Free NFL Bets – Week 4

CIN -3.5 (-110)

I know MIA is taking the world by storm right now, and rightfully so. Tua has been the second highest rated QB this season, and the duo of Waddle + Hill is impossible to contain. But, for some reason, Vegas has set the line more than a FG favorite toward CIN, so they know something that I don’t! Could be a hangover week for MIA.

Reflection: All the concern should be on Tua after this game, he never deserved to be in that spot. CIN covered and looked like the more rested, put together team but it was hard to celebrate this one.

BAL +3.5 (-110)

BAL has the highest rated QB this season in Lamar Jackson, leading an offense that he’s always been capable of scoring 30+ points with per game. BUF seems like the team to beat in the AFC, despite their loss down in MIA without all their secondary starters. I wouldn’t be surprised to see crazy good QB numbers in this game, but the fact again here is the line is set more in BAL favor than I would have anticipated, so I am leaning on them having a good outing against a great AFC contender.

ATL ML (+110)

CLE has shown to be a decent football team despite playing with their backup QB. Truth be told (look at the linked QB rankings), J. Brissett has played better than most other QB’s in the league! ATL is one of those ‘fun, but young and bad’ teams, which I think gives them a chance to put a few plays together that are enough to change the outcome of this one. Too close of a line when I think CLE clearly has the better roster/coach/scheme combination.

JAX ML (+220)

Eh, PHI could be the best team in the entire NFL (not enough conclusive evidence yet), but JAX has really turned some heads the past two weeks with incredible performances on both sides of the ball. Maybe there’s something to be said about D. Pederson coaching against PHI, where he won a super bowl. Or, maybe this is one of those games that the decision making and playmaking ability of T. Lawrence & J. Hurts will determine the outcome. I like juiced up underdogs like this, but never thought it would be JAX against a team as hot and loaded as PHI. Here goes nothing!

CAR ML (-120)

This is mostly a fade ARI play, because K. Murray is somewhat ineffective without playmaking WR’s (Hopkins/Kirk) and pass-catching RB’s (Edmonds). I don’t like betting to favor CAR, but I think this is another instance where I would have set the line probably -2.5 ARI, so it’s off enough for me to realize I’m not totally analyzing it correctly and someone with lots of information thinks CAR has an advantage.

NFL QB Power Rankings: Week 4 – Statistical Winners, Losers

To save time and debate, I created an objective answer to who the best QB in the NFL is right now. Below is the statistical ratings for each QB, and the categories/weights used to conduct the data analysis. For a more detailed and custom view, download the file below the embedded ratings.

    The following chart illustrates the statistical relationship between variables and Win %, an important dependent variable in this case. These insights give us reason to use EPA, QBR, ANY/A, PFF grade and Passer Rating in our data model to measure QB performance.

    Data visualization by Tej Seth & Joey DiCresce for Michigan Football Analytics Society

    While measuring the relationship to wins in the same season is valuable, identifying the relationship to predict future season data is extremely relevant in this case. This gives us ideas for the weight of each category (which can always be adjusted), and PFF grade should clearly be the highest. Followed by a substantial gap with EPA and ANY/A and finished off with QBR and Passer Rating.

    Data visualization by Tej Seth & Joey DiCresce for Michigan Football Analytics Society. *The r-squared values are low, as the r-squared value for win% and next season win% is really low at .07. Football is hard to predict.

    The data will be collected from Pro Football Reference (Passer Rating, QBR, ANY/A), PFF (PFF Grades), and ESPN (EPA).

    NFL Free Bets: Week 3

    MIA ML (+190)

    BUF has steamrolled the competition in their last 16 wins, all of them coming by double digits or more. However, I think there’s something to be said about divisional opponents on the road, especially when MIA has the two fastest WR’s in the league. BUF just lost M. Hyde, a great safety that will surely cause some steps backward in their secondary. There was enough juice here to pull the trigger.

    Reflection: Quite the game battled in the heat of Miami, but in the end this value paid off big time! The loss of starters on defense may have cost BUF just a few extra big plays that allowed MIA to take the lead and hold off the offense for just a few drives. MIA remains undefeated.

    CAR ML (+116)

    Carolina is a really bad football team with really bad coaches, but I can’t shake the feeling that NO should be favored by more in this game, with the better roster nearly top to bottom. That always tells me that Vegas knows something! And again, this is a road divisional opponent…

    Reflection: CAR took control from the start and really never lost it. NO and Jameis look like they’re going down a road of many losses and questionable outcomes. CAR didn’t look too good either, and as a CMC fantasy owner, I’d love for him to catch some more passes.

    MIN -6 (-110)

    DET has been one of the surprising teams this year, especially offensively. This is a game that I feel like the spread should be closer to 3.5 rather than 6, so I see Vegas’ anticipating something happening and want to get on board with that. DET can run the ball against anyone, I just question if they’ll have any answer to MIN offense.

    Reflection: Despite winning by more than a field goal, MIN failed to cover the points laid to them this week. DET controlled the first half of this game, J. Goff looked like Brady and MIN was stalling on offense for about an hour. Per usual though, DET defense broke down and the offense didn’t have the dynamic ability to get into a shootout on command. They kept it close until one of the last plays and looked like a good team for a good portion of this game.

    CIN -6 (-110)

    With a rough start to the year, CIN is not looking to lose to NYJ like they did last season. Burrow is going to be under pressure a lot this year as we have seen, however I don’t think NYJ has the defensive scheme/talent to capitalize as much as teams like PIT and DAL did. I expect them to respond positively in this game and win convincingly.

    Reflection: CIN pounced all over NYJ, as I predicted here. The WR trio of Higgins, Chase and Boyd is the best in the league, and the NYJ offense has always been a mess as long as I can remember. CIN capitalized on costly penalties but also were dominant in making plays on the ball and attacking strengths/weaknesses in a strategic way.

    CHI vs. HOU under 39.5 (-114)

    These two teams will be near the bottom offensively when it’s all said and done, so I have no problem taking an under, especially when it’s set this low. CHI style of offense will drain the clock without putting too many points on the board, and hopefully their defense has a better matchup than against GB last week.

    Reflection: Both offenses looked like they can run the ball decently, however they got off to a relatively fast scoring start and cruised past this total. I still think the under in most CHI games are a good play, along with PIT and DEN.

    NFL Free Bets – Week 2

    MIA +3.5 (-110)

    T. Hill and J. Waddle are a perfect compliment to a great running scheme. BAL is susceptible to the run, and might not have the manpower to go one on one with MIA top guys. Phins keep it close to the ugly birds.

    Reflection: An offensive performance I doubt anyone predicted, Tua and MIA won outright against BAL thanks to his 5 TD passes and an incredible comeback. Lamar was nearly perfect but the BAL defense really stunk it up to hand MIA a comeback win.

    NYG -2.5 (-110)

    Offensively, NYG looks like they have the talent to put up some crooked numbers, especially on the ground. Given the problems CAR just had against the run, I wouldn’t be surprised to see that continue. Saquon can burst at any time!!

    Reflection: A game as boring as it looked on paper, managed to play out exactly how Vegas wanted it to. NYG and CAR kept the game close the entire time and a massive FG won it late. Defenses played well, particularly CAR, who just couldn’t manage to win the time of possession due to turnovers.

    NYJ ML (+210)

    CLE has a good rushing attack, just like BAL did before the Jets played great against that area. This game could come down to a field goal at the last second.

    Reflection: I’m going to continue betting moneyline underdogs when I think they got a chance! CLE played well but really just let NYJ back in the game, and they just kept feeding their two-headed RB monster as well as the young stud G. Wilson. A. Cooper was a force for CLE, even without a star QB, and Chubb/Hunt duo did what they will likely do every week.

    TB ML (-155)

    Gotta be a trap, because Tom Brady can have an offense comfortably control a game despite not playing well. NO have dominated him though, so don’t be surprised if they figure out a way to slow him down or keep him off the field (even better).

    Reflection: Tom Brady is the best person to bet on ever, I’m pretty sure that would be a correct statistic but that’s also my personal experience. I am 5-0 when betting on TB12.

    SEA +10 (-110)

    Geno Smith is 10-0 against the spread in his last 10 games, I gotta ride that! Anyways, the 49ers somehow let a lead slip away against a pretty young and questionable athletes on CHI roster, making me think perhaps their young and questionable athlete is not ready to lead an NFL team. Backdoor cover at the least.

    Reflection: A game that included the unfortunate loss of young QB T. Lance, who was lined up to be the next young generational QB. SF dominated the game regardless, winning by 20. However, J. Garrapollo did everything that he does in order to win football games (rating over 100).

    CIN -7.5 (-110)

    I’m doubtful that any defense will replicate the game against CIN that PIT did last week, and they’ll be hungry to assert their dominance. Why not roll with a good team after a loss?

    Reflection: Super Bowl hangover? Losing to M. Trubisky and C. Rush are not great talking points at practice or team meetings. CIN offensive line was the problem when J. Burrow got injured two years ago, it was the problem during the Super Bowl last year, and the offensive line proved again in this game that they are still a liability, giving up six sacks and less than four yards per carry.

    TEN +10 (-110)

    Let’s not forget that sometimes D. Henry just totally takes over a game. I’m thinking that TEN is going to be a below average team this year, however I think for a game like this they will be prepared for. Feed the machine.

    Reflection: BUF is insanely good, they’ve won 16 straight games by 10+ points. TEN didn’t stand a chance with their limited roster talent.

    PHI -2 (-110)

    If J. Hurts can make good throwing decisions and keep using his mobility for first downs and scores, this PHI team is good enough to go a long way this season. I am going to imagine a quick pass to D. Smith early in the game to get him involved after getting no action last week.

    Reflection: The addition of A. Brown seems to be a good fit for J. Hurts, who used him to get comfortable and start finding other guys like Watkins and Smith throughout the game. Hurts also ran the ball as well as any QB, and he looks to be big and strong enough to take the hits and punish defensive backs for going low.

    Parlay: NYG, CIN, BUF (+166)

    NFL Draft PROP BETS: First Overall Pick Odds, Over/Under Hooks, and more

    It was only last year when I discovered that you could bet on props for the NFL Draft. It gives people like me a chance to put their research and analyst skills to the test!

    BetMGM Odds

    1st Overall Pick:

    • Aidan Hutchinson (-200)*
    • Evan Neal (+400)
    • Ikem Ekwonu (+500)
    • Kayvon Thibodeaux (+1500)
    • Charles Cross, Malik Willis, Travon Walker* (+4000)

    Draft Position:

    I. Ekwonu o3.5 (+125)* / u3.5 (-165)

    K. Thibodeaux o5.5 (-145) / u5.5 (+110)

    E. Neal o3.5 (-115)* / u3.5 (-115)

    K. Hamilton o6.5 (-120) / u6.5 (-110)

    A. Gardner o8.5 (+110) / u8.5 (-145)

    First Quarterback Drafted:

    • M. Willis (-185)
    • K. Pickett (+195)
    • M. Corral (+1400)
    • S. Howell (+2000)*
    • D. Ridder (+2000)*

    DraftKings Odds

    1st Overall Pick:

    • A. Hutchinson (-290)
    • E. Neal (+550)*
    • I. Ekwonu (+750)*
    • K. Thibodeaux (+1500)
    • T. Walker (+2000)

    Draft Position:

    K. Thibodeaux o5.5 (-140)* / u5.5 (+110)

    K. Hamilton o6.5 (-125) / u6.5 (-105)

    E. Neal o3.5 (-125) / u3.5 (-105)*

    A. Hutchinson o1.5 (+225) / u1.5 (-290)

    I. Ekwonu o3.5 (+110) / u3.5 (-140)*

    First QB Taken:

    • M. Willis (-175)*
    • K. Pickett (+195)
    • M. Corral (+1500)
    • S. Howell (+1500)*
    • D. Ridder (+2500)

    First WR Selected:

    • G. Wilson (-110)
    • D. London (+150)
    • T. Burks (+800)
    • J. Williams (+900)
    • C. Olave (+950)

    First RB Selected:

    • B. Hall (-175)
    • K. Walker III (+150)
    • I. Spiller (+600)
    • K. Williams (+1600)
    • D. Pierce (+2000)

    Pittsburgh Steelers 2022 Mock Draft: Important Pieces Everywhere

    Round 1, Pick 20

    Kenyon Green, IOL, Texas A&M

    Every single position on the Steelers offensive line could use an upgrade, so it would be wise to draft a lineman that has logged 35 college starts including every position other than center. Green has strong legs that allow him to move quickly and play with great strength, making him an asset on any run play.

    This K. Green is a lot more promising than last years K. Green, and it wouldn’t take long for fans to see the impact he would have, benefitting N. Harris and making the job easier for whoever they have at QB.

    Green has the athleticism and physical temperament to become an instant starter…

    The Draft Network

    Round 2, Pick 52

    Damone Clark, LB, LSU

    Last year’s poor run defense was a fault of many, however the inside linebackers rarely held up their end of the bargain. Clark plays with tremendous speed and instinct, racking up over 100 tackles and five sacks last season.

    Additionally, he has the athleticism and tenacity to become a viable pass rusher, which could add a unique blend to his game, similar (but not to the magnitude) to M. Parsons for the Cowboys.

    He uses his athletic traits to track and pursue ball-carriers and is a big reason why he ranks amongst the top in the nation in tackles for the 2021 football season.

    The Draft Network

    Round 3, Pick 84

    Marcus Jones, CB, Houston

    As of now, it is unknown how the Steelers will address free agent CB’s J. Haden and A. Witherspoon. I think at least one of them will leave, so grabbing much needed depth at a valuable position would be the right choice.

    Jones is good in man coverage and has traits like length and instinct that make him a candidate for special teams and special assignments like slot covering or playing different sides of the ball. Yes, last season he got work in at WR and he didn’t look too bad. He could also be used as a kickoff or punt returner pending what happens elsewhere at the position.

    Jones has the hips and feet to cover slippery slot receivers and the ballhawking instincts to make plays from zone

    Lance Zierlein, NFL Draft Analyst

    Round 4, Pick 137

    Hassan Haskins, RB, Michigan

    Now I know the RB in Pittsburgh is among the leagues best young stars, however the usage rate Najee Harris received last year was too much for him to sustain a ten plus year career. To put the cherry on top, backup RB’s B. Snell and K. Ballage were nothing more than bad last season.

    Haskins runs with a fierce demeanor and has exceled at many positions and roles on a football field. Steelers have been linked to Michigan players for quite some time now, and I think they take an extremely solid RB to spell Harris.

    Tack on his receiving upside, ball security, and his blocking utility, as well as his special teams experience, and you’re looking at a safe Day 3 pick.

    Ian Cummings, Pro Football Network – Draft Analyst

    Philadelphia Eagles 2022 Mock Draft: Matching Strength with Aggressiveness

    Round 1, Pick 15

    Drake London, WR, USC

    Similar to last draft, PHI will be wise to take yet another WR in the first round. London will be a great compliment to D. Smith, a more polished and quick route runner whereas London has tremendous positioning and hands to secure big time plays.

    London also competed on the USC basketball during his time there, which has translated to the confidence and ability to make those big time plays. I have even noticed it seems like it’s helped his navigation in traffic and reading defenders. Whoever is the QB for the next few years will greatly appreciate having this guy to throw to in crunch time or panic situations.

    Round 1, Pick 16

    Jordan Davis, DL, Georgia

    Davis tested unlike anything we’ve ever seen before at his weight of 341 pounds. Adding him to the defense, for 15 plays a game or 45 plays a game, will immediately pay dividends.

    He has incredible strength and burst to fill gaps and pursue ball carriers. There may be a lack of college production, but then again five or six of his defensive teammates will be taken in the first round of this years draft as well, so there were a lot of mouths to feed.

    Round 1, Pick 19

    George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue

    With the third and final pick in the first round, PHI should opt to further improve that defensive line group by adding another physical and strong defender, this time along the edge in Karlaftis.

    While not as flashy as others in this class, Karlaftis provides a high upside at not only a position of need but also a premium position in this years draft class. Getting to the QB is getting more and more important, so taking two pocket collapsers and run lane fillers will lift the PHI defense into a formidable defensive unit.

    Round 2, Pick 51

    Tyler Smith, IOL, Tulsa

    If you ask around the league – you can never have too many interior offensive linemen. With the focus likely on the rushing attack and giving J. Hurts as much time as possible to read defenses, it makes sense to draft an aggressive and developmental prospect with tackle experience and a guard outlook.

    I think working with the PHI offensive line group and playing within that style of offensive can allow Smith to stabilize a role for himself throughout his rookie year.

    Round 3, Pick 83

    Darrian Beavers, LB, Cincinnati

    Beavers is an incredibly smart person, posting a 4.0 GPA in high school and has shown toughness and improvement throughout his college career. Sticking with the physical and aggressive theme throughout this draft; Beavers plays downhill well and absolutely loves the game of football and getting better at it. A pick that any team should be happy for, PHI grabs him to become a crucial part of a potential dynamic rookie defensive core.

    2022 NFL Mock Draft: 3rd Edition (of 5)

    Now that the NFL season has finished, each team has solidified their spot in the draft order and us fans can begin even more speculation. You can see my other mock drafts here, so as the draft process moves along you are able to see in real-time the changes of certain players and teams.

    Keep in mind, these picks are what I think the teams should do, not what they will do.

    Enjoy:

    1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
      • At least in this draft we genuinely don’t know who might get drafted first overall. Neal is a freak athlete that former #1 overall pick, QB Trevor Lawrence, will be thankful for going forward.
    2. Detroit Lions: Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan
      • He will be the local favorite, and Hutchinson should have immediate impact on an up and coming Lions roster. He matches the mold of what Detroit is trying to build.
    3. Houston Texans: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
      • This might not be the direction that Houston takes, however it’s the direction the NFL is taking; edge rushers are extremely valuable. Thibodeaux has shown glimpses of being able to develop into a cornerstone on defense.
    4. New York Jets: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
      • Saleh just can’t pass up a generational prospect in the secondary. Hamilton could have a Minkah Fitzpatrick-like ability to take away parts of the field and limit big plays.
    5. New York Giants: Ikem Ekwonu, OL, NC State
      • Pro-football Network’s Ian Cummings believes NYG need to spend at least one of their picks protecting Daniel Jones, so they grab a safe and versatile option on the offensive line in Ekwonu.
    6. Carolina Panthers: Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh
      • Sam Darnold has proven enough times that he is not worth starting for 17 games a season. Pickett is the safest QB and highly rated as the top QB in this class, as by draft analyst Ian Cummings.
    7. New York Giants (via CHI): Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa
      • The highest drafted center in quite some time, Linderbaum and Ekwonu will anchor the offensive line for a generation. It’ll be easier to build a dynamic offense with these two players.
    8. Atlanta Falcons: Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
      • There’s a lot of directions to go here, and some Falcons fans believe the ‘best player available’ is the best option. Burks might not fit that mold, but he’ll fit nicely into that offense to add some more stability.
    9. Denver Broncos: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
      • Even if Willis sits for a year, DEN can’t afford to not address the position in the off season. Willis has the best physical traits and talent of the QB’s in this years draft.
    10. New York Jets (via SEA): Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia
      • They upgraded their secondary already this draft, so why not help out the first line of defense? Walker was a part of a historic college defense, so his college production might not tell the story. His athleticism and anticipation are off the charts for his size and position.
    11. Washington Football Team: Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
      • One of if not the most impressive player during the bowl season, Dean looks ready to be a defensive leader. Adding his instincts and traits to a defense with good pieces already (just not at LB) will make a positive difference.
    12. Minnesota Vikings: Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
      • With a good showing against Alabama in his playoff game, Sauce Gardner could see his draft stock rise as high as MIN, who could use a game-ready corner.
    13. Cleveland Browns: Garret Wilson, WR, Ohio State
      • No doubt CLE needs a playmaker on the outside to replace what OBJ was supposed to be. Although they should primarily be a running team, getting a WR who can consistently get open and make contested catches might add another level to the offense.
    14. Baltimore Ravens: Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
      • This is about as far as Stingley would drop in this draft. BAL loves to have a good secondary, so adding the talent and potential of Stingley will make that easier without their def. coordinator.
    15. Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA): George Karlaftis, DE, Purdue
      • The most exciting team in the draft this year starts their first round trio of picks with a much needed boost in the front seven. Karlaftis can wreak havoc on offensive tackles with his power and relentlessness.
    16. Philadelphia Eagles (via IND): Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
      • Yet again, PHI boosts their front seven on defense, because it just makes too much sense. Lloyd is the perfect player to boost a front seven – he’s good at tackling and plays downhill on the ball more often than not.
    17. Los Angeles Chargers: Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
      • LAC cannot afford to pass up an upgrade to their horrific run defense. Davis will be an excellent wall for the defense and probably rotated in throughout the game situationally.
    18. New Orleans Saints: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
      • With the current WR core of NO, there is no way they can pass up the skillset of Williams at this spot. If Winston comes back (which he should) he gets an explosive WR to air it out with.
    19. Philadelphia Eagles: Andrew Booth Jr, CB, Clemson
    20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kenyon Green, OL, Texas A&M
      • With an offensive line as bad as PIT, taking the most versatile linemen in the draft is a no-brainer. If last year’s K. Green can earn a starting spot, this K. Green will be able to win a starting job at any position other than center.
    21. New England Patriots: Drake London, WR, USC
      • This just seems like a good fit for NE; Mac will have London to through to when under duress and/or in the redzone. A lot can change in an offense when one guy can get to so many catchable positions.
    22. Las Vegas Raiders: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
      • A deep WR class will start to make it’s run at some point in this draft. Olave was paired up with fellow first-rounder G. Wilson for his whole career, but breaking away from him could make Olave a bigger star, similar to Justin Jefferson’s storyline.
    23. Arizona Cardinals: Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
      • The ARI offense looks like it has the pieces to succeed, and McDuffie has many intangibles that can help win football games immediately.
    24. Dallas Cowboys: Bernhard Raimann, OL, Central Michigan
      • Traditionally DAL has a top tier offensive line, however they are trending away from that given their current age and skillsets at the position. They need to make a pick here to stabilize the offensive line for years.
    25. Buffalo Bills: Devonta Wyatt, DL, Georgia
      • If the top five WR’s are taken, don’t be surprised to see BUF boost their defensive line depth, which was put to the test (and failed) in their final game against KC. Wyatt would be the fourth member of last years Georgia team to be drafted in the first round.
    26. Tennessee Titans: Zion Johnson, OL, Boston College
    27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan
      • Ojabo falls in this mock more than most, due to his newness to the sport and overall raw potential. TB needs to generate more pressure without blitzing and Ojabo can make that happen.
    28. Green Bay Packers: Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
      • Well, a disappointing finish will certainly call for some changes in GB. For starters, they need someone to trust catching the ball other than Davante Adams, despite who may be throwing it to him.
    29. Miami Dolphins (via SF): Trevor Penning, OL, Northern Iowa
      • Penning being left here would be a blessing for the Dolphins, who get this pick from the 49ers. It would boost the offensive line talent immensely and immediately, which MIA has shown they desperately need.
    30. Kansas City Chiefs: Daxton Hill, S, Michigan
      • Mahomes and the new offensive line will be fine without taking an offensive player here. So, drafting a tremendous athlete that will hunt down the ball and cover in the slot can improve something else that struggled last year.
    31. Cincinnati Bengals: Sean Rhyan, OL, UCLA
    32. Detroit Lions (via LAR): Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss
      • I couldn’t not include three QB’s in the first round, because I’ll probably place a bet near the draft at o2.5 taken. So, Corral gets to enjoy the bench for a year or so and then will inherit one of the leagues best young offensive line groups.

    Just missed the first round:

    Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina

    Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington

    Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, Florida State

    Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida

    Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State University

    Arnold Ebiketie, EDGE, Penn State

    Derion Kendrick, CB, Georgia

    Logan Hall, DT, Houston

    Fantasy Football RB Dashboard: Compare 2-4 Players at Once

    The most valuable position in fantasy each year is the running back due to limited workhorses and their consistent workload in every offense. While the best individual player for the position is a considerable and important debate, the importance of the position never goes underestimated.

    Before indulging in this useful tool, be sure to have the same advantage when it comes to WR’s, QB’s and D/ST’s by checking out the WR Dashboard, QB Dashboard and D/ST Dashboard at the individual links within this text.

    In similar fashion to my WR, QB, and D/ST dashboard , I developed another interactive dashboard that compares up to four RB’s stats from last year, all on the same visual charts for easy comparison and reference:

    If the charts don’t appear in the visible window, try moving around the view within the window (sometimes it gives users a default selection of a cell that is out of view of the charts). If there are further problems accessing the charts or navigating the tabs, the next best thing is to download the real file for Excel.

    There is a download link for that file of the dashboard for those interested. I recommend downloading as it’s a bit easier to navigate with more space and full functionality, however the benefit can be seen on mobile or desktop devices straight from this webpage.

    Fantasy Football WR Dashboard: Compare 2-4 Players at Once

    If you have ever wanted an easy and visual way to compare players’ stats, you are on the right part of the internet. I created an interactive dashboard that allows users to filter a set of charts to feature comparable statistics of up to 4 WR’s at a time. The file is available for download at the end of this page, but there is a usable version right here:

    The value in this comes from differentiating between WR’s who are more heavily focused and those who take advantage of more opportunities. As long as situational factors are kept in context, this dashboard is an incredible tool to use when compiling fantasy football rankings and settling arguments with the click of a few buttons.

    Examples

    To better understand how to use the dashboard and how to interpret some results you may see from it, I have included a few screen shots of different player comparisons as well as the commentary to go along with it. To select more than one player, hold control (Windows) or command (Apple) down while clicking multiple players names.

    Diggs appears to be a main option when BUF needs to score, yet Waddle averages more points per target, has a higher catch percentage and hauled in more receptions. The ideology that Metcalf is a ‘all-or-nothing’ WR is somewhat visible here given his high touchdowns and yards per reception. But next year he will be rated lower than both of those WR’s (in PPR fantasy), and these charts back that up.
    The trio of WR that made it to the super bowl are generally not the WR’s you’ll be comparing most of the time, but this shows additional data that proves what doesn’t need to be said; Chase is the best WR on the team and leads in many statistics, Boyd is the slot WR that moves the chains and Higgins can be a superstar at times.

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