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  • Brandon 9:00 am on December 7, 2009 Permalink

    Unfortunately we didn't place in any of the categories in the Fantasy Football … 

    Unfortunately we didn’t place in any of the categories in the Fantasy Football Librarian’s 1st Annual Reader’s Choice poll. 🙁 If you were curious who did win in each area though, take a look at the results. A lot of big websites on there who obviously have a much bigger audience than us at this point, but maybe next year FFGeekBlog.com can crack one (or more) of the lists. Thanks to everyone who voted for us though!

    • Matt 12:07 pm on December 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Ah well, it’s not like we try to compete on a breadth-of-content basis with the folks who do this stuff for a living. I’m more than happy to just stake out our little corner of the fantasy football universe. Glad to see fftoday.com represented; hard to beat them when it comes to finding historical data that’s sortable in any number of useful ways.

    • e-roc 12:14 pm on December 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      That’s ok… You guys probably win “Hidden Gem Award” for many of us readers.

      • Matt 12:14 pm on December 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I appreciate that. 😉

        • e-roc 12:22 pm on December 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Brown-nosing aside, I gotta say it’s extremely help to have other addicts to interact with (Squish included) in seeking guidance…

          I hope whoever it was that I recommend Alex Smith to, started him!

      • Shirley 8:22 pm on December 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I agree on the hidden gem award. I check out all the other sites but I listen to your guys’ advice more. I’d promote you guys but don’t want a few of my opponents checking you guys out 😛 Eh maybe next year.

        • Brandon 8:31 pm on December 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Maybe we should take it as a compliment I guess…because none of our readers want their opponents to even know about us? Hah, thanks though!

        • TJ 12:25 am on December 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          I’m with Shirley, definitely take it as a compliment. I would rather my opponents not know about you…… Thanks for your help in catapulting me into 1st place.

        • DJ 12:25 am on December 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks Eroc- started Alex Smith and got the win by 5 points. It took us to 3rd place for playoffs. Have to say other choice Kurt Warner had awesome game also. This being 1st season of FFB for us, you guys have been great. Helping my gradeschool son against college age cousin and friends, could not have done it without you. Thanks –Still looking for help next couple of weeks

        • Brandon 9:13 am on December 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Don’t worry DJ, we won’t stop giving advice until all the dust has settled and your son is crowned the league champion!

    • Benjamin 3:45 pm on December 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      It’s probably because you guys have ridiculously long comment threads, like this one, that separate the actual content to the extreme, and force an ungodly amount of vertical scrolling. Poor usability. Comment threads are what clickthroughs are for. I thought you would have changed this after that poll you did a while back… Seriously, you really do have a great ff blog, in WordPress no less, but I can’t stress enough how serious this Achilles heel is. For the casual reader, it’s a game killer.

      • Brandon 3:58 pm on December 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I know, I know…that is indeed why we did the poll. Unfortunately we probably won’t be making any changes to the site this season, as it’s nearing the end anyways. As usual, we’re already starting to think about a site redesign for next season, so please let us know of any more suggestions you have. Thanks for the honesty!

      • Matt 4:14 pm on December 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        For what it’s worth, this is the default behavior of the P2 Theme upon which this design is based. Setting it up this way wasn’t a mistake – I recognized that it would space out the content, but expected that the trade-off would be an increase in discussion on the blog now that comments were front-and-center. On that count, it worked brilliantly – whereas we used to get just a handful of comments on each post, this year we’ve been getting those “ridiculously long” comment threads. And it’s hardly hurt traffic – we blew all of our old records away this season by a significant margin.

        That said, it’s more of a usability concern than I expected because I simply didn’t think we’d suddenly be getting upwards of 50 comments on some posts. Over the offseason we’ll definitely be playing around with the interface; I don’t really want to make big changes during the season since I know from experience that even a good redesign tends to confuse people. I was a pretty active Fark user back when they did a redesign in 2007 and the user backlash they dealt with was a pretty good indication that you shouldn’t take redesigns lightly.

      • Matt 4:17 pm on December 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Oh, and check out the “hide threads” and “keyboard shortcuts” buttons at the top of the home page. When you’re browsing posts, you can hit the “o” key to hide/show all comment threads at any time.

    • Rob 10:09 am on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      More issues this week….My RB2 situation is an issue. Choices are M. Turner, Chester taylor, Jerome Harrison or Julius Jones. Like I said issues!

      • Brandon 10:35 am on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I wouldn’t start Jerome Harrison tonight, since he’s playing a tough Steelers defense and you don’t want to be looking at a bad score all the way until Sunday! As for the other guys, it looks like Turner may play and if he does, I’d start him. If it looks like he might not play though, go with Julius Jones.

  • Brandon 8:47 am on December 7, 2009 Permalink

    Team of the Week – Week 13: One-hit Wonders 

    Here is the fantasy football “Team of the Week” for week thirteen, listing the players that scored the most points (using standard scoring) over the course of Sunday’s games. With the Monday Night Football game yet to take place (Baltimore @ Green Bay) this list may be a bit premature, but here is your team of the week nonetheless…




    QB Tony Romo (DAL) 392 passing yards, 3 TD
    RB Brandon Jacobs (NYG) 39 rushing yards, 74 receiving yards, 2 TD
    RB Jerome Harrison (CLE) 35 rushing yards, 62 receiving yards, 2 TD
    WR Louis Murphy (OAK) 128 receiving yards, 2 TD
    WR Devin Thomas (WAS) 100 receiving yards, 2 TD
    WR Santonio Holmes (PIT) 149 receiving yards, 1 TD
    TE Vernon Davis (SF) 111 receiving yards, 1 TD
    K Matt Prater (DEN) Kicks – 20-29 (0), 30-39 (2), 40-49 (1), 50+ (0), PAT (5)
    DEF Carolina Panthers 6 points allowed, 2 sack, 5 interceptions
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