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Provisional 2015 Approximate Value Release

8th January 2016

With the AP releasing it's All-Pro teams today, we have an important piece of information for constructing our 2015 Approximate Values for NFL players. These numbers will change as Pro Bowl rosters change, but these values give a strong estimate of what the final 2015 AV numbers will look like (since All Pro nods have a far greater impact on AV than Pro Bowl nods do). At this time, the provisional leader in 2015 AV is J.J. Watt, with 21. For the time being, Watt's 88 AV through 5 seasons are the most in NFL history (we calculate AV back to 1960). The previous record had been 84 by Thurman Thomas. Something to ponder is that Watt was drafted between Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder in 2011.

As a reminder, Approximate Value is our method (developed by Doug Drinen) for putting a single numerical value on any player's season. You can read all about it here. You can see the all-time leaders in career AV here and the single-season leaders here.

The rest of the top 5 in 2015 Approximate Value can be seen below:

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Wild Card Weekend

8th January 2016

At Pro Football Reference, we tend to deal in the factual, objective historical record.  Our website contains tables of things that really, actually happened already. This blog post will not involve that. Instead, today we're going to take a look at the hypothetical. Here's what could happen this weekend, in the four Wild Card games, and why: Read the rest of this entry

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Catch Percentage Added to Receiving Stats Table

7th January 2016

We made a small enhancement to our NFL Receiving stats table by adding "catch percentage" as its own column. You can sort the data by that column to see which players caught the highest percentage of their targets. If you leave the "hide non-qualifiers for rate stats" box checked, it will only sort players with 30+ targets. Please bear in mind that targets are an unofficial category. Our numbers for targets are based on play-by-play descriptions from official accounts, but may slightly differ from numbers seen elsewhere. Our unofficial target data goes back to 1992, so you can run searches across multiple years for catch percentage via the Player Season Finder in the Play Index. For instance, Larry Fitzgerald's 2015 was the highest catch percentage on record by a 100-catch WR not named Wes Welker.

The best catch percentage by any qualified player since 1992 (regardless of position) was Cleveland Gary's 52 receptions on 55 targets in 1992.

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Safeties Added to Team Game Finder

6th January 2016

We just wanted to quickly note that we have added the ability to search for safeties to the Team Game Finder tool in the Play Index.

So now you can search for things like:

If you checked out the above links, perhaps you noticed this oddity: no team in our data has had more than 4 safeties in a single season, yet the 1984 Rams had 3 safeties in a single quarter!

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Week 16 NFL Playoff Scenarios

23rd December 2015

PER NFL COMMUNICATIONS:

2015 NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR WEEK 16

AFC

CLINCHED: New England – AFC East and a first-round bye

Cincinnati – playoff berth

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The Last Undefeated NFL Team for Every Season

12th November 2015

With an unprecedented three 8-0 teams tearing through the NFL, we thought it would be a good time to introduce a new frivolity to the site: a list of the last unbeaten team(s) for every season in NFL history (as well as AFL, AAFC and APFA history). The list represents the teams which won the most games before suffering their first loss (not necessarily the last team standing with 0 losses in a given season) and includes playoff games (when necessary). The table includes a link to each teams' first loss (unless you're the  1972 Dolphins, that is), as well as their season record (including postseason) and their postseason result (bearing in mind that the NFL postseason dates only back to 1933). A quick glance at the list shows us that the only team since 2000 to win the Super Bowl after being the last remaining undefeated team was the 2006 Colts. Armed with this knowledge, the Bengals, Panthers and Patriots will surely be rushing to lose a game, A.S.A.P. No need to thank us, though.

We hope you enjoy this new list.

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Find Standings for Any Date in NFL History

30th October 2015

Have you ever had a memory of a specific date from years ago and thought to yourself "Gee, what a wonderful memory. I recall almost everything about that day: the weather, who I was with, the song playing on the radio. But I feel so incomplete because I just can't recall what the NFL standings were on that day." Well, fret over your imperfect memories no longer, because you can now look up the standings through any date or week in NFL or AFL history!

Now you can fully appreciate your fond memories of the Balloon Boy Hoax by creating false narratives such as claiming that this hoax might have ruined the Giants season (5-0 pre balloon boy and 3-8 post). Or you could discover life-affirming facts such as the Bears leading the NFL in scoring differential on the day Mike Ditka was born.

We hope you enjoy this new tool. It can be accessed by hovering over the "boxscores" link towards the right end of the gray bar running across near the top of the page and clicking "Find Standings on a Date."

 

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Introducing Our New Fantasy Football Stats Section

28th October 2015

Many of our visitors are interested in information they can use on their fantasy teams. With this in mind, we decided to created a new fantasy index, which you can find here. This index contains links to various tools you can use to win your fantasy leagues. We include scoring for standard leagues, DraftKings & FanDuel.

Here's some of the tools you can access from this new index:

  • Sortable lists of the top fantasy players this season
  • Find the juiciest matchups with breakdowns of how each defense in the league has fared against quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends.
  • Identify the best scoring threats by checking out Red Zone passing, receiving and rushing statistics.
  • And our newest tool is perhaps the best. We have created weekly matchups pages which will be updated daily for quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends. On those pages you can see the average fantasy stats for each player, as well as the averages their opponent for that week has allowed to players at their position. We have also included player snap count data so you can identify which players will have the opportunity to exploit their opponent. The players are then ranked by expected fantasy points for that week based on their averages, their playing time and their opponent's averages allowed. Their latest injury report status is also included. Please note the time stamp we've included on the pages so you know how fresh the injury data is.
  • We'd also like to note that we've added targets to our Player Streak Finder tool. Now you can see how rare DeAndre Hopkins' targets streak is.

We hope you enjoy these new tools. As always, please let us know if you have any comments, questions or feedback.

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Fantasy Points & Touches Added to Player Streak Finder

16th October 2015

Pro Football Reference has added Fantasy Points and Touches as search criteria in the Player Streak Finder. These additions allow users to search for the most impressive streaks of fantasy dominance and/or high usage since 1960 (the first season for which we have full player game logs for skill positions). We'd like to thank our friend Scott Pianowski for passing along this suggested addition.

The standard Fantasy Points are calculated as:

Passing Yards: 1 point per 25 yards passing
Passing Touchdowns: 4 points
Interceptions: -2 points
Rushing Yards: 1 point per 10 yards
Rushing Touchdowns: 6 points
Receiving Yards: 1 point per 10 yards
Receiving Touchdowns: 6 points
Fumble Recovered for a Touchdown: 6 points
2-Point Conversions: 2 points
Fumbles Lost: -2 points

For DFS players, DraftKings Points and FanDuel Points are also available as sorting options.

Touches are calculated by adding up rush attempts, receptions, kickoff returns & punt returns.

These new additions allow users to get some perspective on the dominant fantasy streak Devonta Freeman is on. Thursday's game was his fourth straight with 25+ Fantasy Points. That makes him the first RB to do that since LaDainian Tomlinson, who had an eight-game streak in 2006.

Or if you search for streaks with 35+ DraftKings Points (which rewards a point per reception), you can see that Freeman has matched a record, becoming just the third player since 1960 with 35+ DraftKings Points in four straight games (and yes, we acknowledge this is an anachronism since DraftKings didn't exist the last time this happened, but this shows just how rare Freeman's performance streak is).

Rushing Receiving
Tm Count Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD DKPt From To
Devonta Freeman ATL 4* 84 462 8 25 233 1 157.5 Sep 27, 2015 Oct 15, 2015 See all games »
LaDainian Tomlinson SDG 4 85 564 12 15 205 2 187.9 Oct 29, 2006 Nov 19, 2006 See all games »
Larry Johnson KAN 4 115 642 9 11 114 1 158.6 Dec 11, 2005 Jan 1, 2006 See all games »
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/16/2015.

Similarly, Freeman has tied the record for consecutive games with 29+ FanDuel Points.

Finally, with Touches added to the streak finder, you can now search for things like the longest streaks of games with 15+ touches this season.

We hope you enjoy these new features and, as always, please let us know if you have any comments or questions.

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NFL Players of the Week Added to Pro Football Reference

18th September 2015

We've made a recent addition to Pro Football Reference: NFL Players of the Week back to 1997. This data can be accessed from our NFL/AFL Awards Index. The winners each week include an offensive, defensive and special teams player from each conference. Additionally, these winners have been added to the pages we have recapping each week in the NFL. Finally, a summary of all of these awards has been added to player pages underneath that stat tables, so you can see a list of all of the Player of the Week Awards for LaDainian Tomlinson (or any other player):

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It should come as no surprise that Peyton Manning is the leader in Player of the Week Awards since 1997, with 27. Next is Tom Brady, with 24, followed by Drew Brees, with 20.

As we find time for additional research in our collection of old NFL Record & Fact Books, we hope to go back beyond 1997 with this data. Or, if you have this data and care to share it with us, please let us know.

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