Another note if you’re drafting today

As I mentioned here last weekend in my last post, it is a major endeavor to update all of our tools, so we have to limit those main updates to 2X per week. The next one will be Monday afternoon with no MNF game this week.

However, as I did last week, I’ve put through some updates to the projections for those drafting today or before we put through our major update. I’m also going to send this update to be uploaded to Draft Guru and Draft Analyzer, so the only updates not in place today will be the PDFs and the Excel files.

The good news is there wasn’t really a lot of movement. I’m still watching the games, but it was a fairly quiet week. We are waiting for some injury updates on players like Rashard Mendenhall, though. So I expect I’ll be tweaking these projections all day.

I’ll also be posting today an updated look at Good Vibes/Bad Vibes, and the Stock Watch. But again, I’m still watching the games as of Sunday morning.

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A note on rankings and projections

One of the toughest things for me to deal with this time of the year is the need to update projections based on preseason games over the weekend. This late in August, and especially next weekend, I want to keep our projections as up-to-date as possible, for those with weekend drafts.

However, it is a major, major undertaking to update everything we have related to projections. Because we’ve added so many things due to reader demand, updating everything we have almost in real-time just can’t be done. We’re talking all the projections for offensive and defensive players (like 5,000 individual projections), four different excel tools, four different PDFs (not including the Auction cheat sheet, which we update every Friday), the app, and the draft software. It takes about 10-12 man hours to update, and five different people.

So my choice is to not update anything until we do the major update early in the week or just update the projections, which will also update the custom cheat sheet.

As I’ve done the last couple of years, I’ve opted to update the projections/custom cheat sheet for offensive players. What I’m also doing, as I watch the games, is to update the Stock Watch article. [...]

Consider purchasing a ticket aboard the Finley train

He has obviously been very frustrating for fantasy over the last 3-4 years, and it will surprise no one if that continues to be the case in 2013. However, the planets have aligned for Jermichael Finley this year and we absolutely have to take notice.

Obviously, the state of their receiving corps is something to focus on here. With Greg Jennings gone and Jordy Nelson’s ability to stay on the field in serious question – heck even Randall Cobb has been shaky this summer – there’s clearly a need for the team to revisit how they were “all-in” on Finley a few years ago, especially in 2009. Finley has been inconsistent the last two seasons, and drops have been a problem, but it’s not like his hands are bad. In fact, if you combined his 2009-2010 season, Finley caught 76 balls with a 79% catch rate. For comparison sake, if you took all WRs in 2012 with 100+ targets, Finley’s 79% catch rate would have been the best in the NFL. So he can clearly catch the rock well when he’s at his best, and the perception that he has bad hands is not exactly true.

Jermichael Finley has been frustrating for several years now, but there’s [...]

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