Seasons for 2017-2018 Added

Just a bit of house-keeping: We have added to the database of seasons for the new 2017-2018 period, so your latest contests in all the major US sports are now properly categorized. Specifically, you should now see your contests properly grouped under:

  • NFL, NHL, and NBA 2017-2018
  • WNBA 2017
  • CFL 2017
  • MLB 2018 (once March rolls around and the new season gets underway).

As a reminder, all customers can filter by season — you'll find it under the "general" dropdown of filters on the left. RotoTracker+ customers can also enjoy the season cohort feature. Not on RotoTracker+ yet? find out about all the benefits of a premium sub here.


CSV Downloading - Understanding RotoTracker+

In this series of blog posts, we look at some of the features of RotoTracker+, an exclusive set of advanced features available to all subscribers of our Bronze, Silver and Gold plans.

One of the most interesting and requested features that we added to RotoTracker+ was CSV downloading — every table and report across the entire app can now be downloaded instantly.

However, some users might be wondering how to best make use of this feature, so in this blog post, we will set out some of the main ways you might want to download your own reports and some of the power of this exciting new feature.

I've just uploaded my CSV data to RotoTracker — why would I want to download it again?!

That's a fair question! Here are just some of the reasons why you might find this useful:

  • RotoTracker does all the hard work combining multiple histories across multiple sites. Maybe you play on more than one DFS site, and each is in its own strange format; or you play on FanDuel and have dozens 1000-line CSV files — Not particularly useful. As you know, one of the strengths of RotoTracker is putting all that data into one place. Once it is collated, downloading that as one file for your own records can be really handy.
  • RotoTracker normalizes all the data. Different sites format things in different ways. Cents or dollars? Currency signs or not? Dates formatted how? Titles escaped? Some DFS files (not naming names!) even change style mid-way through the file, or export malformed CSV! RotoTracker gracefully handles all that for you. Anything you export will be in a single, valid CSV format, with all currency values normalized to cents, titles tidied up, and dates made consistent. Open it up in Excel and you'll instantly be able to create filters, sorts and charts however you want.
  • It's not just for downloading your entries! Every report in RotoTracker supports a CSV download option. That means all your cohort reports be downloaded, and the opponent profit and points reports.
  • RotoTracker understands contests. One of RotoTracker's unique powers is understanding that you might well enter multiple entries into a single contest — that's why our contest report is the default way of presenting your list of results. This can be downloaded as a CSV file as well as the raw entries report.
  • Okay okay, I see your point. But what can I actually do with a downloaded CSV file?

    Here's some of the ways our users are making use of this feature:

    • Their own offline backup of results. Storing stuff in the cloud is great for quick web access, but some users will want a hard copy of their results. Do a monthly download of your month cohort and save it to your hard drive for own future reference.
    • Advanced analysis. RotoTracker is the best in its class for letting you analyze your data, with dozens of different, chainable filters, reporst and charts. But we understand that it doesn't do every possible combination and graph, which is why advanced users might find it useful to import their raw data back into Excel for further analysis. Thanks to our clear data format, Excel and other spreadsheet programs will instantly understand the data formats and handle it correctly.
    • Taxes. We are not tax lawyers, and this is not tax advice! However, we do know that some users find a CSV download of their daily report filtered to the last tax year very handy for filing their taxes — particularly those in states where you need to report daily amount wagered and profited.

    Anything else I should know

    I'm glad you asked...

    • Every download respects any filtering set. Want to download a a list of all your opponents filtered to only ones you've played at least five times, showing you your results at the $50 buy-in level? No problem, just set up the filters and hit the download button.
    • Ordering is respected too. If you order that opponent points report by score delta, the CSV result will be in that order too!
    • On demand, CSV files will be up to 10,000 lines long but if you need more, just contact support and we'll manually do an export for you for the whole dataset.

DraftKings Arcade and Pick'em Formats - Understanding RotoTracker+

In this series of blog posts, we look at some of the features of RotoTracker+, an exclusive set of advanced features available to all subscribers of our Bronze, Silver and Gold plans.

Over the Summer of 2017, DraftKings added two new types of contest ‐ Arcade and Pick'em.

Arcade Mode, to give it its full title, was a simplified contest type for MLB (other sports maybe be coming) where players select one pitcher and five hitters, with no positional requirements on the hitters. Contest are focused on a smaller group of games rather than a full slate, and the points scoring system was changed up to add more variety. You can find out more about this format here.

Pick'em is a similar simplified format, tried for both MLB and NFL. Rather than a salary cap, you draft a team by simply picking one player from each tier. There's around eight tiers in total. More info here.

In August 2017, DraftKings started exporting this contest "style" — Classic, Pick'em and Arcade — in the entry history CSV. RotoTracker is the only tool available that correctly support this new field, letting you view a cohort and filter to only one contest style.

Using the New Style Features in RotoTracker+

Any contests played after August 2017 will be correctly categorized as Classic, Pick'em and Arcade, there's nothing you need to do. If you are currently a free user and are considering upgrading to RotoTracker+, you won't need to do anything — the minute you purchase a Bronze, Silver and Gold plan, all your existing data will be correctly categorized instantly.

Your first point of interest will be the new Style cohort report, which shows you your performance grouped by style. Note that, if you play on other sites, these will all be classified as "Classic / No Style."

Like all Cohort reports, you can use the full filter functionality to narrow down your results, download the table in CSV, and use Cohort Graphing to chart this data.

There's also a Style filter, which applies to all your reports. Say you want to exclude all your results to just Classic contests: Simply set the filter, and then every graph and report will filter out all Arcade and Pick'em contests. Simple!


Prize Pools Cohort and Filter - Understanding RotoTracker+

In this series of blog posts, we look at some of the features of RotoTracker+, an exclusive set of advanced features available to all subscribers of our Bronze, Silver and Gold plans.

As you improve at Daily Fantasy Sports, you'll be moving up in stakes, and that means competing for bigger prizes. Knowing how well you do in the bigger field tournaments compared to smaller GPPs is critical to understanding your results.

RotoTracker is the best product out there for understanding your performance by prize pool, and new features on RotoTracker+ gives you even more tools to help you understand this properly.

Understanding Prize Pools

First, it is important to keep in mind that not all entry history files provide you with complete information about the size of the prize pool in the contests you enter. DraftKings does it right and outputs the exact prize pool for every contest you enter, so data from this site will always be accurate on RotoTracker.

Unfortunately, for other sites, this information is not directly provided. Still, in this case, RotoTracker will try to work out the prize pool, based on analyzing the contest title. Particularly for GPPs, this is often quite accurate.

RotoTracker is unique in how it handles prize pool data, and one of the many reasons why you'll find RotoTracker the best tool for understanding your DFS results. Still, it is important to remember that this is not infallible, and sometimes the prize pool size from Fanduel and Yahoo will be empty.

For more information on how this works, check out this FAQ. And if you see a way we can improve our prize pool support, please let us know!

The Prize Pool Cohort

One of the first places you want to go to understand how well you perform in different size contests is the prize pool cohort.

As you would expect, this shows all your key stats — total contests and entries entered, your ITM and ROI, your average score, total wagered and net profit/loss — separated by distinct prize pool band — Up to $10, $10-$100, $100 to $1000, etc.

(One important thing to note: These bands are exclusive; a contest with a $100 prize pool will be in the "Up to $100" band, not in the "Up to $1K band.")

Does your ROI dip in higher prize pool contests? Are you scoring the same? Is it easier to make the money at lower prize pools? This table will show you all that at a glance, using the ROI, Av Score, and Av Win Score columns, respectively (to learn more about these columns, see the FAQs What do all the stats mean on the reports? and What is average score and average win score?)

As with every report in RotoTracker, the prize pool cohort supports a whole host of extra features:

  • Visualize these properties further with the cohort graph.
  • Use the full complement of filters to further analyze the report. Filter to just DraftKings results, view data from only one sport or season, or reduce the dataset to only games during a certain period. And as with every report, filters can be chained together.
  • Want to take a snapshot of this dataset, perhaps to do further analysis in Excel or just for your own records? Use the CSV download button.

Prize Pool Filtering

Understanding how you perform in certain prize pools is not limited to the prize pool cohort — prize pool filtering lets you filter every report to a certain prize pool range.

Under the prize pool dropdown in the filters on the left-hand side, you'll find options for selecting a preset range, or entering in your own custom range. Any filter you set here will work across every report — whether it is a dates report, your list of contests or entries, another cohort, or your profit/loss graphs.

One thing to note is that, unlike in cohort, these bands are inclusive — so a filtered range of $10K-$25K, for example, will include all contests that have a prize pool between these numbers, including both $10K and $25K.


5 Reasons Why RotoTracker Wipes The Floor With The Competition

We won't name names but we are pretty certain we have the most robust and comprehensive DFS bankroll tracker on the market, handling all the data you could possibly throw at us.

Don’t believe us, here are 5 reasons why.

  • We offer support to all the major DFS sites. Yep, you’d be surprised how many bankroll trackers don't offer “full coverage” of the main DFS sites. We support FanDuel, DraftKings, FantasyDraft, DraftDay and Yahoo Sports! Beyond manual integration, for these sites, our Chrome and Firefox extension RotoTracker Sync - which allows you to keep all DFS results data up to date in just 2 clicks - also support these sites (apart from FantasyDraft) with quick and efficient uploading. Oh and don't forget RotoTracker checks for duplicates so you never have to worry about inaccurate results data when you use our extension.
  • Our filtering and reports offer unparalleled analytics into your DFS results allowing you to dig deeper and find out where your strengths and weaknesses lie. Finding what games you excel in, learning more about your head to head opponents or just finding that buy-in sweet spot our filtering will help give you an extra edge. Our advanced opponent filters, prize pool filters are the most comprehensive reporting tools on the market.
  • Our interactive dashboard allows you to quickly and easily see how you are performing on a seasonal, weekly or daily basis. The filtering functionality also allows you to filter by site and buy-in — giving you a powerful snapshot at your results as soon as you log into our platform.
  • RotoTracker supports csv files have hundreds of thousands of lines of results data — we’re confident that we have the fastest processing speeds that are robust enough to handle anything you throw at us.
  • We are a real team on the end of email or twitter and aim to tackle any problems within 24 hours- offering what we believe to be the best customer service out there. You actually get to speak to our developer when you have a problem— we are a small team (3 of us!) trying to make it against the big guys.

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