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What Are You Searching For?

Posted on: August 4, 2009 9:09 am
 
A lot has been made of 'Search' lately.  Microsoft and Yahoo! have teamed up to form a search giant to try and tackle Google.  Twitter has become a viable search tool to find out what people are saying about a specific topic.  They've made search the focus of their homepage.  Facebook has even taken strides to make their search more usable than it had been in the past. 

I've always felt that seachh, in the context of Fantasy, was pretty straightforward.  Basically, you are searching for players.  And the search result is a 'player page' with all of the relevant content you would ever need to make a decision about that player.  But with all of the recent developments in search and the progress of the algorithms over the years, is there more we could be offering to serve your needs? 

For instance, if I go to Twitter and search for Ronnie Brown , I see a bunch of people having a conversation about Ronnie Brown including things like where he is going in Fantasy drafts, if he'll be the primary person handling the ball in the wildcat formation this year, how he has looked in training camp so far, etc.  Would things like that be relevant information to you in helping to make a decision about this player?  What else would you deem relevant that you are not getting when you search for a player in Fantasy?  Is search something you use in Fantasy other than a player search within our system?
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Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2009 3:01 pm
 

Depth Charts including IDP

I often times have to go to NFL.com to get defensive depth charts and even then sometimes they conflict with the depth charts that are posted on the teams website. The offense depth chart is good but if I have a 30 player roster with 14 teams,  free agency is always slim pickings.  If I'm looking around trying to find a players backups or a diamond in the rough sometimes I have to open 2 browers windows to see where somebody is on the depth chart.  It would be nice to see player pages that list who is competing with for starting job and maybe where that player sits on the team.  Example: I'm constantly looking at Hakeem Nicks to see if he has beat out Mario Manningham for the 3rd WR Job.

I also would like a Fantasy points breakdown of the year before for each player.  If I wanted to see how many yards Drew Brees threw against the Lions last season or If wanted to see what Jamey Eisenberg was talking about with Philip Rivers and The Oakland Raiders , I still have to NFL.com to take a look at the Game Log from 2008.

I would like to see an up to date injury report on sunday mornings, maybe something scrolling across the front page with the latest news on players who are questionable as teams report them being out or playing. (sometimes you arrive late during the cbs streaming video)  Most of the time I go to ESPN.com for that info.

Hope this Helps

Mike H.




Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2009 11:20 am
 

What Are You Searching For?

Hello! Sbart11 here. I was wondering if there is any websites out there to use to evaluate the selections made during our draft on Friday night? We are a touchdown league with (1) QB, (2) RB's, (2) WR's, (1) TE, (1) Def. & (1) K. every week. There are some exceptions to this but this format is used on most weeks.


Here is what my team looks like:
QB- McNabb & Orton.
RB- M.Turner, S. Jackson, R.Rice & A. Bradshaw
WR- G. Jennings, B. Edwards, Dejean Jackson & D. Hixon.
Te- B. Celek & D. Lee.
K- N. Kaedings & N. Folk
Def- Carolina & N.Y. Jets.

Thanks for your time!



Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2009 10:45 am
 

What Are You Searching For?

I use the search tool fairly frequently here at CBS, and for the most part it IS for searching player profile pages.  I like where you're going with this idea of improving the information provided via the search tool, but I feel that the real area of improvement focus should be on the Player Profile itself. 

There is some useful info there, no doubt, but I think adding some facts such as average draft position, strength of schedule ranking, and a FULL regular season schedule for that particular player would be helpful.  For example, I was recently doing a draft and was looking to select a backup QB.  I wanted to find a QB that was playing a weaker defense on the week my regular starter has his bye week.  It would be nice to be able to click on the available players in the draft room, pull up their profile, and check their full NFL schedule from there.  Instead, I had to open another window, click on NFL Schedules, go to the week I was looking for, and check the matchups, and then check back to see which QBs were  still available in the draft room.  Also, when deciding between two players of similar talent, it would be nice to be able to just go to their profile and check to see what their schedule is like. 

One more thing i'd love to see added to the Player Profiles is pre-season stats.  There were a few cases in which I was researching players for the upcoming draft and wondered how they have been performing in pre-season games.  none of that info is available on the profiles, forcing me to go back through the pre-season scoreboards and scanning through the box scores.  

Almost all of the information I've mentioned CAN be found through CBS, however it would ne a nice improvement to make it more easily accessible.  Thanks for allowing us owners the oppotunity to provide some input into these kinds of decisions!   

   



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2009 5:08 am
 

What Are You Searching For?

Conversations or comments from other fantasy owners is pretty useless (for example the "Player Analysis" section in a player's profile is usually people asking who to start or bagging on each other's opinions).  What WOULD be useful in terms of search is a topix.net type search that pulls up latest news from all over the internet, not just cbssports.com.

A search "problem" that might be able to be solved is regarding D/STs.  In the real world there is no "Bears D/ST" so a search for that yields nothing useful.  Somehow knowing that when I type "Bears D/ST" into the search box to pull up any news on any of the Bears defenders would be great.




Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2009 12:47 pm
 

What Are You Searching For?

I do not think that random discussions on Twitter would help all that much, but insight from certain peopla would. I follow the CBS writers, the ESPN writers, and I also follow a guy by the name of Dan Jeramiah (MoveTheSticks) on Twitter. Very insightful guy.


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