Indeed, the SDQL can intimidating for complicated queries that involving averaging a team's stats, however there are a LOT of simple queries that can be profitable.
Tomorrow's NFL SDQL Query of the Day presents a good example. It should be up by 6:00 am EST tomorrow morning.
There are a series of six video lessons on how to use the SDQL to query simple situations available here:
Click on NFL in the menu bar and then click on NFL How-To. Each video is only a couple of minutes long. The first starts with the straightforward parameters H, A, F and D for home, away, favorite, and dog.
Indeed, the SDQL is not something that can be easily used to handicap from "ground zero." One way to use the SDQL is to already have a situation that you want to investigate. For example, how do the Cardinals do in the third game of a three game home series that is tied at one game each?
Another is to perform data-mining. Our computers do this every morning. They run about 500,000 thousand handicapping situations and then rank them from top to bottom (by p-value) and then group them by match-up. So, for example, when I look at the Red Sox and Royals match-up for Friday, I usually have about 10-20 active systems and about 100 trends for each team. Some are play on, some are play-against. By clicking on the trend link, I can view the complete game listing for the trend and by clicking on any game in the listing, I can look at the box score. Sometime, I investigate the trend further by expanding the search parameters or by looking at the opposite site of the trend.
For example, in the Alfredo Simon trend, there is a dichotomy and that, to me, makes the trend more valuable. If Simon was also good vs a team that didn't strike out much, then it wouldn't really be a trend that could provide line value.
So, yes, we have a daily report.
Also, we have a special set of saved trends in our "My MLB Trends" file. These are trends and systems that we find valuable. We start every handicapping day with this set.
Anyone can have their own personal saved trend file. These are run automatically very early every morning. When a trend is active for today's action, it will appear in the active trend listing.
There is a video on how to save trends at:
click on "Special How-Tos" in the menu bar.