The Numbers Game

The Need for (In-Game) Speed – Numbers Game

Host: Nick Giffen (@RotoDoc): Editor-in-Chief, Top-Five NASCAR DFS player, Math Ph.D.
Host: Josh Hermsmeyer (@friscojosh): Contributor to RotoViz, inventor of WR Air Yards


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Nick and Josh discuss Josh’s work looking at in-game speed, and also talk about some of the players with the most valuable fantasy workloads through two weeks.


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  1. Is access to the speed of all carries available to everyone, or is special access requiered?

  2. Good discussion.

    I can't help but think that taking the speed for a given distance is kinda of backwards, because you are selecting for distance first. Who really cares if they got ten yards or ten yards? Some run patiently and some run full speed but they are equally effectively got to ten yards on that particular run.

    The real question is whether they would have gotten more yards if they were faster?

    For receivers I think it would be helpful to know whether they are in the slot or outside, or even what route was actually run. Slot receiver probably never reach top speed as they find soft spots in a zone, so I would think agility and burst will be more predictive.

    The biggest use of the tool may be to compare the same player over time. Are they getting old? Are they hiding and injury? How bad is the injury affecting them? Are they still as fast as they were when they were rookies?

    Anyway, great listen. As always.

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