Downloading NFL.com Fantasy Football Projections using R

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In this post, I will show how to download NFL.com fantasy football projections using R.

The R Script

The R Script for downloading fantasy football projections from NFL.com is located at: https://github.com/dadrivr/FantasyFootballAnalyticsR/blob/master/R%20Scripts/NFL%20Projections.R
#Download fantasy football projections from NFL.com
qb1_nfl <- readHTMLTable("http://fantasy.nfl.com/research/projections?position=1&sort=projectedPts&statCategory=projectedStats&statSeason=2012&statType=seasonProjectedStats", stringsAsFactors = FALSE)$`NULL`
qb2_nfl <- readHTMLTable("http://fantasy.nfl.com/research/projections?offset=26&position=1&sort=projectedPts&statCategory=projectedStats&statSeason=2012&statType=seasonProjectedStats", stringsAsFactors = FALSE)$`NULL`
rb1_nfl <- readHTMLTable("http://fantasy.nfl.com/research/projections?position=2&statCategory=projectedStats&statSeason=2012&statType=seasonProjectedStats", stringsAsFactors = FALSE)$`NULL`
rb2_nfl <- readHTMLTable("http://fantasy.nfl.com/research/projections?offset=26&position=2&sort=projectedPts&statCategory=projectedStats&statSeason=2012&statType=seasonProjectedStats", stringsAsFactors = FALSE)$`NULL`
rb3_nfl <- readHTMLTable("http://fantasy.nfl.com/research/projections?offset=51&position=2&sort=projectedPts&statCategory=projectedStats&statSeason=2012&statType=seasonProjectedStats", stringsAsFactors = FALSE)$`NULL`
wr1_nfl <- readHTMLTable("http://fantasy.nfl.com/research/projections?position=3&sort=projectedPts&statCategory=projectedStats&statSeason=2012&statType=seasonProjectedStats", stringsAsFactors = FALSE)$`NULL`
wr2_nfl <- readHTMLTable("http://fantasy.nfl.com/research/projections?offset=26&position=3&sort=projectedPts&statCategory=projectedStats&statSeason=2012&statType=seasonProjectedStats", stringsAsFactors = FALSE)$`NULL`
wr3_nfl <- readHTMLTable("http://fantasy.nfl.com/research/projections?offset=51&position=3&sort=projectedPts&statCategory=projectedStats&statSeason=2012&statType=seasonProjectedStats", stringsAsFactors = FALSE)$`NULL`
te_nfl <- readHTMLTable("http://fantasy.nfl.com/research/projections?position=4&statCategory=projectedStats&statSeason=2012&statType=seasonProjectedStats", stringsAsFactors = FALSE)$`NULL`

Here’s a density plot of the NFL.com projections:

ggplot(projections_nfl, aes(x=pts_nfl), fill=pos) + geom_density(fill="green", alpha=.3) + xlab("Player's Projected Points") + ggtitle("Density Plot of NFL.com Projected Points from 2012")

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