Written by Adam Tucker (@adamtb182) Main Takeaways Expected point gain of going for it on fourth down gives key insights as to why Mike Tomlin chose not to kick a field goal at the end of the half of yesterday’s game. Under the lens of expected point gain, are NFL coaches really acting rationally to… Read More In Defense of Mike Tomlin
By: John McCool Despite consecutive Super Bowl appearances, and 3 straight double-digit win seasons, there was concern that the Seahawks wouldn’t even make the 2015 playoffs. By mid-November, Seattle stood at a pedestrian 4-5 after losing to the Arizona Cardinals. Local sports radio hosts and ESPN pundits labeled their receiving core mediocre, sparking rumors of… Read More Passing Patterns in Seattle
By: Suvrath Penmetcha (@savvysuv) Introduction With the Fantasy Football season upon us in just a couple days, we wanted to take a closer look at year-to-year consistency among QBs across statistics (i.e. TDs) to learn how past performance can be applied when drafting players. Methodology To that end, we used the nflscrapR package and the… Read More Fantasy Football: Performance Replication Across Seasons (Part I – Quarterbacks)
By: Nick Citrone (@Pyrollamas) The 2016 NFL Draft doesn’t doesn’t start until 8 p.m. Thursday, but draft drama is already in full swing with the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles trading a combined 11 picks to the Titans and Browns to move up to #1 and #2 overall, respectfully. Both franchises hope to land… Read More NFL Draft: Trading into the top 5. Is it worth it?
By Nick Citrone (@Pyrollamas) Business Insider recently created a chart showing the number of quarterbacks each NFL team has drafted since 1999. The New York Jets top the list with ten quarterbacks taken in the 16 year span. Many people, including CBS staff writer Sean Wagner-McGough, view this chart as proof that the Jets are actually… Read More QB Wasteland: Jets draft most QBs but Cleveland is where QBs Die
By Nick Citrone (@pyrollamas) Quick Takeaways Quarterbacks need should be addressed in the first round, teams trying their luck with late round QBs rarely find success. Offensive linemen offer superior value in all rounds of the draft. Linebackers & running backs are best value on Day 2 (Rounds 2 and 3). Teams seeking depth at Defensive… Read More Maximizing Draft Value by Position
By: Maksim Horowitz (@bklynmaks) Introducing nflscrapR While searching the web for a viable source of NFL data for exploration and analysis, I noticed that there was no such source readily available for my desired insights. After browsing through my go-to websites (such as football-reference and ESPN) I realized that none of that data could be… Read More Introducing nflscrapR – Part 1