Professor Cade Massey of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania joins me to discuss the NFL draft. We talk about his research into how NFL teams overvalue the top draft picks. While this implies that teams should trade down for more picks, Cade offers revisions to this rule in light of the importance of the QB position. Cade's research focuses on judgment under uncertainty, and he tells us how NFL teams could learn from the system they use for Wharton admissions.
Ben Reiter of Sports Illustrated joins the show to talk about his book Astroball. He tell us about convincing Houston Astros GM Jeff Luhnow to open up about his methods. Then he discusses the synergy that allowed the Astros to become one of the best at player projections. Finally, Ben tells us about the frontier in analytics that will keep the Astros ahead.