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Graham Barfield

Graham Barfield


May

Big improvements are coming to the NFL fantasy football product this year. Not only have we released an all-new, redesigned app for iOS and Android devices -- the fantasy game itself is changing. This year, we are switching from standard to PPR (... more

April

With the NFL Draft in the books, it's officially time to start gearing up for 2019 fantasy football leagues. This exciting time begins with a look at the incoming rookie class and how we should view player talent, their team fit, and their immediate... more

March

Free agency (legal tampering) is underway and teams are making moves. All trades and signings can't be made official until March 13 at 4 pm EST, but plenty of dominoes have already fallen. I'll keep this analysis thread open all week, so make sure... more

The 2019 NFL Scouting Combine was defined by an elite pass-catching crop, Kyler Murray's absence, and a disappointing day for running backs. While this year's receiver crop is the fastest group since official combine data started being recorded in 20... more

February

This past year, Next Gen Stats revealed a new metric called completion probability . Instead of anecdotally wondering how difficult a throw and catch was on the field, we now have data to prove it. Factoring in the distance the ball traveled, recei... more

January

Just one short year ago, the common sentiment around the league was clear: The NFL is in another transition phase. You just had to follow the numbers. In 2017, we saw a decade-low in offensive points per game (21.7), pass rate declined (by 1.7 percen... more

The Divisional round is here. In this weekly column, we dive deep into Next Gen Stats' metrics and explore player and team-based matchups. The goal is simple: Next Gen provides truly unique analytical data we can use to uncover edges when making fant... more

Welcome to the Wild Card round. In this weekly column, we dive deep into Next Gen Stats' metrics and explore player and team-based matchups. The goal is simple: Next Gen provides truly unique analytical data we can use to uncover edges when making fa... more

December

The fantasy season is largely in the books and many teams either have their eye on the playoffs or 2019. The Saints, Cowboys, and Seahawks will positively rest starters in the season finale while it's largely expected Christian McCaffrey will not h... more

Week 17 fantasy finals are always a little bizarre and this season will be no different. The Saints and Cowboys have clinched spots and can not further their playoff standing, so they will almost assuredly rest starters. What's more, Todd Gurley (kne... more

Now in its third season, Next Gen Stats has quickly exploded. The statistics are featured in game broadcasts, they are leveraged in countless articles, tweets, and podcasts throughout the week, and the Next Gen Stats database is free to access. In... more

Streaming your starting QB, TE, or D/ST isn't the goal in fantasy football. But, if you're weak at a position where you only have to start one player, picking up usable fantasy weeks from the waiver wire can be a beneficial process. In typical start-... more

If you're reading this, you've likely survived and advanced to championship week. If you're still fighting for jelly beans in the loser's bracket, let's hope the bronze medal fits you well. Whatever brings you in, thanks for reading along all season.... more

Now in its third season, Next Gen Stats has quickly exploded. The statistics are featured in game broadcasts, they are leveraged in countless articles, tweets, and podcasts throughout the week, and the Next Gen Stats database is free to access. In... more

Streaming your starting QB, TE, or D/ST isn't the goal in fantasy football. But, if you're weak at a position where you only have to start one player, picking up usable fantasy weeks from the waiver wire can be a beneficial process. In typical start-... more

With a bizarre opening round of the fantasy playoffs in the books, managers moving on to Week 15 must keep their rosters fresh ahead of the semifinals. A pair of 'Niners, Dante Pettis and Jeff Wilson, are coming off back-to-back strong starts and are... more

Streaming your starting QB, TE, or D/ST isn't the goal in fantasy football. But, if you're weak at a position where you only have to start one player, picking up usable fantasy weeks from the waiver wire can be a beneficial process. In typical start-... more

The Week 14 waiver wire column is live and filled with nine players to consider adding ahead of the fantasy playoff push. If you are in need of a deeper dive, let's go scour the waiver wire. Note: As the season winds down, I'm going to maintain a... more

Week 13 was a quintessentially chaotic week in fantasy football. Kareem Hunt (domestic violence) was released on Friday night. The Saints (10), Vikings (10), Falcons (16), and Packers (17) combined to score just 53 offensive points in losses. Packers... more

November

Now in its third season, Next Gen Stats has quickly exploded. The statistics are featured in game broadcasts, they are leveraged in countless articles, tweets, and podcasts throughout the week, and the Next Gen Stats database is free to access. In... more

Streaming your starting QB, TE, or D/ST isn't the goal in fantasy football. But, if you're weak at a position where you only have to start one player, picking up usable fantasy weeks from the waiver wire can be a beneficial process. In typical, start... more

The Week 13 waiver wire column is live and filled with nine players to consider adding ahead of the fantasy playoff push. If you are in need of a deeper dive, let's go scour the waiver wire. Note: As the season winds down, I'm going to maintain a... more

With the fantasy playoffs officially right around the corner, it's time to dig in and make some final moves to help those fantasy rosters. Let's hit the Week 13 waiver wire:... more

Now in its third season, Next Gen Stats has quickly exploded. The statistics are featured in game broadcasts, they are leveraged in countless articles, tweets, and podcasts throughout the week, and the Next Gen Stats database is free to access. In... more

Streaming your starting QB, TE, or D/ST isn't the goal in fantasy football. But, if you're weak at a position where you only have to start one player, picking up usable fantasy weeks from the waiver wire can be a beneficial process. In typical start-... more

Pending the Chiefs-Rams MNF showdown, Week 11 is nearly in the books. We're getting close to the holidays and... the fantasy playoffs. Let's hit the Week 12 waiver wire and find helpful players for the stretch run.... more

Now in its third season, Next Gen Stats has quickly exploded. The statistics are featured in game broadcasts, they are leveraged in countless articles, tweets, and podcasts throughout the week, and the Next Gen Stats database is free to access. In... more

Streaming your starting QB, TE, or D/ST isn't the goal in fantasy football. But, if you're weak at a position where you only have to start one player, picking up usable fantasy weeks from the waiver wire can be a beneficial process. In typical start-... more

The Week 11 waiver wire column is live and filled with nine players to consider adding ahead of the fantasy playoff push. If you are in need of a deeper waiver wire dive, we'll go find some long-shot players. Our long-standing national fantasy... more

Week 10 is in the books, and since fantasy football is a forward-thinking game, we're already looking ahead to next week. Let's hit the Week 11 wire as playoff pushes are being made:... more

Now in its third season, Next Gen Stats has quickly exploded. The statistics are featured in game broadcasts, they are leveraged in countless articles, tweets, and podcasts throughout the week, and the Next Gen Stats database is free to access. In... more

Streaming your starting QB, TE, or D/ST isn't the goal in fantasy football. But, if you're weak at a position where you only have to start one player, picking up usable fantasy weeks from the waiver wire can be a beneficial process. In typical start-... more

The Week 10 waiver wire column is live and filled with nine players to consider adding ahead of the fantasy playoff push. If you are in need of a deeper waiver wire dive, let's go find some long-shot players: Players to add: Tre'Quan Smith, WR,... more

Pending Monday Night Football, Week 9 is nearly in the books. We're on to double-digit weeks! After a fairly slow month of waiver adds, this is a white-hot week to spend your FAAB budget as everyone is pushing for a spot in the fantasy playoffs. Let'... more

Now in its third season, Next Gen Stats has quickly exploded. The statistics are featured in game broadcasts, they are leveraged in countless articles, tweets, and podcasts throughout the week, and the Next Gen Stats database is free to access. In... more

October

Streaming your starting QB, TE, or D/ST isn't the goal in fantasy football. But, if you're weak at a position where you only have to start one player, picking up usable fantasy weeks from the waiver wire can be a beneficial process. In typical start-... more

The Week 9 waiver wire column is live and filled with nine players to consider adding ahead of the bye week apocalypse. Six teams have their off date during Week 9: Cardinals, Bengals, Colts, Jaguars, Giants, and Eagles. Quite a few fantasy teams wi... more

As always, waiver wire's should be mostly thin by this time of the year. Luckily, the last two weeks have been light on the injury front, further slowing down the influx of solid adds. Still, there are nine potential moves to make ahead of Week 9. Le... more

Now in its third season, Next Gen Stats has quickly exploded. The statistics are featured in game broadcasts, they are leveraged in countless articles, tweets, and podcasts throughout the week, and the Next Gen Stats database is free to access. In... more

Streaming your starting QB, TE, or D/ST isn't the goal in fantasy football. But, if you're weak at a position where you only have to start one player, picking up usable fantasy weeks from the waiver wire can be a beneficial process. In typical start-... more

This week's Deep Dive is going to look a little different. The Week 8 Waiver Wire column covers all of the pertinent adds this week while we have four more teams out on bye (Atlanta, Dallas, L.A. Chargers, and Tennessee). We're just past the midwa... more

Week 7 is in the books, and we're already looking ahead at the best waiver claims and bids ahead of Week 8. There are three clear-cut adds at the top this week as Marshawn Lynch (groin) and Ted Ginn's (knee) injuries open up opportunities.... more

Now in its third season, Next Gen Stats has quickly exploded. The statistics are featured in game broadcasts, they are leveraged in countless articles, tweets, and podcasts throughout the week, and the Next Gen Stats database is free to access. In... more

Streaming your starting QB, TE, or D/ST isn't the goal in fantasy football. But, if you're weak at a position where you only have to start one player, picking up usable fantasy weeks from the waiver wire can be a beneficial process. In typical, start... more

Our weekly Waiver Wire column covers all of the big-ticket adds for casual leagues, but the Deep Dive is for leagues with intensive waiver pools. For this column, we'll try to focus on players that are less than one-third (33 percent) owned in NFL.c... more

Now in its third season, Next Gen Stats has quickly exploded. The statistics are featured in game broadcasts, they are leveraged in countless articles, tweets, and podcasts throughout the week, and the Next Gen Stats database is free to access. In... more

Streaming your starting QB, TE, or D/ST isn't the goal in fantasy football. But, if you're weak at a position where you only have to start one player, picking up usable fantasy weeks from the waiver wire can be a beneficial process. In typical start-... more

Our weekly Waiver Wire column covers all of the big-ticket adds for casual leagues, but the Deep Dive is for leagues with intensive waiver pools. For this column, we'll try to focus on players that are less than one-third (33 percent) owned in NFL.c... more

After a white-hot start to the season, Week 5 was a bit of a downer. At press-time (pending Monday Night Football), only two quarterbacks on the slate scored 25 or more fantasy points. In Weeks 1-4 combined, an average of 7.5 fantasy QBs scored 25 or... more

Now in its third season, Next Gen Stats has quickly exploded. The statistics are featured in game broadcasts, they are leveraged in countless articles, tweets, and podcasts throughout the week, and the Next Gen Stats database is free to access. In... more

Streaming your starting QB, TE, or D/ST isn't the goal in fantasy football. But, if you're weak at a position where you only have to start one player, picking up usable fantasy weeks from the waiver wire can be a beneficial process. In typical start-... more

Our weekly Waiver Wire column covers all of the big-ticket adds for casual leagues, but the Deep Dive is for leagues with intensive waiver pools. For this column, we'll try to focus on players that are less than one-third (33 percent) owned in NFL.c... more

September

If you can believe it, a month of football is already in the books. 2018 has been a wild start, too. Through Weeks 1-4, teams are averaging 1.80 passing scores per game -- most in NFL history. The previous high was set in 2015, with 1.64 passi... more

Now in its third season, Next Gen Stats has quickly exploded. The statistics are featured in game broadcasts, they are leveraged in countless articles, tweets, and podcasts throughout the week, and the Next Gen Stats database is free to access. In... more

Streaming your starting QB, TE, or D/ST isn't the goal in fantasy football. But, if you're weak at a position where you only have to start one player, picking up usable fantasy weeks from the waiver wire can be a beneficial process. In typical start-... more

Our weekly Waiver Wire column covers all of the big-ticket adds, but the Deep Dive is for leagues with intensive waiver pools. In this column, we'll focus on players that are less than one-third (33 percent) owned in NFL.com leagues. Fantasy footbal... more

Week 3 was ridiculous. The Browns won for the first time in 635 days. The road-tripping Bills made easy work of the Vikings. Detroit and Matt Patricia thoroughly beat Belichick, Brady, and the Patriots. The Jags lost at home to a half-strength Marcus... more

Now in its fourth season, Next Gen Stats has quickly exploded. The statistics are featured in game broadcasts, they are leveraged in countless articles, tweets, and podcasts throughout the week, and the Next Gen Stats database is free to access. I... more

Streaming your starting QB, TE, or D/ST isn't the goal in fantasy football. But, if you're weak at a position where you only have to start one player, picking up usable fantasy weeks from the waiver wire can be a beneficial process. In typical start-... more

Our Waiver Wire column covers all of the big-ticket adds, but the Deep Dive is for leagues with intensive waiver pools. For this column, we'll try to focus on players that are less than one-third (33 percent) owned in NFL.com leagues. Fantasy footbal... more

Now in its third season, Next Gen Stats has quickly exploded. The statistics are featured on Sunday Night Football, they are leveraged in countless articles, tweets, and podcasts throughout the week, and the database is free to access for anyone. I... more

Streaming your starting QB, TE, or D/ST isn't the goal in fantasy football. But, if you're weak at a position where you only have to start one player, picking up usable fantasy weeks from the waiver wire can be a beneficial process. In typical start-... more

Week 1 was filled with yet another miraculous comeback by Aaron Rodgers, a long Saquon Barkley TD run in his first NFL game, and unfortunately, a ton of injuries. The first Deep Dive of the year will focus on TE replacements for Delanie Walker (ank... more

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