EDIT - I didn't read your post just above this one before writing this. It's all clear now
josebach wrote: knapplc wrote:
josebach wrote:Well, if there is a decline or lack of growth, I think improving our rankings section could help. I think one of the main attributes of a fantasy football site that people look for are the rankings. 2 main things stand out with the cafe's rankings:
1) We don't have an overall ranking section that ranks all positions together
2) the individual rankings we do have haven't been touched since June 22nd
Granted, we also have some nice mock drafts, but even the most recent mock draft occurred before pre-season games even started. Considering most people don't even draft until a week or two before the season starts, I think improving the rankings section, keeping it up to date and then promoting it as a staple of the cafe would be quite beneficial. Just a thought.
By rankings, do you mean player rankings? We do those every week - Start/Sit. On top of that Pat does his Defense Rank Thingamajobber every year, and he even started it this week (a week early) to account for demand. I don't see the benefit of one lump ranking for all players after the draft. Do you use that, and if so what do you use it for?
Otherwise our Rankings section is also updated weekly, but with NFL Team Power Rankings instead of Player Rankings.
I'm talking about a first time visitor clicking on the rankings section, seeing that it has a June 22nd date and then leaving before they go any further. I'm not saying that's why I come to the cafe, but I think addressing this will help get new traffic.
OK, but you're also talking pre-season, not now, right?
If so (and I think you are now that I reread your first statement) that makes more sense.
The thing about the Mocks and stuff is that they're really disorganized. Guys take on the task of doing a mock (and hence a ranking) on their own, then have to find the guys, run the mock, and then create the "story" for publishing.
Also, my experience this season was that there an inordinate number of flakes in the various mocks and drafts I did. I can't remember a year where there were so many skipped picks, guys who had to be replaced, etc. I'm talking about Cafe Vets, not just n00bs, too. I was very disillusioned by the Cafe drafts I did this summer, which has probably put a damper on my enthusiasm for the Cafe as a whole right now.
I think your suggestion is well founded, though. Maybe next year we need to be far more deliberate about these things.