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Mapping Fantasy Football Points
September has arrived, and fall is nearly here. For many people fall means football! With fantasy football drafts upon us, I thought it would be fun to create a map displaying the highest scoring players and NFL teams across the US. I began by pulling some fantasy football stats from one of the many fantasy league websites to create a spreadsheet with the stats I was interested in. The fantasydata website has fantasy points assigned to NFL teams based on 2015 pre-season performance as well as historic full season fantasy points for each player. I was curious to see if the best fantasy point scorers coincided with NFL team fantasy points.
Since the 2014 stats are for individual players and the 2015 pre-season stats are for teams, I decided to show the player data using a symbol map and the NFL team data using a hatch map. Symbol maps apply a color and size gradient to each symbol based on a specified data column. I also applied a color gradient to the hatch map and added labels to the player symbols for a bit more information.
While this was made with a fairly small sample population, it seems to show that a single star player does not make a strong team.