Unusual and exotic MLB records within reach in 2018
The Yankees have the power to put themselves in the record book, but they're not the only club with a chance to make history.
FiveThirtyEight: Why The NBA Abandoned Roy Hibbert
FiveThirtyEight: Why The NBA Abandoned Roy Hibbert
Which contenders are in trouble and what they can do about it?
The Dodgers looked like postseason locks, but now they're among the clubs whose playoff odds have taken a big hit.
Odds were with Embiid to tie the game
Second Spectrum examines the high percentage shot that Joel Embiid missed to tie the game late against the Celtics.
What Donovan Mitchell's Iverson comps mean for the Jazz
The similarities between the star rookie and The Answer are striking. What can that tell us about Utah's future with Mitchell running the show?
Cole Anthony (son of Greg) becoming the star of 2019 class
Cole Anthony, the son of former NBA player and current TV analyst Greg Anthony, has vaulted into the conversation as the top recruit with his dominant AAU performance.
Which players' slow starts should scare you, and why
With Giancarlo Stanton, Avisail Garcia and other struggling stars, you can say "it's early" for only so long.
Cause for concern for this year's QB draft class?
Brad Edwards crunches the QBR numbers on this year's draft class of quarterbacks in which five could go in the first round.
Ranking MLB's top 10 team-friendly deals
With free agency out of vogue, betting early on young players can pay big dividends.
Baseball's worst contracts: Who isn't paying back their paydays?
If you're wondering what took the sizzle out of free agency, consider these players who have turned out to be terrible investments.
Who was too high or too low in MLBRank
Does Bryce Harper deserve to be in the top 5? Was Shohei Ohtani too low? Now that the votes are in, we're breaking down some of the more controversial results.
'Playoff LeBron' is real, and defense is the reason
The NBA playoffs are imminent, which means LeBron James will again be expected to transform into the legend who found his way to the NBA Finals in seven straight years. The key to understanding "playoff LeBron" starts on the defensive end of the floor.
Ranking best, worst draft years of the past decade
The names at the top will make up most of the legacy of past NFL drafts, but the best drafts are those that coaxed value from the later rounds. ESPN's analytics team crunches the data and ranks the top drafts of the past decade.
FPI projections show big trouble for Big 12
With Baker Mayfield off to the NFL, is the Big 12 in danger of getting shut out of next year's College Football Playoff? That's what the early numbers are saying.
Projecting the top wide receivers in the 2018 NFL draft
The 2018 draft class doesn't feature as much top-flight talent at wide receiver as recent classes. But there are some who can be difference-makers quickly for their new teams. Football Outsiders' Playmaker Score projects who will have the biggest impact.
Talk Nerdy: The Analytics Behind Loyola's Run
Seth Walder and Paul Sabin break down the analytics behind Loyola's run and look ahead to Final Four weekend.
Which MVP candidate is responsible for the most wins?
James Harden appears likely to win the NBA's MVP award, but there is no shortage of worthy challengers behind him. Assessing how much each contender has impacted team wins might be the best place to start when making comparisons.
NBA Future Power Rankings: Who will reign for the next three years?
How will your team perform the next three seasons? Kevin Pelton and Bobby Marks forecast the future for every NBA franchise.
What's your takeaway from 10 key spring training performances?
Noah Syndergaard is throwing smoke in camp, but what does it mean when the games count? The stats might not matter, but they're dropping big hints about who's ready to deliver what in 2018.
Players ready to crush their 2018 projections
Players primed to surpass their predicted performances include greats with something left and some -- like Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber -- finally ready to live up to expectations.
NCAA tournament live championship probability
Live championship probability from ESPN Analytics will appear on this page throughout the 2018 NCAA tournament.
Whose Final Four chances were hurt by their bracket draw?
Every year, the selection committee's bracketing choices help ease the path to the Final Four for some teams, while making it more difficult for others. In 2018, Duke and Virginia came out on opposite sides of that coin.
UConn's great, but BPI says take the field
Once again, the women's NCAA tournament is a binary matter of of "UConn or the field?" It's a fair question. And though the Huskies' odds are favorable to raise a 12th banner, BPI says you should take the field.
Lunardi's bracket projections for all 68 teams
Don't fill out your bracket without doing your homework. ESPN's Joe Lunardi assigned a team of analysts to break it down for Insiders.
Talk Nerdy To Me: The Big Ten's Tournament Resume
Seth Walder and Paul Sabin examine the Big Ten's tournament profile and discuss which way BPI is leaning in each region.
How many wins is Kirk Cousins worth?
How much would the free-agent quarterback improve the Cardinals, Vikings, Broncos, Jets and other teams facing QB dilemmas this offseason? Here are the projections on how many wins he'd add to eight NFL teams.
Stop trashing James Harden's defense, please
James Harden's defense is fun to attack, as evidenced by the cottage industry of memes on the subject. But beyond the lowlights, in the realm of Second Spectrum data, Harden is a more effective defender than his reputation suggests.
Talk Nerdy: Examining Tournament Odds
Seth Walder and Paul Sabin examine the BPI projections for some of the top contenders in Championship Week and heading into the NCAA Tournament.
Projecting the winners and losers in the NBA tank race
We project the likely lottery odds heading into the final night of the NBA season.
MLB Future Power Rankings: Are dynasties brewing in New York and L.A.?
Which franchises will rule baseball for the next five years? Using Keith Law's prospect rankings, Buster Olney's insights and Dan Szymborski's analysis, we look at where all 30 teams stand through 2022.
The Undefeated: Career in analytics busts another barrier for African-American women
I'm in the game to change it, not to be part of the status quo.
Giant Killers: These high seeds are in danger
Based on the matchups, some NCAA tournament favorites and high seeds should be worried. That includes the reigning champs.
Talk Nerdy: Examining The Big Ten Tournament
Seth Walder and Paul Sabin examine the analytical storylines to watch for in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament.
Bold offseason moves for all 32 NFL teams
The Cardinals trading for Nick Foles? The Seahawks trading away Richard Sherman? The Jaguars moving up in the draft to take a QB? These are the bold moves that could have a big impact for every team this offseason -- if they dare.
If homers drop off in 2018, which players and teams are helped or hurt the most?
If the game's homer-happy joyride ends in 2018, it could trip up Giancarlo Stanton's first year in pinstripes, help other players and change this year's pennant race.
Giant Killers: Which low seeds can pull the upset?
Start the upset alerts now. If the NCAA tournament started today, a few underdogs -- headlined by Texas -- could surprise in the opening rounds.
Walder & Kraemer On The BPI Bubble
Seth Walder and Mackenzie Kraemer discuss how BPI views the NCAA Tournament bubble as Tournament time approaches.
Who has the best chance at taking down the Astros?
The defending champs have the best odds of winning this year's World Series, but half a dozen rivals have cases for why they can prevent a repeat.
Bama takes a back seat to Clemson in FPI rankings
Based on returning talent, Clemson rates as the top team in FPI's first ranking of 2018. Where did the other 129 FBS teams land? Check it out.
Breaking down college football's FPI rankings
Here is a look at the numbers that built the preseason college football FPI rankings and put Clemson at the top over Alabama.
Talk Nerdy To Me: Xavier's Case To Be On The Top Line
Seth Walder and Mackenzie Kraemer dive into the analytics to discuss Xavier's case to be on the top line come Tourney time.
Contender quandaries and job fights: Five big spring question marks
Playoff hopefuls such as the Twins need help if they don't want to kiss their postseason bids goodbye. What could make or break some other clubs' hopes as camps open?
How much more valuable will Manny Machado be as a shortstop?
From trade value to his free-agent future and his Hall of Fame chances, there's a lot at stake for Machado and the Orioles with his move into the middle infield.