I’m both a software/web developer and a big fan of fantasy football. I’m looking for some feedback about an idea I have for a web-based premium fantasy football tool. Basically, the idea is to have an app which pulls your league data and then shows you all of the potential trades it evaluates as mutually beneficial for both owners.
Obviously, there are a lot of trade evaluators out there. Though this tool also evaluates, it’s more about discovery, helping you find a starting point for making trades, and saving you time. So I guess you could think of it as a reverse evaluator, in that it evaluates first, and then automatically gives you trade possibilities, rather than evaluating trades you manually enter.
Here’s why I think I’d like this product. Though fantasy football is great, it can take a lot of time, and people have lives. Searching through everyone’s roster to find trades which benefit you and another owner is hard and very time-consuming.
Plus we all know how people handle trading. Most fantasy sports owners these days are pretty informed. A lot of the time, people are attempting to wind up on the better side of the trade (I mean, this is kind of like business 101, right?) I’m not saying that’s bad. But I think the best trades are actually those which are positive for both sides. But they’re not always easy to find.
Now there are some snags, of course. A huge part of evaluating trades and being a good fantasy (or real life) owner is being able to predict when players are either over/under-performing/valued. This app would be dependant on projections.. like the ones given on any fantasy site. Therefore, just like all the others, you may not agree with its projections. Really, the idea is that although it would be imperfect (by a long shot), it would still be a valuable tool in your arsenal, and hopefully something that would both save you time and give you a slight competitive advantage.
So, having said all that, here are my questions:
1) Do you think this is a good idea and would you use it if it existed?
2) Would you pay for it, and how much would you pay?
Thanks in advance. You can be brutally honest. I’m asking because it’s always smart to figure out whether people want the thing you’re building before you build it.