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Curveballs are underutilized early in the count

    I got the idea for this article thinking about pitching strategy. It makes sense to me that getting to two-strikes for a pitchers is an important strategy for good performance. With two strikes, pitchers can get a hitter to swing out of the zone and either make bad contact or miss completely, two […]

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The issues with Expected Outcome wOBA

There is a lot of luck involved in hitting a baseball. When a player violently swings at a pitch, which sometimes travels over 100 mph, even a small change in where the bat meets the ball could be the difference between a homerun or a pop up. A ball could be hit hard in the […]

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DFS NBA: With Injuries, Be Cautious With Big Men Minutes

Minutes are a huge part of Daily Fantasy NBA. When players who get a high amount of fantasy points per minute see a large expected minute increase, they tend to be awesome DFS picks. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from my experience doing DFS NBA, it is that big men don’t always see […]

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DFS NFL: Getting An Edge Week 17

Week 17 is the hardest week to play daily fantasy NFL. With teams resting starters, and with teams having nothing to play for wanting to get a look at some of their younger players, the best plays end up being a lot less straightforward than earlier in the season. This week a large part of […]

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Daily Fantasy NFL: The Issues With Defense vs Position (DVP)

Note: This is an article from last year, but I think it’s an important read. If you have played DFS, you have probably seen and used DVP statistics. For those unfamiliar, DVP, or Defense vs Position, is a statistic that shows how many fantasy points teams have allowed by position in a given season. For NFL, […]

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DFS NFL Research: Plays and Fantasy Points

In Week 6, 2015, there was an afternoon game between the San Diego Chargers and the Green Bay Packers. The game was a very good one, it ended with the Chargers failing to convert a 4th down pass for a TD with almost no time left that would’ve tied the game. But the most remarkable […]

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The Most Important Skill For Pitchers Is Throwing Two Strikes

There’s a lot of data I look at to evaluate pitchers. Contact rates (the quality of their pitches) and how often they get swings outside of the strike zone are two of the most important factors I use to determine if a pitcher is pitching well or not. How often they throw strikes is another. […]

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Understanding The Knuckleball With Fangraphs Game Charts

Despite few MLB pitchers actually throwing the pitch, the knuckleball is probably the most interesting pitch in baseball. You’ve probably heard of a few guys who throw the knuckleball, most recognizable are R.A. Dickey and Tim Wakefield. Neither of these pitchers achieved great success, but nonetheless had solid MLB careers. While most people know the basic premise […]

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DFS MLB: Ignore Recent Performance With Hitters

“Probably the most important and hardest part of understanding sports stats – accepting how much luck there really is.” – Steamer’s twitter account At the moment I am writing this article, Bryce Harper very nearly leads the league in wOBA at a whopping .491, an extraordinary number. Harper is most probably the best hitter in baseball, and […]

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DFS NBA: 5 NBA Stats You Need To Use For Daily Fantasy

If you are playing Daily Fantasy Basketball and have not yet visited stats.nba.com, you are seriously missing out. Over the past few years, the NBA has started to embrace the analytics movement, opening their own stats and data website with their own advanced metrics. There is a ton of data on the website, much of which […]

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