We were amongst the first companies on the web to get our hands on the initial numberFire premium tools, and when they announced a new NFL product, we immediately reached out to get our hands on an early copy. Many of our readers know that we bounce between tools, have no allegiance to any one and will flat out recommend whichever one proves to be the best resource.
We were huge fans of the new lineup builder from RotoQL, and quickly added it to our NBA strategy toolkit for the 2016 NBA season. We will tell you that we will likely be using the new numberFire tools and lineup optimizer for the 2016 NFL season. Before we jump into the details of our review, let’s take a look at some of the numbers and grades we gave these new tools.
Sports data and advanced analytics have become a national narrative over the past half-decade, but numberFire was the first company built around the idea. From it’s inception, numberFire has been about the numbers… An obsession over the relationship between data and sports.
We’ve built over 200,000 lines of code that iterate over 5,000,000,000 points of sports information to give you the smartest analysis and insights about the teams and players you love.
The company numberFire was purchased by FanDuel in 2015. It has become a big part of what FanDuel views as not only their company’s future, but the future of the industry as a whole. New legislation making DFS legal around the nation will push the industry out of the shadows and create opportunities for FanDuel and DraftKings to join names like ESPN, Fox, and CBS as the most popular mediums people follow their favorite sports through.
It doesn’t matter what lineup optimizer you use, it’s only as good as the numbers behind it. numberFire has proven over the course of years to have the most accurate projections in the industry. They not only have a winning record in fantasy leagues and March Madness pools, they have consistently beat Vegas over the last 5 years.
DFS is a game of skill, because of it’s relationship with data and numbers. It stands to reason that if you want to be good at this game… If you want to be the best, you have to have the best tools backed by the best numbers. As of writing this article, numberFire has the most accurate numbers available.
As one of the few websites out there that actually gives out winning lineups for free, one of the questions we get most often is how do you build your lineups? First of all, we have strategy guides to walk you through the process: NFL strategy, NBA strategy, CFB strategy. As far as this numberFire review is concerned, it plays a pivotal role in our current NFL and NBA strategies.
There comes a moment each week where you identify 2 or 3 stacks you really like, and a few value plays you want to use around them. Let’s say, for example, you want to stack Bortles and Robinson, with C.J. Anderson, Golden Tate, Travis Kelce, the Bills defense, and Justin Tucker. Your FanDuel lineup for this stack looks like this:
A lot of guys struggle once they get here, after all, you can’t win based on the performance of one player on FanDuel and DraftKings, but you 100% can lose based on one pick. What numberFire will do is to take that core group of players, and spin out several different lineups with project point totals. numberFire uses updated FanDuel and DraftKings pricing to find the best value players to fill out the remaining salary.
Even if you don’t use the numberFire suggestions, it’s a great tool for finding potential players to fill out your rosters with. Again, there are other tools out there that do this same thing: RotoQL, FantasyLabs, etc… That being said, these tools are only as useful as their numbers and numberFire is king right now.
As you might expect, the ability to accurately project the outcome of sports games has benefits outside of daily fantasy sports. numberFire has earned a reputation as one of the most accurate handicapping tools on the market, and has become an important resource for thousands of people who like to make an occasional bet.
It also is one of the most consistent performing March Madness tools on the market… Each year, dozens of people claim to win their office pool by simply blindly following the picks on numberfire.com.
Perhaps our favorite feature is the free premium content, and fantasy draft kit that is provided to premium subscribers. Knowledge is king in fantasy sports, and numberFire has assembled one of the best staffs of writers in the industry. Their draft kit is well organized, provides everything from positional rankings to strength of schedule, and everything updates daily.
In the end, this discussion comes down to whether or not we truly believe numberFire’s premium tools are worth the $19 – $49 per month. The lineup builder alone makes the $19/month worth it. It’s a time saving tool, that is backed by the most accurate fantasy forecasts on the web. If you enjoy betting on sports, or make Vegas lines a big part of your DFS strategy, then a bump up to the $29/month price level is likely worth the additional $10/month.
Find out for yourself, give it a try for a month and see if it’s the right tool for your workflow. Keep an eye out for our exclusive numberFire promo code, which should come out in the next few weeks!