Tuesday, December 30, 2014

OwnersBox SPT: Introducing the Concept of Player Statuses

I have been playing fantasy sports for a long time.  There are many good platforms to play on.  We began on a site called Sandbox.com and migrated to Yahoo! in the early 2000s.  

Although the technology has changed considerably, the approach to the majority of fantasy leagues is pretty much the same.  Acquire the best roster, start the right players, accumulate the most points and win the league.  This is an obvious over simplification, but you get the point.

OwnersBox Splash Screen
OwnersBox Splash Screen
Most of the fantasy football, baseball, basketball and hockey leagues we play in are 'high stakes' and allow daily changes to your lineup.  Daily changes encourage the most participation and engagement from the managers and as such these leagues are very fulfilling should you be good (or lucky) enough to win.  It is also one of the more time consuming fantasy sports configurations (I have also been dabbling in daily fantasy games on FanDuel, gotta say, it is fun and addictive). Managers spend hours a week searching for player news and updates to ensure they don't make any critical mistakes while setting their lineups. The more teams you have the more daunting of a task this becomes.  While there are some services and sources for good information, you must constantly visit them to ensure you don't miss anything.

What if a tool existed that would keep you informed on the up-to-game time status of all your fantasy sports players? From a single view you could see whether your player was active, inactive or pending.  What if this tool were to alert you any time a status change happened to any of your players?  You would never miss anything!

Well, that tool exists and its called OwnersBox: Score and Player Tracker by OwnersBox 2.0.  It is available for most iPhone and Android devices....

...and it couldn't be simpler.  Just download the OwnersBox app, follow your players, set the Player Alerts options and the information will come to you. 

Calvin Johnson (DET) as Active
Calvin Johnson (DET) as Active
The way OwnersBox relays this large amount of information to users is the 'ProPlayerStatus' light system.  Each player has an light indicator next to their name.
LeBron James (CLE) as Pending
LeBron James (CLE) as Pending

Jaden Schwartz (STL) as Injured
Jaden Schwartz (STL) as Injured
This appears on rosters, player profiles, My Players, lineups, etc.  As soon as any playing status changes for a player, it will immediately be relayed to the app and updated in all those locations.  If you are following a player who has a status change, you will receive a push alert immediately, as well as a note in your feed.  

Although it is nice receiving an associated story (OwnersBox integrates Rotowire), it is not practical for a story to be published, in a timely manner, for every player and every status change. That's why the light system is perfect. 

Learn to trust the light.  It will guide you to success.

It doesn't matter which platform you play on, Yahoo!, ESPN, CBS, FanTrax; the flexible 'My Players' screen allows you to easily find and follow your players.

Lineup and Player Statuses for CLE vs AT
Lineup and Player Statuses for CLE vs ATL
Status Change Examples
Status Change Examples
You can modify your player list at any time and follow any combination of players from the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL. This means that if you have a fantasy football team and a fantasy baseball team, you can follow all of your players in both leagues at the same time.  

For me, I am currently in a fantasy football league and a fantasy hockey league.  I have 20 players on my football roster and am following them all.  I also have my 25 player keeper fantasy hockey roster in OwnersBox: SPT as well.  I receive alerts when anything changes with any one of them.

My Players View (live stats and statuses)
My Players View (live stats and statuses)
The beauty of this is how well it works.  I typically set my lineups in the morning; at the same time when I check the results from the previous night.  I make these lineup decisions with the best information I have at that time.  The problem is, the information changes throughout the day.  So, instead of checking the traditional sources multiple times a day, I rely on OwnersBox to tell me when I need to react.   It is essentially my insurance policy.  If something happens to one of my players, SPT tells me, and I change my lineup before game time.  I can also view the My Players screen and visually see all my player statuses at once.  It all updates dynamically as changes are made.  

Not only that, during the games SPT alerts me when one of my guys gets a goal, touchdown or a field goal. Same with MLB baseball.  I love hearing that alert chime.  It fully engages me without having to jump through various box scores.

Give OwnersBox a try. It is perfect for traditional and daily fantasy sports managers, sports wagerers and fans in general!  You'll be glad you did.  Trust the Light!  



Highlights:
  • Every rostered player in the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL are covered.
  • Live scores and stats for every game.
  • Follow your players and receive push alerts to your phone when an update is posted.
  • Updates include news, injuries, transactions, trades, suspensions, scoring plays, game status, etc.
  • Industry leading player profiles which include stats, updates, scouting reports, transactions and game logs.