Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sunshine in fantasyland

All week it has been one gray, soggy day after another here in NYC. No complaints really since it has kept the temperatures nice and cool (feels like fall is finally coming - and fall means football!), but the tides are finally turning and today is supposed to be a beaut. And I'll take it, especially since my mom and aunt are coming in for one final quick visit pre-baby, and showing off the city is done best when the weather is nice. As if I'll be walking for more than 10 minutes at a time these days....which leads me to talking about what you'll see on the blog here this fall.

In case you can't tell, the impending birth of our child is pretty much constantly on my mind (he's due now in less than 1 month!) so I thought I'd give you all a little heads up about what's to come here over the next 6 weeks or so - not sure how much it matters to you all, but I want to do my best to convince you that I'll still be around and blogging this fall (perhaps just in odd spurts or bizarre hours). I've recruited a couple of kind folks who are also very sharp fantasy minds to write a post or two for a little while after the baby is born so that I can get a schedule of sorts in my personal life going. In my insanely naive mind, I'd like to think that I'll be back blogging after a week or so of guest posts, so hopefully you won't notice a whole lot of changes on the blog. There are other sites out there of course that do something similar to what I do with the links below and I'll be sure to give you their URLs later this month in case you're just craving daily linkage.

So in advance, a big thanks for bearing with me this fall! Now let's stop all this talk of plans and get to today's links:

  • I was just enjoying my lunch on a terrace overlooking Central Park (such are the perks of my real life library job) when I noticed that Rotoworld's Adam Levitan writes for a local circular paper and had listed a shortened version of this article up on the Pancake Blocks site: his Favorite Fliers. A good read and yes, really, how many of you do know the name Kareem Huggins?
  • I love thinking about targets and receptions and trying to use that data to determine where some future value might be, so I am of course enamored with ProFootballFocus's Analyzing and projecting AFC target distribution article.
  • I dig Razzball's Running Back Yards vs Running Back TDs, which basically supports the idea that one should really be drafting RBs with big yardage and assume that the TDs will follow. My only wish here would be that the actual study/data that was conducted was provided for those who really want to nerd out with their fantasy football info.
  • ProFootballWeekly.com's updated draft board with rankings by position is up. Great place to go if you're looking for rankings that are continuously updated each week.
  • And speaking of updated rankings, scope out FFManiaxs's updated Running Back Rankings - I'll be the first to admit that I don't totally agree with these rankings (Benson is a little too high for my liking, for example) but gotta love the gutsy Ray Rice at #2 overall.
  • More Huggins love from FantasyHulks.com's 2010 Deep Sleepers Six-Pack.
  • I'm just starting to scope out FFArmory.com's 2010 Draft Tool Kit but there's some cool stuff in there - the spreadsheet tabs go on and on and on (in a good way!). I of course checked out the TEs to see where they're ranking my fantasy crush, JerMichael Finley, and am pleased to see the feedback that some out there are calling him a bust and that the Armory dudes are putting him around 7th. To the Finley busters I say go for it, get all the fantasy owners out there too scared to drink the Finley kool-aid, but I for one won't be swayed!
Finally, a little update about two extremely helpful resources - you all probably know my excitement for the FantasyFootballNerd.com and you can now find the Nerd's rankings in the Pickemfirst plugin. I talked about Pickemfirst last winter and found it to be invaluable when I played fantasy basketball for the first time. Basically Pickemfirst allows you to be reading news or fantasy advice on a site and know which of those players are available in your leagues, or even just on your roster in one of your leagues (helpful reminder for those of us in way too many leagues). I believe it works with all major browsers now, and the addition of FFNerd is pretty awesome, so I can't stress enough how great I think this plugin is; not to sound like an ongoing sales pitch for Pickemfirst but I can't think of a single fantasy player that wouldn't benefit from this, particularly since it's free.

    5 comments:

    Anonymous said...

    FF Librarian,

    I absolutely love your site and the material you provide. Congrats on the little one coming! :) I too am pregnant with my first, but not due until January - hopefully a few weeks after I win my second FF championship in a row. I have your wonderful site to thank for much of the success I had last year. Here's to another year of dominating our leagues.

    Again, congrats and good luck with everything!

    ~CJS

    Anonymous said...

    Good luck with your birth Sara. My wife is currently pregnant with our fourth. It really is awesome isn't it?

    Since it is your first, my best (unsolicited) advice is to try and not let yourself get too caught up in the anxiety about how it will go and getting it over with quickly. Try to sit back, relax, and let nature do its thing and everything will be okay.

    Soon you will both be watching NFL games together!

    Slamdunk said...

    Good link on Razzball trying to predict TDs will make one grow old quickly--tracking yards makes much more sense.

    Being a Bucs fan, I at least know who Huggins is.

    I look forward to reading about your NFL insights on no sleep with a little one competing for all of your attention--it should be fun.

    Larry B said...

    Love your work - take time to enjoy the little one and looking forward to your posts no matter how sporadic.

    Lee said...

    I'm in love with the PickemFirst! Thanks for bringing me back to that. I had checked out once before briefly when you had mentioned, but I got all hooked up on it and I'm amazed! I had to do a post on it myself. Thank you nice lady!