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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.
AFC win-total projections: Patriots No. 1, Texans atop division
Sep 04, 2019
What is each AFC team's ceiling, floor and projected win total in the 2019 season? Our resident analytics expert, Cynthia Frelund, crunched ALL the numbers in her prediction model. Check out the team-by-team forecasts.
NFC win-total projections: Eagles on top, Packers' ceiling high
Sep 03, 2019
What is each NFC team's ceiling, floor and projected win total in the 2019 season? Our resident analytics expert, Cynthia Frelund, crunched ALL the numbers in her prediction model. Check out the team-by-team forecasts.
2019 NFL season: Who will repeat 2018 success? Who won't?
Aug 14, 2019
Davante Adams was a touchdown machine in 2018, recording a career-high 13 scores. Was his performance a sensation or an aberration? Cynthia Frelund uses her predictive model to project Adams' 2019 production, along with four other NFL players.
2019 NFL Scouting Combine: Twelve numbers that matter most
Mar 04, 2019
With the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine in the books, which individual player results demand the most attention? Factoring in historical data from the past 15 years, Cynthia Frelund identifies 12 numbers that portend NFL success.
NFL Divisional Round: X-factor for each remaining playoff team
Jan 09, 2019
With all the juicy narratives heading into the Divisional Round, we're left with one question: What really matters? After running 140,000 simulations on her projection model, Cynthia Frelund provides one analytics-based X-factor for each remaining team.
Eight remaining games that'll greatly shape the NFL playoff field
Dec 04, 2018
With four weeks left in the regular season, the playoff picture remains fluid. Cynthia Frelund spotlights eight remaining games that will matter most in determining who'll be playing in the postseason and what the seeding will be.
Chiefs, Rams, Saints, Pats: Playoff locks ... with vulnerabilities
Nov 19, 2018
The Chiefs, Rams, Saints and Patriots are well on their way to locking up playoff berths, but that doesn't mean they're flawless. Cynthia Frelund identifies potential areas of vulnerability for each powerhouse team.