What’s the Deal with Joe Johnson?

January 10, 2007
Manu Ginobili

Joe is struggling.

I need some help on this one, because I have no idea what’s going on. If you have Joe Johnson on any of your teams, you already know this, but his value is plummeting like an Internet stock in May 2000.

The best guess I have is that he’s suffering lingering effects from the calf injury that kept out for a few games back in December. It sounds like he may also be battling the flu and turf toe (I didn’t know basketball players could get that either) at the moment, so maybe it’s just a case of a lot of things adding up at once. But whatever it is, we’ve officially reached “slump” status and his fans (and teammates) are hoping he can break out of it soon.


The Ups and Downs of Devin Brown

January 9, 2007

First we loved him.

Then we didn’t love him.

But aside from one disappointing game, Devin is playing some decent ball right now. Therefore, we’ll go ahead and repeat our first recommendation, that “you can look for good production from him for a while, as Chris Paul, Peja, B-Jax and David West are all expected to remain sidelined for weeks.”

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.

Fantasy Through the Ages

January 6, 2007

I’ve always wanted to see a list of the best fantasy seasons of all-time. Our friends over at Give Me the Rock have created a list that comes pretty close, covering the years 1979-2005 (Note: it’s a big file). There they are—the best 9,168 individual seasons over those 26 seasons. Awesome.

Remember that old game Jordan vs. Bird: One-on-one? That’s what the top of the list looks like.

Jordan Vs. Bird: One on One

Mark Blount and Matt Barnes: We’re 2 for 3!

January 3, 2007

We may have been a little off on Devin Brown (so far), but tonight Mark Blount and Matt Barnes redeemed us, and then some.

Barnes: 36 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 7 threes, 2 blocks, and a steal.
Blount: 28 points, a block, a steal, 12-14 FG, and 4-4 FT.

Nice! Remember, you heard it here first (maybe).