Quick Fix for DraftKings' New CSV Format

New "game type" column now handled gracefully - RotoTracker Sync update coming soon!

DraftKings updated their CSV format today to add in a new column - game type. This broke both our importer and the extension.

Within the hour, we had a fix for RotoTracker Importer so this new file format is handled. Right now we're ignoring the new column (we'll look to support this retroactively once we understand what this new field does!). But at least for now, your new files will import as before.

We are working to get a similar fix for the Sync browser extension as soon as possible. This can take a little while because it has to go through the submission process at both Chrome and Firefox app stores, so please be patient! We'll update the blog and Twitter once the update is live.


New RotoTracker Features Released

Entry fee filter on dashboard, column sorting on all cohort reports, plus improved prize-pool filtering.

Our end of season flurry of features and improvements to RotoTracker continues!

Entry Fee Filter on Dashboard

A long-standing user suggestion is to add an entry fee filter alongside site, sport, and category filters on the dashboard, so we're excited to finally have this feature live. Like the other filters, this can be chained with the others, and dashboard URLs can be bookmarked and linked to (this link will take you to your 2017 mid-stakes MLB results, for example).

And, of course, the new filter also works for Shared Dashboards. Here's how it all works:

Cohort table sorting

Back in June, we introduced the new Dates tab, splitting out the month and year cohorts into a new section and introducing cohort table sorting. Now we've introduced this feature to all other cohort reports.

That means you can easily see, for example, the day of the week you score best, the site you have the highest ROI, or the contest category makes you the most profit.

Better Prize Pool Filter

Last week, we talked about a change at DraftKings with super-high volume players being restricted by what contests they could enter. RotoTracker is unique in tracking and letting you filter by prize pool, and we've further improved this functionality so you can better understand what impact this change may have on you.

You'll find now under the Prize Pools filter a new option under the "preset range" filter — "less than $25k." As the name would suggest, this will filter out to all contests with prize pools less than (but not including) $25k prize pools. There's also new min and max drop-downs to give you even more control over prize pool filtering.

We'll do a follow-up blog post soon explaining exactly how RotoTracker can help you understand this DraftKings change and the impact could have on your results soon. Stay tuned!


Use RotoTracker to Keep Track of Your Lifetime Buy-ins On DraftKings

DraftKings has a new rule that restricts high-volume players.

Beginning August 1, 2017, DraftKings implemented a new rule that restricts players with over $1 million in lifetime entry fees from entering all contests with a buy-in under $5 and a prize pool of less than $25,000.

If you're interested in how close you are to this $1 million marker, RotoTracker can help out. You can get your lifetime fees stat right on the dashboard with just a couple of clicks:

You can also do this from the Dates report — again, just make sure you filter to DraftKings if you play on more than one site:

And if you want to know what the impact will be if you hit this level, you can using RotoTracker's advanced filters. Filter to tournaments with a buy-in less than $5 and with a prize pool less than $25,000, to see at-a-glance how well you have performed in these games!

There's more we can do here, and we'll look to add even more functionality that will help you react to this change. Stay tuned!



RotoTracker Adds First-Class Support for WNBA Contests Results from Fanduel and DraftKings

DraftKings only added WNBA at the weekend, but we're on the ball!

Over the weekend, DraftKings added support for WNBA, and we've updated RotoTracker to best handle it. We have also now added the WNBA 2017 season in your season filter dropdown.

This follows on from an update in May to correctly import Fanduel WNBA results. So we can now say confidently that we have best-in-class support for the sport that's proving popular with DFS fans!

Customers who imported DK WNBA data from over the weekend will have seen that entries imported fine, but they were classified as NBA rather than WNBA. That's not ideal; fans of the sport will know that FanDuel added WNBA back in May, and these were correctly categorized as a separate WNBA sport.

So we updated RotoTracker to correctly classify these results from DK. Going forward, any WNBA contest result you import will be correctly grouped as WNBA. We also retroactively re-classified all imports from the weekend for all our customers who entered DraftKings' first WNBA contests.

Technical side note: The DraftKings CSV file reports the entry as NBA, so to get this working, we are also analyzing the contest title to look for a mention of WNBA. Right now this is very effective (all WNBA contests from the weekend handily start "WNBA... ") but moving forward DraftKings might mix up their titles and we will need to update our importer. We'll keep in eye on it, but if you see a misclassified contests please let us know!


RotoTracker Enhancements to Help with Your End of Season Analysis

Behind the scenes we've been quietly working on a host of new features, improvements and bug fixes.

We might have been a bit quiet on the official blog and social media channels over the last six months, but that doesn't mean we've been resting on our laurels! We've been quietly making some important changes to RotoTracker to improve the platform and deliver new features.

Many of these have been internal — improving our backend infrastructure and upgrading various internal platforms. Boring stuff, but important to prepare us for the new season and take RotoTracker to even bigger and better places!

But we've also made some important front-end changes which hopefully you've been enjoying the last few days and weeks. Here's a summary of some of the more important updates:

Collapsable Filters

The filters sidebar can now be hidden away, giving you more space to explore your data. Particularly useful for graphs. Here's how it works:

New "Dates" Section with Sortable Month and Year Reports

We've had a bit of a reorganization. The "Overview" tab has now been renamed "Dates," and the old Cohort reports for Month and Year have now been moved to sub-sections of this part of the site. It makes more logical sense to keep these separate from the regular cohorts and gives us space to expand with new reports in the future.

We also made the Month and Year reports fully sortable — every column can be sorted up and down. So you can now quickly see, for example, your most profitable month, or the one with the most activity:

New Prizepool Filters

We recently added a new filter for prize pools which, as the name suggests, gives you the power to filter all reports by the total prize pool of the contest.

Prize pool information, unfortunately, isn't perfect — DraftKings is the only site that consistently outputs this in the CSV file. However, RotoTracker makes a concerted effort to work out the prize pool from the title, so for most contests, this should be accurate. You can read more about this in a new FAQ on the topic.

We also recently made minor changes to contests that are flagged as having "no win data" — that is, a contest entry where it was not possible to ascertain if you won or lost the contest. In these cases, the contests are removed from aggregate reports (all reports under the "Dates" and "Cohort" report), so as not to skew ITM and ROI figures. You can read more about this in this new FAQ. There is also a new filter where you can view all contests that are categorized in this way.

Other Changes

There's been over two dozen smaller improvements and fixes over the last few months, including:

  • Improvements to our head-to-head support for DraftKings. We emailed you about this at the time — more information here. We believe that RotoTracker remains the only tool around to handle the new CSV format correctly so you get the most accurate opponent analysis for DraftKings!
  • Support for WNBA contests.
  • Visual improvements to the blog.
  • Fixes for a rare duplication issue for Fanduel imports using the RotoTracker Sync browser extension.
  • Fix for new FantasyDraft head-to-head CSV format.
  • Graph improvements and bug fixes.
  • Opponent report sorts name A>Z by default.

Coming Up

We have a lot more exciting changes in the pipeline that we will be rolling out over the summer. So stay tuned to the blog, and keep an eye on the mailing list!


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