Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – February 7th, 2017

Football: FiveThirtyEight says Tom Brady Beats The World, Again. Football Outsiders has all the numbers from Super Bowl LI. FiveThirtyEight on What Makes NFL Games Take So Long. FiveThirtyEight produces a great visualization of When To Go For 2.

Baseball: FanGraphs asks Can More MLB Hitters Get Off the Ground? Baseball Prospectus explores the relationship between PECOTA and Moving Markets. Bill James writes about The All Important Closer and RBI Men. The Ringer with an article on baseball teams’ efforts to keep their secrets safe. FanGraphs Explores Relief Pitcher Usage Via the Inning-Score Matrix. The Hardball Times analyzes The Physics of Coors Field’s Higher Fence. FanGraphs projects The Best and Worst Team Defenses.

Basketball: Nylon Calculus looks at Reinventing PER. Nylon Calculus on whether the NBA really is a point guard dominated league. FiveThirtyEight writes that Russell Westbrook Does Everything Fast, For Better And For Worse. Stephen Shea publishes ratings for NBA Individual Defensive and Team Perimeter Defense. Nylon Calculus wonders if NBA superstars are better than ever. Nylon Calculus Week 14 in Review: Standing up and team 3-point defense.

College Basketball: Ken Pomeroy’s January 2017 Basketball Diary.

Hockey: Hockey Graphs Behind the Numbers: The issues with binning, QoC, and scoring chances. Hockey Graphs on Redefining Defensemen based on Transitional Play.

Soccer: StatsBomb tries to Find the Best Pass In the Bundesliga. StatsBomb on Identifying Ligue 1’s Next Big Breakout Talents #2: Thomas Lemar.

Your moment of R: BaseballWithR offers a first look at the baseballr Package.

Conferences: The OptaPro Analytics Forum is coming up on February 8th in London.

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