I rarely write or ‘show my work’ on football research as it is not in my best interest to reveal anything about how I come up with my fantasy projections. But there has been a lot of discussion in the fantasy community of late on “Do Defenses Matter?” and it seemed like an opportunity to contribute to the discussion.

There are a number of ways Defenses COULD matter for projecting offense. I have tested several and incorporated the learnings into the projections. Without divulging anything, here is an overview of hypotheses in which an opposing defense could impact defense:

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To make it a little sweeter for y’all (and reward current subscribers), we have added the following:

  • Next Week Projections – Under the Weekly Projections, you’ll now see a link for “Next Week Projections”. So we have all the Week 2 projections up AND you can look at Week 3 projections. We already have the 17 Week Rankings grid so you can track projected player value throughout the season. These will be updated daily (same as our Rest of Season projections)
  • Stackonator – For DFS Premium subscribers, we now make researching team stacks easier by showing projected points plus $/point for DraftKings, FanDuel, and Yahoo on all the following combos:
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Our 2018 NFL preseason projections are out and they are free. Subscriptions for our season-long and DFS weekly projections are available now (previous year subscribers will get a discount code in July). They will be updated throughout the preseason. See below for the links. You can also access via the Tools/Projections section in the main […]

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Razzball now has a fantasy football trade analyzer! and it is free!

What makes ours worth using vs the other trade calculators out there?

  • We show the actual projected stats of the players in the tool vs just a projected point total.
  • Our quality Rest of Season projections are updated daily throughout the season and frequently in the preseason.
  • Easy to use interface on desktop or mobile with autofill on player names and auto-calculating totals.
  • Accommodates STD/0.5 PPR/PPR and you can modify display for Total Points or Points/Game.
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I hate the format of the traditional NFL Depth Chart. Why? Because it is an abject failure in format. Reports should be designed around answering at least one question very well. Answering multiple questions is possible but introduces tradeoffs in simplicity and effectiveness (e.g., to answer 2 questions really well, it might be more complex…or […]

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Greetings Razzball Nation. Unlike that lazy Pennsylvanian rodent, I’ve arisen from my winter bunker a month earlier than usual to recap what turned out to be a memorable Year 2 in the life of the Razzball Pigskinonator aka my first robot child with my second android wife (I had the MLB Streamonator and Hittertron with […]

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We feel we are the best in-season fantasy baseball subscription service for both season-long and DFS. It is possible that our ethos of ‘We give advice for free, avoid massive cost outlays for fancy software, and ensure our collective investment (our time, your money) goes towards creating/maintaining the best projections and powerful but simple tools’ is not for everyone. So be it.

Getting to where we are in MLB was not easy, it did not happen overnight, and it never would have happened without the feedback and support of everyone at Razzball Nation (I know that sounds like standard BS but loyal readers know Streamonator was a commenter idea – I just executed and iterated on it.).

It was about 15 months ago that Grey and I decided to invest in building the best fantasy football subscription service. We knew it would be a massive learning curve and that there are some great, established players in this space. While I imagine we will be even better 12 months from now than we are today, I highly suggest jumping on board for 2017 because things are looking really good and we need the support to justify continued investment.

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Last year was our first foray into Fantasy Football season-long and DFS tools and I am hard at work finalizing the improvements for 2017 (stay tuned for an announcements in the next week or two – fyi, there will be a discount for current MLB subscribers).  As part of these improvements, we will be projecting Rest of Season projections throughout the NFL season. Unlike MLB, these will be based on the exact matchups – e.g., the system runs all the games on a team’s schedule and then sums up the stats.

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Rudy is the person behind our Pigskinonator and DFSBot football projections and is also behind the baseball ‘bots (Streamonator, Hittertron, etc.) and NFL/MLB player pages. This weekly piece will focus on players where the Pigskinonator diverge from the popular consensus.

Happy Week 4! The first season of our fantasy football projections tool (aka Pigskinonator) is going well. If you haven’t checked it out yet, check it out NOW. Last free week! Projected stats for all QB, RB, WR, TE, DST and IDP!

The regresssion fairy was kind enough to take only a small dump in our robot’s mouth during its required 15 minute daily nap as it finished 49th out of 138 experts in Week 3 after a precociously high 4th in Week 2. The most promising aspect of it all is that these results are occuring while importing our player ranking in total whereas most experts are manually adjusting players up/down. The difference is that the the default rankings are based on the consensus average rankings for players which inherently has ‘wisdom of crowds’ built into it. This helps bad rankings become solid but does nothing IMO to make solid rankings become great. We’re shooting for great and I think we’ll get there.

No new functionality adds this week but made some improvements in the robot code that should improve the allocation of rushing attempts and targets.

Onto my picks…

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Rudy is the man behind our Pigskinonator and DFSBot football projections and is also behind the baseball ‘bots (Streamonator, Hittertron, etc.) and NFL/MLB player pages. This weekly piece will focus on players where the Pigskinonator diverge from the popular consensus.

Before I starting raving/railing on some players, let me get the tool and player page updates out of the way first:

  • We’ve launched the FanDuel and DraftKings NFL lineup optimizers – powered by our pals LineupLab. While it isn’t free (!) through Week 4 like the Pigskinonator and DFSBot projections, you can try both optimizers out for only $2.99/week for the next 2 weeks. It’s super easy and we’ve got a ton of the Pigskinonator projections baked into the optimizer!
  • The football player pages (see Matt Forte) now h ave two news sources – FantasyPros and Rotoballer. We’ve worked hard to make the Game Logs as useful as possible and to put the most important stuff (this week’s projections) right at the top.

Okay, with that out of the way, I’m going into Week 3 with a little more confidence.

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