Jimmy Garoppolo's edge on the rookie QBs
Jimmy Garoppolo threw 63 passes in 2016, a small sample to evaluate for those who might seek to acquire him. Would teams be better off rolling the dice on a dazzling first-round QB?
Trade grades: Mavs or Sixers win Nerlens Noel deal?
Is Nerlens Noel the next Tyson Chandler for Dallas? How did Philly fare in the deal? Kevin Pelton grades the trade.
Trade grades: Who wins Bucks-Nuggets Hibbert deal?
The Nuggets did some salary-cap gymnastics, and the Bucks found roster balance in the Roy Hibbert deal. Kevin Pelton grades the trade.
Trade grades: Who wins Rockets-Nets deal for McDaniels?
What are the Nets getting in K.J. McDaniels? Can Houston get another player with its new cap space? Kevin Pelton grades the trade.
Trade grades: Bulls or Thunder win Gibson, Payne deal?
Do Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott make OKC dangerous playoff contenders? Will Cameron Payne become the Bulls' starting PG? Kevin Pelton grades the trade.
Trade grades: Does Tucker help Raps against LeBron?
Will P.J. Tucker help the Raptors as a LeBron-stopper in the playoffs? Was this the right move for Phoenix? Kevin Pelton grades the trade.
Trade grades: Who wins Hawks-Suns trade?
What does the Mike Scott deal mean for Atlanta and Phoenix? Kevin Pelton grades the trade.
Predicting the 2017 starting QB for all 32 NFL teams
Which teams will Tony Romo and Jimmy Garoppolo be starting for in 2017? John Clayton and Mike Sando go team by team and make their pre-free-agency predictions.
How good will Oklahoma State be in 2017?
Oklahoma State returns one of the best offensive trios in the nation, but the usual questions persist heading into 2017. So are the Cowboys playoff contenders or not?
All of the Kyle Schwarber hype comes with a catch
The Cubs could be even more potent with Schwarber, but the champs need to find a spot for him in the lineup. That could mean putting him and his surgically repaired left knee behind the plate.
Should Celtics trade potential No. 1 pick for Jimmy Butler?
The Celtics can trade the Bulls the most valuable pick in the draft -- with a twist. Kevin Pelton spells out Boston's options in a Jimmy Butler trade.
Ranking Brent Burns' season vs. all-time best
San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns is currently third in the NHL in scoring. How does his performance compare to the best seasons by defensemen?
Surprise winners and losers in Cousins trade
There are big NBA draft implications from the DeMarcus Cousins trade outside of Sacramento. Here's how the 2017 lottery and more could change for two teams.
Money for nothing: Baseball's worst contracts in 2017
Jason Heyward isn't paid to just play D, and Miguel Cabrera will be well-paid well past his prime, but they aren't the only ones whose projected production won't measure up to monster deals.
Should the committee favor best teams, or most deserving?
The NCAA men's basketball committee has a dilemma when it comes to teams like Maryland. Evaluate the body of the work, or the data that hints at the Terps' lack of staying power in March?
Trade grades: Winners and losers in Cousins deal
How far can DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis take the Pelicans? What does this blockbuster trade mean for the future of the Kings? Kevin Pelton grades the trade.
Giant Killers: Oklahoma State could cause plenty of trouble in March
What makes Oklahoma State stand out as a potential Giant Killer? The Cowboys own the best offense in the Big 12 and are hot after a slow start. You won't want them in your region in March.
Let’s go to Mars! (Or not)
The red planet is wonderful and terrible -- and it could be humanity’s future.
Raptors used trade deadline to get ready for LeBron
While the Raptors didn’t necessarily move heaven and earth before the trade deadline, they better positioned themselves in the East just in case Cleveland is still vulnerable come the playoffs.
What to make of 2017 NBA draft mystery man Terrance Ferguson
A five-star phenom in the 2016 class, Terrance Ferguson is spending what would have been his freshman year of college as a pro in Australia. His numbers hint at Ferguson's NBA potential.
Will Dexter Fowler's defense travel to St. Louis?
The Cardinals signed the star center fielder to improve their defensive metrics, but the plan only works if he lives up to his 2016 production.
How Manchester City can defeat Monaco
Both squads are chock-full of attacking talent and the winner here can be a danger to all as they move through the Champions League.
Is the Lakers' young core making the right strides?
Julius Randle, D'Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram are part of a young core many Lakers fans hope can mature into greatness. Should the early returns bolster their optimism?
We've entered the golden age of 3-point shooting
Cowboy Up: Oklahoma State underrated in first FPI ratings
With its quarterback and top pass-catcher back for 2017, Oklahoma State is underrated at No. 26. Its rival in Norman, however? Overrated at No. 3.
Will Celtics finish No. 1 in East and 2017 draft?
What are the chances Boston rises to No. 1 in the Eastern Conference and lands the top pick in 2017 draft? How does Boston stack up against other teams hoping to become title contenders?
Which current QBs, RBs are Hall of Famers? Who doesn't belong?
Adrian Peterson's Hall of Fame case already dwarfs those of many in Canton. Eli Manning could have a more difficult time. Analytics predict the future inductees and ID the outliers in the Hall.
Baseball's pitch-framing forecast for 2017
Thanks to their catchers' skills at stealing a few extra strikes, some clubs gain a big advantage. Which teams' framing could help put them in the postseason picture?
Why UCLA could fall to a Giant Killer
UCLA's high-powered offense has pushed it to a 21-3 record, but there are issues that could spell trouble in March. And they aren't just limited to the Bruins' defense.
Baseball's best bets to beat Father Time
With the historic start to his career, Mike Trout seems like a sure thing to age gracefully as he enters his age-25 season. But he's not the only star set to shine far beyond his 30th birthday.
Charting the Patriots' incredible Super Bowl LI comeback
From wild card to a wild finish, a look at the most impactful plays and the most amazing rally that won a Super Bowl.
Moving McCutchen a boon to the Bucs
The decision to shift Andrew McCutchen into Roberto Clemente's old spot in right field won't vault Pittsburgh to the top of the NL Central, but it could help rock the wild-card race.
Can these players maintain their newfound skills?
From Daniel Murphy's increased power to Wil Myers' stolen bases to James Paxton's velocity, we see players in a new light when they improve. Now the biggest question is: Will their success last?
How will Clips' tough February shake up West playoff picture?
The Clippers are without Chris Paul, and they're about to face the most challenging month any NBA team will see all season. How far could they fall in the standings?
Knicks headed for playoffs or top-10 pick?
What odds do the Knicks and Heat have at landing a top-10 pick? What about the Lakers and Sixers at top two? The "races" for lottery positions in the 2017 draft are tight entering February.
Victor Martinez: Worst. Baserunner. Ever?
Victor Martinez has always been slow. But in 2016, the Detroit DH set a new mark for mediocrity on the basepaths. Should we alert Cooperstown -- or does his record come with an asterisk?
Should the Cavs trade Love for Melo?
Carmelo Anthony would help the Cavs match up with the Warriors. Should Cleveland reconsider the Love-for-Melo deal reportedly proposed by the Knicks?
Why Joel Embiid belongs in the MVP discussion
Joel Embiid's minutes have been notably restricted in his first NBA season. His numbers, and the way the Sixers play without Embiid on the floor, show just how valuable the fan favorite is.
Szymborski: ZiPS' top 100 MLB prospects for 2017
Crunching the numbers, ZiPS' projection system conjures a few different reads on who baseball's best prospects might be, such as placing Yoan Moncada of the White Sox in the top 10.
Why Lamar Jackson won't win a second Heisman
Louisville QB Lamar Jackson's 2016 stats were off the charts. But a late-season swoon put his Heisman Trophy campaign in a different light. So how good is Jackson?
Ranking the greatest QB seasons in NFL history
Is Tom Brady the GOAT? Comparing today's players with old-time greats has always been a problem. But it's not impossible. We created a metric to rank the NFL's all-time best TD-throwing seasons.