Updated Player Pages

January 8, 2007

There were a couple bugs fixed today, but in addition, the player pages have been updated a little. The main cool thing to notice is that each player’s page now highlights his best game (fantasy-wise, of course) of the season. You can use this to get a rough idea of what the ceiling on a player’s value might be.

For example: Andrei Kirilenko (his best game is probably not as good as you thought… he made only one field goal).


Rick Kamla and RotoPoll Agree: Manu Blew Up

January 8, 2007
Manu Ginobili

Manu can do a lot in only 27 minutes.

Sometimes I like to compare the RotoPoll rankings against other rankings that are out there.

Last night on NBA TV’s NBA Fantasy Hoops, host Rick Kamla proclaimed that Manu Ginobili had the best fantasy line of the night. This morning, I checked the RotoPoll top games list to see if it agrees with Rick. Good news: It does. So in case you were worried that these numbers are being conjured out of thin air, there’s one tiny piece of anecdotal evidence that they’re legit.

New Features in the Pipeline

January 7, 2007

I’m constantly updating my list of things I want to do to improve RotoPoll. These ideas from comments, emails, and stuff I just cooked up in my head. So, time permitting, here are some features I’m planning to get worked in soon:

  • Adding minutes to player stats
  • Including turnovers as an optional category, so RotoPoll is more useful for 9-category leagues
  • Somewhat less likely:

  • Having the trade evaluator suggest players to add to trades
  • Add data and trends from previous seasons

I’m probably forgetting some stuff, and there are also some longer-term ideas (as in, less likely to get done because they’ll be harder to do), but this is what I’m hoping to tackle right now.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, please let me know at rotopoll (at) gmail (dot) com.

Who Would You Take, Baron Davis or Joe Smith?

January 3, 2007

That’s an easy one: B-Diddy. But take a look at their lines from last night and tell me which one you think was better:

FG FT 3pt Reb Ast Stl Blk Pts
Joe Smith 4/9 4/4 0 8 1 2 1 12
Baron Davis 10/25 8/13 1 7 7 2 1 29

If you’re sensing that this is a trick question, you’re right. Actually, their performances are close to equal in value, but believe it or not, Joe Smith‘s is better. I noticed this comparison because their lines were consecutive on last night’s top games list, which made the contrast easy to spot.

As you can probably guess, the biggest reason Baron’s game isn’t worth more is his poor percentages (and high volume of shots), despite the fact that he absolutely stuffed the rest of the line. For a good example of a stat-stuffer with good percentages, see last night’s #1 performer, Ron Artest.

Buy Low and Sell High Opportunities

December 30, 2006

This idea first appeared in a comment on the post about who’s over- and underperforming, but I think it’s good enough that it deserves a quick post.

Basically, the idea is that the list could be a good way to find guys to buy low or sell high.

While this might not be all that helpful in trying to predict a player’s performance going forward, it could be very useful in helping pinpoint which players to buy low/sell high on. Take someone like Kirilenko, who shows a -3.06 score differential. This is a quick and easy way to see that Kirilenko’s owners are probably pretty frustrated with him right about now (I know, I’m one). If you think he might somehow turn things around in the last 2/3 of the season, you can probably pick him up on the cheap. Conversely, Gilbert Arenas’ owners who don’t believe he’ll sustain his otherworldly level of play much longer can probably swap him for a KG/Marion/LeBron, straight up.

I suggest using the RotoPoll list in conjunction with “real” lists (created by humans) like the one over at GMTR. There’s a lot of bargain hunting you can do out there.

Player News Feeds

December 29, 2006
Kevin Garnett

See what’s new with KG and friends.

In our continuing quest to make RotoPoll a comprehensive source for fantasy info, we’ve added player news feeds to the player pages. For example: Check in on Kevin Garnett.

Other Sites to Aid Your Basketball Education

December 28, 2006

The good folks over at Give Me The Rock (one of the best basketball blogs out there) were kind enough to post a nice writeup of RotoPoll tonight:

For those who are statistically inclined, check out the RotoPoll Blog for fantasy analysis you can get lost in – including discussion of the most average fantasy player, the value of a missed shot, and some pretty slick player pages (complete with graphs).

Aw, shucks. They also mention Basketball Monster, an intense stat site with a lot of useful tools too. If you haven’t either of these sites before, go check them out.