Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Preseason Week 1 aftermath

I just spent the weekend with family in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, which is kind of a fascinating meld of hardcore hiking enthusiasts and those who can't get enough of Ripley's Believe it or Not. And fudge shops. Oh the plethora of fudge shops was impressive...only to be outdone by the number of pancake restaurants. It was great to have a respite from the normal world (not great cell reception most of the time) and fun to go on some slow hikes with our son in the Smokies. Let's just say that an almost-3-year-old and a very pregnant lady don't move very quickly...

So now that week 1 of the preseason is in the books, seems like the analysis can truly begin! Here are a few helpful links for the start of the week:

  • Preseason week 1 recaps:
  • Some interesting stuff here from Championship Fantasy Football - they've put together a free draft day spreadsheet tool based on VBD (value based drafting) fueled by projections from ESPN, NFL.com and CBSSports.com. Lots of customization available here. You can view their video on how to use their VBD tool first if you want to see what it's all about first.
  • I'm a big fan of Pat Fitzmaurice who has moved to The Football Girl (might remember him from ProFootballWeekly) and is now posting his fantasy wisdom there at Fitz on Fantasy. For those looking to tweak their game a bit, check out his recent article on draft strategy: Drafting Tactics from a Bird's-Eye Perspective.
  • RealTime Fantasy Sports has a free draft guide up and available - rankings, sleepers, busts, IDP, team outlooks, all that good stuff can be found here.
  • Another great pit stop in  your draft prep is Fantasy Football Nerd who has been compiling consensus rankings for years, pulling from 27 experts this year. Note that only the top players are available for free, otherwise premium membership is required for their other tiers, rankings, projections, and Draft Buddy tool.
Finally, speaking of consensus sites, I'm toying with the idea of not creating my annual average position rankings spreadsheet where I pull overall rankings from 10ish top sites and average them together for a consensus ranking (see last year's version). Instead of doing this myself, I might send you all over to FantasyPros.com, who do a great, streamlined version of this with TONS of experts. I'd ask that those of you who are interested in the average position rankings spreadsheet that I normally create take a look at this - you can use the blue "Edit Sources" button to tweak which experts you look at (I'd even be willing to create a list of my favorites on there for you; if you're interested in that, leave a comment here) and then can export it into excel which would include the best, worst, and average on rankings, standard deviation, ADP, and bye weeks. If overall rankings don't do it for you, they also offer the same abilities with positional rankings. What do you guys think? Use this in favor of the spreadsheet I normally do?

7 comments:

ibbarxela said...

Agree on fantasypros. Been taking your aggregate rankings and editing experts. Thank you for years of your expertise. I never lose.

Diane said...

I use FantasyPros regularly and given all you have on your "to do" list at the beginning of the season, I think this is a more than adequate resource.

SteveM said...

Sara, I have to admit that I am a little sad and frightened by your threat that you will not create an aggregate rankings spreadsheet this year. I fully credit your 2012 list for my first- and second-place finishes in each of my FF leagues last year. So, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for last year!! However, as others have noted, your plate seems pretty full nowadays and I suppose I can make due with the FantasyPros data... ;-) Thanks for all the FF info you compile and good luck the next few weeks.

Anonymous said...

Can you point us to some of the better experts (by that I mean experts with the better track record since any expert is making his/her best prediction) so we can edit them in to the Fantasy Pros spreadsheet?

Thanks for all you do for us. Librarians rock! and the FF Librarian rocks the Best!

JC

Anonymous said...

I've come to rely on your aggregate spreadsheet as my go to guide for the draft. But, family always comes first. I'm going to FantasyPros and praying for a safe delivery for you.

Glad to know you're one who goes to Gatlinburg and actually gets into the mountains. I worry about those folks that just make the rounds of the music shows and buffets.

Anonymous said...

Hey Sara,

I've emailed you before letting you know how great your spreadsheet is. If you find the time to put it together I'm sure your fans will be very happy. I know I will be.

Anonymous said...

I would also love to utilize your spreadsheet again this year if possible!