Sports Analytics Reference

Some useful reference webpages that provide interesting analytics information on other sports, like basketball, American football, lacrosse, baseball and others.

Basketball (Mainly on NBA)

NBAstuffer is a website started out as a hobby-site by Serhat Ugur in 2007, has grown into a reputable stats-reference that delivers unique metrics and NBA analytics content some of which can’t be found anywhere else. Supported by dynamic charts and visualizations, it not only provides daily updated advanced NBA stats tables, but also have built popular research tools such as schedule analysis, rest days stats, analytics primer, DraftKings & FanDuel NBA DFS cheatsheet and DFS lineup optimizer. Their recent product - BigDataBall datasets offers cleaned-up, aggregated and enriched box score stats, odds, play-by-play logs, and DFS data in easy to manipulate spreadsheets.
82games is geared towards providing innovative statistical coverage and analysis of the NBA for team executives, coaches, fans, and the media. They have detailed team stats, player stats, statistical reports and other interesting information.
Basketball-reference constains basketball stats and history statistics, scores, and history for the NBA, ABA, WNBA, and top European competition, which can be used as a stable data source.
Thehothand is a blog that posts on analyzing sports streakiness by Texas Tech Professor Alan Reifman. He begins with the Hot Hand theory and even publish a related book. In there, more referece websites that focus on sports statistical analytics can be found.

Amerinan Football (Mainly on NFL)

Advanced Football Analytics
Advanced Football Analytics is a website created by Brian Burke to share research and analysis of NFL football. Instead of opinion and intuition, AFA uses facts and data to make useful analysis. AFA made modern football analytics a reality by pioneering the tools that have become the standard methods for advanced football analysis. AFA features original research, advanced analysis, novel statistics, practical tools, innovative models, and captivating visualizations.
Football-reference constains football stats and history statistics. There are complete source for current and historical NFL, AFL, and AAFC players, teams, scores and leaders, which can be used as a stable data source.
PhD Football
PhD Football is matained by Andrew S.-Rook, who is a data scientist at Capital One, working to help banking better. He spend a lot of my (increasingly rare) free time doing NFL analytics.
Fantasy Football Analytics
Fantasy Football Analytics is a website for statistical analysis in fantasy football. It is a community for people who want to: improve their performance in fantasy football using stats; learn advanced statistical analysis approaches; or learn the statistical software R. They try to make all of our scripts available for free. One of their contributions is that they propose to calculate “wisdom of the crowd” projections by aggegating multiple sources of projections, which allows users to aggregate the sources by calculating a mean, weighted average, or robust average.
Armchair Analysis
Armchair Analysis provides detailed and affordable NFL stats and related analysis for every play of every game for every player since the 2000 season. They’ve done the heavy lifting: instantly connect 700+ data points across 30 different tables thanks to specific ID’s for plays, players and games. and they claim that they don’t rely on scraped and regurgitated NFL stats, in addition to charting basic play-data, they chart 38 different custom variables that are available 7 days after each game. QB Pressure, Hits, Hurries; Defenders in the Box; Contested Balls. They offer data with .csv and APIs.


Sean Lahman’s Homepage
Sean Lahman’s Homepage is maintained by Sean Lahman, who has broken new ground in the field of sports statistics, creating historical databases for use in both print and digital projects. His work spans the spectrum of sports: baseball, pro and college football, pro and college basketball, auto racing, tennis, boxing and the Olympic games. His Baseball Archive web site was one of the earliest sources for baseball information on the Internet, and he headed the first significant effort to make a database of baseball statistics freely available to the general public. Lahman also contributed to pioneering efforts at websites like,, and
Baseball-reference constains baseball stats and history statistics. There are complete source for current and historical baseball players, teams, scores and leaders, which can be used as a stable data source.


Lacrosse Analytics
Lacrosse Analytics is a webpage that provides lacrosse analytics.