Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – January 28th, 2020
Football: Robby Greer’s Exploration of Home Field Advantage in the NFL. Football Perspective’s 2019 Team Ratings: Adjusted Yards Per Play. The Extra Point blog: Why Fourth-and-15 from the 25? Insight into the NFL’s experiment with an onside-kick alternative. PFF’s Timo Riske explains Why the Chiefs shouldn’t overcommit to stopping the 49ers’ run game and points out Patrick Mahomes is having the best postseason in the PFF era. Football Outsiders’ Aggressiveness Index 2019. Football Perspective with George Kittle Is Remarkable at Yards per Team Pass Attempt and Jimmy Garoppolo and Third Down Performance. FiveThirtyEight writes The Most Balanced Team In The Super Bowl Isn’t The Favorite. PFF’s Kevin Cole believes Andy Reid’s risk aversion could cost him the Super Bowl. Also, Cole’s Assessment of free agent value through comparable players: running backs and tight ends.
Baseball: FanGraphs provides For Your Enjoyment, a Home Run Rate Refresher. Tom Tangos’ post: You realize there’s more to stats than RBI, Batting Average and pitcher wins… now what? FanGraphs says Let’s Have Fun With Non-Neutral Games Contexts. Baseball Prospectus’ Moonshot: Major-League Teams Don’t Value Defense Like We Do. FanGraphs writes that 2019 Had a Lot of Meaningless Baseball. Travis Sawchik: Derek Jeter’s Hall Of Fame Case Was Never In Doubt. But Larry Walker’s Was Until The Very End. FanGraphs tries to determine How Much Did the Red Sox Benefit from Their Sign-Stealing Scheme.
Basketball: Kostya Medvedovsky and Andrew Patton announce that DARKO is back up and better than ever. Nylon Calculus offers More lessons from NBA rebound tracking. Nylon Calculus examines NBA midseason play-type frequency and success by team.
College Basketball: Jordan Sperber’s Hoop Vision Weekly: It’s Getting Real (HV Weekly: 1/24/2020).
Hockey: FiveThirtyEight: The NHL’s 3-on-3 All-Star Game Is A Scorer’s Delight.
Soccer: StatsBomb: The Premier League has a golden generation of young talent.
Tennis: FiveThirtyEight points out John Isner Is Usually Cold In January And February. Stats on the T analyzes if an Early Walkover is an Advantage in a Slam.
Conferences: February 5th in London is the OptaPro Soccer Analytics Forum. The CBJ Hockey Analytics Conference will be held February 8th-9th in Columbus.