Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – December 18th, 2018
Football: Ben Baldwin’s Further Research on Play-Action Passing. Football Perspective believes Nick Mullens Has Been The Best Rookie Quarterback This Season. The Sports Information Solutions blog correctly predicts Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper to Face Challenge with Colts’ Zone. Football Perspective looks at How Often One Division Has The Best Two Teams In A Conference. Football Perspective posits Parity Does Not Exist In The 2018 NFL.
College Football: Football Study Hall offers A slightly different way to look at recruiting rankings. Football Outsiders’ FEI Final Pre-Bowl Ratings and Connectivity. FiveThirtyEight ranks The Most Absurd College Football Bowls (Using Math!).
Baseball: FanGraphs writes about The Quietest Swing-Changer. Baseball Prospectus’ Flu-Like Symptoms: Taking Stock of 2018 Preseason Predictions. Daniel Marks’ Tracking the Hall of Fame Tracker (2019 Version). The Hardball Times on Automatic Scouts: The Changing Landscape of Scouting. Beyond the Box Score on The sunk cost fallacy and the Troy Tulowitzki release. Tom Tango on the Limits of Clutch or Hot Hand. Tom Tango shows How to look at Statcast fielding data on Savant using Andrew McCutchen.
Basketball: Justin Jacobs publishes Five-Man Lineups: Data Access. Nylon Calculus: Kyle Lowry is a different player with Kawhi Leonard. The Harvard Sports Analysis Collective caclulate How Improbable the Celtics Franchise Record Setting Victory Over The Bulls Was. FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Depth Charts Give You A New Way To Follow Your Squad.
College Basketball: Fancy Stats writes that The NCAA’s lousy new metric is going to make March Madness even crazier. FiveThirtyEight proclaims Zion Williamson Is The Best College Basketball Player In At Least A Decade. Jordan Sperber’s video on Close Game Coaching.
Hockey: Hockey Graphs’ Data Viz in Excel – Tips & Tricks.
Soccer: StatsBomb ponders What Happens to Arsenal at Halftime? FiveThirtyEight on How The Champions League Draw Changed Each Club’s Odds Of Moving On.
Tennis: Heavy Topspin post on Rethinking the Mental Game.
Your moment of R: BaseballWithR’s analysis on whether Plate Discipline Erodes. Jake Flancer announces version 1 of nwhlR – an R package for scraping and working with NWHL play by play data.