Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – May 2nd, 2017

Football: Football Perspective says The 2017 NFL Draft Brought Back The Running Back. FiveThirtyEight writes that The Browns Need A Great QB, Which Is Why They Didn’t Draft One. Football Perspective looks at The 2017 NFL Draft, Value By Position. The Harvard Sports Analysis Collective examines Speed Across NFL Positions. Football Perspective Analyzes The Trades In the First Round Of the 2017 Draft.

College Football: Football Study Hall on The Big 12 and the NFL draft. Football Study Hall ‘s Advanced WR stats say Dede Westbrook was great and Josh Malone was underrated.

Baseball: FanGraphs on The Most-Changed Teams Since Opening Day. John Dewan lists The Best and Worst Defensive Teams So Far. Tom Tango’s Statcast Lab: WOWY, part 1 of n: Pitcher Release Speed. The Hardball Times Research Notebook: New Format for Statcast Data Export at Baseball Savant. FiveThirtyEight says Baseball’s New Pitch-Tracking System Is Just A Bit Outside. BeyondTheBoxScore’s view on The surprises and disappointments in the new Statcast xwOBA metric. FiveThirtyEight offers some historical perspective with Before Baseball-Reference, Statheads Relied On The ‘Big Mac’. Baseball Prospectus Cold Takes: The Natural Conclusion of Baseball Statistics by Patrick Dubuque. FiveThirtyEight points out that Baseball’s New Leadoff Hitters Don’t Need To Be Speed Demons.

Basketball: Nylon Calculus looks at the Overshadowed skills of the NBA’s best offensive rebounders. FiveThirtyEight thinks The Thunder Weren’t Built For The Modern NBA. Nylon Calculus visualizes Hot and cold shooting streaks in the NBA Playoffs. FiveThirtyEight believes It’s Not Chris Paul’s Fault.

Hockey: Hockey Graphs’ 2017 NHL GM Report Card – Part 1.

Soccer: StatsBomb Transfer Stories – Outliers Are Everything. American Soccer Analysis with SuperDraft or Super Daft, Part 1: Determining the Value of an MLS Draft Pick and SuperDraft or Super Daft, Part 2: Who is good at drafting? StatsBomb’s Worst Transfers Of The 2016-17 Premier League Season. FiveThirtyEight says Manchester United Is Too Unlucky To Be Great.

Lacrosse: Moneyball Lacrosse’s Week 2 Preview.

Your Moment of R: BaseballWithR gives code to analyze First Pitch Strike and Swing and Miss Rates.

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