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2015-16 NBA Playoff and MVP Probabilities

Posted by Jonah Gardner on November 18, 2015

The NBA season is in full swing so our playoff and MVP probabilities pages are live. The playoff probabilities project the odds a team has of making the playoffs; while the MVP projections show the likelihood a given player has of winning MVP if voting happened today. On the playoff side, it looks like the Rockets and Pelicans are in trouble, while the Suns and Celtics are early season surprises. Sixers and Lakers fans can also track their odds of winning the lottery. Here's more info on how the projections are made and where we get the projected draft order from.

Oh, and as far as MVP goes, Stephen Curry is really really good

1 Stephen Curry GSW 12 0 1.000 35.5 .641 0.5 4.3 4.8 5.9 2.4 0.3 3.4 33.7 96.1%
2 Russell Westbrook OKC 6 5 .545 34.9 .509 2.2 5.5 7.7 10.6 2.3 0.3 5.2 26.7 0.9%
3 Draymond Green GSW 12 0 1.000 34.0 .521 1.5 6.5 8.0 6.9 1.3 1.4 2.5 12.0 0.8%
4 LeBron James CLE 8 3 .727 36.6 .539 1.1 5.6 6.7 6.1 1.8 0.6 3.4 27.3 0.7%
5 Blake Griffin LAC 6 4 .600 34.1 .558 2.3 6.7 9.0 4.3 0.8 0.5 1.7 26.6 0.5%
6 Kawhi Leonard SAS 8 2 .800 33.1 .569 1.0 6.7 7.7 1.6 1.9 1.3 1.4 21.6 0.4%
7 Kevin Durant OKC 6 5 .545 34.8 .572 0.3 7.0 7.3 3.0 0.8 1.3 2.3 28.1 0.3%
8 Andre Drummond DET 6 5 .545 37.4 .530 6.4 12.5 18.9 1.0 1.8 1.4 2.6 19.1 0.1%
9 Eric Bledsoe PHO 6 4 .600 33.4 .545 0.5 3.6 4.1 5.9 2.1 0.5 3.6 23.0 0.1%
10 Kyle Lowry TOR 7 5 .583 35.0 .503 0.8 4.0 4.8 6.3 2.6 0.7 3.2 20.3 0.1%
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 11/18/2015.

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Upsets of AP #1 Teams Added

Posted by Mike Lynch on November 13, 2015

With college hoops tipping off today, we thought we'd quickly note an offseason addition to our Frivolities section: Historical AP #1 Losses. This table contains the date, score and coaches for every game in which the top-ranked team in the AP Poll lost. Additionally, we have links to the box scores for each of the games since 2010-11, and all of the games which occurred in the NCAA Tournament. We have the arena listed for most of these games, and hope to flesh out that data further soon.

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The Last Undefeated NFL Team for Every Season

Posted by Mike Lynch on November 12, 2015

With an unprecedented three 8-0 teams tearing through the NFL, we thought it would be a good time to introduce a new frivolity to the site: a list of the last unbeaten team(s) for every season in NFL history (as well as AFL, AAFC and APFA history). The list represents the teams which won the most games before suffering their first loss (not necessarily the last team standing with 0 losses in a given season) and includes playoff games (when necessary). The table includes a link to each teams' first loss (unless you're the  1972 Dolphins, that is), as well as their season record (including postseason) and their postseason result (bearing in mind that the NFL postseason dates only back to 1933). A quick glance at the list shows us that the only team since 2000 to win the Super Bowl after being the last remaining undefeated team was the 2006 Colts. Armed with this knowledge, the Bengals, Panthers and Patriots will surely be rushing to lose a game, A.S.A.P. No need to thank us, though.

We hope you enjoy this new list.

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2015-16 NHL Salaries Table Added

Posted by Mike Lynch on November 11, 2015

We just wanted to make a quick announcement that we've added a table with all player salaries for the 2015-16 season. This data was previously available on player and team pages, but it's now available as a sortable list with the salaries and cap hits for all players in the league season. This data is accessible from our frivolities page.

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Find Standings for Any Date in NFL History

Posted by Mike Lynch on October 30, 2015

Have you ever had a memory of a specific date from years ago and thought to yourself "Gee, what a wonderful memory. I recall almost everything about that day: the weather, who I was with, the song playing on the radio. But I feel so incomplete because I just can't recall what the NFL standings were on that day." Well, fret over your imperfect memories no longer, because you can now look up the standings through any date or week in NFL or AFL history!

Now you can fully appreciate your fond memories of the Balloon Boy Hoax by creating false narratives such as claiming that this hoax might have ruined the Giants season (5-0 pre balloon boy and 3-8 post). Or you could discover life-affirming facts such as the Bears leading the NFL in scoring differential on the day Mike Ditka was born.

We hope you enjoy this new tool. It can be accessed by hovering over the "boxscores" link towards the right end of the gray bar running across near the top of the page and clicking "Find Standings on a Date."


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Introducing Our New Fantasy Football Stats Section

Posted by Mike Lynch on October 28, 2015

Many of our visitors are interested in information they can use on their fantasy teams. With this in mind, we decided to created a new fantasy index, which you can find here. This index contains links to various tools you can use to win your fantasy leagues. We include scoring for standard leagues, DraftKings & FanDuel.

Here's some of the tools you can access from this new index:

  • Sortable lists of the top fantasy players this season
  • Find the juiciest matchups with breakdowns of how each defense in the league has fared against quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends.
  • Identify the best scoring threats by checking out Red Zone passing, receiving and rushing statistics.
  • And our newest tool is perhaps the best. We have created weekly matchups pages which will be updated daily for quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends. On those pages you can see the average fantasy stats for each player, as well as the averages their opponent for that week has allowed to players at their position. We have also included player snap count data so you can identify which players will have the opportunity to exploit their opponent. The players are then ranked by expected fantasy points for that week based on their averages, their playing time and their opponent's averages allowed. Their latest injury report status is also included. Please note the time stamp we've included on the pages so you know how fresh the injury data is.
  • We'd also like to note that we've added targets to our Player Streak Finder tool. Now you can see how rare DeAndre Hopkins' targets streak is.

We hope you enjoy these new tools. As always, please let us know if you have any comments, questions or feedback.

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See How Many Baseball Players are Older/Younger Than You

Posted by Jonah Gardner on October 22, 2015

It's a universal sports fan moment: the first time you realize that you're older than the player you're watching. Of course, as time goes on, the ratio flips. Eventually, its more of a surprise when you realize a player is older than you are. No matter where you fall on that spectrum, our newest tool will almost certainly make you feel old.

We've added a page that shows players born before and after whatever date you pick. You can also see their WAR and, thanks to the numbers in the left-most column, how many players in MLB were born before or after that date. For example:

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2016 Player Projections Added to Baseball Reference

Posted by Mike Lynch on October 21, 2015

You may have noticed a recent addition to our player pages: an italicized stat line for 2016. These are projections for 2016, which were generated using the Marcel the Monkey Forecasting System.

The Marcel projection system was originally developed by Tom Tango as the "minimum level of competence that you should expect from any forecaster." Let's let him describe it:

Actually, it is the most basic forecasting system you can have, that uses as little intelligence as possible. So, that's the allusion to the monkey. It uses 3 years of MLB data, with the most recent data weighted heavier. It regresses towards the mean. And it has an age factor.

I do not stand behind these forecasts. Consider me only a trustee of the system. For me to stand behind a forecasting system, I'd have to spend a multitude of hours to get it right. And, the difference between doing it right, and doing it with the Marcels.... well, I'd rather continue spending my time working on other baseball research.

More details on Tango's system are available here:

Please Note: Tom Tango has not certified, reviewed, or confirmed any of the projections on this site. Any descrepencies from data published elsewhere are solely the responsibility of Sports Reference.

In order to generate these projections, we have used code published by Jeff Sackmann as a reference for our implementation. Jeff has also not certified or confirmed any of the resulting projections.

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Time on Ice & Shift Details Added to Hockey Reference

Posted by Mike Lynch on October 20, 2015

We just wanted to quickly note that we have added new tables of information to the bottom of team pages and also to the seasonal skater registers back to 2007-08.

These tables show average shift length for every player, and also breakdowns of time and performance at even strength, on the power play and shorthanded.

These new tables allow users to dig up the following info, among other things:

We hope you enjoy this new information. If you have any comments or questions, please reach out to us here.


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Fantasy Points & Touches Added to Player Streak Finder

Posted by Mike Lynch on October 16, 2015

Pro Football Reference has added Fantasy Points and Touches as search criteria in the Player Streak Finder. These additions allow users to search for the most impressive streaks of fantasy dominance and/or high usage since 1960 (the first season for which we have full player game logs for skill positions). We'd like to thank our friend Scott Pianowski for passing along this suggested addition.

The standard Fantasy Points are calculated as:

Passing Yards: 1 point per 25 yards passing
Passing Touchdowns: 4 points
Interceptions: -2 points
Rushing Yards: 1 point per 10 yards
Rushing Touchdowns: 6 points
Receiving Yards: 1 point per 10 yards
Receiving Touchdowns: 6 points
Fumble Recovered for a Touchdown: 6 points
2-Point Conversions: 2 points
Fumbles Lost: -2 points

For DFS players, DraftKings Points and FanDuel Points are also available as sorting options.

Touches are calculated by adding up rush attempts, receptions, kickoff returns & punt returns.

These new additions allow users to get some perspective on the dominant fantasy streak Devonta Freeman is on. Thursday's game was his fourth straight with 25+ Fantasy Points. That makes him the first RB to do that since LaDainian Tomlinson, who had an eight-game streak in 2006.

Or if you search for streaks with 35+ DraftKings Points (which rewards a point per reception), you can see that Freeman has matched a record, becoming just the third player since 1960 with 35+ DraftKings Points in four straight games (and yes, we acknowledge this is an anachronism since DraftKings didn't exist the last time this happened, but this shows just how rare Freeman's performance streak is).

Rushing Receiving
Tm Count Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD DKPt From To
Devonta Freeman ATL 4* 84 462 8 25 233 1 157.5 Sep 27, 2015 Oct 15, 2015 See all games »
LaDainian Tomlinson SDG 4 85 564 12 15 205 2 187.9 Oct 29, 2006 Nov 19, 2006 See all games »
Larry Johnson KAN 4 115 642 9 11 114 1 158.6 Dec 11, 2005 Jan 1, 2006 See all games »
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Generated 10/16/2015.

Similarly, Freeman has tied the record for consecutive games with 29+ FanDuel Points.

Finally, with Touches added to the streak finder, you can now search for things like the longest streaks of games with 15+ touches this season.

We hope you enjoy these new features and, as always, please let us know if you have any comments or questions.

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