When Joe and I launched Cheatsheets.net (which later became Footballguys.com), we had a vision to create the best fantasy football information site on the web. We made a decision to charge a nominal subscription fee in year 2, because of our desire to do some really big things in the industry. We knew going forward we had to secure talented writers and programmers to implement some of our biggest ideas.
The last few years have been spent securing the talent necessary to get closer to Joe and I's mutual dream of the perfect fantasy football website. In our opinion, we enter our 4th subscription year with the most talented fantasy football staff ever assembled. Most staffs have 1-3 guys who do all the work. But then again, most staffs don't crank out close to 25,000 pages of content nor innovate state-of-the-art programming. We enter this year with 28 highly specialized people that Joe and I know to be the best in the industry.
For those people who have supported us over the years by purchasing a subscription, our entire staff thanks you. It has been those dollars that have got us to here. But we are going to be honest...We are just getting started here. The projects we are developing for this year look to be the most exciting we have ever been involved with.
Before I detail some of those big projects underway for 2005, I am going to tell you some bad news. The price for a Footballguys.com subscription is going to increase for people that subscribe after May 20th. Joe and I have done our best to keep the cost constant for a subscription as we have added more content and tools each year. But the math simply did not work last year for the company. To show our loyalty for those people that have always been with us, we are going to honor a $19.95 subscription price until May 20th. After May 20th, our subscription will be $24.95. We will begin taking orders by PayPal, credit card and by mail on Wednesday April 27th.
Big Efforts for 2005 (Listed in no particular order):
Lineup Dominator - Not even sure where to begin here, except to say WOW. What is the Lineup Dominator? It is simply the best piece of software that has ever been developed to manage your fantasy football rosters. It picks up where the Draft Dominator stops by projecting every week ahead to create customized Top 200 lists, evaluate free agents available over a span of weeks, print out all the remaining week's cheatsheets, etc. And just like the Draft Dominator, everything is fully customizeable to your scoring criteria, league rules, etc. This effort is 85-90% done now. It has been developed by Bruce Henderson, the same genius who created the Draft Dominator. I guarantee that this product will change the industry as we know it. If you are playing in a high stakes league or just love taking everyone to the house, you MUST HAVE this product this year. Because the weekly inputs will factor in known injuries, suspensions, projected role changes, weekly strength of schedule, you now will have a tool that does not guess at what free agents you should pick up. You will KNOW what players will make a difference. Look for a sneak peak with screen shots coming soon. This product will be available to subscribers only.
Draft Dominator Version 5.1 - The best drafting program continues to evolve. Many enhancements have already been programmed this offseason including a complete rewrite of the user's manual detailing all of the changes incorporated last season. A fully functioning free version of this software will be available all year long (but will be loaded with last year's stats). All versions loaded with our projections will be available to subscribers only.
Best Player Pages on the web - It is not a secret that the best data source for football history is Doug Drinen's website pro-football-reference.com. Combine that talent with our writing staff and we believe we have created the perfect player pages for fantasy football enthusiasts. We are about 90% complete with these pages, but will coninue to evolve through the year. The majority of these pages will debut by the first week in May. The core pages will remain free all year long (although some of the material will require a subscription to access after July 15th).
View Samples of these pages here:
News will also be integrated into the player pages shortly.
Redesigned News Blogger
- An effort is nearing completion to redesign the News Blogger on our website. Here are the highlights of those changes:
- Top 3 stories of the day will be highlighted atop of the layout.
- Readers will be able to filter news by position, team, league, conference, division, or football unit (offensive, defensive, or special teams)
- Navigation options (filters, searches, and advanced searches) will be located on each page for ease of use.
- Every member of the staff can add comments to a story adding our personal take on what this means from a fantasy perspective.
- Conversion to PHP/MySQL database will allow more advanced searches that are also quicker.
- News can now easily be integrated into our player pages.
- News affecting multiple teams will appear under both team's listings but just once in the overall listing.
- Multiple users can enter stories at the same time. This will allow us to provide better coverage during peak times.
- New platform will allow us to create an RSS feed as well as delivering updated news directly to one's desktop.
Footballguys.com Strategy Magazine - We have been critical of magazines in the past namely for three reasons: Timeliness of material, Insufficient strategy content, and amount of quality material. We decided to stop complaining about the lame efforts in the industry and simply publish the magazine we think should be out there. We opted to minimize industry ads while making this among the thickest magazines in the industry (228 pages). Here is what we will be producing:
Color Pages (First 64 pages + 4 cover pages)
Covers (4 pages)
Industry Ads (21 pages)
Table of Contents (1 pages)
FBG Ads (7 pages)
Editors Note (1 pages)
Inside Footballguys (2 pages)
Inside the Draft Dominator (5 pages)
NFL Schedules (4 pages)
Ultimate Strength of Schedule (3 pages)
Offensive Line Review/Rankings (3 pages)
Rankings (Overall, Offense, IDP) (11 pages)
Cheatsheets (Basic, Perf, IDP, Dynasty) (4 pages)
Top 200/ADP with Comments (2 pages)
Black and White Pages (160 pages)
Projections (7 pages)
Principles of VBD Revisited (6 pages)
Perfect Drafts (Normal, Draft, Survivor) (8 pages)
Myths, Facts and More (6 pages)
Random Shots (3 pages)
Team Pages/Depth Charts (32 pages)
Player Spotlights (3 pages)
Face Offs (2 pages)
Sample Player Pages (3 pages)
Value Plays Consolidated (4 pages)
Overvalued Players Consolidated (4 pages)
Offseason Summary (5 pages)
Coaching/Philosophy Changes (4 pages)
Injury Report (1 pages)
IDP Strategy Primer (4 pages)
IDP Value Plays / Overvalued Players Consolidated (3 pages)
Rookie Review (4 pages)
Preseason Watch List (3 pages)
Stats (Targets/Redzone/Goal) (6 pages)
Ask the Doc (2 pages)
Mock Draft (3 pages)
In-season Skills (Trades/Waivers/Starters) (4 pages)
Summarized Player Pages
- Quarterbacks (4 pages)
- Running Backs (7 pages)
- Wide Receivers (8 pages)
- Tight Ends (3 pages)
- Kickers (3 pages)
- Team Defenses (3 pages)
Defense By Committee (3 pages)
Ask The Commish (1 pages)
Beginner's Guide (4 pages)
Fantasy Schedules (1 pages)
Dynasty coverage (4 pages)
Advertisers Index (2 pages)
Camp Updates - Some people in our year-end survey commented that 30,000 pages of content was a tad more than they could read in a fantasy season. We personally find that hard to believe, but agreed that many people might enjoy summarized camp reports to help with their drafts. To accomodate these people, we will be creating a new product headed up by Bob Henry called Camp Updates. It will consist of 5 weekly reports in August that are 28-32 pages long. These reports will discuss all the recent camp news, depth chart/roles, cheatsheets, Top 200 lists, consensus rankings, general drafting strategy, etc. These will be free to subscribers, but can also be purchased separately (without subscribing). The price will be $6.95 for access to all 5 updates.