downfield. Who is targeted on them most […]
by MARK SIMON A quarterback throwing the deep ball is one of the most exciting things you’ll see in a football game. It leads to big plays, sometimes game-changing moments and puts a receiver’s athleticism on display. So let’s dig into a few of the numbers related to long passes this season. For our purposes, […]
By ANDREW KYNE The primary component of Baseball Info Solutions’ Defensive Runs Saved metric is the Range & Positioning system, which rates each fielder’s success at converting batted balls into outs. Fielding Bible Award winners Alex Gordon (LF), Lorenzo Cain (CF), and Mookie Betts (RF) were among the best at their respective positions in 2018 according […]