Football: FiveThirtyEight points out that The Patriots Won With Less Talent Than Usual. Football Outsiders on Michael Thomas and the Rookie Wide Receiver DYAR Record. FiveThirtyEight asserts that Matt Ryan Is No Fluke.
Baseball: FanGraphs on How Much Hope Do the Bad Teams Have. Bill James piece on HOF Standards. The Hardball Times on How Much Hope and Faith There Is in Major League Baseball. FanGraphs Projects the Hall of Fame Through 2022. Baseball Prospectus Feature: Command and Control . FanGraphs looks at Baseball’s Embattled Middle Class. Baseball Prospectus analysis on Pitchers` Plate Discipline. South Florida Sun-Sentinel offers A look inside the Marlins’ year-old analytics department. Wall St. Journal article about Northwestern University researchers work on The Hidden Effects of Jet Lag on Baseball Players.
Basketball: Nylon Calculus says Giannis Antetokounmpo might be Most Improved and Most Valuable Player. The Harvard Sports Analysis Collective says The Spread Between Isaiah Thomas’s Offense and Defense is Nearly Unprecedented. FiveThirtyEight with advice on How To Win With Carmelo Anthony. The Harvard Sports Analysis Collective Analyzes Final Possessions When Trailing by Two Points in the NBA.
College Basketball: Ken Pomeroy notes that It’s tough to break records.
Hockey: Hockey Graphs Friday Quick Graphs: Marginal Gains for Forwards. Hockey Analysis examines whether Corsi Is losing its Correlation with Winning. Hockey Graphs writes that Expected Primary Points are a better predictor of future scoring than Shots, Points. Hockey Graphs Analyzes One-Timers: The Most Dangerous Shot in the Bag.
Soccer: StatsBomb Identifies Ligue 1’s Next Big Breakout Talents #1: Corentin Tolisso. FiveThirtyEight predicts Who’s Likely To Win The Five Big European Soccer Leagues. StatsBomb evaluates whether there is a hole in Mesut Özil.
Your moment of R: BaseballWithR looks at Spin Rate and Soft Contact Probabilities.
Conferences: The OptaPro Analytics Forum is coming up on February 8th in London.