Frequently Asked Questions
What is The Handicapper?The Handicapper is a web application that uses player and team data to create projections and calculate probabilities for many different outcomes in sports events. The First version of The Handicapper was launched in 2015 and worked as an Excel add-in. From the first versions The Handicapper evolved to a desktop software, to reach its current form as a web application.
Which leagues are included?Currently MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL and EPL (Premier League) are included.
Does The Handicapper work on mobile devices?The Handicapper works on most web browsers and devices (including mobile devices).
How should the projections be used?The outcomes of the calculations that takes place are presented as a probability (eg. 64% for Patriots to win the game) which is then converted to a fair odd or fair line. The fair odd or fair line should then be compared to the odds and lines bookmakers are offering.
How are the projections created?The application uses dynamic and predictive models to handicap games. Each sports/league has its own model. You can choose to tune the model parameters according to own preferences, or use back-tested default settings to create accurate, data-driven predictions for every game of the season.
The power of The Handicapper is its huge player database. Each game prediction consists of bottom-up player analysis and evaluation. The prediction engine uses a number of different quantitative methods like moving averages, exponential smoothing, z-scores etc. Data-driven player evaluation is the key, but you can also implement your own team- and player ratings, if you feel you have a good grasp of how good teams/players are in relation to each other.