RotoQL was created as a tool to make life easier on daily fantasy sports player, being heralded as an all-in-one DFS tool to “make lineup building fast, efficient and stress free.” They specialize in generating data-driven lineups in a very short amount of time, with an emphasis on helping create strategies that work for an individual’s own preferences and approach to DFS.
We will take a more in-depth look at what the site has to offer later in this article. Before we do that, let’s see who is behind the creation of RotoQL.
About the RotoQL Founding Team
RotoQL was co-founded by Saahil Sud and Justin Park, who had help from some big-time investors. If the name Saahil Sud does not ring a bell, maybe the name Maxdalury will. Saahil (formerly known by the screen name Maxdalury) is one of the top-ranked daily fantasy sports players in the world. At the time of this writing, he is ranked #1 in MLB and CFB, and #2 in NBA and NFL according to the “Grinder Rankings“https://rotogrinders.com/rankings. his knowledge of all the major sports is impressive.
Justin Park is the CEO of QL and has had success in the online marketplace for quite some time. He founded the site VIdaao which specializes in video production and has served as the Chief Operating Officer at APlus in the past.
Each bring expertise from opposite sides of the spectrum and,combined, make a great pairing when it comes to a DFS product.
Now to see all that RotoQL has to offer.
A good place to start would be the interface and see what it offers to the users of RotoQL.
As you can see from the screenshot above, the interface (and overall the site in general) is not flashy in any way. Some could see this as a bad thing, but it makes the product very simple and easy to use. The main purpose of the site is to have a place to go for analysis on player trends, favorable match-ups, player stats and Vegas odds quickly and efficiently.
RotoQL is currently only offering NFL, NBA, and NHL but should be expanding and adding more sports in the future. Their product is also geared only towards the big three daily fantasy sites: FanDuel, DraftKings, and Yahoo.
Let’s start examining the most useful tabs seen on the interface, starting with the Insights tab.
This tab breaks down the players on the current slate into three categories: Vegas Favorites, Heat Check, and Bargain Plays.
As shown in the picture, RotoQL gives each player a score in their respective category. For NBA, they offer the option to narrow the results between G,F, PG, SG, SF, PF, and C. This is useful if you are trying to figure out which players have favorable trends that night.
RotoQL set out to have a very fast and efficient website for daily fantasy sports players to use and I feel this page reflects their goal.
Simple, but informational, the Players tab has TONS of sortable stats to sift through. They offer stats like DvP, minutes (both for the season as well as the last 5 games), ceiling and floors, and Vegas totals. These numbers can be found on the “Default” tab and even more in-depth stats can be found when clicking the “Advanced” option.
As shown in the image above, the Advanced tab looks at metrics like player pace, efficiency, usage rates and other useful stats.
RotoQL does a great job of posting the following day’s slates very quickly so you can theoretically work on DFS 24/7.
I saved the projections and optimizer tabs to the end because these are really the bread and butter of RotoQL.
Let’s start with the Projections tab:
RotoQL offers a few ways to use their Projections page. The first one is you can enter your own projections right on the page under “My Proj.” If you would prefer to do your projections in Excel, RotoQL offers a downloadable player list where you can then upload them right back into the tool.
If you do not feel comfortable coming up with your own projections, RotoQL has partnered with a number of third-party companies so you can purchase a membership to one of the sites they directly integrate with. (I’m biased, but RotoGrinders’ own Projections are great as well.)
Admittedly, it was unexpected and pretty disappointing that I needed to pay an additional fee for projections when I already had to pay for a monthly subscription to RotoQL. It makes it a bit less cost-efficient and comprehensive of a platform.
Having said that, we’re about to look at my favorite part of the site: the Optimizer.
Saving the best for last, it is clear that RotoQL spent a large portion of their time developing the Optimizer tool. Saahil is well known for being a mass multi-entry player and this tool let’s anyone do that very quickly.
The first part of the Optimizer is the Settings. They look like this:
Here you can choose which projections to use, how many lineups you want created, and which players to include based off of injuries, salary and real-world teams. There also is an option to add your “favorite” players, which increases their projections so they show up in more lineups.
After hitting the “Build Optimized Lineups” button, in a matter of seconds, the Optimizer spits out lineups that look like this:
After you’ve created a set of lineups, you can adjust your desired exposure to each player and run the tool again.
The Optimizer is truly an incredible tool that can be customized to fit your exact preferences, while still generating hundreds of lineups in seconds.
Pricing and subscription options
RotoQL accepts Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover and PayPal as payment methods.
While there is a “free” subscription, there is not much you can use RotoQL for if you do not pay for a Premium plan. They are currently offering the Premium plan for $29.99, but that offer won’t last forever. They also offer an annual price of $299, if you would prefer to pay all at once at a reduced monthly rate.
RotoQL mobile app
RotoQL does not currently have a mobile app, but they are in the process of creating one.
RotoQL set out to create a simple, efficient and quick daily fantasy tool. If you are looking for a flashy, colorful platform, this is not the place for you. With that being said, the speed of RotoQL is pretty incredible. The biggest disappointment was having to pay for a separate projections subscription if you do not have your own to upload. It would be cool to get inside the mind of Saahil, but that does not seem to be the case.
Overall, RotoQL is a good product, especially for anyone who is interested in mass multi-entering lineups. At the current price of $29.99 a month, RotoQL might make a smart purchase for players looking to add multiple tools to their arsenal.