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2nd Annual Fantasy Football Drafting API

23 July 2014


There are only 43 days until the NFL starts back up again. This means it’s time for all of you data-loving football fans to start getting ready for the second annual Fantasy Football API League. The league is a yahoo-defaults (modified roster) fantasy league with a catch - instead of participating in a regular draft you must write a RESTful API client to select your team. Before the draft begins you’ll be able to query the API to find out when your picks will occur. During your designated picking times you’ll be able to select one of the remaining players until your team is complete. For anyone who competed last year, I’ve shortened the draft window to 30 seconds per selection but increased the time size slightly to encourage deeper algorithms.

Same as last year, we’ll have the draft on Tuesday, September 2nd after work. That gives you more than a month to harvest your player data and figure out your drafting strategy. There will also be a mock draft a week early to let everybody work kinks out of their clients.

Convinced? Still reading? Great! Go sign up here

My reference implementation (sans data) from last year is up on GitHub.

Finally, this post wouldn’t be complete without a mention of last year’s results. I’d like to congratulate Marcus, who strung together the only undefeated fantasy football season I’ve ever seen (including routing me in the finals, which stung).

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Fantasy Football Drafting API

30 August 2013


I had a lot of fun writing my poker bot, even though the competition only lasted for a single season. Inspired by my coworker’s excellent 2013 NFL Draft site, I decided to make a fantasy football drafting API. While the ultimate goal of having a fully automated fantasy football platform...

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Optimizing Python

15 February 2013


Pretty soon after I had my poker bot mostly up and running I realized that nearly the entire runtime was dominated by a single function: finding the hand value (e.g. trip 8’s with a KJ kicker) of a five card hand. The code was being called again and again by...

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Alive Again!

10 February 2013


Back and kicking (my faithful PogoPlug died on me) on a RaspberryPi. Sweet. Since I last checked in, I’ve started working on a a poker bot and I’ve done a whole lot of mobile development over at TripAdvisor. More updates to come, now that the site works again…

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Park School visit

21 May 2012


On Friday Jack and I taught two classes a little bit about robotics. They’ve been doing NXT programming for a couple weeks now, so we talked about a light follower loop that turns towards whichever sensor is getting more light. Next each class made some websites, which I promised I’d...

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Bowdoin visit

18 September 2011


Just got back from a great weekend up at Bowdoin! This was my first official post-grad visit, and I think the strangest part was not being able to get into buildings (except for the Kanbar computer lab, go figure). Otherwise it was great to meet some of the new members...

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First Jekyll Post

13 September 2011


SOOooo, I decided to set up a real blog. As great as a bunch of p’s and hr’s all smashed together on a page were, I figured it was time to move to something easier on all of us. Jekyll is a nifty ruby-based website generator. It runs through a...

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Independent study in machine vision!

31 January 2011


Hey everyone! I have a use for this site again: my CS project needed a home on the web… You can check it out under multiTRACE vision in the sidebar. Also interestingly, since I’ve been away Ben Johnson and I have founded a mobile development company, Two Fourteen Software (yes,...

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New domain name

25 February 2010


Been a while, eh? Nothing really exciting except that thanks to a godaddy special this site now lives at gnmerritt.net. Oh, and the school no longer allows students to have cgi-bin access so the written works section I wrote freshmen year doesn’t do anything anymore. Yeah, that’s really all I’ve...

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