Fantasy football players have a new tool in their playbook this season. Fantasy Football Nerd recently announced the availability of player draft recommendations from IBM Watson within their proprietary Draft Buddy application.
Powered by the latest innovations in machine learning, Watson is an open, multicloud platform providing the world’s most advanced convergence of data science and artificial intelligence (AI). The Fantasy Football Nerd Draft Buddy is an interactive, web-based cheat sheet designed to aid players during their upcoming drafts. It’s an independent tool for those who want to use the Nerd’s draft rankings during their draft instead of, or in addition to, the default rankings provided by their league management program.
Leveraging such data as current draft picks, remaining players, average draft position (ADP), roster needs, byes, handcuffs, and many more signals and datasets including previous drafts, Watson’s advanced machine learning can help recommend the optimal draft pick. Watson is essentially predicting the next best pick based upon the given situation.
“More than 80% of customers are interested in computer-generated draft advice, so leveraging Watson within our Draft Buddy was a natural evolution for our product line”, said Joe Dyken, the founder and CEO of Fantasy Football Nerd’s parent company TayTech LLC. “As with any of our products in beta state, the Watson integration remains a work in progress and we anticipate it getting better over the course of time. Machine learning is a technique where a system tries to get better day by day by learning new things, just like we humans do. When you’re staring at the draft clock and wondering who should be on your championship team, Watson can help take some of that hesitation away.”
Fantasy Football Nerd is not the first company to leverage the AI power of IBM Watson. Industry heavyweight ESPN integrated Watson’s AI capabilities into their popular ESPN Fantasy app last year to help players calculate risk/reward scenarios. Leveraging the power of AI is expected to become more commonplace over the next few years as the barriers of entry to the technology are lowered.
FantasyFootballNerd.com started in 2008 and was the first company to aggregate the rankings and projections of fantasy experts from around the web. The company remains the only one in the industry using a proprietary algorithm that weights those rankings and projections based upon the accuracy of each source. It has been called the “Best Kept Secret in Fantasy Football” by the New York Times and the “Cliff’s Notes of the Industry” by the Washington Post. More than one million players used Fantasy Football Nerd last year to help them win their leagues.
To learn more about Fantasy Football Nerd, please visit www.fantasyfootballnerd.com.
FantasyFootballNerd.com (FFN) has been recognized as one of the industry’s most accurate rankings and projections aggregator. Its mission is to help people win their leagues by applying a “wisdom of the crowd” approach to both draft and weekly fantasy football rankings and projections. FFN is owned by TayTech, LLC, a privately held firm based in Oshkosh, WI.