Andrew Crollard

Andrew has worked as both an economist/data analyst and as a university and youth soccer coach. Naturally, marrying soccer and data together is a perfect fit.

Stats Summary: Bonus Points Conceded

This week’s post is a quick one. The table below shows how many bonus points each team concedes. Overall DC concedes the most and SKC concedes the fewest bonus points. You can sort the columns by clicking on the arrows in the column header. This information should be used as a tie-breaker when deciding between two players.  If you think …

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Stats Summary: Expected Goals and Projections Week 9

If you listen to the MLSFI podcast, you’ve probably heard us talk about expected goals (xG). Basically, they’re a way to estimate the quality of chances a team creates and concedes in a game. The higher the probability of a shot being a goal, the higher the xG number awarded to it. You can get xG for teams, individual players, …

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Stats Summary: Points Per Start

MLS has a ridiculous schedule because they don’t respect the designated international breaks. As a result, we have teams who have played a different number of games. Now we have to try to compare players from teams who haven’t played the same number of games. The way to do this is to normalize it so we have directly comparable data. …

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Stats Summary – Transfer Strategy: When to Follow the Crowd

There’s a lot to consider when making your transfers for the week – current fixture, price, double game weeks, injuries, lineup rotation… Every week there are a couple players who rise to the top of the transfer list. I decided to look into these players to see how they performed compared to others in single game weeks. Note: this analysis …

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Draft analysis – Week 1 – Ceiling vs Consistency

MVP of the week – Adi, 16 points – Two goals in stoppage time saved him but Portland’s attack looks extremely dangerous and Adi should be in the running for golden boot. Bonus point monster of the week – Godoy, 7 bonus points – I don’t think 7 BP is sustainable, he earned 2 foul bonus and got significantly more …

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Stats Summary – Bonus Point Difference

  Week 1 is in the books and now the season-long game begins in earnest. One week is not enough of a sample size for us to say anything for sure, but we can look backwards to what players did last year to help us figure out if a player is for real. Let’s look at the difference between this …

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Draft Analysis – Average Draft Position

To mix things up this year, several of us at MLS Fantasy Boss decided to run three 10 players draft leagues on draftmls.com.  These three leagues included former FMLS champions, a couple other top 10 finishers, and many more top 100 regulars. It is one of the smartest collections of fantasy minds around. The table below contains the average draft ranks …

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Stats Summary – Finding Value at Keeper 2017

This is part four of the four-part series about finding the value for each position. This one focuses on finding value at keeper. Here’s links to the forward, midfielder, and defender articles. For those of you too lazy to read the last posts…. the important column in this table is the rightmost one labeled “Residuals”. The higher that number, the …

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Stats Summary – Finding Value at Defender 2017

This is part three of the four part series about finding the value for each position. This one focuses on finding defender value. Here’s links to the forward and midfielder articles. For those of you too lazy to read the last posts…. the important column in this table is the rightmost one labeled “Residuals”. The higher that number, the better …

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Stats Summary – Finding Value at Midfield 2017

  This is the second of a four-post series focused on finding value in each position. To learn more about the methodology or look at the post about forwards, click here. For those of you who can’t be bothered to read the last post (lazy bum!)…. the important column in this table is the rightmost one labeled “Residuals”. The higher …

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