In the doldrums of the latest NFL offseason, the Fantasy Douche (aka Frank Dupont) and Jon Moore started the Rotoviz experiment. The site is essentially the first fantasy football website entirely dedicated to the study of numbers and sabermetrics in relation to fantasy football.
You won’t find any film study in the Rotoviz archives, but you will find statistics that the writers of the site have invented and tweaked to have predictive value for fantasy football purposes. Despite only starting in January of 2013, the critical success for the site has already begun.
The coolest thing about the site isn’t even what the writers are doing, but rather the fantasy football applications that the Douche has invented. Examples of just some of the apps:
- WR College Career Graphs App - analyzing a wide receivers college stats in context of how dominant they were in their setting
- Similarity Score App - creates 16 game projections for each and every skill position NFL player, based on their 2012 production, age, and situation.
In addition to those mainstays, there are Apps to help find value in snake and auction drafts, as well as a lineup tool to optimize daily fantasy lineups. While the main focus off the site is fantasy football, during NBA season, there actually is a tool that creates points projections and a value ratio.
One of my favorite tools is the Buy Low App which uses strength of schedule to determine if a player is above or below his median projection, to determine if it is a good time to send out trade offers for him, or try and trade him away.
Beyond the applications, the site features the most sharp-minded statistical analysis for fantasy football anywhere on the web. Just as Pro Football Focus uses thier own statistics to create predictive value, the Rotoviz staff does the same thing, meaning that their content and ideas cannot be found anywhere else on the web.
Shawn Siegele is one of the most prominent writers on the staff, contributing several pieces a week, and has finished in the Top 10 of the NFFC’s Main Event Classic for two consecutive seasons and is one of only a handful of players to own three or more Main Event league titles.
The entire concept behind the site is to create an edge for subscribers where they didn’t realize an edge could be created. Frank DuPont, Matt Freedman, Siegele, Coleman Kelly, Jon Moore and the sites other writers all have a shared vision, which creates uniformity of content and makes the site very conducive to informing the reader.
Price: The site features 3 ways to access it’s content. Each reader is allowed one free article per day before the paywall pops up. After that, you can buy a day pass for 24 hours to read the entire archive. If you want full access to the App’s and the articles for a full year, the price tag is a very reasonable $29.99.