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11/19 - It looked like the golden boy was going to pull off another miracle finish last night, but he came up a few feet short on the final pass. Both teams are now 7-3 and should cruise into the postseason, barring a meltdown in the last six weeks. But the result could influence where some of those postseason games are played.
Football Pickoff was fairly balanced this weekend, with 53% of slates posting positive scores. The top score of +582 was posted by RJ2013, who missed only two games and successfully doubled Oakland over Houston.
Yesterday, I released sortable NBA stats for two more daily contest sites, FanThrowdown and DraftDay. If you register at any of the affiliated contest sites, please use the links above. Links for all of the daily contest statistical data – including daily point summaries, sortable stats, and individual player detail pages – are in the hoops section of the left menu panel.
11/15 - If you use the sortable NBA stats, you may have noticed some minor adjustments over the past few days. In particular, the individual player pages have been reformatted to exclude some obsolete game data and to add some extra statistical details (by hovering the cursor over any point value). But the biggest change is that data gathering for the sortable stats, player pages, and daily point summaries is now totally automated. Updated salaries for daily contests should now be incorporated in the sortable stats at 10:45pm ET nightly. Point totals for each night’s games should be updated by 4am ET.
Next week, I hope to release data for two more daily contest affiliates. Assuming that all goes well, I have plans to add support for a couple more game sites in early December. So by mid-December, I hope to provide statistical analysis for seven different daily contest sites.
11/12 - It was a tough weekend for Football Pickoff, as only 33% of active slates posted positive scores. The top score was a monster, though, as LadyLazarus posted 12 correct picks for 637 points, almost 200 points over the runner-up for the weekend. Since this result raised her season total from -185 to 452, you might say that LadyLazarus was raised from the dead – at least for now.
There are only three weeks to go in the regular season of the RIFC leagues. Eight of fourteen teams make the playoffs, including the top six teams by W-L record, plus two other teams with the most points scored over the season. Typically, a winning record is sufficient to advance; in the last five years, only one winning team (14-12) failed to advance in the top RIFC league. So if you’re in an RIFC league, keep pressing for those wins!
11/5 - Only 46% of active slates produced a positive score in Football Pickoff this weekend, but the carnage would have been a lot more severe if Seattle hadn’t recovered to win in overtime, as that was a 90/10 payoff game. The top score of the week was +418 from WK, who evidently foresaw the injury to Aaron Rodgers and doubled Chicago over Green Bay, picking up 214 points on Monday night (164 for the game, plus a 50 point bonus for being his 10th correct pick).
The first week of NBA action has produced some team surprises. None of Philly, Minnesota, Phoenix, or Toronto were expected to be very competitive this year, but that group is collectively 10-4 so far. Meanwhile, four of the presumptive contenders in the NBA East – Miami, Brooklyn, Chicago, and New York – are collectively 6-7. I’m expect the world will mean-revert over the rest of the season, but some of those results – particularly when some of the first grouping beat those in the second – were eyebrow raising.
I’ve been working diligently in the background on website coding, automating some of the processing that was still somewhat manual. It’s tedious work with little outward evidence so far, but will eventually allow for more timely and more expanded statistical coverage. Stay tuned.
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