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  • Brandon 3:39 pm on November 23, 2010 Permalink
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    Review: Matchup Huddle 

    Think you’re a fantasy football guru, but lazy to start your own blog? Then look no further than MatchupHuddle.com (@matchuphuddle)! Not too long ago I wrote a quick overview of FantasyIQ, which allows users to provide advice to others who ask weekly line-up or trade questions. Matchup Huddle is along those same lines, but has many more features (at least at the point of writing this post.)

    When you go to the website, the first thing you’ll see is a screen similar to the one below. It will list a few of the match-ups for a given week, all in the format shown, where you either pick one guy or another. Each match-up is rated like ski mountain trails, indicating the difficulty users are having with a particular decision. For example, Adrian Peterson versus Sammy Morris would be a green circle, while Steven Jackson versus Michael Turner could end up being a double black diamond!

    matchup huddle picks

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    • Squish 6:33 pm on November 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Looks cool! I didn’t look deep enough to notice that it actually tracked and compared advice givers. That’s kinda awesome. Too bad I only found out a about it last week 🙁

      Are there any rewards/awards on that site for being the best or is it pretty much just a street cred sort of thing?

      • Brandon 4:36 pm on November 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Just street cred at the moment. Maybe someday they can add something cool. Maybe a widget that you can show on your blog that you were the top picker or something for a given time period?

    • Hawgman 12:09 am on November 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I really like this site. It is real easy to lose a lot of time here! ;-D

      • Brandon 11:26 pm on November 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hah, yeah you can definitely get carried away if you’re not careful

  • Brandon 2:49 pm on November 11, 2010 Permalink
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    Review: Fantasy IQ – Give and receive fantasy football advice 

    Just wanted to alert everyone to a new fantasy football service/website called Fantasy IQ, which allows a user to ask a line-up or trade question to the general public (as long as they sign up for an account) and see what the consensus is. I know for most of you, our user requested player rankings usually do the trick, but there might be some out there that need more than just my opinion to make them feel good about their line-ups going into the weekend! For those people, Fantasy IQ makes a lot of sense. They have a Twitter account (@fantasyiq) where you can see examples of the questions, but just go to the website to get the best idea of what they’re all about.

    I’ve already asked and answered a few questions on the site, as well as received “props” on a few of my responses. I believe they plan to roll out a ranking system, where people who receive the most props will be at the top of the lists.

    Here’s an example of how it looks on the site when someone asks a question and others respond:

    fantasy iq

    Head to the site and take a look. You can even help me answer a few questions I posted for this week 🙂

    Carson Palmer or Kyle Orton
    Tom Brady or Ryan Fitzpatrick

    • Squish 1:24 am on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      On a related note, I’ve been corresponding with some guys that want to make a AI fantasy football team manager. We may start sometime soon in preparation for next year. At worst it could be used to automatically set abandoned teams lineups which is sorely needed on fantasy sites but the goal may just end up being to create a program that can manage a fantasy football team that can beat the average active human player. It’d be like deep blue for fantasy football lol.

      • Brandon 1:13 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        That’d be pretty cool actually. Would you some how integrate it with the fantasy football sites, where the user can provide the credentials and the AI would take over from there or something? The AI would fill out the roster if the user forgot to fill in an empty position or something. Or would the AI just figure out the ideal roster and recommend it to a user, who would go in and make the changes manually?

        • Squish 2:55 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Well the idea was to market it to the major fantasy sites so that credentials wouldn’t be needed. It would be integrated into the site itself and thus would manage all teams with unset lineups year round. The AI would simply fill roster spots that are empty because of bye etc based on projections from the site of choice (we were thinking FFnerd was pretty middle of the road)and it would do it without any input from the user.One really cool idea we had was to tie it into the NFL.com inactive lists so that it would automatically bench any player that was out that game regardless of whether the team owner was active or not. That way we wouldn’t have to worry about checking for game-time decisions.

          The “competitive” program to try to build an AI as good as a user would make all lineup decisions based on weekly rankings from some of the top sites. It would also learn to assign value based on YTD ranking and positional value. Eventually we’d hope to give it an ability to successfully make smart waiver transactions based on this data. That ofcourse would be the tough part as there is no real year round updated value list to go off of. We’d probably try to integrate FFcalculator’s ADP into this value system since it is always up to date and recent.

          • Brandon 3:06 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            Sounds pretty cool. Keep us posted on any progress you make with it! I’d love to see it in action in some form or shape.

          • Squish 6:15 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            No doubt. It’s one of those things with a lot of strangers trying to collaborate so I’m not sure how fast progress will be but between all of us we have some great minds. One of the programmer’s from deeproute.com (the leader in accurate football simulation) was volunteering to help us last I checked. I’ll let you know what becomes of it. If worst comes to worst I’ll just do it myself. It’s too good an idea to pass up!

    • Joe 5:38 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Got some decisions to make for week 10
      Garcon vs CIN or Crabtree vs STL
      Mcnabb vs PHI or Kitna vs NYG

      • Brandon 10:31 am on November 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Gotta go Garcon and McNabb. Good luck!

        • Joe 8:14 pm on November 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          good job u got that one right on the money.

          • Brandon 8:24 am on November 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            Do I sense some sarcasm? 🙂 I guess both ended up being wrong, but they weren’t horrendous. Kitna played WAY above what anyone would have thought against a usually-solid Giants defense.

    • The Don 9:52 am on November 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      OH FANTASY GODS WHo GETS THINE FLEX Wes welker, Mike Goodson or Eddie royal speak and unlock lightning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Only one can survivie

    • Joe 8:13 pm on November 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      good job u got that one right on the money

    • Maximilliun 8:17 pm on November 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      beanie wells, deangelo, addai,

  • Brandon 4:13 pm on September 28, 2010 Permalink
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    Please help us fill out the purple ???'s on our fantasy football website compar… 

    Please help us fill out the purple ???’s on our fantasy football website comparison page! If the spreadsheet is missing criteria that you feel important, leave a comment and we’ll most likely put it up there ASAP.


  • Brandon 3:52 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink
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    Please continue to share your thoughts about your fantasy football league service (Yahoo, Fleaflicker, ESPN, etc.) We’re putting together some pretty good information on the different websites out there and hopefully by next season people will have a much better idea of the options out there, along with what fits their league’s needs.

    Fantasy Football Service Comparison & Review

    • Dave 4:59 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I put this on reddit when you had originally posted it, hopefully you got some reviews then.

    • Mal 10:15 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I really don’t like NFL.com’s new design. I really liked how last year in your game centre you could hover over a DEF and it would give you a rank in pass D, rush D etc. I have enjoyed using CBS ever since I saw you recommend it during mock draft stages this year and I’ve always gone back to Yahoo for a look/comparison. I’m a big fan of the week2week ratings/match ups. For EG most rankings had Forte above McFadden this week gone except for either CBS or Yahoo and it made me really consider starting him, I backed out in the end due to McFadden’s game being Sun 4pm not 1pm.

      As a keen fantasy player I think a really useful tool (which I haven’t found) is advice in advance. I’m talking about prospective DEFs and Bye replacements. In big competitive leagues you need to be a week or so in advance. I’d love to be reading an analysis on DEF matchups for week4 in week2/3!

  • Brandon 11:01 pm on September 16, 2010 Permalink
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    Fantasy football league comparison 

    Just wanted to let everyone know of a new page I made, which provides a central location for everyone to compare and comment on different fantasy football league websites out there. Let me know of any useful information that I need to know, along with other services I should add!

    Fantasy Football Service Comparison (with User Reviews)

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