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Win Your Fantasy Football Snake Draft with this Shiny App in R

August 31, 2013
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In a previous post, I showed how to determine the best starting lineup to draft in an auction draft using an optimizer tool.  In this post, I use a Shiny app in R to determine the best possible players to pick in a fantasy...

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Drafting the Best Starting Lineup in Fantasy Football by Taking into Account Uncertainty in the Projections: An Optimization Simulation

August 29, 2013
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Drafting the Best Starting Lineup in Fantasy Football by Taking into Account Uncertainty in the Projections: An Optimization Simulation

In a previous post, I showed how to determine the best starting lineup to draft using an optimizer tool.  The optimizer identifies the players that maximize your projected points within your risk tolerance.  The optimizer does not take i...

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Calculating the Highest Value to Bid on Each Player in an Auction Draft: The Bid Up To Value

August 27, 2013
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In this post, I calculate the highest value you should bid on each player in an auction draft—what I refer to as the "bid up to" value.  In a previous post, I showed how to determine the best starting lineup to draft using an optimizer tool.  The "bid up to" value is calculated by finding the highest cost...

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Expected Points by Position Rank in Fantasy Football

July 10, 2013
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Expected Points by Position Rank in Fantasy Football

In this post, I calculate the expected fantasy points scored by players based on their position and position rank.  This post is modeled after a post by Chase Stuart (see here), where he calculated players' expected fantasy points as a functi...

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Win Your Fantasy Football Auction Draft: Calculate the Optimal Players to Draft with this Shiny App in R

June 2, 2013
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In this post, I use a Shiny app in R to determine the best possible players to pick in a fantasy football auction draft.  The app takes projections from FantasyPros, a site that averages across numerous sources of projections.  Based on your ...

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Who Has the Best Fantasy Football Projections: ESPN, CBS, NFL.com, or FantasyPros?

May 12, 2013
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Who Has the Best Fantasy Football Projections: ESPN, CBS, NFL.com, or FantasyPros?

In prior posts, I demonstrated how to download, calculate, and compare fantasy football projections from ESPN, CBS, and NFL.com.  In my last post, I demonstrated how to download FantasyPros projections, which aggregate projections from many different sources to increase prediction accuracy.  In this post, I will compare fantasy football projections from ESPN, CBS, NFL, and FantasyPros, including our average...

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Win Your Snake Draft: Calculating “Value Over Replacement” using R

April 14, 2013
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Win Your Snake Draft: Calculating “Value Over Replacement” using R

In prior posts, I have demonstrated how to download, calculate, and compare fantasy football projections from ESPN, CBS, and NFL.com and how to calculate players' risk levels. In this post, I will demonstrate how...

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Calculate Fantasy Players’ Risk Levels using R

April 12, 2013
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Calculate Fantasy Players’ Risk Levels using R

In prior posts, I have demonstrated how to download, calculate, and compare fantasy football projections from ESPN, CBS, and NFL.com. In this post, I will demonstrate how to calculate fantasy football players' risk levels.  Just like when determin...

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Comparing ESPN’s, CBS’s, and NFL.com’s Fantasy Football Projections using R

March 17, 2013
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Comparing ESPN’s, CBS’s, and NFL.com’s Fantasy Football Projections using R

In the future, we will determine how to select the best possible team by maximizing your team's projected points and minimizing its downside risk.  But in order to do this, we will have to rely on our best guess of how many points each player will score.  We will use 2012 projections from ESPN, CBS, and NFL.com and actual...

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Calculating Custom Fantasy Football Projections for Your League using R

March 9, 2013
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Calculating Custom Fantasy Football Projections for Your League using R

In prior posts, I have shown how to download fantasy football projections from ESPN, CBS, and NFL.com.  In this post, I will demonstrate how to take the projected points from these sources and calculate the projected points for your custom league ...

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