Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – February 21st, 2017

Football: Football Outsiders publishes its Postseason QB Drive Stats and DVOA. Football Perspective writes that Return Touchdowns Were Way Down in 2016 and has More Thoughts On Pick Sixes.

Baseball: FanGraphs Explains the Depressed Market for Sluggers. David Kagan and Alan Nathan paper on Statcast and the Baseball Trajectory Calculator. FanGraphs wonders If the End Is Near for Stars-and-Scrubs. The Hardball Times on The Case for Human Intelligence. BeyondTheBoxScore says Don’t fret over the first-pitch meatball. FanGraphs notes that MLB Hitters Are Getting Off the Ground.

Basketball: Nylon Calculus examines whether Isaiah Thomas be the centerpiece of a contender. FiveThirtyEight’s weekly Four-Point Play. Stephen Shea shows Visualization of Player Shot Selection and Efficiency. Nylon Calculus Week 16 in Review: Trades and 3-point defense revisited. FiveThirtyEight says Nikola Jokic Is Suddenly One Of The Best Young NBA Players Of All Time.

College Basketball: Chicago Tribune article on the use of analytics at Division III basketball’s Illinois Tech. FiveThirtyEight writes that The D’Antoni Basketball Revolution Goes To College. FiveThirtyEight says The NCAA Is Modernizing The Way It Picks March Madness Teams.

Hockey: Hockey Graphs Friday Quick Graphs: League Wide Report. FiveThirtyEight says The Washington Capitals Are Lucky Because They’re Good. Puck++ on Measuring the Importance of Structure on the Power Play.

Soccer: StatsBomb asks Burnley: Doing it Differently? A review of the 2017 OptaPro Analytics Forum. Check out American Soccer Analysis for their 2017 MLS Team Previews.

Your moment of R: BaseballWithR uses Jim Albert’s TeachBayes package for a Bayesian Learning about a Hitting Probability.

Conferences: The Sloan Sports Analytics Conference March 3-4 in Boston. The 7th Annual SSAC Soccer Analytics Meetup is scheduled for the night before Sloan.

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