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.
Campus Convo: Seth Walder and Paul Sabin look at a wild first weekend from an analytics perspective
Seth Walder and Paul Sabin look at a wild first weekend from an analytics perspective and break down which teams have the biggest edge in the second weekend of the tournament.
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.
BPI's helpful bracket tips
There's still plenty of time to fill out your bracket. Need some helping figuring out which upsets to pick or the safest higher seeds to push through? Here are some friendly tips, courtesy of ESPN's Basketball Power Index.
Giant Killers: Which Sunday games could be upsets?
Xavier advanced to Sunday's second round with little trouble, but things could be very different against Florida State. That's one of several matchups we examine to see which one has the best chance of an upset.
Giant Killers: Which Saturday games could be upsets
Loyola-Chicago shocked Miami in the first round, but can the Ramblers pull off another upset against Tennessee? We examine that game and the other potential surprises in Saturday's second round.
Best bets for Friday's Round of 64 games
With 16 more NCAA tournament games on Friday, there is an abundance of betting options. Andrew Lange and Seth Walder help you sift through the options and give their best bets on the games with the most value.
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.
Giant Killers' 10 most likely first-round upsets
If you want to win your NCAA tournament bracket pool, you are going to have to pick some early upsets. Here is your guide to selecting the right ones.
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.
Giant Killers: Breaking down each region and finding upsets
What are the chances of a team like Kentucky getting upset in its first NCAA tournament game this season? We take a look at the matchups in each region and let you know which teams have reason to worry.
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
Who is winning the race for lottery pingpong balls, and who needs to try harder? Where will the traded picks land? Every day we'll guide you through the ugly basketball on the way to draft hope.
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.
Giant Killers: Which underdogs could become tournament stars?
What do Giant Killers need in March to knock off a tournament favorite? A star performance can make a big difference. Saint Mary's Jock Landale leads our candidates to become NCAA tournament stars.
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.
Decent-sized upgrades to BPI ratings for Gonzaga, Texas Tech, Nevada and Florida after yesterday. Downgrades for Tennessee and Virginia. Texas A&M moved into top 30, Oklahoma dropped to 31.
Dear selection committee: Please use metrics responsibly
Weeks after declaring it would officially be consulting KenPom, BPI and other metrics in its selection and seeding process, the NCAA men's basketball selection committee will announce its current top 16 on Sunday. Will the data yield a better process?
Why Tennessee could easily get a No. 1 seed
The Volunteers haven't gotten a lot of March Madness buzz, but they're currently favorites for the fourth No. 1 spot.
MLB's best up-and-coming players for 2018
Andrew Benintendi is among a group of young players who made good first impressions in 2017 but have a chance to raise their games and become stars this season.
Super Bowl Total QBRs: Tom Brady 88.3, Nick Foles 84.9.
Giant Killers: Why Oklahoma, Arizona are vulnerable
Has Oklahoma overachieved, even with Trae Young? Can Arizona play enough D? Both teams have issues that could put them on the losing end against a Giant Killer come March.
Talk Nerdy: Overrated/Underrated According To The Metrics
Seth Walder and Paul Sabin rely on the metrics to discuss which teams are overrated and which are underrated at this point of the season.
Wake us up when the Raptors matter? Time to sound that alarm
The Toronto Raptors have never reached the NBA Finals in their previous 22 seasons. While general NBA fans might scoff about their staying power, the numbers give them a real shot of ending the drought in 2018.
Ranking the Patriots teams of the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era
The Patriots are once again in the Super Bowl. But how does the 2017 version compare to every Pats team since 2001? Football Outsiders ranks them 1 to 16.
A spin through the bracket to find the Giant Killers
Giant Killers is adding a new wrinkle this season. To test it out, we highlighted a few hypothetical matchups using the latest Bracketology.
NFL's best losers: Ranking every franchise's top team never to win Super Bowl
NFL history is littered with teams that dominated the regular season but couldn't close the deal. We rank each franchise's best team never to win the Big One.
Ranking top 10 QB playoff performances of QBR era: Nick Foles cracks top five
Nick Foles was dominate in the NFC Championship Game, sending the Eagles to the Super Bowl with an all-time postseason QBR performance. Here's where he fits among the top ever.
How did FPI fare in picking 2017 college football results?
How did the Football Power Index fare in predicting outcomes for the 2017 college football season? Though the model had its share of misses, FPI's error rate held its own among other public models.
BPI ranks the top leagues in college basketball
Should the Big 12, ACC or another conference be considered the best in college basketball? We asked the Basketball Power Index, which said the Big 12 is best from top to bottom, though the Big Ten's national championship odds are superior.