2018-19 club soccer predictions
Forecasts and Soccer Power Index (SPI) ratings for 35 leagues, updated after each match.
CFB Playoff Predictor likes Clemson better than Alabama
ESPN's new Playoff Predictor loves Clemson in 2018. The Big 12? Not so much. And watch out for Notre Dame.
Kansas, Gonzaga lead the way in 2018 BPI
ESPN's preseason Basketball Power Index (BPI) has tabbed Kansas, which brings back key upperclassmen and adds three notable transfers, as the best team in the nation.
Why does BPI rate Marquette higher than Duke or Kentucky?
ESPN's preseason BPI places a premium on returning production and experience. That's why teams like Marquette and West Virginia check in higher than Duke or Kentucky.
Vince Young-led Texas the best team of the past 20 years
ESPN Analytics ranked the national championship teams since the BCS era began 20 years ago.
WNBA BPI breaks down playoff push
With the winning streak now reaching eight games, what's in store for Atlanta? And which teams are front-runners for a double bye in the playoffs?
Projecting how the rest of the 2018 season will play out
The Red Sox are favored, but what would it take to put the Yankees away? We break down every team's odds and how much a big deal improves them.
Can NBA summer league predict surprise stars and busts?
Is it possible to find the next Kyle Kuzma in July? Kevin Pelton takes a close look at what summer league really means.
Projecting who will win the 2018 Home Run Derby
Can Max Muncy add a title to his unlikely breakout season? Will Bryce Harper prevail at home? We break down the Derby field.
Who's your team's most important player for the second half?
Contenders and also-rans have one thing in common: They need these stars, regulars or prospects to deliver big things.
Ultimate Draft: Top 25 pro-talent-producing colleges
Which schools are best at supplying professional draft talent across all sports? From football to hoops to lacrosse to softball drafts, here are the schools mentioned the most on selection night.
How MLB's analytics revolution is getting to clubhouses
Getting players to buy into advanced data isn't just the plotline of "Moneyball" anymore. It has created a whole new role within the locker room.
Are the Thunder title contenders with Paul George back?
What moves are next for OKC? Kevin Pelton breaks down what to expect from the Thunder.
Rating NBA moves: Durant, CP3, Jokic and Paul George
Kevin Pelton provides team-by-team analysis of every major and minor deal from Day 1. Who improved? And what is still to come?
R.J. Barrett and others to watch in FIBA World Cup Qualifiers
The nation's top recruit in the 2018 class will be playing with and against those far older than him before he heads to Duke.
2018 NBA free-agent rankings, featuring LeBron, PG, Boogie and more
Kevin Pelton ranks the 30 best free agents ahead of the start of free agency.
Red-hot Connecticut leads way in WNBA BPI
The Sun are the early WNBA favorite, and the Basketball Power Index says a title run could go through Seattle or Phoenix, the Sun's next two foes.
Which teams are the most analytical when it comes to the NBA draft?
The Rockets lead the way in our rankings of the most analytical NBA teams when it comes to the draft, but it's the Spurs, and general manager R.C. Buford, whose makeup has had a ripple effect throughout the league.
Ranking 50 greatest individual postseasons in modern NBA history
Where do LeBron, Steph and KD land on our list of the best playoff performances?
Debating win total projections for all 32 NFL teams
Over/under 0.5 wins for the Browns this season? C'mon, easy call. But what about 5.7? NFL Nation runs the numbers for every team's 2018 forecast.
2018 NFL projections: FPI's 1-32 ranking, odds for Super Bowl
ESPN's analytics team examined team data and ran 10,000 simulations. Here's how the Football Power Index sees the 2018 season playing out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.