Projection filtering

We have a new tool that we have been slowly rolling out this month that I think will help make the site more useful to users and should also help subscribers find information they’re looking for quicker.

I’ve been working on adding special tags to players for the 2013 season, and these tags make it possible now to filter our projections to just show players who fit certain criteria or categories. For example, if you’re looking to see which running backs have good schedules for the fantasy playoff weeks (13-16), you can filter the projection to show only those who we think do. In the preseason, it’s harder to come up with viable categories, but we’ve settled for now on the following:

Good schedule – For the whole season
Bad schedule – For the whole season
Good schedule weeks 13-16
Bad schedule weeks 13-16
Undervalued
Overvalued

New this year in our projections, you can filter them to show players who fit certain criteria, and you do so using this drop-down menu

Obviously, readers need to know that just because we flag a player as having a bad schedule it doesn’t mean they’re not draft-worthy. We’re just trying to find ways to give readers the ability to get some key information with less time digging for that information. I recently asked people on Twitter if they had any good ideas for preseason categories, but I didn’t get many good ideas. I’ve found that people rarely have good ideas for developing something, but they usually do after something is developed, so if you have any you can include them below.

While this new tool is handy in the preseason – if for no other reason than simply for reference sake – it will be a lot more valuable during the season. For example, say you’re in a rush and you’re looking for a quick “Reach play” QB for the week. You’ll be able to filter the projections to show only those QBs who we view as being good reaches for the week. Those QBs will then be listed in order of projected fantasy point totals in your league. Right now we’re looking at filtering players during the season for these categories:

Waiver wire pickup
Reach play
Good matchup this week
Bad matchup this week

And we’ll probably do

Safe play
Risky play

Again, the goal is to make it even easier for users to utilize the site in productive ways and with less effort. In theory, it makes our projections even more revealing and valuable, and more important. If you have any ideas for the regular season, by all means post them below.

It’s added work for us, but we’re really trying to streamline things this year and make the site easier to use and more valuable. In a few weeks we’ll be rolling out a new site design, too, and I believe it’s going to be great and will be cleaner and easier to use by grouping specific types of content more effectively together.

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5 Responses

  1. Stretch says:

    John,

    I have been contemplating this idea for awhile and it’s implementing a consistency rating for players(i.e a body work for the past 2-3 yrs). I feel it maybe a great addition especially since you’re making enhancements to the site.

    Just my 2¢,

    Stretch

  2. Matt Cheney says:

    Just to piggy back what Stretch was commenting on. If there is a way to sort players who score consistently on a weekly basis (ex. Welker) from those who score 2 points one week and 25 points (ex. Randy Moss)the next. It seems like in head to head leagues, those are the players that help you win championships. Don’t know if that’s doable, but would be pretty fantastic of u could.

  3. John Hansen says:

    We’re actually almost done with what we’ll call for lack of a better term a “player consistency” tool. It’s going to use standard deviation which isn’t perfect because injuries and time missed will effect it but I suppose that’s part of the consistency. Should have a blog post explaining it in a little while, like a week or so.

  4. Pacificscrub says:

    At least during the pre-season when many teams are drafting and possibly during the first few weeks of the season, the obvious category for me would be the Good Vibes/Bad Vibes report. I’ve really come to depend on that report as I see many more hits than misses overall.

  5. John Hansen says:

    That’s a good idea, we’ll do that final 2-3 weeks of the preseason

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