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2021 NFL Draft: Best team fits for top running backs? Five analytics-based pairings
Apr 22, 2021
The 2021 NFL Draft offers some enticing running backs with multifaceted skill sets. What is each top prospect's best team fit? Cynthia Frelund crunches the numbers and provides five ideal analytics-based pairings.
2021 NFL Draft: Best team fits for top quarterbacks? Five analytics-based pairings
Apr 14, 2021
The 2021 NFL Draft is highlighted by a series of enticing -- and functionally different -- quarterbacks. What is each top prospect's best team fit? Cynthia Frelund crunches the numbers and provides five ideal analytics-based pairings.
2021 NFL Draft: Best team fits for top wide receivers? Five analytics-based pairings
Apr 07, 2021
The 2021 NFL Draft provides another crop of highly enticing wide receivers. What is each top prospect's best team fit? Cynthia Frelund crunches the numbers and provides five ideal analytics-based pairings.
Five most overperforming and five most underperforming units of 2020 NFL season
Jan 27, 2021
Looking across the NFL, which position groups significantly outstripped expectations in 2020? Which ones disappointed? Cynthia Frelund highlights the five most overperforming and five most underperforming units from this season.
Championship Sunday mismatches: Will Pack torch Bucs on early downs? Can Chiefs stop Stefon Diggs?
Jan 20, 2021
With all of the enticing storylines surrounding both games on Championship Sunday, what will truly influence the final results? Cynthia Frelund identifies one crucial mismatch in each conference title bout.
NFL playoff percentages: Who will reach Super Bowl LV? Hoist the Lombardi Trophy?
Jan 07, 2021
The NFL playoffs are upon us! Who's poised to reach Super Bowl LV? Who has the best chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy? After crunching the numbers, Cynthia Frelund provides odds for all 14 postseason teams.
2020 NFL playoff picture: Who'll win AFC South? NFC West? Can Bears sneak in?
Dec 23, 2020
Who's going to win the AFC South? How about the NFC West? Can the Chicago Bears sneak into the postseason? After running 100,000 simulations of each remaining game, Cynthia Frelund provides answers to looming playoff questions.
2020 NFL playoff picture: Four postseason contenders with difficult final stretches
Dec 09, 2020
Heading into the final quarter of the 2020 regular season, Cynthia Frelund spotlights four playoff-contending teams with challenging final stretches. Plus, evidence that Pittsburgh NEEDS the No. 1 seed.
Rumors of Drew Brees' demise have been greatly exaggerated; two fantasy sleepers
Sep 30, 2020
There's growing speculation around New Orleans that Drew Brees has become the Saints' biggest problem. Not so fast, writes Cynthia Frelund. Plus, one crucial offensive statistic and two fantasy sleepers.
Projecting NFL's 2020 stat leaders: Derrick Henry, Cam Jordan to excel
Aug 10, 2020
Can Derrick Henry repeat as rushing king? Will Cam Jordan lead the NFL in sacks? Resident analytics guru Cynthia Frelund has been crunching the numbers on 2020 projections, and her models put the spotlight on 10 individual players.
Browns, Cowboys among clubs set to thrive with new offensive minds
Jul 30, 2020
How will new Browns coach Kevin Stefanski get more out of Baker Mayfield? What can Mike McCarthy do to make the Cowboys' offense even more fearsome? Cynthia Frelund uses analytics to project how new offensive play-callers will benefit six teams in 2020.
NFL rookie running backs: Who'll be most productive in 2020? My top 7
Jun 08, 2020
Which rookie running backs will provide the biggest returns in 2020? Using contextualized play-calling data from each team and factoring in every rookie RB's skill set, Cynthia Frelund comes up with a predictive pecking order. Who's No. 1: Clyde Edwards-Helaire or Jonathan Taylor?
NFL's most underappreciated players: One for each AFC team
May 18, 2020
Who are the most underappreciated players in the NFL? Cynthia Frelund, our resident analytics guru, crunched the numbers to unearth overlooked individuals with the highest contribution metrics. Here is one slept-on standout for each AFC team.
2020 NFL Draft: Four efficient trades involving high-value picks
Apr 20, 2020
Ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft, Cynthia Frelund has run thousands of draft simulations to arrive at four efficient trades that would work out for both teams. Should the Ravens and Falcons explore a deal for the 16th overall pick?
2020 NFL Draft: Best analytics-based team fits for top five WRs
Apr 08, 2020
Cynthia Frelund has crunched the numbers and identified the best team fit for each of the top five WRs in the 2020 NFL Draft. Where are the best landing spots for potential first-rounders CeeDee Lamb and Henry Ruggs III?
Cynthia Frelund 2020 NFL mock draft 2.0: Analytics-based picks
Mar 30, 2020
Could the Tom Brady-less Patriots take a QB in Round 1? Cynthia Frelund's analytics-based mock is based solely on a contextual, data-driven model that aims to do one thing: maximize each team's potential to win as many games as possible in 2020.
2020 NFL free agency frenzy: 3 good moves, 3 head-scratchers
Mar 19, 2020
The new league year has brought a flurry of activity, with free agency and trades significantly altering rosters across the NFL. After crunching the numbers, analytics expert Cynthia Frelund spotlights three good moves and three head-scratchers.
Cynthia Frelund 2020 NFL mock draft: Who would analytics pick?
Mar 04, 2020
Cynthia Frelund's analytics-based mock is based solely on a contextual, data-driven model that aims to do one thing: maximize each team's potential to win as many games as possible in 2020. Who goes where in this unique Round 1 simulation?
2019 NFL Divisional Round: X-factors for eight remaining teams
Jan 08, 2020
Will Jadeveon Clowney wreck the game? Can Tyrann Mathieu hold down the back end without Juan Thornhill? How healthy is Dee Ford? Cynthia Frelund identifies one analytics-based X-factor for each of the eight remaining teams.
NFC playoff race: 49ers, Seahawks strong No. 1 seed contenders
Dec 18, 2019
Jimmy Garoppolo's Niners and Kirk Cousins' Vikings are both currently slotted as wild-card teams -- but one has a strong chance to rise far. Cynthia Frelund ranks all five contenders' chances at landing the NFC's No. 1 seed.
Myles Garrett fallout on Browns; two big games in NFC East race
Nov 20, 2019
Does Myles Garrett's suspension effectively end the Cleveland Browns' highly disappointing season? Cynthia Frelund examines. Plus, a look at two huge games in the tight NFC East race, as well as a pair of Week 12 sleepers.
Minkah Fitzpatrick WAS out of position in Miami; sleeper teams
Nov 13, 2019
Pittsburgh initially caught flak for the Minkah Fitzpatrick trade, but the safety is performing at a Defensive Player of the Year level. Cynthia Frelund explains how the Steelers nailed this move. Plus, two sleeper teams to watch.
Projected 2019 NFC win totals at midseason: Eagles top the East
Oct 31, 2019
At the midway point of the 2019 season, what is each NFC team's updated win-total projection? How about playoff percentages? Our resident analytics expert, Cynthia Frelund, crunched the numbers in her prediction model.
Daniel Jones poised to make more noise? Plus, three sleepers
Sep 25, 2019
How will Daniel Jones and Kyle Allen perform after wowing the NFL last Sunday? Which 1-2 team still has a very good chance to hit the playoffs? Cynthia Frelund answers those questions -- and spotlights two sleeper players.
Saints/Steelers' playoff hopes buried by QB injuries? Not so fast!
Sep 18, 2019
Injuries to Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger led many to immediately dismiss the Saints and Steelers, but Cynthia Frelund says both teams can still make the playoffs. Plus, two trends to trust and two trends to distrust.