Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – January 23rd, 2018

Football: Football Perspective analysis shows The Patriots and Jaguars Were The Best Units at Gaining and Preventing First Downs. FiveThirtyEight points out What Tom Brady And Case Keenum Do Better Than Anyone Else. The Harvard Sports Analysis Collective says This NFL Season Did Not Have As Much Parity As You Think. ESPN’s Tim McManus: Eagles’ secret weapon? An analytics-fueled attack. Pro Football Reference releases 2017 Approximate Value.

Baseball: FanGraphs: Players Don’t Become Terrible at 30. FiveThirtyEight points out This MLB Offseason Has Been Eerily Quiet. Baseball Prospectus Feature: Why is the Hot Stove Cold? FanGraphs looks at Manny Margot and the Stickiness of a Launch-Angle Breakout. The Hardball Times examines The Physics of RoboUmp. Robbie Aviles and Bahram Shirazi’s Spin Rate Analytics Simplified. Bill James starts his look at the best third baseman of all time (part 1 and part 2). Tom Tango’s Statcast Lab: Catch Probability: CF v Corner OF.

Basketball: Nylon Calculus on Donovan Mitchell, Brandon Ingram, and lessons in the development of NBA players. NBA Math looks to answer Can Oklahoma’s Trae Young Shoot This Well in the NBA?

Hockey: FiveThirtyEight finds Vegas Has The Best Expansion Team In The History Of Pro Sports, And It’s Not Close.

Lacrosse: Moneyball Lacrosse on The Curious Case of the Buffalo Bandits.

Your moment of R: BaseballWithR with a lesson on modifying Spray Charts from Statcast Data.

Conferences:  SportCon in Minneapolis on February 2nd. The Sports Analytics Meetup February 15th in Melbourne. The Sloan Sports Analytics Conference February 23rd and 24th in Boston.

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