A)  To connect to your Yahoo league, you will need to install the ASL Yahoo Interface on your computer.  The screenshots and video tutorial on this page will help you download, install and launch the ASL Yahoo Interface.

Download and Install the ASL Yahoo Interface:

Step 1) Download and launch installer:  Please click here to download and launch the Yahoo Interface installer. The following screenshots are how your download will look in Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Clicking the "click here" buttons, will launch the installer.

Step 2)  Adobe Air Installation:  If Adobe Air is not already installed on your PC, our installer may prompt you to install it. If you are prompted, please click "I agree" as shown below.

 

3) Install:  Once you run the installer, you will see the below installation screen. The default installation options will place a shortcut on your desktop and start the application after installation. If you prefer these options, please click Continue. Installation of the program will then begin.

 

Launch ASL Yahoo Interface:

 Step 1) To launch the Yahoo Interface, please double click the ASLYahooInterface icon on your desktop, as shown below. If you just downloaded and installed the ASL Yahoo Interface, the program should launch automatically. 

 

Step 2) The application will now load, and when it is ready it will prompt you to "Click the Connect to ASL Yahoo Interface button within The Machine".  The prompt will look like this.

Step 3)  Now you can go back to The Machine click the checkbox to acknowledge that the ASL Yahoo Interface is running and click Connect to ASL Yahoo Interface button. Please be sure to leave the Yahoo Interface running for the entire time period you are using The Machine.  

 

When you are done using The Machine, close the Yahoo Interface. Keep in mind you will need to relaunch the Yahoo Interface every time you load The Machine.

Below is a tutorial video demonstrating how to download, install and launch the ASL Yahoo Interface.  If you have any issues, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or submit a help ticket from within The Machine's help menu.

 

A) Here is a checklist designed to help you get the best results from Trade Judge:

  1. Load your league into Trade Judge and check that it understands your league rules correctly by reviewing the pages under the League Setup menu. You should especially review the Starting Lineup Requirements and various scoring rules pages and make any adjustments necessary. If you make any changes, save the changes to the Advanced Sports Logic server by clicking the Save to ASL Server button.

  2. If something does not seem right or if you have any issues using Trade Judge, file a support request as instructed in this FAQ: http://advancedsportslogic.com/pages/support/general/43-gen-2

    This will provide the Advanced Sports Logic support team with the information needed to load your specific league and reproduce the same issue you reported.

  3. If you are in a dynasty or keeper league, you should add your own judgment to the results. The Machine only considers impact to teams this year with no consideration for player keeper values.

 

A)  To connect to your Yahoo league, you will need to install the ASL Yahoo Interface on your computer.  The screenshots and video tutorial on this page will help you download, install and launch the ASL Yahoo Interface.

Download and Install the ASL Yahoo Interface:

Step 1) Download:  Please click here to download the Yahoo Interface executable.  When accessing the link, it downloads ASLYahooInterface.dmg file to the ~/User/Downloads folder. All downloads shows up as an icon as shown below:

 Download Icon

 When you click the above icon, it opens up the downloaded file as shown below:

Downloaded file

When you click the above icon, it opens up the downloaded file and comes up with the application to install as shown below:

Application to install

Step 2)  Run: Double click the downloaded file to run the installer. The following warning message will pop-up. Click Open to run the installer.  

Install Warning

 

3) Install:  Once you run the executable, you will see the below installation screen.  The default installation options will install the ASL Yahoo Interface under /Applications, and start the application after installation.  If you accept these options, click Continue

Installation screen

Clicking Continue will show the below warning message. Click Open to install the ASL Yahoo Interface.

Installation warning

 

Launch ASL Yahoo Interface:

 Step 1) To launch the Yahoo Interface, go to the Applications folder as shown below in the screenshot and double click the ASLYahooInterface application. If you just downloaded and installed the ASL Yahoo Interface, the program will launch automatically. 

 Getting to Application Folder  Application list

 

Step 2) The application will now load, and when it is ready it will prompt you to "Click Connect to ASL Yahoo Interface within The Machine".  The prompt will look like this.

Running application

Step 3)  Now you can go back to The Machine click the checkbox to acknowledge that the ASL Yahoo Interface is running and click Connect to ASL Yahoo Interface button.  Be sure to leave the Yahoo Interface running for the entire time period you are using The Machine.  

 

When you are done using The Machine, close the Yahoo Interface.  You will need to re-launch the Yahoo Interface every time you load The Machine. If you have any issues, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or submit a help ticket from within The Machine's help menu.

 

A) If you've purchased your Trade Judge license from CBS Sports, find your app under the menu: My Team > Trade.

A) To get the most efficient support from Advanced Sports Logic, we recommend that you request support through our automated support request system available from The Machine and Trade Judge help pages.  This allows our customer support department to load your league, and try to repeat your error.   Our customer support employee's prioritize all support issues that come in, and if your request is urgent they will do their absolute best to fix your issue as quickly as possible.

 

 

A) To generate an Auction Draft Player Value Table in The Machine, perform the following steps:

1) Go to League Setup > Initial Draft Order page.

2) Check that the "Number of Rounds" is set to the correct roster size you will have at the end of your auction draft. If it is incorrect, do the following:

  • Change "Number of Rounds" to the roster size you will have at the end of your auction draft
  • Change "Type of Draft" to Serpentine
  • Click the Reset button

 

3) Change "Type of Draft" to Auction as shown below.

4) Go to the League Setup > Roster Management page and set the number of auction bidding bucks each team gets for the auction.

5) Go to the Pre-Draft menu pull-down and select Generate Auction Draft Table as shown below.

6) Click the "START SIMULATED DRAFT NOW" button. This starts a simulated draft which The Machine uses to produce a player value table. This takes about 10 minutes for most leagues.

When The Machine completes the player auction value table, you can download it and read it into a spreadsheet software like Excel. You can customize your own spreadsheet to maximize your opportunity. We are providing a customized version of one example which provides position allocations and budgets and provides dynamic bidding buck values as you enter in what you and others bid for players.

If you like this example, you can copy your auction draft player value table into it. If you have different positions, number of teams, etc., you might have to make a few adjustments. Contact Advanced Sports Logic support, if you want additional assistance.

A) The Machine tries to build a roster that is ideal for the remainder of the year and is doing what it is programmed to do - make recommendations based on improving your probability to win the playoffs based on your current roster. If you want to focus on the current week only, go to the Player Projections page, filter for “My Team + Free Agents” and then sort by current week fantasy points. Just click on the column header for the week you care about, then you will get the list of the best free agents for the current week compared with your roster.

Here are a few examples where you might question The Machine’s recommendations:

Why is The Machine recommending I drop a good WR and recommends any of 3 average TEs?

A) Let's say you have five WRs to fill only two starting slots, but have only 1 TE to fill your TE starting slot. Based on projections, matchup schedules, playoff rules, injury rates, etc, The Machine calculates the value of backup players very accurately. In this case The Machine is calculating that an average backup TE has more value than a fifth WR. It often finds players that have complimentary strong weeks. It makes all its decisions to try to give you the best roster possible, not just for the current week but for the entire season as if you will never get to make another waiver move. You might also find a better TE by attempting to trade your WR.

Why does Waiver Recommendations keep telling me to pick up another defense?  

A) While your strategy is to pick and chose Defense and Kicker each week, The Machine tries to build a roster that is ideal for the remainder of the year. The way you get The Machine to not add another Defense or Kicker to your team is with the limit option. If you click limit, The Machine will recommend swapping defensive teams and it will not recommend adding an additional defensive team in place of another player. The figure below shows a fairly standard set of options for running the waivers recommendations. You can read more information about the Waiver Recommendation options in the Waiver Recommendations Help page

Why is The Machine recommending me to pick an injured player?  

A) You should always check player health before making any transaction and factor that into your decision. The Machine is not making waiver recommendations solely on attempting to win the next game, but rather winning the entire season. If a player is a bit banged up, but has good matchups in later weeks, especially playoff weeks, it might be great to pick that player up now while he is easily obtainable. Generally, when The Machine makes these types of recommendations you may want to wait a little while, but at the risk of losing the pickup on that player once he is healthy.

If you are still uncertain about the Waiver Recommendations that The Machine is providing, you can go to the Player Projections page to focus on the Current Week only rather than impact the overall season. On the Player Projections page, The Machine weighs all players based on your selected blend of projections and your league’s scoring rules. You can filter the list of only players on your team and available as free agents, and you can sort by most points in a given week.  

A) To generate an Auction Draft Player Value Table in The Machine, perform the following steps:

1) Go to League Setup > Initial Draft Order page.

2) Check that the "Number of Rounds" is set to the correct roster size you will have at the end of your auction draft. If it is incorrect, do the following:

  • Change "Number of Rounds" to the roster size you will have at the end of your auction draft
  • Change "Type of Draft" to Serpentine
  • Click the Reset button

3) Change "Type of Draft" to Auction as shown below.

4) Go to the League Setup > Roster Management page and set the number of auction bidding bucks each team gets for the auction.

5) Go to the Pre-Draft menu pull-down and select Generate Auction Draft Table as shown below.

6) Click the "START SIMULATED DRAFT NOW" button. This starts a simulated draft which The Machine uses to produce a player value table. This takes about 10 minutes for most leagues.

When The Machine completes the player auction value table, you can download it and read it into a spreadsheet software like Excel. You can customize your own spreadsheet to maximize your opportunity. We are providing a customized version of one example which provides position allocations and budgets and provides dynamic bidding buck values as you enter in what you and others bid for players.

If you like this example, you can copy your auction draft player value table into it. If you have different positions, number of teams, etc., you might have to make a few adjustments. Contact Advanced Sports Logic support, if you want additional assistance.

Q) What does the information in the Trade Judge tables and output mean? For example, what does the "Value" for each team mean? Also, what does the “Initial Win %”, and other rows indicate? 

A) Starting with the top table in Trade Judge, the “Value” assigned to each player is the amount that a team’s probability to win the championship goes down if a team loses that player and the player is not replaced. When creating this chart, Trade Judge is using blended projections from the four sources. The better a team’s probability to win the championship the greater the loss to probability to win when the team losses a player.

Next, Trade Judge uses each set of the four sources of projections one at a time.

  • The "Initial Win %" row in the second table is the probability that each team will win the championship based on the current roster and not accounting for waivers.
  • The "Trade Adjusted Win %" row is the probability to win based on the trade using the original rosters of the teams performing the trade (prior to pseudo-waiver adjustment). All other teams still have the pseudo-waivers.

Finally, the effect of the trade is calculated. Depending on how everything comes out, Trade Judge uses complex logic to figure out if the trade should be allowed.

One thing that may seem a bit suspect are results that may seem dramatically different than the others. If one provider agreed that a trade hurts one team, it would seem to be an unbalanced trade, but it would still be accepted because it is hurting the stronger team and helping the weaker team. This does not upset the balance of the league so should be allowed. Trade Judge is not trying to protect teams from making bad trades for themselves, it is trying to protect the league from trades that are unbalanced and bad for the league.

A) The Machine and Trade Judge handle the most complex leagues of any product available. They don’t only work for complex leagues, but they utilize all information to make recommendations specific for your league.

  • Multi-header weeks
  • Complex flex starting lineups positions
  • Winner or playoff seeding based on: win percentage, fantasy points or victory points
  • Offensive Player Positions: quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, punter, kicker
  • Defense and Special Teams: combined or separate
  • Individual Defensive Players: defensive tackle, defensive end, linebacker, corner back, safety
  • Team Players
  • Coach and Team Offense
  • Leagues where players can be on more than one roster. 

The Machine has no specific limitations for maximum number of teams, divisions, roster size or starting lineup. However, the greater the number of teams, roster size and starting line, the greater the number of computations. In average leagues, The Machine easily runs fast enough to support 60 and 90-second drafts. If your league is extremely large, such as 40 teams and has large rosters, such as 50 players with a 28-player starting lineup requirement, you might need a high-power system for The Machine to keep up with a 90-second draft.