With the regular season underway, our John Hansen has written up a comprehensive overview of the site, how to navigate and take advantage of it, plus an overview of what we put out and when.
9/16/15 Update: We've had some issues with articles appearing on the main side panel of the MyGuru app. We're in the process of updating that panel to include new 2015 articles. In the meantime, please access all our articles by tapping "All articles." You can scroll through the last 50-60 articles we've posted here, list by date.
Check here to access this overview of FantasyGuru.com.
Most Popular Regular Season FAQs
Note: As questions arise from our customers, we’ll add them here throughout the summer.
Q: Where can I find what I’m looking for, like a cheat sheet or a specific article?
A: See below for an overview of site navigation and content layout. If you’re looking for an article or projections/cheat sheets, there’s one main section marked ARTICLES on the left side with different types of content tabs, and you can’t miss it. During the regular season, ALL our written content is in this one single area and is clearly listed by type in our various content tabs.
Q: When does content, such as your cheat sheets and projections, get updated in the preseason?
A: There’s way too much to cover here, so your best bet is to simply check this article.
Q: Can I download your projections in Excel?
A: Yes, this year you actually can if you download the excel-based DFS Guru tool. There are tabs with our projections in them, and the projections can be updated by a user with a click of a mouse within the excel tool. Check recent articles for the link or the site tools section below.
Q: Why do some of your projections seem way out of whack in my custom scoring system?
A: Almost every time we see this question, the user is giving too much credit for kick return yardage/production. If you think your player's projections are too high, head to his player page and click on "detailed projection." From there you can see if we're giving him kick returner yardage/TDs. If we are, that's probably your issue. For example, here's Duke Johnson's detailed projection (note the kick returner yardage projected).
Q: How can I delete one of my teams from MyGuru?
A: Go to MyGuru, scroll down Your "Current Teams" and click the "delete" link on the right side.
Q: How can I change one of team names from MyGuru?
A: Even if you imported a team, you can change the team name. Go to the team in MyGuru, and either click on "manage." From there you will see a small "edit" link on the right side of the header that includes the word "team." Click that and edit your team name and click save.
Site Navigation/Our Content
Navigating the site
Let’s start at the top, and work our way down. Here are some key items you’ll find at the very top of the Subscriber Homepage, arranged in order of importance:
· Site help page – This is on the top of every page on the upper right hand side. We use this to answer FAQs and give a lot of info on a lot of things, but we also use this to update subscriber on current issues with the site, so if there’s a problem you can check here first. If there’s an issue or a pressing problem, it will most likely be addressed here. And if you e-mail about the issue without looking here to see if there’s an update, there’s a good chance your e-mail won’t be answered. There are times, though, when we’re busy dealing with an issue or finishing something up that something might not be updated.
· My Account – This is where you can check to see when your subscription expired and change your e-mail/username. If your subscription says it expires February of 2016 that means you’re subscribed only for the 2015 season (which ends in February of 2016). If it’s February 2017, that means you’re subscribed for this 2015 season and the 2016 season. Technically, your subscription expires each Super Bowl Sunday.
· Contact us form – Please note if a question you have is clearly answered on this Site Help page you are on right now, you may not get an answer.
· Top Navigation Bar – Also near the top of every page there is a main site navigation bar containing links to key items such as MyGuru, Projections, Depth Charts, and most of our statistical tools. This navigation bar and their links are present on all pages on the site.
Everything is arranged neatly and logically into four sections:
4. Site tools
The NEWS is at the top, since that’s obviously most important. Our NFL News Feed is constantly-updated with news, injury updates, transactions, and more. It’s sortable by team and position, searchable by name, and fully integrated into the site, so you can also view news on each player’s page and within MyGuru. We also have the latest headlines in this section in the homepage and added some quick links to some of the more compelling articles in “What’s Hot.”
If you’re looking for an ARTICLE or a cheat sheet/projections, there’s one main section of articles with different types of content tabs, and you can’t miss it. ALL our written content is in one single area and is clearly listed by type in our various content tabs plus you can see all content listed by date and order of publishing if you simply view the main “Articles” section, as it defaults to the tab that shows everything we put out listed by date, with the most recent items at the top. If you want to see specific types of content, it’s broken down by general articles, rankings & projections, strategy, IDP, etc.
Next, all our interactive stuff, like podcasts, our blogs, poll, and Twitter feed. All this stuff should be self-explanatory.
Finally, the Site Tools section is where you’ll see links to our Apps, PDF and Excel downloads, and all of the site’s database tools. For more information on all the tools we have, check below and also our “What you get” page.
Preseason Publishing Schedule/Content Delivery
Once the preseason officially kicks off in early-August, we produce content daily and update many features weekly/bi-weekly, but we do not e-mail the content because it’s too much to e-mail. We do, however, send regular e-mail notices about what we’re producing.
For information on what we produce in the preseason, head here.
In-Season Publishing Schedule/Content Delivery
Once the season kicks off, we do e-mail content on a daily basis.
For information on what we produce in during the regular season, head here.
During the season, we e-mail a large portion of our content (we can't e-mail the web-based items that are not text articles). We generally post content online and then e-mail it shortly thereafter when all the items for a particular day are completed. That’s usually around 1-2 PM ET, and we typically update injury info online all day after sending out our daily e-mails.
Due to various spam/junk mail issues, we cannot guarantee you will get our e-mails, but the service we use generally does a great job in terms of not being blocked as spam (Gmail, for instance, has a strong spam filter but our e-mails are generally unaffected). However, all ISPs are different. If you are not receiving e-mails, first check any spam or junk mail folders and make sure you allow mail to come to you from our servers (fantasyguru.com), e-mail address ([email protected]) and our mailing company's servers (elabs/Lyris). You may have to contact your ISP to make sure they accept mail from fantasyguru.com and elabs/Lyris
If you're still having problems receiving our e-mails, we recommend using a free e-mail account somewhere. Currently, we have no issues sending mail to AOL, MSN/Hotmail, Yahoo, and Gmail.
Tip: Gmail has a service that can forward all your e-mails to another e-mail account, which is a viable solution for those with e-mail blocking issues. And since we cannot offer you a second e-mail account to receive our e-mails, you can set up a Gmail account as your e-mail, and have mail forwarded elsewhere. For instructions on how to do this, head here.
Accessing the Subscriber Homepage
As long as your browser is accepting cookies, there’s no reason for you to have to log in at FantasyGuru.com in each time you access the Subscriber Homepage or try to access an article. Simply bookmark the subscriber page and access it directly without logging in. If you are not being kept logged in, on the login page, there is a box to check off to stay logged in. There is no reason to continually go to our main homepage (fantasyguru.com) to login when you can simply bookmark and go directly to our Subscriber Homepage.
To ensure you do not have to log in each time you access, check out the following:
Otherwise, if you are using the correct login and cannot log in or stay logged in, YOU need to check your browser settings because it is not a problem on OUR end. We’re happy to help if we can, but we’re not able to assist everyone with basic web browsing tech support.
Can't access our site at work?
If your workplace blocks our site because the word "fantasy" is in the URL, you can try to access our site using our IP address here: http://126.96.36.199/football/subscribers/
If that works, simply save that address and access the site at work using that link.
We’ve also added a second domain that you can try, it’s: http://www.gurusubscriber.com. You can even access the full site now using http://www.footballinjuries.com, which is a site we merged with in 2008.
These two URLs obviously does not have “fantasy” in it, so this should be a solution to many. If this doesn’t work, your company is doing a great job blocking your content, and there’s nothing else we can do.
NOTE: If you access gurusubscriber.com or footballinjuries.com, some links may not work. When in doubt, if you have the link that is not working, it’s because “fantasyguru” is in the URL. Simply replace the “fantasyguru” with “gurusubscriber” in the URL. If your internet is blocking the site because of the word “fantasy,” you should be set.
Other Content-related FAQs:
Q: Where can I view your Depth Charts?
A: Near the very top of every page is a site navigation bar with key links such as projections, MyGuru, and our various stat tools. On the right end of this navigation bar there is a link called “depth” so a link to our Depth Charts is on the upper right hand side of every page on the site. You’ll also see a link to the Depth Charts in the Articles section under “Recent Articles” whenever they have been updated.
Q: How do I set up a custom scoring system for custom projections, news, etc.?
A: See below for all the information you need on MyGuru custom projections, etc.
Q: What do the following abbreviations/icons mean in your 2015 projections and keeper/dynasty rankings?
A: Here’s what the abbreviations mean:
Up = Player has upside to finish significantly higher than projected/ranked.
Down = Player has downside to finish significantly lower than projected/ranked.
Hypodermic Needle = Player is injured or on injury report.
Up Arrow = Player has moved up since our last projection update.
Down Arrow = Player has moved down since our last projection update.
D (gold colored) = Dynasty League prospect.
#1, #2H, WW = Fantasy role. Player is a #1 at his position (H/L for high-end or low-end), or is a Waiver Wire guy for the season. For example, if we think Andre Ellington is a high-end #2 RB for 2015, his role will be listed as #2H.
RZ = Inside the 20 yard line
GL = Inside of the 5 yard line
TGT = Pass target
Q: Do you have printable pages?
Most articles and database pages do have printable options. For articles, click on the printer icon on the upper right. For projections, click the “printable” link.
Site Default scoring
Q: What is the site’s default scoring system?
A: Our site default scoring system is PPR. Check here for more information and to set up a non-PPR scoring system (our previous site default scoring system) in 5 seconds.
Q: What web browser do you recommend when using your site?
A: We HIGHLY recommend Google Chrome. Firefox has slipped a bit lately, but is still okay. Just make sure you’re not using I.E. and you should be okay. For the record, we use Google Chrome.
Q: Why does your site make me login all the time?
A: We are not. It is your browser and settings that make you do this. Most people go years without having to login because they are accepting cookies and have their browsers set to access password protected sites and to save passwords. You can logout of the site (top navigation bar) and then clear out your internet cache and browsing history, and when you re-login click the “remember me” box. If you are accepting cookies, you should be set. If you have further issues, Google the issue. For example, you can Google “Internet explorer won’t let me stay logged in” and you should quickly find the solution to your problem for your browser. Note: We highly recommend NOT using Internet Explorer (for anything, really).
Q: Why won’t my login for the site work for the Message Boards?
A: You have to create a separate login for the MBs. You also have to use your site e-mail so we can confirm you are a current subscriber. It may take up to 48 hours to get approved for access, as we have to check all requests manually to prevent spammers from attacking our MBs. If you do not use the same e-mail you use for the site, you will be rejected.
Q: Whenever I click a link, why does it take me back to the homepage?
A: As far as we can tell, Internet Explorer has been the culprit almost 100% of the time when this happens. This is why we HIGHLY recommend using the Google Chrome browser or at least the Firefox Browser, as both are WAY better than IE. If you must use IE, try this: Go to tool/internet options/advanced and reset to default and it should fix this problem caused by the browser. We’ve found 1-2 instances where the issue occurred in Firefox, and resetting that browser to default settings took care of the problem.
Other general FAQs:
Q: I’m new to the site, how can I ask you guys a fantasy question?
A: While we do the best we can, we don’t advertise personal advice because we would be overwhelmed with questions if we did, and we believe in offering one comprehensive package for one price, so we do not want to “upsell” anyone for personal advice. However, you can certainly try to contact us via the “Contact Us” page, and we will be hosting regular chats starting in August of 2015. You can also reach out to us on Twitter. We can’t guarantee questions will be answered, but we try our best.
Q: If I’m not sure if I subscribed for the coming season, how do I check?
A: If you cannot access most or all subscriber content right now (summer of 2015) then that means we do not have you in for 2015. If you still have questions, head to the “My account” page that means you’re in for 2015. You can check when your subscription ends here as well as change your login/e-mail.
Changing/Viewing your Account Information
Once logged in, you can change your e-mail address on record, which is also your username, by hitting the “My Account” link on the upper right. Once you change your e-mail, your username will change to your new e-mail and you will receive our e-mails at your new e-mail address. You can also change your password. No matter where you are logging in from, your login (username & password) remains the same. Remember: Your entire e-mail address is your username.
Also in "My Account," you can view when your subscription is scheduled to expire. If you do not know your password (your username will always be your complete e-mail address on record), there is a Password Retrieval tool that will e-mail your password to your registered e-mail address.
Checking Subscription Status/Adding on Years
You can always check to see when your subscription expires by clicking “My Account.” If, for example, you were already in for 2015 and accidentally ordered, you’ll see that your subscription will be pushed up a season. So you can actually order at any time, and we will simply add a year to your account (or two if you order for two years). Our default date for a subscription to technically end for a particular season is the first Sunday in February (Super Bowl Sunday).
Remember that we do “Season” subscriptions, and not 12-month subscriptions. This is why we encourage people to order each year at the end of the season. We offer a special rate that is offered only to subscribers. We also do a free playoff contest for those who renew for the upcoming season right after a season ends, and you will be subscribed for 12 months.
You can stay logged in by clicking the "remember me" button, so you will automatically bring up our Subscriber Homepage without having to enter your credentials. If you'd like, you can log out by clicking the "logout" link on the upper right side of the homepage.
Utilizing our Database, MyGuru, Custom Scoring, etc.
If you truly want to take advantage of our site and its main customizable technical features, you need to head to MyGuru.
Roster Import Tool
As part of MyGuru, we have a tool that will allow you to automatically import (and constantly sync as your team changes) rosters from ESPN, CBS, Yahoo, Myfantasyleague.com, and NFL.com. Currently, it’s only importing rosters, but soon we’ll add scoring systems as well, so this tool is obviously better than ever.
Otherwise, here’s what you need to know about MyGuru:
To get the most out of this tool, follow these steps and you’ll be able to see tons of custom information on your various teams (s). Note: We cap the number of teams you can input to 15.
Once you’re done setting up a team(s), when you go to MyGuru, you’ll see player news for your players, custom projections just for your guys, and stats for your guys. You can also click on the Roster Analyzer and view our suggested starting lineup for the week (starting in-season). We can do this because we have your players, lineup requirements, and scoring system in our system.
But that’s only the beginning. Since your players are entered into our DB, you’re now able to navigate our DB and view custom information. When you click on Projections, for example, and toggle to your league, you’ll see that your players are highlighted. All our other tools, such as “Points Allowed,” “Matchup History,” “SOS,” and “IDP Stud” are now all customized to your scoring system.
You can also view all the stat leaders and, within that, see pass targets (Tgt), Red Zone Targets (RZT), and even targets inside the 10 (GLT). Not only that, but you can view/filter all of our DB stuff by location (Home or Away) and in Wins or Losses. You’ve always been able to filter all this information by a specific range of weeks, as well.
Highlighted Players Added Bonus: For your convenience, when you create a fantasy team, you will notice that when you navigate the site while toggled to that team, your players will be highlighted in ORANGE. This is true for projections, points allowed, SOS, History, etc. As you toggle from one saved team to the other, the highlighted players will change.
Utilizing our Database/MyGuru app for News & Injury Updates
There are now several ways in which you can access current news, notes, and injury updates. Here’s an overview:
Our NFL & Fantasy News Feed – This is a constantly-updated feed of NFL news, notes, injuries updates, transactions, and more. This is a searchable and sortable feed and you can search by player name, team, position, and time frame. These updates are also available in our MyGuru app under the Player News and/or Injury Updates tab.
Player News page- You can also access all player updates on our Player News page. The difference between this page and the NFL and Fantasy News Feed is this page also incorporates player updates from some of our content, most notably our Stock Watch report but also our exhibition game reviews in the preseason. This method allows users to search for updates by player and by time frame.
MyGuru on your phone
If you have an iPhone/iPad or Android device, make sure you download our MyGuru app, which is free for subscribers. If you login, you’re pretty much getting the whole site and all its key components on your phone or tablet.
The coolest new thing is that you can now head to MyGuru online, import your team, and then view information for that team (news, projections, etc.) on your phone or tablet. The Roster Analyzer within MyGuru on the app (and online) will give to you our suggested starting lineup. Otherwise, we have a steady stream of news and injury updates populating the app, taken from our News Feed, and that’s essentially 24 hours a day. You’ll find depth charts, 2015 schedule, and you can also play all of our podcasts right on the app. Of course, we can view all site default projections and in all of your inputted scoring systems if you tap on “projections.” Make sure you tap on a player for his projected stats and our comment for the season/that week.
Once you set up teams, you will see them at the bottom of the MyGuru homepage. To make any changes to your players, scoring system, etc. simply click on the appropriate tab for those functions.
Q: How do I set up MyGuru in terms of flex starters and required starters?
A: When entering the number of starters at each position in MyGuru, list the minimum number of starters you are required (typically at RB/WR and sometimes TE) and if you include any position as a flex, check off “Include” as flex. During the season the Roster Analyzer will list the suggested starters using the minimum number you choose. It will then rank all the players at the positions you listed as included in the flex to show you how they stack up for projected points for the week.
Entering values in the Customized Scoring System in MyGuru
Most common scoring rules are set up so that “x” of something equals one point. For example, many leagues use 20 yards passing equals one point. That translates to 0.050 Points per Passing Yard, which you would type into the box labeled that in the Passing Section.
Here are the common yardage translations:
5 yards = 1 point means 0.200 points per yard
8 yards = 1 point means 0.125 points per yard
10 yards = 1 point means 0.100 points per yard
20 yards = 1 point means 0.050 points per yard
25 yards = 1 point means 0.040 points per yard
50 yards = 1 point means 0.020 points per yard
100 yards = 1 point means 0.010 points per yard
If you get points per some number of repetitions (receptions, completions, rushing attempts, tackles, assists, etc.), you might be able to use the yardage translations above. Just replacing yards with completions or whatever, for example: if 5 completions = 1 point, you can substitute “completions” for “yards above,” meaning that you get 0.200 points per completion.
Here are the other common “repetition” translations, starting with the obvious:
1 repetition (reception, completion, attempt, tackle, assist) = 1 points means 1.000 point per repetition
1 repetition = one half point means 0.500 points per repetition
2 repetitions = 1 point also means 0.500 points per repetition
3 repetitions = 1 point means 0.333 points per repetition
4 repetitions = 1 point means 0.250 point per repetition
5, 8, 10, etc. repetitions = 1 point: see yardage translations above
In-Season MyGuru Tool:
Roster Analyzer: Too busy to research your starting lineup? No problem. Since we already have your players, the numbers of starters at each position, and your scoring system, simply come to this section each week during the season and see our suggested lineup for your team(s), complete with projected fantasy points, recent news, and we’ll even rank all your players for the week, regardless of position. IMPORTANT NOTE ON THE FLEX POSITION: If you have a flex, simply check off “include in flex” each position that you allow to use as your flex (RB, WR, TE, etc.) and the RA will then group the remaining non-starters from the positions you included as a flex and it will rank them, thus showing you whom we recommend as your flex starter.
Other Site Tools
We have added a lot of new features the last few years, so a quick primer on how to utilize our site is needed for all to take full advantage of what we have to offer.
Here’s an overview and explanation of all our offerings.
Note: These are only items currently on the site; we will be adding others for the 2015 season.
Other Guru Database Tools
We upgraded these areas and added home/away criteria for most of our stat tools. Now, for example, if you’re looking at the points allowed tool you can see points allowed by position, in your scoring system(s) and for each team home and away. We also added Home/Away criteria for our valuable SOS tool. So now, when you use this tool, you can set it up so it is pulling data from each team’s points given up by position and by location.
The “Guru Glance”
Also incorporated into the revised MyGuru tool is our “Guru Glance” feature introduced this year. Once this is complete, click on the “Guru Glance” link while looking at one of your teams and see all your players along with a wealth of information. Here’s a break down of all the information you can now see:
Our official Twitter page is here. We’ll be posting various thoughts here throughout the season, as well as updates on when key articles are posted. We even post in-game updates from here, for immediate analysis. When we do, we’ll simply link to our Twitter page and you will not need a Twitter account to view the content. You can also view our most recent Twitter updates on the subscriber homepage.
Accessing the Message Boards and Blogs
Our Message Boards and the main FantasyGuru Blog do require a separate login, so you cannot use your usual login for the site. If you would like to access our MBs or reply to a blog post, you have to create a separate login. But the MBs and the Blog have password retrieval tools in case you forget your password.
Note: Because we have to ensure our MBs aren’t bombarded by spammers, we have to manually check all registrations, so it could take 1-2 days for you to be approved. You have to use your exact same e-mail as you use to subscribe so we can make sure you are a current subscriber. If you register and do not get approved in 2 days, please e-mail us using the “contact us” form.
We utilize Cover It Live for our chats, so simply check the site’s chat section (the third sidebar entitled “Interaction”) for a schedule of chats and archives. We will do at least one chat a week from August 2015 on. Simply look for the chat area slightly below the Featured Articles on the top of our Subscriber page.
We produce regular Podcasts, and while we cover most of the information and analysis in print, we can’t guarantee that all info and analysis contained in the Podcasts will be in print. Users are welcome to subscribe to an RSS feed and also to the Podcast via iTunes on the site (Interaction section).
In the preseason, we’ll do two podcasts minimum a week, and during the season, we have the following podcast schedule:
Sunday Night – We discuss the week that was.
Tuesday Afternoon 4-5pm ET – In the Loop with Matt Camp and Joe Dolan.
Thursday Morning – Matchup Podcast.