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Posted on January 18, 2016

We added a great new feature today that let's you compare even more metrics in our Lineup Optimizer tool. This is available right now for tablet and desktop layouts by selecting the little gear icon to reveal the dropdown menu of options.

As with all our tools, we support both Fanduel and DraftKings scoring systems with this new feature.

Right now there are 4 different metrics you can toggle through, but we plan on adding many more soon.


    This is calculated based on analyzing every team's last 5 games and ranking them in order from least points allowed to most points allowed.

    If for example you are looking at a Wide Receiver, a Defense vs Position rank of 1st means that the opposing team is the absolute best team at preventing Wide Receivers from scoring Fantasy Points on them. This ranking would be color coded red as it is not a positive factor.

    On the flip side, a ranking of 32nd means your player is facing an opponent that has allowed the most fantasy points in the league from Wide Receivers. We color code this green as it is a positively correlated factor for your player.

    This is also sometimes refered to as ceiling, here at DFF we calculate this by looking at the last 5 games a player has played in. To be considered as playing they must have either stepped onto the field (NFL), or had at least 1 second of icetime (NHL).

    It is useful to understand the historical max score for a player to get an idea of what upside is possible from them if they have a breakout night. If someone has not exceed more than 4 points in their last 5 games, they likelihood of them suddenly doing 10 points is less than someone who has done it recently or consistently (with the exception of them changing depth ranks or teammate injuries).

    This is also sometimes refered to as floor and is another metric we calculate based on the last 5 games a player has played in.

    It is useful to understand the recent historical lows for a player to get a sense for how much risk you face if they have a poor game. It is not uncommon in the NHL to have top line players finish with 0 points when it is a low scoring game or their line didn't convert, despite them playing 15+ minutes. In the NFL it is less likely that top tier players have a floor of 0 unless their team was completely blown out.

    This is far more applicable to NHL than NFL, but it does allow you to eyeball who has been recently injured or away from the game. A value of 0 means they played yesterday (AKA back to back).

    In the NHL a player on a back to back game (ie, played Saturday and Sunday) could be tired the day after if the previous game ran into overtime. This is even more a factor for older players.

    Goalies are the most affected as it is rare for a goalie to play two nights in a row, unless the team does not have a decent back-up for them. In this case historical trends show that tired goalies tend to perform much worse than a rested one.

Ready to test out these new features? Head over to our FREE NHL Lineup Optimizer or generate a winning NFL Conference Championship Lineup today!