Aug 1, 2010
I would not exactly say that I am the best in terms of planning, so I can be behind with some developmental stuff, and I certainly am this year. But better late than never, and since it’s only August 1st, we’re not that late. Bottom line, I’m always committed to improving our offerings, and I’m taking that to a new level in 2010, so it’s mostly “all good.”
We do have a few more interesting things coming down the pike very soon, including a weekly salary-cap contest that we will have this year with low entry fees and large cash prizes (stay tuned for details on how to sign up for all 17 weeks of the NFL season) and a really cool GRAND PRIZE, and a redesign of MyGuru hopefully completed this week (it’s way better and easier to follow).
But right now I’d like to “soft launch” here on the blog the new software package we’ll be offering this year. I know this has been an area we’ve been lacking in, so this year we’ve teamed up with a major industry player in this realm. Here’s more information on the software.
Draft Analyzer Introduction
We’re excited to roll out new draft tool software stemming from an agreement between FantasyGuru.com and DraftAnalyzer.com for the 2010 season. This software, both Web-based (PC and Mac) and desktop based (PC only), is a fantastic tool for running quick and easy mock drafts or analyzing your real drafts as they happen in real time or after the fact. And the best part? The version of the software posted on our site is synced up with FantasyGuru.com, so all of our projections, rankings, and recommendations are built right into the software. As we update our projections twice a week, they will also be updated in the software.
For starters, head to www.DraftAnalyzer.com to familiarize yourself with the software and everything it’s capable of doing. There is a section for brief but useful video tutorials, and there’s also a live support button on the site (which is also built right into the software on FantasyGuru.com. Check the “Help” tab in the top right corner). If you don’t want to watch the videos or prefer to fly by the seat of your pants (as a lot of fantasy owners do), there’s a fantastic visual key built right into the program; just click on the “Overview” tab to the left of the help button.
On DraftAnalyzer.com, you may notice that there’s a fee to purchase and download the software; this is not true for FantasyGuru.com subscribers. If you access our version of the software through/while logged into FantasyGuru.com, you can use the Web-based program and download the desktop-based program for no additional charge (on the Web version, just click “Desktop” to download).
If you click this link and are logged in, you automatically get 1 license to the software – FREE with your FantasyGuru.com Subscription.
If you choose to download the iPhone mobile app (which syncs up with the Web-based version, it’s really cool) through DraftAnalyzer.com’s store, it will cost you $6.95, because we did not want to give away our projections and rankings for free to non-subscribers, who can also access the app. It should be noted that buying the mobile app is not a requirement. You can access the iPhone/iPad application in the iTunes store here.
Beyond the basics of getting started, it’s important to realize what the primary function of this software is. While the option to mock draft with the computer from any draft position is available to you, you can also plug in results from a draft you’ve participated in to assess your team’s strengths and weaknesses through the FantasyGuru.com projections, which are integrated into the program. The main function of this tool is to aid the user in player selection during their actual draft(s).
Yes, you can plug in your own scoring system, too (just go “League Settings -> Edit Scoring Rules”), and the projections and rankings will adjust to your settings. In the “League Settings” tab, beyond editing the scoring, you can do just about everything you can do with any online commissioner software: you can create or delete teams, assign owners to teams, edit your draft order, edit roster size, change the style of your draft (snake, straight, auction), or even add keepers. The software is also capable of saving multiple leagues, so you do not have to keep re-entering a league when you want to take a look at it.
After customizing the Draft Analyzer with all your settings and quirks customized to your league, you can run the draft in any way you see fit. You can input all picks manually, you can select one team to draft, or you can run a fully-computerized mock draft with the software. Using the “Commish Tools” tab, you can mock one pick at a time (“Auto Pick Mock Draft”), or one round at a time (“Auto Pick Round Mock Draft”), and the software will stop when your pick arrives. To manually enter picks for all teams, simply scroll down to the list of available players, which also includes a handy search, and click “Draft.”
If you draft one team and allow the computer to pick all others, it’s a quick and simple way to prepare for your draft and allow you to analyze the results in a neat manner using stats, graphs, and analysis tools built into the Draft Analyzer. But you’ll also notice the software clearly is not human; it often will recommend a pick or draft based on the projected best player available without much thought to position. For instance, it’s not uncommon for a computer team to select Philip Rivers and Brett Favre in back-to-back rounds if both are the projected “best player available” at a given time. By the same token, defenses and kickers will probably go a little bit early when using the software to mock.
Tips and Random Observations
- When entering your scoring system, try to be as specific as possible when entering everything, as it will give you the best suggested picks and if you’re running a mock draft, it will also give you the most legitimate picks for the computer-run teams.
- If you are running a mock draft where you are in control of one team, you can pick an entire round all at once (stopping at your pick) or you can make one pick at a time, which gives you more of a chance to analyze each pick before and after you select.
- While the web version gives you a look at the players with their pictures and graphs, the desktop version lets you see more players at once, but more in list form with the projected statistics.
- Either version is fine to use, but the web version definitely has a few more bells and whistles, whereas the desktop version is pretty basic with its lists of top players by position and overall.
- As we tell you with our projections, the suggested picks are just that, suggested. Sometimes it may suggest to you to draft a player at a position you may already be set at or someone you may not agree with. Do not treat these suggestions as the end all, be all.
- We know many of you are in multiple leagues with different scoring systems in each league. With this analyzer you can set up each of those leagues and see how different each draft comes out.
- Remember, you can use this analyzer at your actual draft by entering in scoring system, team names, draft order, and draft style and then entering the picks as they happen. By doing this, you can see just how each team is shaping up and where they might be strong or weak, which can give you an idea of how you should pick going forward.
- But again, the primary goal with this software is to help you DURING your actual draft and to recommend the best picks from a fantasy point perspective.
If you have questions, you can post them to our Tech Support message board. There’s also a help link on the upper right of the software on our site (it’s actually cut off a little because our page size is smaller than the software frame, but the link works).