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The Power of the Preseason Poll

With a relatively short season, a single elimination tournament, and 18-year old athletes, college basketball is one of the hardest sports to measure and predict. Sources like Ken Pomeroy and ESPN’s BPI have been huge improvements in recent years, but the flaws of the RPI and the AP Poll are still extremely visible and accepted [...]

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Official MLB Preseason Rankings – Top 40 First Basemen

Continuing with our series of preseason fantasy baseball rankings, here are our top 40 first basemen. Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Davis get consideration as early as #3 overall, and Edwin Encarnacion also slots into the first round. First base this year is an interesting study for many classic fantasy baseball debates. Go with the younger [...]

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Official MLB Preseason Rankings – Top 30 Catchers

Last year on the player rater the top 3 catchers was the surprising trio of Yadier Molina, Wilin Rosario, and Jonathan Lucroy. While all three are in our top seven, the consensus 1-2 of all three rankers was Buster Posey and then Carlos Santana. ADPs across the board are pretty low, and catcher is one [...]

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NCAA Basketball Power Rankings

I haven’t written much about college basketball on the site in the past, but I had a lot of thoughts on the season and wanted to publish my own opinions. A lot of college basketball analysis is flawed, and the basic issue I find with traditional analysis is the fact that even when you lose [...]

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A Breakdown of the 2014 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

This year was my third time attending the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, and it’s amazing to see how it has changed in such a short time period. Baseball has become increasingly advanced, and basketball has arrived at the forefront of the sports analytics movement. Here are some of my notes from the conference on the [...]

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Michael Pineda & The 2014 Yankees

The Yankees have had a very busy offseason. After losing all-world 2nd baseman Robinson Cano to free agency and the Seattle Mariners, Yankees GM Brian Cashman, armed with Steinbrenner credit cards, went on a spending binge. New York committed about 465 million dollars to some new players in hopes of competing for a championship in [...]

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Player Profile: Homer Bailey

After several seasons of moderately underwhelming statistics, we finally saw what had Homer Bailey ranked as one of Keith Law’s top prospects years back. Bailey arrived in 2013, finishing as the #20 starting pitcher according to ESPN’s player. The Reds righty proved to be the steal of many drafts last season, with an ADP was [...]

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Player Profile: Alex Cobb

We witnessed the official coming out party of Alex Cobb in 2013. Although he only managed 23 regular season starts, (he missed 6 weeks after being hit in the head by an Eric Hosmer liner on June 15) Cobb showed clear gains in skill. Cobb, a Boston native has a current NFBC ADP of 116.79 [...]

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