MyGuru redesign is done

First of all, I would like to give big ups to you. That is right, you. It seems you clearly understand we are bringing things up to a new level this year, and by doing so we’re creating some speed bumps along the way. But ultimately, as they say, it’s “all good.”

For example, I know there are a lot of people who took a good amount of time to enter their custom scoring systems into MyGuru. Well, if you did, they have all been wiped out and you have to start again.

While that sounds like a buzzkill, there’s a good reason for it: we’ve completely redesigned the thing. I had a vision of what it should be, and our programmer Jeff Mitchell, who is in fact the man, got it done.

So head over and check it out. Yes, you do have to create your teams again, but you’ll find it’s much easier and faster to do now. I’m really happy with the layout of it all, and it looks so much better. The older version was, admittedly, confusing. This new version is very straightforward and intuitive. Everything is done by team now, but if you don’t want to add your players and all that, you can just create a team and scoring system, and you’ll see customized information. But it definitely is cool to create a team so you can see custom news and notes, projections, etc. You can also take advantage of our Roster Analyzer for the regular season. You can actually check it out now, once you enter your players and the number of starters you can use at each position. If you do this, the Roster Analyzer will look at your roster using our preseason projections and show you what we think your starting lineup should be right now. Once the season starts, it’ll go by each week. The only thing left for us to do is the little + icon on this, which when it’s working will collapse all the player news on the right so there’s less stuff on the page and it’s only your players.

Here’s a complete overview of the tool, which is taken right from the MyGuru page

Why did we redesign MyGuru?

We’ve completely redesigned this area in 2010, so if you’re used to this tool, here are a few things you should know.

  • It’s much easier to use. The old design was confusing.
  • We’ve dramatically improved/sped up the method for adding/removing players.
  • It’s more appealing aesthetically.
  • It utilizes our new “Guru Glance” feature. You can now click on your player’s names and view a wealth of information. This is a great addition if you’re looking to compare some players on your team (click the players you want to compare).
  • It’s much easier to switch from team to team using the pull-down menu on the right.
  • Player news is now completely separated by team, as opposed to all player news for all teams.

Other notable changes for those familiar with MyGuru

  • This portal is now 100% tied to your fantasy teams. You don’t have to add players to your team, but to view custom information you have to first create a team and input its scoring system. Once you do you’ll be able to view custom information throughout the site for your league(s) by using the pull-down menu.
  • We’ve given you an easy way to access all the teams you’ve created below. Click on any of links associated with your team to do things like modify the scoring, add/remove players, or view custom news, stats, and projections for just your players. Please note: if you click on any of the tabs to access a specific area of MyGuru for any of your teams, there is a pull-down menu on the right side of the navigation bar to switch over to another team you have saved.

MyGuru Information/Overview

Even if you’ve used MyGuru before and don’t recall how it works or are unsure how it now works with the changes, the best way to explain the tool is to start from scratch and explain how to set this up in step-by-step fashion:

  • First up, create a team name below and click “create team.”
  • You now have to enter team information (# of starters at each position), input your scoring system, and add players (if you have players). You can do all of this by clicking on the appropriate links below, or you can click on the “Manage” link in the above navigation bar and do everything at once.
  • Click “Manage” and enter your number of starters at each position, modify the scoring system to best mirror yours, and add players if you already have your team set.

You’re done.

Now, when you navigate the site, you’ll see near the top of each database page (Projections, Leaders, Points Allowed, etc.) your team shows up on the pull-down menu. Simply toggle to your team, and you’re then able to view custom data to your scoring system(s).

And as you access MyGuru, you can access any of your teams and view news for your players, projections, stats, and more. To switch to another team, simple use the pull-down menu on the right of the MyGuru navigation bar.

Roster Analyzer (In-Season)

Once the season starts, click on the “Analyze” button, and if you’ve told us how many players you can start at each position and who your players are, you can view our suggested starting lineup for the week in seconds, along with current player news on your guys.

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11 Responses

  1. Jermajesty Finley says:

    John, site looks great as always. Is there a place to find your list of players who you think are truly “special” and not just very good? Thanks.

  2. rogers, rt5854 big daddies says:

    John,
    very nice additions. You guys keep raising the bar and that is what guru is all about. Count me in the happy subscribers, LOL. Hats off to you and the team!
    Regards,

  3. Jimmerz says:

    Meh…overall it seems better, but adding players still seems extremely cumbersome. It seems the only difference now is you can filter by first letter of last name or by position. A slight improvement, but still not ideal. You should be able to highlight/check multiple players at one time and add them.

  4. John Hansen says:

    Jim, not sure what you’re looking at but adding players is *significantly* better. It does it seamlessly in a second, as opposed to 3-4 seconds the last way.

  5. David says:

    John,

    I have been a subscriber for 4 years now. You have the best run site, by far, that I have ever seen. It’s obvious you take pride in the result. Keep up the good work.

  6. Austin says:

    John,

    I love the changes, it looks awesome! I also commend you guys on the recent 6 pts per TD for QB’s. So many of the so called expert sites keep recomending grabbing a QB in the first when leagues award 6 pts instead of 4 pts per touchdown without thinking it out. It doesn’t necassarily bring up the value of QB’s because its across the board. The really high end elite guys might bump up slightly but thats it. I still think its best to wait and grab a guy like Romo/Schaub in the 4th or 5th while loading up at other positions. Anyways keep up the great work! Easily the best fantasy site out there!

  7. Austin says:

    On thing I did notice is that the bonus points for 100 yard rushing games etc. show up on the excel master file cheatsheet but they aren’t factored in when you just use the custom cheatsheet on the front page. Can this be changed? Not a big deal since I can access the other one but just curious why it shows up on one and not the other. Thanks in advance!

  8. Jimmerz says:

    John, sorry, but it’s definitely not “significantly” easier to add players. The only difference is you can now filter based on position or first letter of last name. When you click ‘Add Player’ the list of players to add goes away so you have to search or filter again for the next player. Perhaps it would be better if the list didn’t go away and I could at least add position by position without having to search or filter in between every “add player”.

  9. Jimmerz says:

    But yes, it is quicker time-wise, which is nice.

  10. John Hansen says:

    Jim, the speed was really the main issue, which was definitely addressed big time. We’ll look to improve it further in terms of actually finding players to add in the off-season.

    Austin, will check into the 100-yard bonus thing. We do project the # of games for a reason, so we certainly want it accounted for.

  11. Austin says:

    Thanks John I appreciate it. I love the changes and you guys do an awesome job!

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