I'm happy to report that early 2015 fantasy football rankings are now available. Several sites have started publishing and the FFN algorithm has been enabled. It's been a busy off-season with lots of changes. Here's a rundown of what FFN has been up to!
First, the entire site has been redesigned and redeveloped to be more mobile-friendly. The traffic stats show an increasing percentage of users every year are accessing the site via tablets and other mobile devices. You'll find FFN with a new look and a responsive design. It's easy to forget just how many pages, applications, and features FFN offers until you have to go into each one individually.
Second, new features have been added. One of the features that I've been most interested in is the new Daily Fantasy Football Lineup Assistant. If you want to win playing daily/weekly fantasy leagues, you need to find the players who will give you the most points and cost you the least amount of dollars. Our Line-up Assistant tool is designed to try and find the players who will give you the most Bang for your Buck. We do this by bumping up the FFN rankings and projections to the weekly salary amounts from the daily fantasy league platforms like FanDuel, DraftKings, and StatClash.
Based on projected points, FFN calculates the cost per point for every player along with the percentage of cap room that each player will consume. We use those numbers to help us determine a Bang for your Buck score for every player. I think this is going to be the best way to find value players. Plus - FFN is the ONLY company in the world that lets you set your rankings preference: Conservative, Consensus, and Aggressive.
All of the FFN applications have undergone additional development to make them faster, cleaner, and easier to use. For example, the Mock Draft application has been completely revamped from top to bottom. It's mobile friendly, and more importantly, it's much, much faster. Now, a mock draft against the FFN computer should take you mere minutes. You can also revert your picks if you want to try different strategies. When you're finished with your mock, FFN will now show the projected points for your starters and your bench in comparison to the computer teams you drafted against. I've done several mocks already and I wish I would have developed this years ago.
The NFL Picks will be back for the 2015 NFL season with a new look and feel. If you play in a Pick'em League, you'll find some of our enhancements to be worthwhile. For example, on the weekly picks page, the most accurate experts will be listed at the top so you can immediately see what they're thinking.
The FFN Shop has been brought back as well. You can once again buy Nerd logo'd items. I've personally purchased one of everything. The quality is quite good, and the logo looks great on all of it - not that I'm biased or anything.
After a great deal of thought, debate, and contemplation, I have increased the rate of an FFN Premium subscription from $9.99 to $11.95. After reviewing many of the top pay-sites on the web, the lowest-priced options for quality sites tended to be at least $15 with the vast majority being between $24 and $50. While I was deeply conflicted about raising the price by $1.96, I'm confident that nobody else can match the actual level of technology being provided and sheer diversity of tools that FFN can for the same price.
Speaking of the new price for an FFN Premium membership, I also added the ability for people to purchase fantasy football gift certificates redeemable for FFN membership. I've been asked several times over the past two years for this capability. Again, showing my bias - who wouldn't want an FFN membership as a gift?
With the draft in our rearview mirror, it's time to start focusing on the pre-season and getting all of our sites indexed and ready to go. It will be August before you know it!