Monthly Archives: April 2012

Don’t Trade Up in the NFL Draft

As the draft looms tomorrow night, NFL teams are (hopefully) finalizing their draft boards and trying to make plans for every conceivable contingency. Whether or not they want to trade, and in which direction, is surely one of those considerations. … Continue reading

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Can a Computer Generate Belichick Postgame Speeches?

by Harry Chiel & Owen Prunskis In their blog post “Belichick and Brady Address the Media: A Statistical Report,” Ben Blatt and Andrew Mooney accurately describe the mind-numbing, yet occult, phenomenon that is a Bill Belichick postgame interview: “Bill Belichick … Continue reading

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How Important is a Good April?

by Andrew Mooney This post also appeared on Boston.com here Predictably, the Red Sox’ uneven start to the season brought with it more than its fair share of hand wringing. That’s understandable, given the way the beginning and end of … Continue reading

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Optimizing Draft Strategies in Fantasy Football: Abstract

This is the abstract from the paper “Optimizing Draft Strategies in Fantasy Football” by Papa Chakravarthy. Please find the full text here. Data was collected from ESPN.com and Pro Football Reference to determine a conditionally optimal auction draft strategy contingent on correct … Continue reading

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Salary Allocation and Risk Preferences in the NFL: Abstract

This is the abstract from the paper “Salary Allocation and Risk Preferences in the National Football League: The Implications of Salary Allocation in Understanding the Preferences of NFL Owners” by Papa Chakravarthy. Please find the full text here. The study of risk … Continue reading

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Brandon Morrow’s Supposed Struggles From the Stretch

Please follow this link to read HSAC contributor Sam Waters’s analysis of Brandon Morrow at http://www.baseballanalytics.org. Quick preview: Heading into this year, many still view Morrow as a breakout candidate, but the narrative has changed a little. No one has … Continue reading

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Analyzing the NFL Draft: The Safest Positions to Target in the First Round

by Robert Bedetti ESPN is once again allowing Mel Kiper to flaunt his homemade haircut and scowl on live television, which can only mean one thing: draft day is approaching. As we count down the days to the start of … Continue reading

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