Particularly when the Bonus Blog content is factored in, this looks like an absolutely massive amount of content for six dollars. Is there the ability to comment on the Second Opinion articles? I’ve long thought that the ability to comment on a player directly on his page would be an intriguing if potentially troublesome feature, and this would essentially allow us to do that.
Comment by AustinRHL — February 21, 2011 @ 1:53 pm
I tried to implement something like this a few years ago, but wasn’t particularly happy with the results. You can comment on an article where the profiles are all lumped together, but there are about 100 profiles in each article, so it will be hard to keep the conversation focused on just one player.
This is fantastic stuff! As with last year, the writing is great, and the analysis is (obviously) top-notch.
That said, if price is the reason for switching to no-PDF, I’d happily pay $5 or $10 more (in the future) for a PDF version as well. It’s kind of nice to have it in one place where I can print it for commute reading. Or in class. Whichever is needed!
Great work w/ 2011 second opinion. 2010’s version was phenomenal. as other posters have said i’d gladly pay more for the pdf version. i was a big fan of having past years stats along w/ projections. i loved the quick assessment tool last year using “steady” “regressing” or “progressing” for each player. thx for all of your hardwork.
Just a heads-up – the Bonus Blog-item in the sidebar only shows articles from last year (up to 10/30). Might be a caching issue as I just bought it, but figured it let you know.
Also, the fangraphs logo at the top in the bonus area links to the bonus area, not the FG homepage
I’m pretty sure that we haven’t added anything to to the Bonus Blog since then, which would explain the first issue.
With the logo clicking, that’s true of all items. For instance, if you’re reading a regular FanGraphs blog post and you click on the logo, you’ll go to fangraphs.com/blogs instead of the main homepage. Same for Roto, NotGraphs, and Community.
Comment by Joe Pawlikowski — February 22, 2011 @ 11:08 am
With the Bonus Blog though, if you click on the title of said sidebar element, you go to /bonus – which contains the new second opinion articles. So if anything this seems slightly inconsistent.
If this is the box for commercial requests, I’d pay for:
1. The ability to print out the day’s posts from all over the cite in a single .pdf post (e.g., a newspaper). Some of us read on the shitter, at a desk, or at lunch.
2. Your version of Baseball HQ’s sortable database that customizes outputs for projections, dollar values, tiers, or their own all in one stat “BPV” based on different league inputs (e.g., number of teams, number of keepers, auction budget, etc).
3. If #2 is not cost effective, one of you kids might offer to manually produce a cheat sheet for a fella’s auction + keeper analysis (Baseball HQ does something like that). Just the exercise might lead to shortcuts for making #2 a revenue source, although your projections come from third parties so a licensing agreement is in order.
4. I’d pay for a thoughtful, in-depth analysis of Vegas lines for team win totals.
I have to be honest I’m pretty disappointed in the 2011 version of the Second Opinion. Sure there is a lot of information, but you have to be at your computer to access it all. And not everyone has a laptop to bring to their fantasy drafts. I figured the 2 dollar reduction in price accompanied by the lack of PDF wouldn’t be a big deal, but there is no easy way to print anything and the condensed profiles don’t really provide any information. I’d gladly trade all the commentary space for more statistics.
I don’t think I’ll be using the Second Opinion too much this year, too much hassle.
That being said, I don’t mind too much because I read fangraphs content all the time and don’t mind throwing a few bucks towards the site.
Comment by scubachris — February 23, 2011 @ 3:58 pm
90% certain THT Forecasts lets you customize rankings.
Right off the bat it’s not obvious what the stats listed are, although now I realize they are the fan projections. Were the projections last year the fans projections also?
Things that I found very useful last year that are missing are the BB%, K%, past year’s stats and trends. As mentioned earlier runs would be very useful and I think BABIP is more useful to fantasy players than wOBA.
For the pitchers the only things that are missing from last year that I miss the past year’s stats and trends. And the only other stats that I think might be helpful to list are the HR/9 and perhaps xFIP.
I’m not trying to be too critical, just trying to help. Last year’s Second Opinion was the best fantasy resource I had ever purchased and I was eagerly awaiting this year’s.
Comment by scubachris — February 24, 2011 @ 8:41 am
Unquestionably worth it. Best $5 you’ll spend for a while.
I don’t know if anyone will ever read this comment, but I’ll take a shot. I’ve used Bloomberg Sports Front Office the past 2 years, and been very satisfied with it. In my opinion, its two best features are the draft prep and the trade analyzer. The draft prep customizes to your league’s settings which is very nice. The trade analyzer shows the projected impact a trade would have on your team in each scored category.
BB Sports is not without flaws, but it’s been nice. The caveat is that it is $20 for the draft prep and in-season tools.
Does anyone know how Fangraphs Second Opinion compares with Bloomberg Sports Front Office?