Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – October 8th, 2019

Football: Timo Riske’s PFF Data Study: Route usage takeaways after a quarter of the season. Jonathan Jones looks at The Declining Interception Rate in the NFL. An SIS blog post on Evaluating NFL Defenses by Expected Points. Michael Lopez post on The Extra Point about What Player Tracking Data Can Tell Us About the Onside Kick. Josh Hermsmeyer points out The Patriots’ Defense Is Good. That Doesn’t Mean It’s Going To Stay Good. Football Perspective examines The Patriots And The Point Spread Under Tom Brady. Football Outsiders’ Week 5 DVOA Ratings.

College Football: FiveThirtyEight finds College Teams Are Still Punting In Opponent Territory — Though Not Quite As Often. Football Outsiders’ FEI Week 5 Ratings.

Baseball: Paresh Gupta introduces a Postseason Impact Metric. FanGraphs believes Starting Pitching is Making a Postseason Comeback. Tom Tango’s Statcast Lab: Cain v Taylor and Park Bias Report in Pitch Speed. Beyond the Box Score determines Trent Grisham had the most costly muff in playoff history. FanGraphs analyzes To Walk or Not to Walk. Baseball Prospectus Flu-Like Symptoms: The Bill James World Series Prediction System, 2019 Edition. Travis Sawchik at FiveThirtyEight says The MLB’s Postseason Teams Were (Mostly) Obvious From The Start and Who Needs Bryce Harper When You’ve Got Juan Soto? Tom Thress’ latest Articles about Player Won-Lost Records.

Basketball: Justin Jacobs is back with Exercising Error: Quantifying Statistical Tests Under RAPM (Part IV). Nylon Calculus on How to succeed on offense without really shooting. Nylon Calculus: 2019-20 win projections and NBA over/unders.

College Basketball: Jordan Sperber’s Hoop Vision Weekly: #PreviewSZN in full swing.

Soccer: American Soccer Analysis with Shots in the Dark: how data providers tell us different versions of what happened.  StatsBomb identifies Statistically unusual players in the early games of the Premier League season. American Soccer Analysis discusses The Great Goal Kick Shift.

Your Moment of R: Meghan Hall offers Exploratory Data Analysis Using Tidyverse. BaseballWithR gives code to answer How Competitive are the 5-Game Playoffs?

For your listening pleasure: Wharton Moneyball (Maria Konnikova/Harry Pavlidis) Steve Palazzolo, Chilling with Charlie (Seth Partnow), Measurables (Seth Partnow), Expected Value Part 1 (Laurie Shaw/Same Gregory),  Expected Value Part 2 (Ron Yurko/Dani Chu) and  Off The Charts (Alex Vidgerman) podcasts.

Conferences: Videos from 2019 NESSIS are up. The Japan Sports Analytics Conference will be held on October 10th in Japan. On November 1 and 2 in Pittsburgh is the Carnegie Mellon Sports Analytics Conference.

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