Frequently Asked Questions – Tools


Consensus Rankings (ECR™)
What is ECR™ (Expert Consensus Ranking) and how do you calculate it?
How often do you update your ECR™?
Why should I consider following consensus advice like ECR™?
Is it possible to get a consensus of just the most accurate experts?
How do you calculate auction dollar values?

F A S T™ Advice
What is FAST™ (Fantasy Advice Search Tool)?
How many players can I compare at one time?
Can I compare players from different positions?
How often do you update the advice that is provided?

My Playbook™
What is My Playbook™?
What is Best and Worst rank?
What is ECR, Actual Rank, and Diff?
What is Points Allowed?
What is VBR?
What is the NBA Player Rater?

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What is ECR™ (Expert Consensus Ranking) and how do you calculate it?
ECR™ represents the collective opinion of the experts we track. We generate a consensus cheat sheet by calculating how many “Rank Points” each player receives based on his ranked position on each expert’s cheat sheet. Each ranked position is worth certain number of Rank Points – the better the rank, the higher the Rank Points. We add these Rank Points up for each player across all experts to determine the player’s consensus rank. We don’t use an “average rank” because we believe this approach is flawed. Using an average requires that you assign an arbitrary rank for unranked players, which skews the results.

How often do you update your ECR™?
We update our rankings and cheat sheets daily, and sometimes more frequently if significant changes occur. It’s important to note, however, that most experts do not update their rankings daily. We monitor and make changes on the same day that the experts update their rankings, so you’re assured of having the latest information. We also provide you with the expert’s last revision date so you know exactly how old their rankings are. Our Cheat Sheet Wizard even allows you to filter out experts that have not updated their rankings recently.

Why should I consider following consensus advice like ECR™?
Consensus rankings naturally weed out outlier opinions. A particular expert may have a risky “bold prediction” or a mistake in their rankings (e.g. not updated for the latest injury report). The research we’ve done on the benefit of following bold predictions suggests that it’s generally more optimal to roll with less risky options. Our ECR™ provides a safer alternative to following just one expert. More importantly, our accuracy study suggests that ECR™ is highly accurate – it finished in the Top 5 among all experts in 2010.

Is it possible to get a consensus of just the most accurate experts?
Yes. In fact, you can pick and choose any combination of experts to create a custom consensus cheat sheet. Use one of our accuracy filters or hand pick the experts you trust. We allow you to combine anywhere from 2 to all of the experts we track. Our Cheat Sheet Wizard is the easiest way to customize your list of experts.

How do you calculate auction dollar values?
We offer 2 sets of auction values (described below). The methodology for each is different and therefore the dollar values vary.

1) Consensus Auction Values: We combine the auction values from leading fantasy experts to generate one average auction value per player. This represents the collective opinion of the fantasy experts we monitor. The range of expert values for every player is available by viewing the High/Low columns in our consensus table.
2) Dollar Value Calculator: Our calculator leverages Zeile Projections and VORP (Value Over Replacement Player) to create dollar values. It allows you to enter your league settings (roster, scoring, budget, etc) to get a customized output. The value-based approach of the calculations helps to identify players who will provide the most incremental value to your team. As an example, a running back with identical projected stats as a quarterback will typically be valued higher. That’s because quality running backs are scarcer than quality quarterbacks. All things equal, the scarcer a position is, the more likely you’ll have an advantage over your opponents by grabbing a strong player at that position. We factor this – along with the settings you input – into every dollar value calculated.

What is FAST™ (Fantasy Advice Search Tool)?
FAST™ helps you make better player decisions in less time by showing every expert’s recommendation with just one search. Whether you’re trying to decide who to draft next or who to start, FAST™ provides the easiest and quickest way to get a side-by-side comparison of expert picks, player stats and match-up ratings. You’ll also instantly see the expert consensus opinion along with each expert’s actual rank of the players you’re considering. FAST™ can also be used for single player searches. We’ll show which experts love and hate the player relative to the consensus opinion, and provide historical stats and strength-of-schedule information.

How many players can I compare at one time?
Our basic FAST™ tool allows you to compare 2 players at a time. You can compare up to 4 players at a time by using our My Playbook tool, which provides customized advice based on your team and league. For more than 4 players, we recommend that you view our expert consensus rankings.

Can I compare players from different positions?
Yes. Our FAST™ tool allows you to compare players across positions. For the preseason (draft), a cross-position request will utilize an expert’s overall rankings to determine who they would draft first. During the season, the premium version of FAST™ (included in our MyPlaybook™ tool), utilizes Flex rankings and Projections to determine who to start across different positions.

How often do you update the advice that is provided?
We monitor and update our database on a daily basis. Many experts do not update their rankings this frequently so we track and publish each expert’s most recent revision date (so you always know exactly how “old” their rankings are).

What is My Playbook™?
My Playbook™ provides the easiest way to get the specific advice you need from the experts you trust. With just a couple clicks, you can auto import your rosters from all the biggest league management services. It also updates your data so that any roster changes made by you or your competitors will be reflected. Once your teams are imported, My Playbook™ will tailor the advice provided to be specific to your players and the top available players in your league.

What is Best and Worst Rank?
My Playbook™ displays each player’s consensus rank (ECR) and the highest and lowest rank given by the experts. The Best Rank represents the most optimistic expert’s rank while the Worst Rank represents the most pessimistic rank. Click on the player’s name to see the full range of ranks and each expert’s specific rank.

What is ECR, Actual Rank, and Diff?
My Playbook™ displays a section for historical performance. The ECR in this case is the player’s consensus rank from the previous week. His “Actual Rank” shows where he actually ranked among players at his position, based on fantasy points scored. The “Diff” is simply the difference between these two ranks. This information provides a quick gauge of whether or not the player met expectations. We also provide the player’s Preseason Rank (Draft) and Actual Rank (Season-to-Date), so you know if they’ve been under or overvalued compared to preseason expectations. The “Games” column tells you how many games the player was active for so far this season.

What is Points Allowed?
My Playbook™ displays a section for the player’s Matchup. The “Points Allowed” column in this section shows the average fantasy points allowed to the player’s position by the Defense he’s facing. The data is for games played so far this season.

For Example: If Pierre Garcon is going up against KC’s Defense, the Points Allowed column shows the fantasy points per game that KC has allowed to WRs. The higher the fantasy points allowed, the easier the matchup might be.

We also provide a column for the matchup’s Rank. The easiest matchup is ranked #1. The hardest matchup is ranked #32. The opponents are also color coded. Green represents the 8 easiest matchups (top 25%). Red represents the 8 toughest matchups (bottom 25%).

What is VBR?
VBR is the value-based ranking for the players in your baseball league. Each player is assessed based on his category performance (via Zeile Projections or current stats) to determine his relative worth. The rankings incorporate VORP (Value Over Replacement Player) principles in order to account for important factors such as positional scarcity. This helps to properly rate players who provide the most incremental value to a team. As an example, a catcher with identical projected stats as a first basemen will typically have a higher overall VBR. That’s because quality fantasy catchers are scarcer than quality first basemen.

If you’re a premium member, VBR will be customized to map to your specific league settings (categories, roster sizes, etc). For Basic members, VBR is based on a standard, 5×5 Roto setup.

What is the NBA Player Rater and how can it help me out?
The Player Rater is a tool that gives you insight into each player’s fantasy value. The tool evaluates every player across each category to determine their total worth. For instance, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out how much a Point Guard who racks up assists but doesn’t grab rebounds will help (or hurt) your team. We solve this issue by helping you determine the player’s impact at each stat category. The tool is great for identifying not only the best overall players, but also the top players for specific areas of need. If you find yourself weak in a particular category, the Player Rater can help you locate the best options to give your squad a boost. This comes in handy as you work the waiver wire and seek out trade targets. And if you’re a My Playbook user, the Player Rater is customized so the ratings you see are tailored to the categories you care about. This helps ensure that you always receive relevant advice.

How are the Player Rater scores calculated?
To calculate the ratings, we compare every player to the average statistical performance at each category. If a player’s stats are right at the average, his rating for that category is 0.00. The ratings therefore represent how much a player is above or below the average. Positive ratings indicate a player is above average for a category whereas a negative rating means the player is below average. The ratings are then added together across categories to determine an Overall value for each player.

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