DraftDodger wrote:I once tracked defenses against the pass vs. WR1, WR2, WR3, TE, and RB and the system did a pretty good job of highlighting players who had a high potential to exploit a pass defense weakness in a given week. It was a lot of work each week, and in some cases I was kind of guessing which spot to put a receiver in, but it was eye opening too. In some cases, teams that were "horrible against the pass" were actually great at shutting down the #1 receiver, and teams that were "great defending the pass" consistently gave up scores to a TE or RB. The system was a little flawed though, as leopards don't change their spots. A TE who never catches passes doesn't suddenly get a 100 yds and 2 TDs vs a team that gives up lots of fantasy points to TEs.
No matter what system you apply, don't forget a smidgen of common sense.
That's what I think is one of the best things about the system I'm working to put together. It has a few parts to it. I can not only see what defense give up the most fantasy points to a position overall (QB, RB, WR1, WR2, and TE) but also see what they give up in comparison to the average for that player. That comparison can then be used to "project" the output of whatever player(s) are going up against that defense in the current week. So if a defense gives up 1.25 times the average fantasy points for QBs and you have a QB that averages 20 FP/G, we can project about 25 FP for that matchup. It's not a perfect system but it probably gives a better idea of expected performance than just saying that a mediocre player is going to put up big points because of how much his matchup usually gives up.
I'm working my spreadsheet in such a way that I should be able to pull whatever information I want from it in whatever way I want once I get the data in there. It's still got some work to get done but I don't really expect it to start being useful in any way until week 5 or 6 at the earliest...before then there's just not enough information for it to come up with reasonable averages or anything.
Now there are some things I'm not sure how I want to do it yet though. One thing is with RBs, with so many teams running multiple RB systems, should I just take the RBs as a unit for a team or look at the RB1 and RB2 as separate things? I feel like it's less useful to separate out the different RBs for these purposes than it is to look at WR1 and WR2 as different entities. Thoughts?