First post of 2012 covers Free Agency

I am back with this blog for at least the next four months after shutting it down last summer. The reason I shut it down was because I was getting too many questions from readers in the comments section to answer them. While I’m more than happy to answer all questions when I have time, the comments aren’t supposed to be a back-and-forth Q & A like a chat session. The comments are really for readers to chime in with their own thoughts, and as you may have noticed we did a ton of chats last year (60+) to answer reader questions. In fact, I had several in-season chats go 100+ minutes, so I answered hundreds and hundreds of questions in 2011.

Now on to my first post in 2012…

If I’ve noticed one thing about free agency over the years, it’s that most of the players who aren’t elite options at their position and move on to new teams don’t do squat for fantasy. This is why teams like the Packers and Steelers, who rarely participate in the early buying stages of free agency, are consistently good. If another team isn’t willing to pay an impact player they currently own, then [...]

The Blog is down for now

With the 2011 preseason well underway and the regular season obviously right behind it, I have made a decision to move away from the blog for the rest of the year.

I made this decision, based on a suggestion from a reader, who said the blog “isn’t for me.” I don’t agree with that assessment, but what I’ve learned is that the blog isn’t for my busy time. The blog was never meant to be a running Q & A with me having to constantly come back to answer questions. I’m perfectly fine doing that in the offseason, when I actually have time. But I don’t have the time from August-December. The comments were open for other readers to chime and share their thoughts on the topic at hand, even to disagree and offer their own spin for others to think about. But again, this time of the year, it turns into 30-40 people asking me questions on each post, and I can’t keep going back to answer them 5-6 times a day while taking my time away from 99% of our other customers who are content to [...]

Time to get busy

As you know by now, the longest labor impasse in the history of the NFL is over. Although we were concerned at various stages of the dispute, we were confident that the full 16-game season would be saved, and that’s now the case.

I wrote in February that this lockout would be difficult for us to get through, but that we would get through it, and we’d be ready to go once it was finally over, and that is the case. We’ve been cranking out a lot of content the last few months/weeks, and we’re currently sitting on extensive player profiles on 300+ offensive players.

But we are navigating through uncharted waters, so we’re going to need a little time before we’re ready to roll out key items such as those player profiles. We’re going to sit back and wait to see how free agency – which will kick off on Friday at 6pm goes – and since we think things will happen fast and furiously and have a major impact on the fantasy landscape, we’re going to let that play out before posting our in-depth profiles and some other key items. Of course, we’re standing by ready to break free agency [...]

Checking in

It has been a while since I have posted to this blog, so I figured I should chime in to prove to people that I am still alive. Actually, if you have been reading the last 4-5 big articles we have posted on the site, you should know I am still among the living, since I wrote them.

I’m alive and well, just like the NFL season. Way back in February I promised that we’d be ready to go once the offseason labor drama was settled, and we’re on target for that. We’ve essentially stayed with our usual publishing schedule, and we’ve been putting the finishing touches on well over 300 massive player profiles now. Unfortunately for us, we’ll have to tweak them big time once free agency kicks off, so we’re probably not going to release these profiles for a few weeks, but we’ll be ready and on track, as promised.

We’ve also been working on a few subtle enhancements, as we always are this time of the year. We have a couple of nice new tools to roll out later in the summer, but just yesterday we released a revised Subscriber Index Page. This page is a little less busy, [...]

New Keeper/Dynasty Rankings and Display

Note: Check out our new Keeper/Dynasty Rankings here. We’ll release our Post-Draft Rookie Report on Friday.

I know people have been asking for more keeper and dynasty content, and I certainly want to appease them. During the season, there are weeks when I’m literally ranking and projecting 1200 players. That occurs when I do updated keeper rankings, update the rest-of-the-season projections, and rankings for the upcoming week within a two day period. These rankings take forever, and the keeper rankings an eternity.

Well, they just got more complicated for me.

In the past, we’ve only been able to rank keepers on a static page, one that was not tied to our database. Now, our keeper rankings will be presented like our regular projections, and even better I have added some category grades to try to put these players into better perspective. I basically have combined a few criteria (graded from 1-10 with 10 being the highest grade) for each of these two categories. They are:

Talent: This is basically self-explanatory, but I consider not only what the player has to work with physically but also what the player is capable of becoming down the road.

Opportunity: This is where I’m considering a few factors. Obviously, [...]

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