Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – May 1st, 2018

Football: Football Perspective analyzes Why Great Passing Isn’t Becoming More Important. Kostas Pelechrinis studies the interaction between passing efficiency and utilization. Fancy Stats believes Giants made a mistake selecting Saquon Barkley No. 2 in the 2018 NFL draft. Football Perspective’s Adjusted Completion Percentage and Pass Ratio: Explaining the NFL. Football Outsiders’ 2018 Draft Report Card Report. Football Perspective evaluates 2018 First Round Draft Trades.

College Football: Football Study Hall analyzes Where blue-chippers (and future pros) come from.

Baseball: Baseball Prospectus’ DRA 2018: Tunnels, Uncertainty, Splits, and Trade-Offs. FanGraphs on Scoring and Not Scoring the Runner From Third. The Hardball Times with Seats Still Available: Trends in Ballpark Capacity. FanGraphs writes that The Yankees’ No-Fastball Approach Might Be Breaking Sonny Gray. FiveThirtyEight says This Year’s MLB Tankfest Is Epic (And Maybe Pointless). Baseball Prospectus’ Flu-Like Symptoms: Clutch Hitting on the Curve. Bill James continues his series with looking at the best players by position with Shortstop from 1963 to the late 1980s and Shortstops of the last 30 years. New York Times article on A Numbers Guy Left the Front Office to Coach Prospects. Here’s What He Learned.

Basketball: The 94 Feet Report on How Rudy Gobert’s presence powers Donovan Mitchell’s Offense. FiveThirtyEight: There Is Absolutely, Positively, No Way LeBron Can Keep This Up …

Soccer: The Harvard Sports Analysis Collective ponders Does MLS Show More Parity Than the EPL and Championship? American Soccer Analysis’ Expected Narratives.

Tennis: Heavy Topspin looks at Translating ATP Statistics Across Main Tour and Challenger Levels. Stephanie Kovalchik writes about Novak Djokovic’s attempt to return to form. Heavy Topspin on Rafael Nadal and the Greatest Single-Tournament Performances. Heavy Topspin Measures Return Aggression and lists The Most Aggressive ATP Returners.

Your moment of R: BaseballWithR offers code and an Introduction to xBA. Michael Lopez’s code that he used to scrape data and produce team-level draft curves.

Conferences: May 7th  Analytics in Sport in the Netherlands. The Fields Sports Analytics Workshop May 24th and 25th in Toronto.

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