The 2011 Second Opinion

I’m pleased to announce that the 2011 Second Opinion is now available for purchase!

The product is now available both as a PDF with additional online integration!

Here’s the rundown:

Player Profiles – Almost 600 (598) in-depth player profiles written by the FanGraphs and RotoGraphs contributors you’re already familiar with.

Articles – Closer situations, players coming back from injuries, sophomore players to watch, 2011 fantasy prospects, impact trades, the big questions for 2011, and Carson’s non-prospect rookie picks!.

Quick Opinions – New for this year’s Second Opinion is a short one to two sentence profile that give you the bottom line about a player. These are also integrated into our various projection pages so you can quickly get more information about a player.

Player Page Integration – Each player’s profiles is integrated into his player page so you can easily read about the player as you’re browsing his stats.

Bonus Material – FanGraphs has partnerned with ESPN Insider this season and if you purchase the Second Opinion, you’ll have access to anything we write for ESPN Insider right here on FanGraphs.com up until March 1st, 2012.

2010 Second Opinion – In addition to all that, regardless if you bought the 2010 Second Opinion, you still get access to the now obsolete 2010 Second Opinion’s content in the player pages and in the bonus blog.



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David Appelman is the creator of FanGraphs.


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EliG
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EliG
5 years 6 months ago

Awesome! I’ve been waiting for this to come out before I start my fantasy prep

AustinRHL
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AustinRHL
5 years 6 months ago

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.

Tim
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Tim
5 years 6 months ago

Where are the articles? I can only find content when going to player pages.

Keenan
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Keenan
5 years 6 months ago

I was waiting for this, and actually had a dream about this coming out today last night. I’m a prophet!

However, I got new e-reader thing for Christmas and I was anticipating being able to put the pdf file on it so I can read it wherever I wanted. Oh well.

rlintott
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rlintott
5 years 6 months ago

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!

BR
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BR
5 years 6 months ago

Are sortable wRC projections available?

longbeachyo
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longbeachyo
5 years 6 months ago

Yes, sad to see no pdf. But very happy to pay 6 bucks. Would gladly pay more to have the pdf option in the future…

epic23
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epic23
5 years 6 months ago

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.

dongale
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dongale
5 years 6 months ago

I would also pay more for a PDF. It’s much easier to look at at work when IT can’t track it….er…I mean, on my Kindle when I’m on the bus. :/

verd14
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verd14
5 years 6 months ago

Let us rejoice!

JohnnyK
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5 years 6 months ago

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

Joe Pawlikowski
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Member
5 years 6 months ago

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.

JohnnyK
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5 years 6 months ago

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.

As for the logo – point taken.

Dave Cameron
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5 years 6 months ago

This will be updated this week with all of the articles we’ve written this off-season.

Dcook22
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Dcook22
5 years 6 months ago

Just to throw my opinion in the ring… would love a pdf as well.

Capes
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Capes
5 years 6 months ago

Is there an option to customize rankings based on league format? I’d imagine all these ratings are based on a standard 5×5.

Will I be able to customize the rankings for my league that uses OBP and SLG instead of AVG?

If not, are there any sites you would recommend where I can do this?

Phil
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Phil
5 years 6 months ago

90% certain THT Forecasts lets you customize rankings.

Phil
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Phil
5 years 6 months ago

Baseball Monster and Baseball HQ have something too

UncleCharlieVT
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UncleCharlieVT
5 years 6 months ago

Umm…at the risk of revealing my stupidity, how do I access the content. I purchased it, but I received no instructions, links or other directions. Help!

Dave Cameron
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5 years 6 months ago
UncleCharlieVT
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UncleCharlieVT
5 years 6 months ago

Ahhh…BonusBlog Thanks Dave.

Nick
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Nick
5 years 6 months ago

can someone tell me if this is worth my $5? seems like a fine deal, also looking at Baseball Monster and Rotowire, though…

rlintott
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rlintott
5 years 6 months ago

Unquestionably worth it. Best $5 you’ll spend for a while.

Marc Hulet
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Marc Hulet
5 years 6 months ago

Sure. It’s definitely worth it ;)

dowdyism
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5 years 6 months ago

Definitely would pay more for a .pdf version – my Nook needs this!

Steve Balboni
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5 years 6 months ago

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.

scubachris
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scubachris
5 years 6 months ago

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.

vchem9
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vchem9
5 years 6 months ago

Purchased and loved 2010 version and very interested in reading the 2011 version, but not to beat a dead horse, a consolidated version of the content, whether PDF or otherwise, is very necessary.

Sam
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Sam
5 years 5 months ago

Am I the only person who is unable to access the ESPN Insider content that comes with this?

RukusIX
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RukusIX
5 years 5 months ago

Yeah I can’t figure out how to get to the ESPN articles either.

drewcorb
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drewcorb
4 years 11 months ago

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?

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