13th January 2016
Today, we finalized the purchase of basketballreference.com from the folks at Rotowire (thanks guys!). This really doesn't do much for you as an end user, but I thought I'd also mention that there are some domain name tricks that can help you.
The main one is that each site has a shortened url of 5-6 characters that can save some typing on your end. This is especially useful on your phones.
bbref.com => baseball-reference.com
bkref.com => basketball-reference.com
hkref.com => hockey-reference.com
pfref.com => pro-football-reference.com
cfbref.com => sports-reference.com/cfb
cbbref.com => sports-reference.com/cbb
olyref.com => sports-reference.com/olympics
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8th January 2016
With the AP releasing it's All-Pro teams today, we have an important piece of information for constructing our 2015 Approximate Values for NFL players. These numbers will change as Pro Bowl rosters change, but these values give a strong estimate of what the final 2015 AV numbers will look like (since All Pro nods have a far greater impact on AV than Pro Bowl nods do). At this time, the provisional leader in 2015 AV is J.J. Watt, with 21. For the time being, Watt's 88 AV through 5 seasons are the most in NFL history (we calculate AV back to 1960). The previous record had been 84 by Thurman Thomas. Something to ponder is that Watt was drafted between Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder in 2011.
As a reminder, Approximate Value is our method (developed by Doug Drinen) for putting a single numerical value on any player's season. You can read all about it here. You can see the all-time leaders in career AV here and the single-season leaders here.
The rest of the top 5 in 2015 Approximate Value can be seen below:
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8th January 2016
At Pro Football Reference, we tend to deal in the factual, objective historical record. Our website contains tables of things that really, actually happened already. This blog post will not involve that. Instead, today we're going to take a look at the hypothetical. Here's what could happen this weekend, in the four Wild Card games, and why: Read the rest of this entry
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7th January 2016
We made a small enhancement to our NFL Receiving stats table by adding "catch percentage" as its own column. You can sort the data by that column to see which players caught the highest percentage of their targets. If you leave the "hide non-qualifiers for rate stats" box checked, it will only sort players with 30+ targets. Please bear in mind that targets are an unofficial category. Our numbers for targets are based on play-by-play descriptions from official accounts, but may slightly differ from numbers seen elsewhere. Our unofficial target data goes back to 1992, so you can run searches across multiple years for catch percentage via the Player Season Finder in the Play Index. For instance, Larry Fitzgerald's 2015 was the highest catch percentage on record by a 100-catch WR not named Wes Welker.
The best catch percentage by any qualified player since 1992 (regardless of position) was Cleveland Gary's 52 receptions on 55 targets in 1992.
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6th January 2016
We just wanted to quickly note that we have added the ability to search for safeties to the Team Game Finder tool in the Play Index.
So now you can search for things like:
If you checked out the above links, perhaps you noticed this oddity: no team in our data has had more than 4 safeties in a single season, yet the 1984 Rams had 3 safeties in a single quarter!
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23rd December 2015
PER NFL COMMUNICATIONS:
2015 NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR WEEK 16
CLINCHED: New England – AFC East and a first-round bye
Cincinnati – playoff berth
- NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (at New York Jets, Sunday)
New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
- NE win OR
- NE tie + CIN loss or tie
CINCINNATI BENGALS (at Denver, Monday)
Cincinnati clinches AFC North division with:
- CIN win or tie OR
- PIT loss or tie
Cincinnati clinches a first-round bye with:
- CIN win or tie
DENVER BRONCOS (vs. Cincinnati, Monday)
Denver clinches AFC West division with:
- DEN win + KC loss or tie OR
- DEN tie + KC loss
Denver clinches a playoff spot with:
- DEN win + NYJ loss or tie OR
- DEN win + PIT loss or tie OR
- DEN tie + NYJ loss OR
- DEN tie + PIT loss
HOUSTON TEXANS (at Tennessee, Sunday)
Houston clinches AFC South division with:
- HOU win + HOU clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over IND OR
- HOU win + IND loss or tie OR
- HOU tie + IND loss
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (vs. Cleveland, Sunday)
Kansas City clinches a playoff spot with:
- KC win + NYJ loss OR
- KC win + PIT loss
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (at Baltimore, Sunday)
Pittsburgh clinches a playoff spot with:
- PIT win + NYJ loss?
CLINCHED: Carolina – NFC South and a first-round bye
Arizona – NFC West
Green Bay – playoff berth
Seattle – playoff berth
CAROLINA PANTHERS (at Atlanta, Sunday)
Carolina clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:
- CAR win or tie OR
- ARI loss or tie?
ARIZONA CARDINALS (vs. Green Bay, Sunday)
Arizona clinches a first-round bye with:
- ARI win or tie
GREEN BAY PACKERS (at Arizona, Sunday)
Green Bay clinches NFC North division with:
- GB win + MIN loss or tie OR
- GB tie + MIN loss
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (vs. New York Giants, Sunday night)
Minnesota clinches a playoff spot with:
- MIN win or tie OR
- ATL loss or tie OR
- SEA win or tie
WASHINGTON REDSKINS (at Philadelphia, Saturday)
Washington clinches NFC East division with:
- WAS win OR
- WAS tie + NYG loss
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12th November 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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30th October 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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28th October 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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16th October 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).
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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