BPI playoff chances for NBA teams
A daily look at the Basketball Power Index projections for the NBA playoffs, broken down by series.
Which is the best Miami Hurricanes team of all time?
Miami's football program hopes to return to the Hurricanes' glory days, when they won five national titles. Which are Miami's best teams? One might be the best college football team ever.
Should NFL teams invest big money in RBs? Data says think again
The dollar numbers have gone down for free-agent running backs, and single-RB systems are going the way of the dodo. The numbers provide plenty of support for this trend.
Has Mike Conley earned the NBA's biggest contract?
Mike Conley has the underdog Grizzlies tied 2-2 with the Spurs. But is he worth the most lucrative contract in NBA history? Kevin Pelton evaluates the PG now and for the future.
Should FA Cup run save Arsene Wenger at Arsenal?
Arsenal are nearing a third FA Cup in four years after Sunday's upset of Man City. Have they turned the corner under the embattled Arsene Wenger?
Is Myles Garrett the real deal? Projections for top draft edge rushers
Myles Garrett is the consensus No. 1 draft pick, but do advanced metrics like his chances of being an elite pro? Football Outsiders projects the boom and bust pass-rushers in the 2017 NFL draft.
The Superstar Edge: Does 'best player' equal more playoff wins?
How big an advantage do stars give their teams, as in Giannis vs. Toronto and Jimmy Butler vs. Boston? Kevin Pelton looks at the real impact.
It's time for the death of the sac bunt
In an excerpt from his book "Smart Baseball," Keith Law says every baseball fan can agree on at least one thing: The sac bunt is stupid, and it's time to let it go. Hear that, Francisco Lindor?
Projecting top RB prospects in NFL draft: Cook right up there with Fournette
Could teams make a case for picking Dalvin Cook over top prospect Leonard Fournette? Football Outsiders' Nathan Forster ranks the potential of the best RBs in this draft.
Is Francisco Lindor on the fast track to Cooperstown?
Derek Jeter. Cal Ripken Jr. Francisco Lindor? The Cleveland shortstop hasn't played two full seasons yet, but his career trajectory could put his name among the game's all-time greats.
Pirates' playoff hopes take a big hit with Marte's suspension
Pittsburgh's chances of making the postseason were slim, even with Starling Marte in the lineup. Now, the Pirates' focus could shift to becoming sellers at the trade deadline.
NBA playoff upset rankings: Which top seeds will fall?
Three road teams won Game 1 and they are all trying to double up on Tuesday. Which underdog has the best chance of advancing and which one has the worst? Kevin Pelton breaks down the odds.
Why Browns should draft Mitchell Trubisky at No. 1 overall
Accuracy, pocket mobility, photographic memory. Mitchell Trubisky has the skills and all the intangibles a team would want in a QB. The Browns should stop wasting time pondering that top pick.
Player rankings: Who played like an MVP the most?
Is the 2016-17 MVP race between Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard really one of the best in decades? Which players sustained MVP levels the most this year?
Ranking all eight NBA playoff series by upset potential
Watch a No. 1 vs. No. 8 series if you want the best chance of seeing a first-round upset, says Kevin Pelton. Which other favorites should be worried?
Braves could dig their new (launching) pad
SunTrust Park makes its regular-season debut on Friday. How much will it help Atlanta's sluggers reach the fences more frequently?
Is Madison Bumgarner the Mike Trout of slugging pitchers?
You don't need numbers to tell you MadBum can mash. One explosive home run swing says it all. But the stats tell the story of a hitter even more dominant than you realize.
How bright is the future for the Magic?
Can Orlando's rebuilding project be salvaged? What moves should the Magic make next? Kevin Pelton breaks down their options after firing GM Rob Hennigan.
How did ESPN's upgraded BPI perform this college basketball season?
We examine how ESPN's upgraded college BPI performed this season. Check out how it fared compared to other prominent projection systems.
Are Westbrook's rebounds helping or hurting the Thunder?
NBA MVP candidate Russell Westbrook has padded his rebound stats on the way to averaging a triple-double. Is that costing the Thunder or driving them? Kevin Pelton gives his verdict.
The Big Number: You can't win a championship if your defense stinks
Tom Haberstroh goes inside the numbers to reveal why it will be very difficult for Cleveland to repeat as NBA champions.
Eastern Conference playoff viewing guide
The defending Stanley Cup champs, the Presidents' Trophy winners and the electrifying Maple Leafs are in the Eastern bracket. Here are the strengths, weaknesses and key stats for each matchup.
Brighter future: Kane or Lukaku?
Both Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku are top scorers in the Premier League at the age of 23, but which one will have the better career?
Stacking the worst classes in NFL draft history
Using advanced metrics, we identified every NFL franchise's worst draft class of all time. Then we ranked them from 1 to 32, locating the "worst of the worst."
Stacking the best classes in NFL draft history
Using advanced metrics, we identified every NFL franchise's top draft class of all time. Then we ranked them from 1 to 32.
Updated rankings, projections for every NBA team's draft picks
What teams will have the best collection of NBA draft picks this year? How will the full draft order shake out? Here's how BPI projects it all, after factoring in every trade and pick swap.
Which traded players have worked out best, worst?
Who are the biggest winners and losers from the NBA trade deadline so far? Here's how Nerlens Noel, Serge Ibaka, DeMarcus Cousins and more are doing with their new teams.
Which teams benefit if the ball is still jumping in 2017?
We have good news for Rockies fans and bad news for Seattle. Predicting homers is tough, but how would ZiPS projections change if we took 2016's record HR rate into account for this season?
Examining the preseason FPI 2.0 rankings
Preseason FPI now incoporates returning starters and recruiting rankings into the ratings. A look at the top 5 and biggest risers from last season.
Diving into the 2017 FPI projections
The release of FPI 2.0 includes game predictions and projections for who will win each conference. We take a look at some interesting numbers.
Think you know who's the best bargain in the NBA? We did the math to find out
The NBA had 55 players earning at least $10 million two seasons ago. The total this season with the latest CBA in place: 107. Given all this big money, who has been worth it? We crunched the numbers to find out.
NBA draft lottery odds: Where do Celtics, Lakers, Suns check in?
It's a race to the bottom! With a star-studded class on the way, teams are hoping to secure one of the top two or three picks in the 2017 draft. Where does each lottery-bound team stand?
Picking Defensive Player of the Year, All-Defense at every position
Should Rudy Gobert or Draymond Green win Defensive Player of the Year? How good is Kawhi Leonard's case? Kevin Pelton gives his verdict and selects his NBA All-Defensive teams.
Why Lamar Jackson can't lead Louisville to the College Football Playoff
Heisman winner Lamar Jackson returns to Louisville, but the Cardinals have lots of issues including their schedule, their offensive line -- and even their star quarterback.
Opening Day starter tiers: Clayton Kershaw ... and then everybody else
From the Dodgers ace who's in a class by himself to a group of journeymen who we can't believe are taking the hill for their teams' first games, we examine every MLB rotation's leading man.
Bullpen Power Rankings: Who can bring it late?
Record deals for relief aces such as Kenley Jansen reflect a new focus on late-game dominance. We evaluate all 30 relief crews' ability to take over games and sew up wins.
Kevin Durant is coming back, but will he be the same player?
Will KD be his usual superstar self when he returns from an MCL sprain, or see lingering effects similar to what Steph Curry endured a year ago? Kevin Pelton reveals what to expect.
How unlikely is South Carolina's Final Four run?
Only 2011 VCU had a lower chance to make it to the Final Four on Selection Sunday than South Carolina this year, according to BPI.
What (or who) could take down the Cubs in 2017?
Stars fall. Pitchers get hurt. Plans fail. Not to mention, several teams could dethrone the reigning world champs.
Predicting most likely, competitive NBA first-round series
With a few weeks left in the season, what are the most likely first-round playoff matchups? Which ones will be the most competitive? Here are our top five using the Basketball Power Index.
Should MLB's bad clubs just tank?
There are weak arguments against hitting rock bottom -- attendance will suffer! -- but by tearing down now, teams could see a faster turnaround on and off the field.
Ranking the NFL's best teams at every position post-free agency
The addition of Brandin Cooks elevates the Patriots' already strong receiving corps to No. 1 in Aaron Schatz's top 10 teams for that unit. Which teams rank the strongest at each position?