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FanGraphs: The Game – 2014!

Good news everyone! You can now make your picks in FanGraphs: The Game for the 2014 season!

Please note you will be able to change the team of any of your players up until you first spend money. So, if you want your players to be on new teams, I advise doing it before you make any picks. You can do this on the settings page.

In addition, your player will keep all of his stats from the previous two seasons and continue on to the next year of his career.

Lastly, if you had autopick set last year, it has now be unset. If you want to keep playing with autopick on, you will need to make your autopick selections again.

And for those of you who are rookies to FanGraphs: The Game…

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FanGraphs: The Game, Football Edition, Update!

FanGraphs: The Game, Football Edition now has leaderboards and player pages!

Also, week 2 picks are open and if you haven’t started playing yet, it’s not too late!

We’ll be adding depth charts and custom leagues later this week.


FanGraphs: The Game, Football Edition

I’m pleased to introduce FanGraphs: The Game, Football Edition!!

“What?! A football game at FanGraphs?!” you say?

Yes! Given the nature of FanGraphs: The Game, it seemed like a natural fit for football, so we decided to give it a try!

FanGraphs: The Game for football is just like it is for baseball. You create a player and make picks each week to build your player’s stats over the course of the season. Whatever statistics your pick of the week accumulates are added to your player’s totals.

All of your totals will be tracked on your very own FanGraphs football player page and your player will show up on the football leaderboards, so you can see how well you’ve performed compared to others throughout the season. (These will be available later in the week after some stats have been accumulated.)

Because each player you create is assigned a position and is affiliated with a specific team, you have the chance to be atop the depth charts and hold bragging rights over your friends and others who are gunning for that same spot. You can also win awards (weekly, monthly, half-season, and full-season), and achievements.

At the end of the season, the player with the highest points total at each position will win $100, and the player with the second highest total at each position will each win a FanGraphs T-Shirt. Please see the full game rules for further details.

Click here to create a player and make your first pick. You can create as many as six players or as few as one – it’s all up to you. And, since you’re only going to be making one pick per week for each player you create, this is the fastest and easiest way to enjoy fantasy football. And best of all, it’s entirely free.

Since this is our first foray into anything football, please bear with us and let us know if you have any issues!


Jamey Carroll: The Game Shortstop Du Jour

Anyone who plays FanGraphs: The Game in the shortstop category can attest to this fact: It is hard to find good production at shortstop. Actually, given the budget constraints of The Game and the quickly-adapting pricing algorithm, it’s hard to find good production anywhere.

The technique I have been employing is to start stars (typically $8 or up) against terrible competition (i.e. bad pitchers or the Cubs lineup) and then start regression candidates (typically $3 to $5) when there is no obvious winner among the stars matchups. I am proud to report this method has produced one of the better outfielders and starting pitchers — at least among the FanGraphs super secret Writer’s League.

In his FanGraphs: The Game strategies piece for RotoGraphs, Zach Sanders suggests players avoid starting anybody on bad matchup days. My approach goes counter to that; I say regression possibilities always leave room for a good matchup (the notable exception being starting pitching — some days, there really is no good play to make).

So where does Twins infielder Jamey Carroll fit in all this? Well, he’s the unlikely regression candidate that I’m going to ride to the finish line.
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FanGraphs The Game: All Stars!

FanGraphs: The Game has reached the midway point of the season and it’s time to announce the very first FanGraphs: The Game All Stars! Just like in real life, every team will have a representative on the roster, except for the Marlins.

The Marlins would have chosen (as a reserve) the very deserving mgodvin (1B), but he is unable to play due to flu like symptoms. He will have no replacement.

Enjoy the break. Picks for Friday’s games will be open at the usual time on Friday morning.

I now present the full FanGraphs: The Game All Stars! Congrats to all that were chosen!

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The Game: April Recap

It’s already been one full month since FanGraphs: The Game started. We think it’s been a great first month, with over 10,641 players already created and 75,918 manual picks (plus 34,493 autopicks) entered in total.

Don’t forget: it’s not too late to create your own player. There are still 152 days left in the season, which means your player can play 152 games if you started today. That’s easily enough to give you a chance at the top prize. Not to mention there are weekly, monthly, and half-season awards.

You can join the fun anytime to compete against your friends with our custom leagues even if the top prize for the year is out of reach.

Now let’s give kudos to the positional awards winners for the month of April (with March included).

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The Game: Important Notice About Today’s Picks

There was a slight bug in the system and if you have picked a player from either game of the Giants / Mets games today, the actual game of the double header you picked was not recorded.

I have fixed starting pitchers, because that was easy, but if you have picked a relief pitcher or a position player, please double check which game of the double header you picked for your player.

There are 139 picks that this impacts. Any picks made after this post are okay.

If you do not see this post in time for picks to lock, or notice an issue tomorrow, please fill out a contact form and we will fix it for you.


FanGraphs: The Game – Custom Leagues

Custom Leagues are now available for FanGraphs: The Game!

If you and a group of your friends would like to have any easy way to see how you players stack up against each other on the leaderboards, just create a Custom League:

When you create a Custom League, anyone you add to the league will then see that league show up on their FanGraphs: The Game dashboard for easy access.

If you are added to a league that you don’t want to be a part of, you can go to the Custom League page and hide the league from your dashboard:

Custom Leagues use your already existing players and don’t impact the way the game is played at all. You can join as many or as few Custom Leagues as you like.


FanGraphs: The Game – FAQ

Since there have been some FanGraphs: The Game questions, specifically about how choosing a team impacts your player and why it locks at some point (among other questions), I thought I’d take a post to clarify. I’ll add this to the game rules later for easy access.

How does the team you choose for your player impact The Game?

The team you choose is simply the team your player is on. It does not affect who you can pick each day, and it does not affect how your stats are accumulated.

You should choose the team you want your player to be associated with; most likely (though not necessarily) your favorite team.

Then what is the point of choosing a team?

Since one goal of the game is trying to be the best player at your chosen position on your specific team for bragging rights, it will affect which depth chart you’re a part of. There are also some team-centric periodic awards that are handed out based on your team.

Why can’t I change my team mid-season?

Teams lock because we don’t want players switching teams and changing depth charts during the season. After the season is over, you’ll be able to put your player on a different team for the following season if you want.

Won’t it be more challenging to be #1 on the depth chart if you choose a popular team/position combination?

Yes. Just like in real baseball, there are varying levels of competition for starting spots on different teams.

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FanGraphs:The Game – Some Updates

FanGraphs: The Game now contains a settings page where you can change your team (for a limited amount of time) and hide players that you don’t want to use or created by mistake.

In addition, you can now clear your pick on the picker page if you’ve made a pick and decide you no longer want to make any pick for that day.

You may change your team up until your player has accumulated stats. Once your player has accumulated any stats, your player’s team will be locked for the rest of the season.


FanGraphs: The Game

I’m pleased to introduce FanGraphs: The Game!

FanGraphs: The Game is our new daily fantasy game, and allows you to create a player and make picks each day to build your player’s stats over the course of the season. Whatever statistics your pick of the day accumulates are then added to your player’s totals.

All of your totals will be tracked on your very own FanGraphs player page and your player will show up on the leaderboards, so you can see how well you’ve performed compared to others throughout the season. (These will be blank until the games begin.)

Because each player you create is assigned a position and is affiliated with a specific organization, you have the chance to crack the starting line-up and hold bragging rights over your friends and others who are gunning for that same spot. You can also win awards (weekly, monthly, half-season, and full-season), achievements, and track your hitting streaks.

At the end of the season, the player with the highest WAR at each position will win $100, and the player with the second highest total at each position will each win a FanGraphs T-Shirt. Please see the full game rules for further details.

Click here to create a player and make your first pick. You can make as many as eight players or as few as one – it’s all up to you. And, since you’re only going to be making one pick per day for each player you create, this is the fastest and easiest way to enjoy fantasy baseball. And best of all, it’s entirely free.

We’ve created a twitter account where you can keep up with accomplishments, leaders, and various news from FanGraphs: The Game, so follow @fgthegame now, and use #FGTheGame to communicate with your friends and others on Twitter each day.

We hope you enjoy FanGraphs: The Game – good luck becoming the starter for your favorite team!