Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – March 17th, 2020

Football:  Chace McCallum publishes his work on Isolated EPA per play. Football Perspective with Analytic George: The Story of the Next Most Pass-Happy Game In Pro Football History. PFF’s Steve Palazzolo Examines quarterback aggressiveness and its impact on offensive production. Josh Hermsmeyer writes The NFL Was Weird Last Season. Kevin Cole unveils the PFF Improvement Index for all 32 teams. Football Outsiders’ Failed Completions 2019. FiveThirtyEight: Why Is Tom Brady In Demand And Philip Rivers Isn’t? Interceptions. PFF’s Timo Riske Investigates positional tiers ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Baseball: Ben Clemens with Plate Discipline, in One Number. Tom Tango’s Statcast Lab: xERA. FanGraphs looks at How Much Playoff Odds Change in a Shorter Season. Bill James with a series of works: Strikeout Tigers, Big Walkers, Duck and Cover, and 87 Percent Less Fun than Wild Bitches. The Statcast 2020 Presentation. Baseball Prospectus Rubbing Mud: Batter Strikeout Rate Matters Again. Baseball Reference’s 2020 WAR Update. FanGraphs Takes A Look At Spin Mirroring, Part 2: Misconceptions and Practical Applications. Beyond the Box Score on The Reds and the concept of actually trying to improve your team.

Basketball: Avyay Varadarajan analyzes Elam Ending win probabilities. Nylon Calculus: Will a delayed NBA postseason let contenders rehab?

College Basketball: Eli Boettger’s complete what-if account of the 2020 NCAA Tournament: Bracket, results, highlights and more.

Soccer: StatsBomb’s beginner’s guide to reading, writing and pitching about football analytics.

Tennis: Stephanie Kovalchik on the Winners and Losers of a Rankings Hiatus.

Check out these Pythons: Abhishek Sharma’s tutorial on Creating a Passmap in Python.

Your Moment of R: Thomas Mock introduces the espnscrapeR package to collect or scrape QBR, NFL standings, and stats from ESPN. Lau Sze Yui shares tracking data for 2019 post season selected NFL highlights. Robert Frey shows you how to code and pull D3 baseball data from the NCAA page into one hub.

Conferences: Watch last weekend’s 2020 SABR Analytics Conference online.

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