Week 4: Ranking the Rankers — Still Winless

Is anybody actually “good” at fantasy football? Ranking the Rankers is an ongoing experiment to try to answer this question. Each week 12 fantasy experts play each other in head-to-head matchups, based on their weekly player rankings. They also play a dim-witted computer algorithm named DAMO (Dumb-Ass Machine Orderer). For the details of how it all works, read this post.

Week 4 Results

Ranker Site W L PDPM W (yr) L (yr) PDPM (yr)
Composite Ranker NFL 12 0 12.7 28 20 3.6
Jason Smith NFL 11 1 9.4 28 20 1.5
Eric Karabell ESP 10 2 6.6 23 25 -0.3
Marcus Grant NFL 9 3 5.1 32 16 3.6
Chris Harris ESP 8 4 4.0 42 6 7.9
Michael Fabiano NFL 7 5 1.3 36 12 7.0
Tristan Cockcroft ESP 6 6 -0.6 23 25 0.9
Nathan Zegura CBS 5 7 -1.0 20 28 -2.0
Dave Richard CBS 4 8 -0.1 20 28 1.0
Adam Rank NFL 3 9 -5.7 15 33 -3.8
Matthew Berry ESP 2 10 -5.0 26 22 1.3
Jamey Eisenberg CBS 1 11 -11.4 19 29 -2.4
DAMO JZL 0 12 -15.2 0 48 -18.3

Best Calls
QB: Philip Rivers over Colin Kaepernick, 7.3 PDPM
RB: Le’Veon Bell over Chris Johnson, 14.4 PDPM
WR: Kenbrell Thompkins over Mike Wallace, 14.9 PDPM
TE: Tony Gonzalez over Vernon Davis, 14.3 PDPM
KR: Adam Vinatieri over Dan Bailey, 9.2 PDPM
DF: Titans DST over Bears DST, 12.0 PDPM

Weekly Thoughts
Another winless week for DAMO.  It has to win a game at some point, if only out of sheer luck, right?  I don’t know.  The bigger winner this week is Composite Ranker, who is actually John Juhasz.  (He took over ranking duties on NFL.com for Dave Dameshek last week, so I lumped them together as one ranker.)  His best calls were being relatively bullish on Philip Rivers and Matt Forte.

All Matchup Scores
Cell (x, y) is the number of points ranker x scored against ranker y in their matchup. Bold denotes a winning score for ranker x.

NFL JAS KARA MGR HAR FAB COCK ZEG RICH RANK TMR JAM DAMO
NFL 0.0 31.1 34.4 34.4 34.9 40.6 37.0 35.7 35.2 42.4 39.8 39.8 42.7
JAS 29.1 0.0 34.1 34.3 32.1 40.3 36.0 33.6 35.4 37.2 37.7 38.6 42.9
KARA 28.1 30.0 0.0 31.1 32.5 33.9 37.6 35.4 35.4 36.5 39.9 41.3 40.8
MGR 28.2 29.2 30.6 0.0 30.3 32.7 33.3 35.3 34.4 35.2 33.6 39.0 41.2
HAR 24.8 26.3 29.2 28.9 0.0 29.4 31.7 33.3 33.3 33.1 34.5 38.0 40.2
FAB 23.7 26.8 28.9 29.2 26.9 0.0 31.8 32.3 34.1 36.1 32.2 38.5 41.5
COCK 23.6 25.0 26.7 27.6 24.6 30.8 0.0 33.6 33.9 32.0 30.6 39.9 40.2
ZEG 27.9 27.7 28.5 28.5 28.0 29.3 31.0 0.0 33.7 31.9 31.9 34.5 38.8
RICH 27.8 29.8 29.7 28.0 29.1 30.2 31.2 31.4 0.0 33.3 31.7 39.1 40.8
RANK 18.7 22.2 26.9 28.4 24.9 25.3 29.2 30.1 28.8 0.0 30.3 33.3 37.4
TMR 20.8 22.9 24.4 25.1 24.1 26.6 26.6 30.4 30.3 29.9 0.0 35.2 38.3
JAM 22.1 24.0 24.6 23.4 23.3 23.9 25.4 26.2 23.2 28.8 26.7 0.0 36.8
DAMO 21.3 23.6 25.4 23.6 24.2 24.1 25.3 25.9 25.5 27.1 25.8 27.9 0.0

Quick Glossary
Ranker: The name of the fantasy football expert.
Site: The website for which the ranker writes.
W: Wins for the week.
L: Losses for the week.
PDPM: Point Differential Per Matchup. The average difference of a ranker’s score and his opponent’s score across all opponents.
W (YR): Total wins on the year.
L (YR): Total losses on the year.
PDPM (YR): Point Differential Per Matchup for all matchups on the year.