Q: "Hey, I'm new here. How do I get the most out of this site?"
A: Welcome! We know there are a lot of tools at your disposal, so here's a rundown:
First things first, make sure your League Settings
are completely accurate. Skip that step and you won't be seeing data and information specific to your league. To designate your stat categories, set your league provider (Yahoo! CBS, ESPN, etc), and adjust your roster positions and other details, go to Settings
-> League Settings
-> Team Players
lets you import your league information from Yahoo!, ESPN, or CBS with just a few clicks any time you want. This updates all rosters any time you run the process.
-> Player Rankings
show you what players have done, Rankings
show you what players are projected to do for the remainder of the season. On both pages, you can choose the other as the Comparison Column
, and get a look at who is over- or under-performing expectations. Rankings
-> Weekly Projections
Projections show you who is projected to do what for the short-term timeframe you select. Use "Available & My Players" to see which free agents are projected to be more impactful than the players currently on your roster during the timeframe that you have selected.
-> Team Analysis
shows you the strengths and weaknesses for your own team (Analyze Team
) and for every team in the league (Analyze All Teams
). It's here that you can establish how you match up with your competition or who to approach with trades, based on those strengths/weaknesses. Manually swap players in/out if you are considering a trade or add/drop and see how it affects your analysis. (It won't overwrite your saved roster, as that only happens if you make a change on the Settings
-> Team Players page
-> Trade Analysis
shows you how transactions line up categorically, how and where you win/lose stats within a trade or an add/drop.
-> Head to Head Daily
allows helps you analyze current/future h2h matchups. Run your import, then select/load teams from the drop-down, click "Save Matchup" to see the breakdown. You can select/de-select individual players for individual days to make it more precise or "Select All Players." You can analyze/save up to 10 matchups. Analysis -> Head to Head Weekly is a snapshot of h2h matchups.
-> Projected Standings
are just that, projecting where you will finish based on your league's current rosters. For roto leagues
: use Total Value, a low bench% (~10%, depending on how injury prone your roster is), and Show Standings. For h2h leagues
: use Per-Game Value, a very high bench% (~95%, assuming you have to sit players occasionally on the busiest nights), and Show H2h Matchup.
-> Ease Rankings
shows you the best/worst matchups for players, overall and by position, based on data for any chosen date range. This can come in handy in particular for sit/start decisions. Visit Schedule
-> Schedule Analyzer
as part of your consideration for adds/drops. It will show you quantity of games and schedule ease for whatever future date range you select.
-> Hot Players
shows you who is hot/cold relative to previous performance for the dates you select. Let's say we are four weeks into the season: select "Last Week" and it will be relative to the first three weeks of production, select "Last 2 Weeks" and it will be relative to the first two weeks of production.
How are player values calculated?
Player values are based on the standard score statistic, where a value of 0.0 is the average for your league, based on your Settings -> League Settings Anything positive is better than the league average, and anything negative is worse. As a general guideline when looking at player and team values, +2.0 and above for an individual category is very good, while -2.0 and below is very bad. For a more detailed description of standard scores, please visit this Wikipedia page.
What does it mean to "punt" a category?
The idea of punting isn’t to lose a specific category by the largest possible margin, it’s to win as many categories as possible by way of controlling your weakness(es). You strategically "give up" on a category (or categories) and concentrate on all your league's other scoring categories, in an effort to make them all stronger. You are still concentrating on player strengths, but you narrow your focus and eliminate certain players from consideration. When you select a punt category via Settings -> League Settings values update to reflect that category having been removed. However, since that category is still in play in your league, we display a LeagueV/League$ (value/dollars to the rest of the league including the punted categories) and the Punt+ (the additional value gained by the player through punting).
What are quality games?
This concept is best described by Phil Londen here. "Due to the nuances of the NBA schedule, and more importantly television ratings, certain days are stacked with games (generally Fridays) and other days are relatively light (generally Thursdays). On the stacked days, it is common to have to rest a player or two that is technically active because all of your active roster spots are already full. These games are simply wasted games. Maximizing the number of games your team plays on off days can have the effect of increasing the number of games scored for your team in a given week, without actually increasing the total number of games your team played. This is accomplished by decreasing the number of wasted games as a result of the NBA's scheduling system." The default setting for a quality game is when there are five or fewer games played, but you can customize the setting to any number you choose.