Pro Football Prospectus 2005

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Workman Publishing, Jul 11, 2005 - Games - 440 pages
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For the over 14 million people who play fantasy football every year; for the hardcore fan who wants information beyond sports page recaps; for everyone who bets on the NFL; and for the smart, casual enthusiast looking for entertainment and insight comes the essential preseason annual. With numerous statistical measures that go far beyond standard NFL stats, Pro Football Prospectus assesses the DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) of every single skill player and determines how many points better a starting player is over the average bench player; measures special teams; offers advanced offensive line statistics; analyzes teams’ abilities to convert draft picks into quality players; and much more. And like its sister publication, Baseball Prospectus, it’s written with a knowing dry wit that gets under the skin of America’s most popular spectator sport.

Compared by The New York Times Magazine to Bill James, the baseball statistics guru, Aaron Schatz is revolutionizing the world of football statistics. In just two years his Web site, FootballOutsiders.com, is “by a huge margin, the Web’s best independent football site,” writes Gregg Easterbrook of NFL.com. Salon calls it “a must for anyone interested in going beyond ‘This guy has more yards, so he must be better.’” Now Schatz and his team of Football Outsiders are continuing their groundbreaking work with a comprehensive, authoritative book of sophisticated statistical analysis.

It also offers solid predictions: in 2004, the Outsiders predicted six of eight division winners, including the Steelers’ champion season; the fading year of Ahman Green and Jamal Lewis; and the breakout of the New York Jets.

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Pro Football Prospectus 2005 : Statistics, Analysis, and Insight for the Information Age

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With this book and their web activities, Schatz and his colleagues at Footballoutsiders.com are attempting to do for football what Bill James's Baseball Abstract has done for baseball. As in James's ... Read full review

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Reporter Schatz and his crew at FootballOutsiders.com apply the same type of statistical analysis to football players and teams that Bill James and his followers devote to baseball. The best thing ... Read full review

Contents

The Best Quarterback Season Ever Aaron Schatz
14
Baltimore Ravens
25
Buffalo Bills
33

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About the author (2005)

Lead editor Aaron Schatz is the creator of FootballOutsiders.com and the proprietary NFL statistics within Football Outsiders Almanac, including DVOA, DYAR, Adjusted Line Yards, and the KUBIAK fantasy football projections. He writes regularly for ESPN Insider and ESPN the Magazine, and has done custom research for a number of NFL teams. The New York Times Magazine has referred to him as "the Bill James of football." Bill Connelly (writer, NCAA statistics) writes for Football Outsiders and covers college football for SB Nation at FootballStudyHall.com. Brian Fremeau (writer, NCAA statistics) writes for Football Outsiders and ESPN Insider. Vince Verhei (writer, design, and layout) covers the NFL for Football Outsiders and ESPN Insider. Rivers McCown (writer, editor on player comments) is assistant editor for Football Outsiders. Doug Farrar has covers the NFL for Sports Illustrated. Nathan Forster is the creator of the Football Outsiders SackSEER and Playmaker Score systems. Tom Gower writes regularly for Football Outsiders. Matt Hinton covers college football for Football Outsiders and the SB Nation blog "Sunday Morning Quarterback." Scott Kacsmar is Assistant Editor for Football Outsiders. Jason Lisk writes for TheBigLead.com. Christopher Price covers the NFL for Boston radio station WEEI as well as WEEI.com. Chase Stuart runs the blog FootballPerspective.com and writes for FootballGuys.com. Mike Tanier covers the NFL for SportsonEarth.com and is the author of "The Philly Fan's Code." Robert Weintraub writes regularly for SportsonEarth.com and The Guardian, and is the author of "The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball's Golden Age" and "The House That Ruth Built: A New Stadium, the First Yankees Championship, and the Redemption of 1923.

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