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 Post subject: Platinum Area Questions
PostPosted: December 14th, 2011, 7:12 pm 
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New subscriber to this site.

I enjoy reading Todd and the others on the various sites where they offer their views for free. Hopefully, their best writing is saved for the pay section of this site. :mrgreen:

I particularly enjoyed write-ups such as "Early Staff Rankings" and the "Staff Picks and Pans". These were last updated on Dec. 3rd. How often can we expect to see more of these types of contributions? With several players being moved about via trades and signings, new playing opportunities are emerging, some of the new teams and environments may impact player performance in ways that are not immediately obvious.

Also, there are several interesting archived strategy pieces. Examples that are offered from the older pieces refer to trends that were prevalent in the early 2000s in some cases. The 5-year study on player pools extrapolates from the years 1998-2002. No reference to the now popular mixed 15-team format, which is a staple of the NFBC. Are there any plans to update the study and to freshen up some of the other very informative and practical early pieces so as to reflect the current state of fantasy play and strategy?

Talk about staples, how do you strategize in a format where you draft 50 players but where you can't trade nor make any free agent acquisitions?

Those of us who play the NFBC, how much space will we see dedicated to this? And just as important, how frequent will the updates be? Please keep up the great work. Your feedback would be greatly valued. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Platinum Area Questions
PostPosted: December 14th, 2011, 7:39 pm 
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TheRunner77 wrote:
New subscriber to this site.

I enjoy reading Todd and the others on the various sites where they offer their views for free. Hopefully, their best writing is saved for the pay section of this site. :mrgreen:

I particularly enjoyed write-ups such as "Early Staff Rankings" and the "Staff Picks and Pans". These were last updated on Dec. 3rd. How often can we expect to see more of these types of contributions? With several players being moved about via trades and signings, new playing opportunities are emerging, some of the new teams and environments may impact player performance in ways that are not immediately obvious.


The majority of our actual writing is going to be available for free. There will be occasional pieces like what was posted for the Dec. launch. The next major writing is going to be a profile for every player we project, planned for Jan 15 release.

The projections will be updated twice a month (next update will be tomorrow). Starting with this update, a playing time review is going to be included. This may not be available until the weekend as I have been quite busy with just keeping up with the moves since Dec. 1.

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Also, there are several interesting archived strategy pieces. Examples that are offered from the older pieces refer to trends that were prevalent in the early 2000s in some cases. The 5-year study on player pools extrapolates from the years 1998-2002. No reference to the now popular mixed 15-team format, which is a staple of the NFBC. Are there any plans to update the study and to freshen up some of the other very informative and practical early pieces so as to reflect the current state of fantasy play and strategy?


For several years, I did an NFBC primer. I am planning on doing one this season. I will see if I can dig up the previous studies and link them. Other than that, much of the strategy pieces will be available for free. The quality is just as good as Platinum.

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Talk about staples, how do you strategize in a format where you draft 50 players but where you can't trade nor make any free agent acquisitions?


I am 99% sure we are going to enter a Mastersball Platinuim community team into the NFBC Slow Drafts, where we use the dedicated private forum (which I need to set up for 2012 subscribers) to discuss our upcoming pick. There is a good chance Perry and I offer some content previous to doing it.

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Those of us who play the NFBC, how much space will we see dedicated to this? And just as important, how frequent will the updates be? Please keep up the great work. Your feedback would be greatly valued. :)


This is a somewhat slippery slope and I have been accused of being too NFBCentric in the past. On the other hand, we are obviously targeting the NFBC for subscribers, so I do need to be sensitive to that. I feel confident we will be able to strike the proper balance.

As for updates, the site is driven by the projections and Excel tools. These are updated twice a month through March 1, then every week until the first weekend of the season.

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 Post subject: Re: Platinum Area Questions
PostPosted: December 14th, 2011, 8:08 pm 
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Todd, thanks for the prompt reply. This site looks great -- can't wait to read your offerings and links.

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 Post subject: Re: Platinum Area Questions
PostPosted: December 15th, 2011, 3:15 pm 
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Todd Zola wrote:
The majority of our actual writing is going to be available for free. (...) Other than that, much of the strategy pieces will be available for free. The quality is just as good as Platinum.


Todd, upon re-reading your answers, your above words are not exactly music to a paying subscriber. I have no qualms about paying for content nor having to pay more for quality and exclusive practical content that can't be found via a simple google search.

However, if the majority of your actual writing will be available for free and your strategy pieces also, is there really a point to paying for a Platinum membership? I am already paying for player projections on another site, so having more of them is not something I am particularly drawn to. I much prefer practical written analysis with concrete examples and proven winning strategy from a contingent of writers who continue to participate in competitive drafts. This is what I thought I was buying into by becoming a Platinum member. That, and more frequent updates (say weekly pieces in the off season preferably) available to Platinum subscribers only (rather than seeing write-ups that are dated Dec. 3rd and no other analysis since).

I thank you for your NFBC comments. While I understand not everyone likes to participate in their formats, they do have a huge following. I find value in how their drafts play out since their drafters typically are astute observers who have a lot to lose by being wrong -- a lot more than in your typical private league. And no disrespect meant to private leagues where little or no money is involved, I am sure there are many with a high level of competitiveness however, the rest of us are not privy to them. Because the NFBC is more of an open book and drafting repeatedly is what they do, I just thought there are a lot of lessons to learn from their collective experiences. And no, I am not personally involved in their operation.

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 Post subject: Re: Platinum Area Questions
PostPosted: December 15th, 2011, 8:54 pm 
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I understand what you are saying and appreciate your comments and concerns. If it ends up we are not what you are looking for in a site, we will gladly refund your money.

While I will not claim our projections are better than you can find elsewhere, I am confident that no one else will be more willing to discuss first hand any question you might have about an individual projection or our philosophy in general. I think you will also find the player profiles to be quite unique and not a regurgitation of the player's biography and history. They are designed to be a companion to the projection, telling you something about the player perhaps not immediately recognizable from the raw projection. And this year, I have some new data to use to even further distinguish the profiles from other sites.

If you plan in a non-standard league format, I promise you that the attention you get here to make sure you have customized values exceeds that which you will get anywhere.

The bevy of Excel tools (granted, you have to be into that sort of thing) is also unique to Mastersball, and the arsenal is growing every day.

Quick comment about the NFBC -- like I said, I have had to catch myself at time, reminding myself there are about 1000 high stakes players but in the millions that play fantasy baseball. That said, the NFBC is obviously an ideal target audience, because a large percentage of those millions are not going to pay for information. We all play in the NFBC, either in the Main Event or satellite leagues. I won the NFBC Las Vegas NL only auction in back to back years but have been unable to defend my championship due to an inability to make it to Sin City the past couple of years. I hope to make it back this season, the Friday of the AL and NL auctions is my favorite day of the year, bar none. In February and March, there will be 3 or 4 research type essays for Platinum only, at least two will focus on the NFBC but will transcend to all leagues. I am able to ascertain some data from the NFBC so it is the perfect source for a couple of pieces I have in mind.

I think at the end of the day, if you are looking for a site with daily updates and news, we are not for you. What we are best at is providing you with some tools to make draft/auction day easier and personal, direct access to the site's principles. Those that purchase us for that reason are usually completely satisfied. If the return rate is indicative of the quality of the content, we must be doing pretty good since we have a refund rate of less that .5%, meaning fewer than 1 in 200 customers ask for their money back.

Again, we are happy to refund anyone's purchase if they decide we are not the site they are looking for.

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 Post subject: Re: Platinum Area Questions
PostPosted: December 15th, 2011, 10:26 pm 
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Todd, I apologize. I didn't mean to infer that the content was below my expectations or that a refund was in order.

I feel like a lot of jittery drafters out there who like to scour over analytical write-ups in the off season when we have a little more time to decipher trends and recommendations. I was merely suggesting that a weekly article was highly desirable, not daily. I have seen the volume of contributions you graciously make on several other sites and I absolutely understand how solicited and well-read you are. Just thought I'd get more of your contributions by subscribing but hey, I'm absolutely happy with what you're providing. :D

I don't use Excel so I sense that I might be a little in trouble. Do you have any threads that could help a beginner like me?

I'll typically play conventional 5X5 mixed one year, 15-team leagues. I especially favor NFBC's 50 Round, no FAAB, slow draft model. Allows me to play multiple leagues on account of less demanding in-season management. I have ditched most of my non-paying leagues on account of boredom and my growing disatisfaction with owners who slack off when their teams are slipping in the standings, esp. in deep leagues -- have seen several owners entering into a coma almost simultaneously. Brutal.

I figure that owners who put their money down like at the NFBC, are more likely to stay focused throughout. I like the energy they bring and the level of competitiveness, the fact that they're mostly well-prepared, are playing several moves ahead and will eat you alive for every mistake you make. I'd be looking at this site to help me see the bigger picture, to hone some drafting skills, to make me a better player and to the extent that any of my experiences have any value, to try and help others.

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 Post subject: Re: Platinum Area Questions
PostPosted: December 15th, 2011, 10:37 pm 
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For the record, at present, the only site I write for is Mastersball. We have a content share agreement with KFFL, we are both under the Big Lead umbrella so they are family. I do post on some forums (NFBC, Rotojunkie, BaseballHQ). In the past, I have written for mlb.com and si.com in the past.

All that said, I am probably going to be contributing to a major web site in the spring but it will not interfere at all with my stuff here, in fact, just the opposite. My relationship is going to actually going to augment content here.

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 Post subject: Re: Platinum Area Questions
PostPosted: December 15th, 2011, 10:48 pm 
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Was referring to your contributions as a poster on NFBC and HQ. Am not as familiar with Rotojunkie but will now look into it. Thanks for the follow-up.

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 Post subject: Re: Platinum Area Questions
PostPosted: December 15th, 2011, 10:53 pm 
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TheRunner77 wrote:
I don't use Excel so I sense that I might be a little in trouble. Do you have any threads that could help a beginner like me?


My best suggestion here is to read what each tool does, and if it interests you, check it out and see if the instructions are enough,and if not, post on the Platinum-only forums (which I need to set up or 2012 subscribers) and I will work you through any speedbumps.

You don't need to know Excel, so to speak.

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Always remember, never forget, never say always or never. - The Forum Funklord

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 Post subject: Re: Platinum Area Questions
PostPosted: December 15th, 2011, 10:56 pm 
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TheRunner77 wrote:
Was referring to your contributions as a poster on NFBC and HQ. Am not as familiar with Rotojunkie but will now look into it. Thanks for the follow-up.


I'm kind of a forum junkie :mrgreen:

I don't post much on Rotojunkie, but they have a great community.

I've been absent from HQ, my subscription ran out and I have not renewed yet. I think part of that is "protection" from spending too much time there when I have work to do here 8-) :lol:

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