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0 Subject: Daily Blurb - September 21, 2011

Posted by: Guru
- [330592710] Wed, Sep 21, 2011, 12:21

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"We're good. We'll be all right. Take a deep breath." -- Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia, after a 7-5 come-from-ahead loss to Baltimore

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I added a new feature to my statistical football tools. As you may know, I’ve been provide “opposing player by position” stats for some time. For example, this report shows FanDuel points for opposing running backs. Though two weeks, Minnesota has allowed the most points to opposing RBs, followed by Buffalo and Philly. If you drill down by clicking on the linked Minnesota opp RB, you pull up a table that shows point details by position for all four of the covered game formats. This page has all been available in previous years.

The new feature is this: If you hover the cursor over any point value, you will now see the underlying player details. For example, scroll down to the FanDuel table and hover over the 47.90 for week 1 running backs. You should see that Tolbert got 31.8 FDP, Mathews got 13.3, and Jacob Hester 2.8. Dropping down to week 2 shows similar details for that week’s opponents. This can be helpful if you are trying to assess the “validity” of the data, which is always a challenge when data is limited, as is often the case for football. It may also help point out some data anomalies. For example, opposing kicker data for Minnesota shows zero in week one, which was the week that Keading got injured on the opening kickoff. Mike Scifres actually did kick a FG and a few extra points, but since he’s listed in the database as a punter, he doesn’t count in the opposing (place) kicker tally. Noting these types of anomalies should assist in your interpretation of the data.

GuruGolf tees off for the final event tomorrow, the Tour Championship. You’ll need a decent amount of cash to afford four active golfers. Any team with less than $4420 will need to resort to at least one inactive golfer, which can be added on the general “price list” page. Whatever you do, don’t enter with a vacant slot this week, or your team score will be zero. Every year, that seems to happen to one or two teams.

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