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High Frequency Trading - A Fantasy Sports Analogy

by ja on 7/16/2014 11:16:37 AM
Mark Cuban tweeted a link today - link is at end of article on purpose. This article is meant to help explain what you'll find at the link. I followed it and what I found there made me sad, mad, and really annoyed. Then I realized, and became more frustrated, because most people either don't know about it at all or don't really understand what it means to them. So I'm going to try to explain in fantasy sports terms what is happening.

Fantasy team owners, imagine if someone in your league could see all your outgoing trade offers & bids AND somehow knew exactly what would be minimally accepted by each member in the league for any given player on their team. That would be valuable to them for sure, but no biggie. You can ask around and get all that information yourself. Heck, many leagues have a "trading block" set up where it's clear what will make a good deal so it's not too bad for this one guy to know, right?

Now, imagine that they could go one step further and actually see any offers you made hours before the intended recipient of the offer did. Nice, for them, right? Not so good for you though. But why?

How would you feel if you made a fair (would definitely be accepted) offer to another manager for a player and then this all seeing manager, seeing your offer before the intended recipient did, offered the exact same thing (or a comparable collection of players) and took the guy from under you. Then, they put him back on the block for a slightly higher value that he guesses you'd give up to acquire the player they know you want.

Even more shady the all seeing owner might list the player for a set price (eg. I'll give up Lance Stephenson for someone averaging 10 pts, 3 ast and 6 rebs). But when someone tries to actually make the deal, as the button is being clicked, the all seeing owner ups the price by .2 rebounds and then simultaneously polls everyone else in the league to see if they'll buy at the new higher price. If any say yes then they get the player and you lose out... even though you clicked the damn button to make the deal DONE!

Sure, they'd just argue that it happened at the same time and you missed out... and you'd probably buy it. Who are you to argue with "the system"?

If they did this over and over throughout the season, by the end of the year they would have a super team solely by having stolen little tiny bits of stats here and there by doing nothing other than beating you to the punch - sort of.

Well, all of that is the way the real stock market works these days due to high frequency trading (HFT).

One of the reasons that I created SignAndTrade.com was because it's tons of fun to compete. I created tools that would give me an advantage (player comparison tools, team analyzers, all kinds of awesome stuff), but my goal of total global fantasy sports domination has thus far alluded me. What do you think would happen in my
leagues if I created a tool that allowed me to do what I described above with nobody knowing I had it? I would completely dominate the league. I don't think it would even be close. ESPECIALLY if it was a large league with active owners who did a lot of drop/adds and trades.

In the stock market it's the same thing. Large number of buyers, lots of trades. The HFT guys have access to see every action coming down the pipe before anyone else AND can either prevent it or limit it.

In fantasy sports (and in the stock market) this ability wouldn't negatively affect any one manager by a lot. But on the aggregate there would be a huge transfer of value from those without the HFT tool to those with it.

So now that you sort of understand it here's the link to the sample data. Go. Be sad.

I got this article out pretty quick because it was important to me and I wanted to get my thoughts down before they floated away into coming up with fantasy team names and new fantasy basketball tools. Forgive the complete lack of edits.



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Fantasy Basketball Performances for 06-15-2014

by jarepo on 6/16/2014 3:04:37 AM
Here are the best (and worst) fantasy basketball performances for 06-15-2014. We set the bar pretty high, and for that reason most of the players that show up here are already well known. You can use this to marvel at their greatness! However, any player who is mentioned in a positive way here should gain instant credibility from a fantasy perspective if they are not already on your radar. You don't necessarily need to jump on them and pick them up right way, but they probably should make it to your short list especially if you see them more than a time or two.


Players who got a Double-Double
LeBron JamesPoints(31) Rebounds(10)
Kawhi LeonardPoints(22) Rebounds(10)

Players who got a Triple-Double
None

Scoring: (30 pts or better)
LeBron James31

Assists: (12 assists or better)
None

Rebounds: (13 rebounds or better)
None

Steals: (3 steals or better)
None

Blocks: (4 blocks or better)
None

Efficiency: (35 eff or better)
LeBron James35

Turnovers: (5 turnovers or more)
None

Crossing the Line (The Curry line: TO > [AST+STL+BLK])
Ray AllenRatio (0.7500) Assists (2) Steals (1) Blocks (0) Turnovers (4)
Dwyane WadeRatio (0.3333) Assists (1) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (3)



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Fantasy Basketball Performances for 06-12-2014

by jarepo on 6/13/2014 3:02:38 AM
Here are the best (and worst) fantasy basketball performances for 06-12-2014. We set the bar pretty high, and for that reason most of the players that show up here are already well known. You can use this to marvel at their greatness! However, any player who is mentioned in a positive way here should gain instant credibility from a fantasy perspective if they are not already on your radar. You don't necessarily need to jump on them and pick them up right way, but they probably should make it to your short list especially if you see them more than a time or two.


Players who got a Double-Double
Kawhi LeonardPoints(20) Rebounds(14)
Tim DuncanRebounds(11) Points(10)

Players who got a Triple-Double
None

Scoring: (30 pts or better)
None

Assists: (12 assists or better)
None

Rebounds: (13 rebounds or better)
Kawhi Leonard14

Steals: (3 steals or better)
Dwyane Wade4
Kawhi Leonard3

Blocks: (4 blocks or better)
None

Efficiency: (35 eff or better)
Kawhi Leonard36

Turnovers: (5 turnovers or more)
None

Crossing the Line (The Curry line: TO > [AST+STL+BLK])
LeBron JamesRatio (0.6667) Assists (2) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (3)
Tony ParkerRatio (0.5000) Assists (2) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (4)
Manu GinobiliRatio (0.5000) Assists (2) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (4)
Ray AllenRatio (0.0000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (1)



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Fantasy Basketball Performances for 06-10-2014

by jarepo on 6/12/2014 8:38:30 PM
Here are the best (and worst) fantasy basketball performances for 06-10-2014. We set the bar pretty high, and for that reason most of the players that show up here are already well known. You can use this to marvel at their greatness! However, any player who is mentioned in a positive way here should gain instant credibility from a fantasy perspective if they are not already on your radar. You don't necessarily need to jump on them and pick them up right way, but they probably should make it to your short list especially if you see them more than a time or two.


Players who got a Double-Double
None

Players who got a Triple-Double
None

Scoring: (30 pts or better)
None

Assists: (12 assists or better)
None

Rebounds: (13 rebounds or better)
None

Steals: (3 steals or better)
Danny Green5
LeBron James5

Blocks: (4 blocks or better)
None

Efficiency: (35 eff or better)
None

Turnovers: (5 turnovers or more)
LeBron James7
Dwyane Wade5

Crossing the Line (The Curry line: TO > [AST+STL+BLK])
Dwyane WadeRatio (0.8000) Assists (2) Steals (2) Blocks (0) Turnovers (5)
Tim DuncanRatio (0.5000) Assists (2) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (4)



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Fantasy Basketball Performances for 06-08-2014

by jarepo on 6/12/2014 8:38:11 PM
Here are the best (and worst) fantasy basketball performances for 06-08-2014. We set the bar pretty high, and for that reason most of the players that show up here are already well known. You can use this to marvel at their greatness! However, any player who is mentioned in a positive way here should gain instant credibility from a fantasy perspective if they are not already on your radar. You don't necessarily need to jump on them and pick them up right way, but they probably should make it to your short list especially if you see them more than a time or two.


Players who got a Double-Double
LeBron JamesPoints(35) Rebounds(10)
Tim DuncanPoints(18) Rebounds(15)

Players who got a Triple-Double
None

Scoring: (30 pts or better)
LeBron James35

Assists: (12 assists or better)
None

Rebounds: (13 rebounds or better)
Tim Duncan15

Steals: (3 steals or better)
None

Blocks: (4 blocks or better)
None

Efficiency: (35 eff or better)
LeBron James37

Turnovers: (5 turnovers or more)
Dwyane Wade5

Crossing the Line (The Curry line: TO > [AST+STL+BLK])
Tim DuncanRatio (0.6667) Assists (1) Steals (0) Blocks (1) Turnovers (3)
Chris AndersenRatio (0.0000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (2)



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Fantasy Basketball Performances for 06-05-2014

by jarepo on 6/6/2014 3:02:45 AM
Here are the best (and worst) fantasy basketball performances for 06-05-2014. We set the bar pretty high, and for that reason most of the players that show up here are already well known. You can use this to marvel at their greatness! However, any player who is mentioned in a positive way here should gain instant credibility from a fantasy perspective if they are not already on your radar. You don't necessarily need to jump on them and pick them up right way, but they probably should make it to your short list especially if you see them more than a time or two.


Players who got a Double-Double
Tim DuncanPoints(21) Rebounds(10)
Manu GinobiliPoints(16) Assists(11)

Players who got a Triple-Double
None

Scoring: (30 pts or better)
None

Assists: (12 assists or better)
None

Rebounds: (13 rebounds or better)
None

Steals: (3 steals or better)
Ray Allen5
LeBron James3
Mario Chalmers3
Manu Ginobili3

Blocks: (4 blocks or better)
None

Efficiency: (35 eff or better)
None

Turnovers: (5 turnovers or more)
Mario Chalmers5
Tim Duncan5

Crossing the Line (The Curry line: TO > [AST+STL+BLK])
Tim DuncanRatio (0.6000) Assists (3) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (5)
Tiago SplitterRatio (0.5000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (2) Turnovers (4)
Chris BoshRatio (0.5000) Assists (1) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (2)
Kawhi LeonardRatio (0.2500) Assists (0) Steals (1) Blocks (0) Turnovers (4)



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Fantasy Basketball Performances for 05-31-2014

by jarepo on 6/1/2014 3:02:44 AM
Here are the best (and worst) fantasy basketball performances for 05-31-2014. We set the bar pretty high, and for that reason most of the players that show up here are already well known. You can use this to marvel at their greatness! However, any player who is mentioned in a positive way here should gain instant credibility from a fantasy perspective if they are not already on your radar. You don't necessarily need to jump on them and pick them up right way, but they probably should make it to your short list especially if you see them more than a time or two.


Players who got a Double-Double
Kevin DurantPoints(31) Rebounds(14)
Tim DuncanPoints(19) Rebounds(15)
Kawhi LeonardPoints(17) Rebounds(11)

Players who got a Triple-Double
None

Scoring: (30 pts or better)
Russell Westbrook34
Kevin Durant31

Assists: (12 assists or better)
None

Rebounds: (13 rebounds or better)
Tim Duncan15
Kevin Durant14

Steals: (3 steals or better)
Russell Westbrook6
Danny Green4
Manu Ginobili4
Patrick Mills3

Blocks: (4 blocks or better)
Serge Ibaka4

Efficiency: (35 eff or better)
None

Turnovers: (5 turnovers or more)
Kevin Durant7
Russell Westbrook7

Crossing the Line (The Curry line: TO > [AST+STL+BLK])
Kevin DurantRatio (0.8571) Assists (2) Steals (1) Blocks (3) Turnovers (7)



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Fantasy Basketball Performances for 05-30-2014

by jarepo on 5/31/2014 3:01:09 AM
Here are the best (and worst) fantasy basketball performances for 05-30-2014. We set the bar pretty high, and for that reason most of the players that show up here are already well known. You can use this to marvel at their greatness! However, any player who is mentioned in a positive way here should gain instant credibility from a fantasy perspective if they are not already on your radar. You don't necessarily need to jump on them and pick them up right way, but they probably should make it to your short list especially if you see them more than a time or two.


Players who got a Double-Double
None

Players who got a Triple-Double
None

Scoring: (30 pts or better)
None

Assists: (12 assists or better)
None

Rebounds: (13 rebounds or better)
None

Steals: (3 steals or better)
None

Blocks: (4 blocks or better)
None

Efficiency: (35 eff or better)
None

Turnovers: (5 turnovers or more)
None

Crossing the Line (The Curry line: TO > [AST+STL+BLK])
Lance StephensonRatio (0.5000) Assists (1) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (2)
David WestRatio (0.3333) Assists (1) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (3)
Shane BattierRatio (0.0000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (2)



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Fantasy Basketball Performances for 05-29-2014

by jarepo on 5/30/2014 3:00:08 AM
Here are the best (and worst) fantasy basketball performances for 05-29-2014. We set the bar pretty high, and for that reason most of the players that show up here are already well known. You can use this to marvel at their greatness! However, any player who is mentioned in a positive way here should gain instant credibility from a fantasy perspective if they are not already on your radar. You don't necessarily need to jump on them and pick them up right way, but they probably should make it to your short list especially if you see them more than a time or two.


Players who got a Double-Double
Tim DuncanPoints(22) Rebounds(12)

Players who got a Triple-Double
None

Scoring: (30 pts or better)
None

Assists: (12 assists or better)
None

Rebounds: (13 rebounds or better)
None

Steals: (3 steals or better)
Russell Westbrook3

Blocks: (4 blocks or better)
None

Efficiency: (35 eff or better)
None

Turnovers: (5 turnovers or more)
None

Crossing the Line (The Curry line: TO > [AST+STL+BLK])
None



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Fantasy Basketball Performances for 05-28-2014

by jarepo on 5/29/2014 3:00:08 AM
Here are the best (and worst) fantasy basketball performances for 05-28-2014. We set the bar pretty high, and for that reason most of the players that show up here are already well known. You can use this to marvel at their greatness! However, any player who is mentioned in a positive way here should gain instant credibility from a fantasy perspective if they are not already on your radar. You don't necessarily need to jump on them and pick them up right way, but they probably should make it to your short list especially if you see them more than a time or two.


Players who got a Double-Double
Chris BoshPoints(20) Rebounds(10)
Roy HibbertRebounds(13) Points(10)

Players who got a Triple-Double
None

Scoring: (30 pts or better)
Paul George37

Assists: (12 assists or better)
None

Rebounds: (13 rebounds or better)
Roy Hibbert13

Steals: (3 steals or better)
Paul George6

Blocks: (4 blocks or better)
None

Efficiency: (35 eff or better)
None

Turnovers: (5 turnovers or more)
Dwyane Wade6

Crossing the Line (The Curry line: TO > [AST+STL+BLK])
Rashard LewisRatio (0.0000) Assists (0) Steals (0) Blocks (0) Turnovers (2)



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