Thanks a lot for your input! I really appreciate it.
I put some more thought into it last night, and it's true, in the end I will probably not get anywhere just by looking at stats. Building a web service is overkill in my opinion, at least for now, but the idea behind it is probably the best: Asking the fans who their favorite players are.
I wanted to automate as much as possible, but either way I slice it, I'm gonna need manual work afterwards anyway (see below). So what I'll be doing next is browsing the various message boards for threads that fit my needs, and if that doesn't hel