New Upgrade for 2011

As I have stated on this blog in the recent past, we are all still very confident there will be a season, so we are trying our best to proceed as usual. While it is certainly going to be harder to go “big time” with upgrades this year, we do have several cool improvement on the horizon for 2011, and one of them is already completed.

I’ve made it clear this year that I do want to pay more attention to statistical analysis because I do find the league harder to figure out these days, so I think leaning a little more on the numbers can help keep our level of accuracy high. We’re always looking to give readers more information to make the best possible decisions, so I came up with the idea to produce separate projections each week that are 100% tied to the stats, and that’s exactly what we’ve done here.

What you’re looking at here is stat-based projections for Week 17 of the 2010 season. The page defaults to looking at Weeks 1-17 for the numbers. In other words, from Weeks 1-17 in 2010, the Houston Texans gave up 24.16 fantasy points per game to QBs. In Week [...]

A State-of-the-Site Address

On what could be the first of many Monday mornings with no NFL action (outside of the courts), I thought I would chime in here to give readers an update on where we stand as a company.

I’ve said many times over the years that I’m not exactly a businessman. I took zero business classes in college, and while I do regret that now, I’m generally not that interested in business-related things.

However, while the fantasy industry has been re-invented several times and many companies have come and gone, we’re still here doing the exact same things we were doing in 1995 (admittedly, it was basically only me back then). Through 2010, my company has been in business for 16 years, and we’ve grown in each and every one of those years. So I’m doing something right. Yes, I was fortunate enough to grab onto an industry that has been very popular very early on, but over those 16 years there have been many businesses supposedly run by “businessman” that have gone under.

Basically, my approach has been a conservative one. I could have gone for the gusto and gotten in bed with some investor/venture capital people – and I’ve been approached by [...]

Fingers firmly crossed

This past week was a pretty tense week for all of us here at FantasyGuru.com. While we remained convinced the 2011 NFL season, at least in some form, was not  in jeopardy, things were looking quite hairy for a moment there mid-week, and also later in the week.

We’re certainly not out of the woods yet, and we’re trying to resist the urge to assume it’s all going to work out this next week or two, it certainly seems as if enough momentum has been created to get a new CBA done this month, possibly even by the end of this week. But again, the negotiations do still seem fragile and the two sides reportedly still have a lot of work to do, so we have not put the champagne on ice just yet.

I do think there will be a 2011 season, and I’m more confident in that right now than I’ve been all year, but that still has to come to pass. What I’m really hoping for is a quick resolution this month, so we can get rolling with our free agency reviews and NFL draft previews (which we’re going to do regardless of what happens). I just want to [...]

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 [...]

Mock ‘N Roll

As I said in a previous post, I am not exactly great in terms of planning site enhancements, but as anyone in this kind of business (or anything tech-wise) can appreciate, when you think something’s going to take a month, it’s probably going to take 2 ½ months. And as I write this, there has yet to be a single preseason game played, so we’re not incredibly late on our 2010 improvements and enhancements (and several of them were rolled out months ago).

I wanted to remind people that very soon we’ll be rolling out a redesign of MyGuru. This is going to be WAY better in terms of ease of use, functionality, and aesthetics. HOWEVER, it will require us to clear out everyone’s pre-set scoring systems, teams, etc. It’s the only way to make it happen. But the good news is you’ll find that adding and removing players (which was cumbersome before) is a breeze. It’ll all be worth it, trust me.

In addition, I hope to introduce our new fantasy game next week. It’s an in-season game, so there’s no huge rush, but I’m really excited about it. We’ve polled people for three years to see if they’d be interested [...]

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