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How to make the most out of a PFF subscription for fantasy football redraft leagues, Best Ball and DFS

Prepare to win all of your redraft leagues, Best Ball drafts and DFS contests with a PFF subscription for the 2020 NFL season. Gain access to expert rankings, projections and analysis in addition to advanced statistics and tools geared to help you dominate in fantasy football.

PFF's two core subscriptions:

PFF EDGE ($39.99 per Year | $9.99 per Month)
PFF ELITE ($199.99 per Year | $34.99 per Month)

Here's a breakdown of the tools, charts, articles, etc. available in PFF's EDGE and ELITE subscriptions and how you can best utilize each feature to dominate your fantasy football redraft leagues, Best Ball and DFS.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN PFF'S EDGE SUBSCRIPTION?

Premium ContentAll EDGE and ELITE subscribers can read any article on PFF.com, including all of the articles tagged with green “Premium Content” badges. Close to 40% of PFF’s article content is locked to EDGE and ELITE subscribers, including a bulk majority of betting content, advanced analysis by PFF’s data scientists (Eric Eager, Kevin Cole, Timo Riske, George Chahrouri) and much more.

In addition to a ton of fantasy football draft-focused content (rankings tiers, breakout candidates, draft strategy by league scoring type, ADP values, etc.), EDGE and ELITE subscribers get access to a wide range of weekly in-season content:

  • Waiver wire targets
  • Flex rankings
  • Start/Sit advice
  • DFS bargains, locks, stacks, plays
  • WR/CB matchup breakdowns
  • QB, DST, TE streamers
  • Dwain McFarland's Usage Report
  • Much, much more

2020 Fantasy Football Rankings, Projections & Advanced Stats – All EDGE and ELITE subscribers have access to PFF’s Fantasy Football Rankings, Projections and Stats pages – all of which lean on exclusive PFF data to provide accurate and predictive information for fantasy football players of ranging league and scoring types.

We offer overall and positional rankings on a week-to-week-basis for PPR, standard and IDP leagues.  On a season-long basis, we offer rankings for PPR, standard, 0.5 PPR, 2QB, best ball, dynasty, dynasty 2QB and IDP.

PFF's team of rankers includes:

Ian Hartitz
Andrew Erickson
Kevin Cole
Nathan Jahnke
Dwain McFarland
Jon Macri (IDP Only)

PFF's projections are calculated by Eager Eager, Kevin Cole, among others. Their machine-learning algorithm is built upon PFF's exclusive player data, and the projections roll up to their Greenline game picks – more on that in a bit.  The projections work on both a season-long and week-to-week-basis and are customizable to your specific league, whether that be, standard, PPR, 0.5 PPR, IDP, Best Ball or DFS.

The historical fantasy stats date back to the 2007 season, are sortable, exportable to Excel and can be customized by week(s) including the preseason and postseason. This offering includes all of your more basic stats as well as more advanced metrics such as fantasy points per dropback, average depth of target, fantasy points per opportunity, fantasy points per snap, yards after the catch, tackles avoided and more. Available positions include quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, flex-eligible players, kickers, team defense, linebackers, defensive line and defensive backs.

Oct 24, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Terry McLaurin (17) during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Advanced Fantasy Football Season-Long League Tools – PFF’s DraftMaster, Season GM and Waiver Wire tools are made available to EDGE and ELITE subscribers. The combination of the three tools help to make you the most prepared player in your fantasy football league for the much-anticipated fantasy football draft, in-season roster/lineup decisions and the frenzy that is the waiver wire.

The DraftMaster tool allows you to import your league settings to gain access to customized (based on your league settings) rankings, tiered cheat sheets and auction prices. Within the DraftMaster tool, you can also run an interactive mock draft with round-by-round suggestions to help you pick the best available players in real-time based on your team needs and league settings.

The Season GM tool offers similar tools but is focused on what you can do during the season and after your draft. After importing your league settings, we'll provide you with customized waiver wire recommendations and player comparisons based on the specific scoring system within your league.

PFF’s WR/CB Matchup ChartMany view PFF's WR/CB Matchup Chart as the crown jewel of PFF’s EDGE and ELITE subscriptions. The chart provides valuable matchup information on upcoming matchups for your fantasy football team’s top receivers to help you make the most informed start-sit decisions every week.

This chart lists each team’s three primary wide receivers and provides their projected cornerback coverage in a given week. It includes height, weight, 40-yard-dash time, targets per route run, fantasy points per route run and grades for all wide receivers and cornerbacks in a given week. In Week 12 of 2017, for instance, we rightfully said Jones had the single best cornerback matchup of the week, running the vast majority of his routes against a weighted combination of Brent Grimes, Robert McClain and Ryan Smith.

PFF's Tight End Matchup Chart and OL/DL Matchup Chart are similar to the WR vs. CB Chart. The Tight End Matchup Chart lets you know which defender will be in primary coverage against your tight end in any given week and how soft or tough that matchup might be. The OL/DL Matchup Chart looks at the advantage or disadvantage an offensive line might have against an opposing defensive line from both a run game (yards before contact) and pass game (pressure rate) perspective. PFF's Fantasy Points Allowed Matchup Chart is exactly what it sounds like, measuring the strength of any given matchup by fantasy points allowed for quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends.

2020 Fantasy Football Draft Guide – In addition to the 2020 Fantasy Rookie Scouting Report, EDGE and ELITE subscribers have access to PFF's Fantasy Football Draft Guide, which includes all the information necessary for you to DOMINATE your fantasy football draft.

Included in PFF's 2020 Fantasy Football Draft Guide are more than 300 NFL player capsules loaded with expert analysis from PFF Fantasy Analyst Andrew Erickson, advanced fantasy football data from the 2019 NFL season, rankings and projections for the 2020 season.

Customizable Fantasy Football Cheat Sheets – All EDGE and ELITE subscribers can create custom cheat sheets for their fantasy football drafts, as well. PFF's Fantasy Football Draft Guide and the custom cheat sheets are the one-two punch you need to win draft day in your fantasy football leagues. 

New Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule Tool – PFF’s Fantasy Strength of Schedule (SoS) metric provides a league-wide, season-long view of opponent matchups for each fantasy position. PFF’s version of SoS is the ONLY one available on the market that factors in PFF Player Grades into its methodology to improve its predictive value. This is especially important early in the season to account for roster turnover from the previous year and handling substitutes for injuries week-to-week

NFL Player Grades – Of course, PFF’s banner product: NFL Player Grades. All EDGE and ELITE subscribers can view player grades of their favorite NFL players from the previous season. Subscribers can also view career grades and positional snap count percentages in a single-player view recently added this year.

PFF grades can also help you navigate matchups on a week-to-week basis, spot regression candidates, or let you know when it’s time to drop (or add or trade for) a specific player.

2020 NFL Draft GuideAll EDGE and ELITE subscribers have access to PFF’s 2020 NFL Draft Guide, which includes over 1,250 pages of grades, advanced stats, NFL player comparisons, Senior Bowl data and analysis on this year’s draft class that you won’t find anywhere else.

2020 NFL Draft Big Board – All EDGE and ELITE subscribers have access to three-year grades and ranks for the 250 college football players ranked in PFF’s 2020 NFL Draft Big Board. EDGE and ELITE subscribers can also view analysis made available in the 2020 NFL Draft Guide online in the Big Board, as well.

2020 NFL Draft Stats Export – All EDGE and ELITE subscribers have access to PFF’s 2020 NFL Draft Stats Export, which includes a .CSV download of advanced stats and metrics on the 2020 NFL Draft class.

2020 Fantasy Rookie Scouting Report – All EDGE and ELITE subscribers have access to PFF's 2020 Fantasy Rookie Scouting Report that includes advanced stats and analysis of all the top skill players in the 2020 NFL Draft to best prepare YOU for dynasty and all-rookie leagues in addition to your season-long leagues.

2020 Free Agent Rankings – While only ELITE subscribers can see PFF’s Wins Above Replacement (WAR) figures for the 2020 class of free agents, EDGE and ELITE subscribers can read all of the advanced analysis and view the three-year player grades of the players. 

2020 QB Annual – PFF’s QB Annual includes 10 pages of analysis on the 35 NFL quarterbacks with significant playing time in 2019. It’s a product of PFF's advanced grading system, ball location charting, situational charting and ranging advanced statistics and made available to all EDGE and ELITE subscribers.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN PFF'S ELITE ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION?

ALL EDGE Content, Tools & Products – Yes, everything listed above is made available to ELITE subscribers. All. Of. It. We like to throw everything and the kitchen sink at our ELITE subscribers. 

Premium Stats 2.0And you thought NFL Player Grades for the most recent season were fun… All ELITE subscribers get access to Premium Stats 2.0, a stats database that includes PFF’s advanced stats and player grades for every NFL player with at least one snap played since 2006. ELITE subscribers can also turn back the clocks and view AAF and XFL player grades and advanced stats. 

Here are some of the additional metrics we’re offering for players at each position:

  • Quarterbacks: QB Rating; Adjusted Completion %; Deep Passing; Under Pressure; Kept Clean; Play Action; Time in Pocket
  • Running Backs: Elusive Rating; Breakaway %; Yards Per Route Run (YPRR); Drop Rate; Pass Blocking Efficiency
  • Wide Receivers: WR Rating; Drop Rate; Deep Passing; Slot Performance; YPRR
  • Tight Ends: Drop Rate; Deep Passing; Slot Performance; YPRR; Pass-Blocking Efficiency
  • Offensive Lines (team), Offensive Tackles, Offensive Guards and Centers: Pass-Blocking Efficiency (sacks allowed, hits allowed, hurries allowed, etc.)
  • Defensive Tackles, 3-4 Defensive Ends and Interior Defenders: Run Stop %; Pass-Rush Productivity
  • 4-3 Defensive Ends, 3-4 Outside Linebackers, Edge Defenders, 4-3 Outside Linebackers, Inside Linebackers and Linebackers: Pass-Rush Productivity; Run Stop %; Tackling Efficiency; Coverage
  • Cornerbacks: Run Stop %; Tackling Efficiency; Coverage; Slot Performance; Pass-Rushing Productivity
  • Safeties: Run Stop %; Tackling Efficiency; Coverage; Pass-Rushing Productivity

PFF NFL and NCAA Greenline – Using PFF’s advanced data and player grades, the company has created an online dashboard (PFF Greenline) that provides a real-time look at NFL and NCAA games with PFF predictions for the spread, moneyline and over/under. All ELITE subscribers have access to PFF NFL and NCAA Greenline. 

NFL DFS Optimizer – All ELITE subscribers have access to PFF’s NFL DFS Optimizer, which helps users generate single- and multi-team lineups for DraftKings, FanDuel and Yahoo! DFS contents.

NFL DFS Ownership Projections – All ELITE subscribers have access to PFF’s NFL DFS Ownership Projections for FanDuel and DraftKings. 

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