A New Site Tool is History

I’ve wanted to add a Player Matchup History tool to the site for a little while now, and it’s almost a reality. Phase One is done, so I wanted to introduce people to it. What this aspect of the tool does is it takes the 2008 schedule and ranks the players based on their average points per game against their opponents for a given week.

For example, let’s say you need a QB in Week 12. You’d head here and you’d see all the QBs ranked by their average points per game against their Week 12 opponents (you can go back 1 year or as many as 6 years). We default the tool to go back two years, so if you were in need of a QB and checked this tool out, you’d see that Chad Pennington was the 5th best QB for the Week (12) based on his history against the Titans. In his two games, he’s completed 76.9% of his passes and has averaged 21.2 fantasy points, so that would be a good example of the power of the History Tool

5
Chad Pennington
NYJ
TEN
2
50/65
76.9
583
7
1
3
2
4
12
3.0
0
0
0
3
42.4
21.2

This works for all positions, including IDPs. Once it’s completed, too, you’ll be able to click on [...]

Go see The Dark Knight (like you need me to tell you)

I’ve always been a Marvel comics guy, so I never got into Batman all that much. It was Spiderman, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, The Punisher, Captain America, etc. Superman? He was completely irrelevant to me growing up. I still don’t get the attraction to Superman, and the recent remake was so bad I actually couldn’t get through it.

When the first Batman movie came out I was just out of high school, and I kind of dug it, but the second one was horrible. It was literally one of the five worst movies I’ve seen in a theatre. I don’t even remember the next couple of batman’s all that much, but I know this: whoever made them should be embarrassed after seeing the last two installments of the comic movie.

In case you were unaware, Director/Screenwriters Jonathan and Christopher Nolan have completely re-invented the franchise, and it’s good they did because Batman is totally bad-ass now. Not trying to be bad-ass, like in the other movies, he actually is, and the movies are as a whole. The first one was dark, and terrific. As for the new film, it’s off-the-charts in terms of overall entertainment. I love Spidey and [...]

Drew Brees is THE Quarterback to Target

These last two years, I’ve been looking for the perfect fantasy quarterback. Tom Brady isn’t this year, unfortunately, and neither is Peyton Manning, or even Tony Romo. Those guys still cost too much. I’ve been grappling with the notion that it’s important to get a stud QB, yet I’ve long been a guy who advocates holding off on the position.

In Drew Brees in 2008, I think fantasy players can have the best of both worlds. Granted, you can’t hold off too long on Brees, but you can likely get 3-4 studs at RB/WR before pulling the trigger on Brees, and that’s good enough for me, especially now that the Saints have made the trade for Jeremy Shockey.

Brees was very strong for fantasy last year, but it wasn’t pretty. He was putting the ball up 40+ times a lot, 9 times to be exact. We saw in 2006 that if everything is going right around him, Brees is basically indefensible, yet we saw in 2007 that if things aren’t going right, his flaws are exposed and he’s not an elite player. That he was a top-5 fantasy QB last year is really a testament to his savvy – and [...]

I’m obsessed with Derek Anderson

I’ve been meaning to check in on a recent site poll subject, Brown QB Derek Anderson, and the results of that poll. The question was: will Anderson deliver the goods in 2008? And by “the goods” I mean basically something close to what he gave us last year, and close to expectations in 2008.

The results were positive for Anderson’s chances – but not overwhelmingly positive. Of almost 550 voters, 65% said yes, with 35% voting no.

I do have a problem with people who just assume Brady Quinn is the “future” and will get his chance because of that. It’s all about winning games in the NFL, and there’s no way the Browns would have been 10-6 last year with Quinn running the show. Quinn would not have put up the big numbers Anderson put up, either. On the other hand, if Anderson does regress, and if the team is losing, then there will be a lot of pressure to make a switch. Anderson’s new contract is basically set up so he has to show them he’s the real deal again in 2008, or else they can cut ties with him relatively easily.

I’m so enamored – [...]

Jones hurts Forte…a little

Still trying to get caught up on a bunch of stuff back from my vacation, and I’m working on a large article on this year’s top backup players, but I do have a main topic to deal with today: Kevin Jones and the Bear RB situation.

First up, we added a few more site upgrades. The SOS tool now takes into consideration home/away stats. It’s kind of hard to explain, but this is all you need to know: all the data used, if you decide to use Home/Away Splits (you can choose to view overall numbers or for both home and away) you use only the data for each team’s home and away performances, so it’s even more accurate and can be even more revealing.

We also implemented all the yardage allowed stuff for defensive teams; all we have to do now is actually calculate our projections for each defense and project the number of games each DT will give up 0-199, 200-299, 300-349, 350-399, 400-449, and 450+ points this season and we’ll be ready to go. During the season, we’ll just project the number of yards each defense will give up, and that’ll work for whatever scoring criteria [...]

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