Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – January 21st, 2020

Football: Ben Baldwin publishes some football analytics foundations. Football Perspective points out NFL Offenses Were More Hurt By Sacks Than Interceptions In 2019. The Extra Point blog: Punters in 2019 Were Performing Better Than Ever. PFF’s Timo Riske Uses Survival curves to investigate trench warfare in the NFC Championship Game. Football Perspective examines Super Bowl Playing Surfaces and Venues: Super Bowls I to LIV. Football Perspective tries to  Explaining Patrick Mahomes’ Relatively Low Passing 1st Down Rate. FiveThirtyEight writes Sure, The NFL Playoffs Seem Chaotic … But They’re Actually Pretty Predictable. Eric Eager’s PFF Data Study: True pass sets and their importance to player evaluation. Mark Simon takes A closer look at the Titans’ scoring tendencies. FiveThirtyEight notes Richard Sherman Is Elite, But Is He The Best Pass Defender? Michelle Miller’s paper on The Predictive Relationship between NFL GMA, Selection Order, Performance and Achievements. PFF’s Kevin Cole Projects the future for Derrick Henry, Ryan Tannehill.

College Football: Football Outsiders’ FEI Final Ratings.

Baseball:  FanGraphs Walks Through the 2020 Hall of Fame Ballot Trends. Baseball Prospectus Rubbing Mud: Sinkers or Swim. FanGraphs lists  The Best (Expected) Fastballs of 2019 and The Best (Expected) Secondary Pitches of 2019. FanGraphs writes  Carlos Martínez Epitomizes Contextual Value, and Other Business School Buzzwords. Beyond the Box Score’s Five bounce back candidates for 2020. FanGraphs wonders Are Defensive Concerns Holding Up the Outfield Market?

Basketball: FiveThirtyEight asks Should The NBA Be Worried About TV Ratings? Reddit Activity Says So. Nylon Calculus points out Not all 50-point games are created equally. FiveThirtyEight proclaims Zion Williamson Is Here To Lead The NBA’s Lefty Revival. Also,What Zion Williamson Means To The Pelicans’ Playoff Push.

College Basketball: Jordan Sperber’s Hoop Vision Weekly: Upsets & Insights (HV Weekly: 1/17/2020).

Hockey: FiveThirtyEight says The Penguins’ Injuries Would Break Most Teams. Good Thing They’re Not Most Teams.

Soccer: American Soccer Analysis on War Strategy and Soccer: is a War of Attrition or a Perfect Strike Better for Winning? StatsBomb Examines RB Leipzig’s style.

Tennis: FiveThirtyEight: Dominic Thiem Doesn’t Play As Much Anymore, And That’s A Good Thing. Stats on the T looks at Women’s and Men’s Title Chances for the 2020 Australian Open.

Check out these Pythons: StatsBomb Launches Custom Python Tool: “statsbombpy”.

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