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Preview Page Questions

Posted on: November 6, 2009 1:04 pm
Edited on: November 6, 2009 1:18 pm
I was recently checking a report that shows what keywords users are searching for in our help center database.  I was a little surprised when I saw that many of the features of the Preview Page (Live Scoring/Preview in your leagues) were on the report.  To be honest, it had been a while since these features were examined and I even had to do some homework so I could remember how each component was determined. The bottom line is that I can see how people would have questions about things such as how the coach rating is determined, so we're going to be including some explanations on that page in the future.  But until then, this will have to suffice.  If you have any further questions, ideas of ways to make this better, or ideas for additional items you'd like to see on this page, please feel free to drop them into the comments section.    

Coach Rating – This basically shows the ratio of actual fantasy points that your team has scored in relation to the amount of fantasy points your team could have scored if they had started the best possible lineup each week.

The formula is: Actual Fantasy Points/Optimal Fantasy Points * 100
We then rank the teams in the league to give some relevancy. 

              291               /         362                    * 100 =  80   (11)         
Actual Fantasy Points / Possible Fantasy Points * 100 = Rating (Rank in League)

My personal feeling on Coach Rating is that it's an interesting indicator that can be great for smack talking, but that it often requires a deeper dive to find out if that particular coach is as good or bad as the rating indicates.  For instance, a team could have a terrible bench and therefore the owner has no difficult decisions to make each week, which would result in having a great coach rating. Is that owner a great coach?  No, he/she just has no other options.      

Schedule Difficulty – This is basically an indicator of how difficult a team’s schedule has been.  It takes into account each opponent’s cumulative win/loss record as if that opponent had played every other team in the league on that week. But it's different than the Standings/Breakdown page (another great indicator of how good a team is) because it looks at the breakdown for each team's specific opponents on the specific weeks that those teams met.

Example (and this is admittedly a lousy example as it provides no context whatsoever):
        9              /         14                         =     .391 (11)
Cumulative Wins/Cumulative Games Played = Winning Percentage of Opponents (Rank in League)

I think this is a true indicator of how tough a team's schedule has been which means that it is doing its job. Points Against can be deceiving if a team played a team that had an absolutely monster week. And the Standings/Breakdown is more a reflection on how many points your team has scored rather than giving context to your opponents. 

The rest of these are pretty straight-forward, but I put the definitions in for clarity sake. 

Passing Rank – The total Fantasy Points (active lineup) your team has scored from the QB position in relation to the rest of the league.

Rushing Rank – The total Fantasy Points (active lineup) your team has scored from the RB position in relation to the rest of the league. 

Receiving Rank – The total Fantasy Points (active lineup) your team has scored from the TE position in relation to the rest of the league.
Defense/ST Rank – The total Fantasy Points (active lineup) your team has scored from the DT, DST, or ID positions in relation to the rest of the league.  (Depends on how your league is setup)

My feeling on these is that they are not the most accurate portrayal of a team's strengths and weaknesses.  It doesn't take into account if you've made any recent trades to better your team in a particular area.  It doesn't take into account if you have players on your bench who might be performing better than the players you are starting each week.  And it doesn't take into account any injuries that might be giving a player on your team added value.  I'm going to look at tweaking these a little bit. 


Since: Aug 14, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2009 12:17 pm

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I have always wanted to know how the coach rating worked.  Thanks for giving me a clueWink.  As it so happens, I have the worst coach rating in my league, but the stat is misleading because I also have the most points scored throughout the entire season.  So basically, I am drafting almost as good reserves.

How could I not have the most points scored.  My first four are Aaron Rodgers, Matt Schaub, Chris Johnson, and Thomas Jones.  I also have Vernon Davis and Antonio Gates switching off at TE.

Since: Nov 7, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2009 2:29 pm

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Banker95, #1 in schedule difficulty means you have faced the teams with the highest points scored.  It may even take into account bench points as does the coaching tool... any ideas about that?  

There are a lot of tools available for the user of this site, some of them more helpful than others.  I expect that people who rely on the guru tool to set their lineup like to (A) have some verification from an outside source that they are making the right lineup decisions, and (B) look to have someone to blame when those lineup decisions backfire.  You can't have it both ways!  Use the tool, and all the tools, at your discretion but ultimately as the coach, the final call is up to you.

Another tool I have found helpful is the Roster Trends tool, found under the 'stats' header on your fantasy page.  I don't necessarily wish to pick up the same players everyone else is picking up; instead it provides just the information it purports to: which commodities are hot.  It's up to me as a user to figure out why... if I own Frank Gore and suddenly see a rush of people adding Glen Coffee, I need to know why and decide how to react: pick up Coffee, set up a trade involving Gore, or do nothing... maybe the 49ers just have a favorable matchup this week.

I appreciate the time CBS has put into this product, and especially the time administrators have taken in explaining the features of it.  As users, it is up to us to customize the site to best serve our needs, through interacting with CBS writers and our fellow users on the Fantasy Community. 

Have fun!

Since: Nov 21, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2009 6:42 pm

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I still don't quite get the Schedule Difficulty rank.  If I am ranked # 1 in terms of Schedule Difficulty, does that mean I've had the toughest schedule or the easiest?  Thank you!

Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2009 1:53 pm

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Now this is a prime example of OFF-TOPIC!

Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2009 1:49 pm

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Technically you weren't off topic as Mr. Levine (at least the last few blogs) were about asking how to make the predictive content better and more useable.  Any suggestion or comment that has to do with that subject is not off topic.  I hope you will make further comments in this regard and not hesitate to do so (as long as they have to do with the topic and not some off-the-wall comment.) 

I have been trying to get more people involved in making their thoughts and comments known as they love to complain but don't want to be part of the solution.  However, there have been a few friends who have helped keep this subject alive and not falling by the wayside.  If you could help by letting others aware of this subject and blog, it would be greatly appreciated.

Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2009 4:13 pm

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So tell me this   why if you have Williams and Stewart, you let Fake Delhome throw at all.   To me  not only does he have to go, but the coach for letting him play this long!!! 

Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2009 2:02 pm

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good stuff. i look forward to an end of the year blog entry for what the future plans of this site are.


Since: Nov 26, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2009 1:43 am

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3rd time and i'm done.  I love stats, I want as much information as possible.  If CBS is going to go to the lengths to come up with these rankings, I wish I could have access to the numbers.   Wouldn't a page be great that showed how many rushing yards, passing yards, paTD's, ruTD's, and on that each team has accumulated throughout the season?   An expanded standings page i guess is what i'm after.   You tell us how many points have been scored for and against, but wouldn't it be great to have the stats to look at.  I can speak for my league and the more we have to look at and talk s@&t to each other about, the happier we are with the product.  There are free sites out there and we have always paid for this one because we think its the best, but it can be so much better.

Since: Nov 26, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2009 1:27 am

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One other item.  I would love to see the coach rating, passer rank etc. be incorporated into the standings page, it trivializes the information by only having it under the preview page which i find pointless because, well, i find the projections to be laughable 90% of the time, but I love the rankings.

Since: Nov 26, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2009 1:23 am

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What a great, simple idea.  This would alleviate so many problems, i.e. a trade in my league was not able to be processed because it was accepted @ 11:14 central, which as we found out, is past the midnight deadline set up in the system. 

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