Cleveland Browns' Odell Beckham Jr. (13) leaves the field after being injured during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Cincinnati. Browns star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will miss the rest of the season after tearing a knee ligament during Sunday's 37-34 win at Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Yes, Browns WILL miss Odell Beckham; Week 8 fantasy sleepers

Don't be fooled into thinking the Browns will be better without Odell Beckham. Cynthia Frelund breaks down his loss -- and provides four fantasy sleepers.
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Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Kirk Cousins, Baker Mayfield head five high-profile players becoming liabilities

As we approach midseason, who isn't living up to expectations? Who could be at risk of losing a starting job? Cynthia Frelund spotlights five high-profile players who are becoming true liabilities.
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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) looks on before an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. Dallas won 40-39. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Why the Cowboys remain NFC East favorites; two fantasy sleepers for Week 6

Think Dallas' season ended with Dak Prescott's brutal injury? Think again! Cynthia Frelund explains why the Cowboys remain NFC East favorites. Plus, two fantasy sleepers for Week 6.
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Super Bowl contenders or pretenders? Classifying NFL's eight division leaders

A quarter of the way into the 2020 regular season, which division leaders are contenders? Which ones are pretenders? Cynthia Frelund crunched the numbers, and some of the answers might surprise you.
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is seen during an NFL football game against the ,Green Bay Packers Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in New Orleans. (Logan Bowles via AP)

Rumors of Drew Brees' demise have been greatly exaggerated; two fantasy sleepers

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.
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Could all four NFC West teams make the 2020 NFL playoffs?

Can all four NFC West teams make the expanded playoff field? Cynthia Frelund explores that possibility. Plus, one stat to question and two fantasy sleepers for Week 3.
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Week 1 stats to trust, question: Beware of Tom Brady hot takes

Cynthia Frelund dives into the numbers from Week 1 to identify one stat to trust and one to question. Plus, two fantasy football sleepers for Week 2.
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New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) warms up before an NFL football training camp scrimmage, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, Pool)

2020 AFC win-total projections: Patriots second in AFC East

Analytics guru Cynthia Frelund reveals her projected win total for each AFC team. The Chiefs are No. 1, while the Patriots' streak of AFC East titles comes to an end.
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San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) sacks Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) and forces a fumble during an NFL game, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 27-24 in overtime. (Kevin Terrell via AP)

2020 NFC win-total projections: 49ers on top; Seahawks to miss playoffs?

Analytics guru Cynthia Frelund reveals her projected win total for each NFC team. The 49ers top the board, while the Seahawks fall short of a playoff slot.
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Projecting NFL win share leaders on offense, defense in 2020

Can anyone top Patrick Mahomes when it comes to contributing to their team's success? Cynthia Frelund projects win share leaders for the 2020 NFL season.
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Projecting NFL's 2020 stat leaders: Derrick Henry, Cam Jordan to excel

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.
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Browns, Cowboys among clubs set to thrive with new offensive minds

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.
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Projecting the most improved player for each NFC team in 2020

Will we see a better Tom Brady in Tampa? Is Kenyan Drake about to top his 2019 production in Arizona? Cynthia Frelund uses analytics to project the most improved player from each NFC team in 2020.
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Projecting the most improved player for each AFC team in 2020

Will Odell Beckham Jr. thrive in the Browns' new offense? Is Gardner Minshew set to sizzle in Year 2? Cynthia Frelund uses analytics to project the player who'll improve the most from each AFC team in 2020.
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Ten NFL players who most deserve new deals: Dak Prescott No. 3

Cynthia Frelund uses analytics to rank 10 players seeking new deals according to who should be signed most urgently by their teams. Where do Dak Prescott, Patrick Mahomes and George Kittle sit?
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NFL rookie QB projections: Ranking Burrow, Tagovailoa, Herbert for '20

The 2020 NFL Draft saw three quarterbacks come off the board within the first six picks. So, what kind of production can we expect from each in Year 1? Cynthia Frelund provides her analytics-based rankings.
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Projecting the 10 most productive rookie receivers in 2020

How well will CeeDee Lamb mesh with the Cowboys? What is Henry Ruggs' first-year ceiling with the Raiders? Cynthia Frelund projects the 10 most productive rookie wide receivers.
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NFL rookie running backs: Who'll be most productive in 2020? My top 7

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?
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NFL All-Analytics Team: Lamar Jackson, Stephon Gilmore stand out

Cynthia Frelund assembles an all-star roster of analytics monsters from the 2019 season. Who joins reigning MVP Lamar Jackson on the squad?
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NFL's most underappreciated players: One for each NFC team

Cynthia Frelund uses analytics to highlight one underappreciated player on each NFC team from 2019. Is anyone more versatile than Budda Baker? Which high-profile WRs did D.J. Moore outproduce?
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