This article is part of our The Z Files series.Chance favors the prepared mind, right? It's not enough to simply plan. It's imperative to base decisions on logical expectations. That's what today's column is all about. There won't be as many words as usual, more a series of tables reminding us what has happened in the past, so we can best gauge the future.
We're about a week away from the three-quarter pole, meaning the season can't be split evenly into quarters, so I'm taking a little liberty with the first set of data. Ultimately, it doesn't matter, as you'll soon see. The idea is to look at player performance in 40-game chunks, approximately one-fourth of the season. We'll study the first two quarters, then count backwards from Tuesday, August 7 until we get an average of 40 games played per team. There's a week overlap, but again, no big whoop.
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