Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – March 10th, 2020

Football: Football Perspective looks at Scoring Distribution From 1950 to 2019. PFF’s Eric Eager on How Fragile is Defense: A look at the effect of stars versus depth on game outcomes. Football Perspective offers up NFL Touchback Data. PFF’s Sam Monson supports Why you should never hand out big-money contracts to running backs. Football Outsiders’ Quarterback Similarity Ratings. Football Perspective finds The Chargers Had The Worst Fumble Luck In 2019. PFF’s Timo Riske Investigates the individual draft success of every NFL team.

Baseball: FanGraphs on The Three Batter Minimum Rule’s Biggest Dilemma. Ben Clemens pits Keston Hiura Versus the Regression Monster. FanGraphs with Elbow Pain, Go Away, Don’t Come Again Another Day. Baseball Prospectus Flu-Like Symptoms: Saved By Zero. Baseball Prospectus on The Risk of Catching.

Basketball: Nylon Calculus: Tracking the evolution of offensive style. FiveThirtyEight points notes Khris Middleton Is The Best At Making Basketball’s Worst Shot. David Glidden investigates What’s Behind the 76ers’ Road Woes? Nylon Calculus examines Who is winning the head-to-head battle for NBA MVP? FiveThirtyEight reports that Luka Dončić And The Mavs Are Pushing The Limits Of Offensive Efficiency.

College Basketball: Jordan Sperber’s Hoop Vision Weekly: Madness Looms (HV Weekly: 3/6/2019). FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine: This Year’s NCAA Men’s Contenders Are Weirdly Weak. Will That Mean More Tourney Upsets? FiveThirtyEight writes The Virginia Cavaliers Are Back To Their Old Ways — And It’s Working. KenPom: Why preseason ratings matter for potential 1-seeds Dayton, San Diego St.

Hockey: Nathan de Lara’s work on Estimating Players’ and Goalie’s Impact on Rebound Shots. Tom Tango Introduces Naive WAR for the NHL.

Soccer: A great repository for all things soccer – Datasets, APIs, blogs, books, videos, etc. StatsBomb: Bayern Munich emerge as a true Champions League contender. American Soccer Analysis says Single Game xG is here to stay – is it useful? FiveThirtyEight ponders Does The Mayhem In The Champions League Race Open Up A Spot For … Burnley?

Cricket: Tinniam V Ganesh with great tutorial/example typical of a Big Data flow pipeline.

Biathlon: RJ Weise did some statistical analysis and visualization on Biathlon data for the Women’s Sprint races from 2017-18 until today.

Your Moment of R: Meghan Hall’s beginner-friendly guide to the tidymodels package.

Conferences: On March 13-15 in Phoenix is the SABR Analytics Conference. The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference 2020 Research Papers & Posters. Stephanie Kovalchik’s review of the Sloan conference.

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