Week 5: Ranking the Rankers — Oh for Sixty

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 5 Results
[table]
Ranker, Site, W, L, PDPM, W (yr), L (yr), PDPM (yr)
Michael Fabiano, NFL, 12, 0, 18.1, 48, 12, 9.2
Nathan Zegura, CBS, 11, 1, 11.6, 31, 29, 0.7
Jason Smith, NFL, 10, 2, 14.3, 38, 22, 4.1
Jamey Eisenberg, CBS, 9, 3, 12.5, 28, 32, 0.6
Dave Richard, CBS, 8, 4, 2.6, 28, 32, 1.3
Adam Rank, NFL, 7, 5, -1.0, 22, 38, -3.2
Chris Harris, ESP, 6, 6, -2.2, 48, 12, 5.9
Tristan Cockcroft, ESP, 5, 7, -2.5, 28, 32, 0.2
Composite Ranker, NFL, 4, 8, -4.9, 32, 28, 1.9
Eric Karabell, ESP, 3, 9, -5.4, 26, 34, -1.3
Marcus Grant, NFL, 2, 10, -7.7, 34, 26, 1.3
Matthew Berry, ESP, 1, 11, -14.5, 27, 33, -1.9
DAMO, JZL, 0, 12, -21.0, 0, 60, -18.8
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Best Calls
QB: Tony Romo over Cam Newton, 23.8 PDPM
RB: Ray Rice over Reggie Bush, 13.3 PDPM
WR: Justin Blackmon over Kenbrell Thompkins, 13.5 PDPM
TE: Julius Thomas over Antonio Gates, 11.2 PDPM
KR: Alex Henery over Matt Bryant, 12.8 PDPM
DF: Cardinals DST over Texans DST, 9.5 PDPM

Weekly Thoughts
The DAMO experiment has basically failed.  Well, not failed as much as not gone as expected.  I figured it would be somewhat competitive, but apparently not.  Oh for sixty is decidedly not competitive.  Among the human rankers, Michael Fabiano had a perfect week, in large part by being bullish on Tony Romo.  Thus far, Fabiano and Chris Harris have been the class of the field by a decent margin.

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.
[table]
, FAB, ZEG, JAS, JAM, RICH, RANK, HAR, COCK, NFL, KARA, MGR, TMR, DAMO
FAB, 0.0, 33.4, 35.8, 32.7, 39.4, 46.8, 45.3, 45.6, 48.5, 44.7, 44.7, 51.9, 47.6
ZEG, 28.6, 0.0, 31.4, 36.5, 38.2, 37.9, 39.6, 40.9, 39.5, 40.2, 39.4, 45.0, 44.5
JAS, 31.7, 31.4, 0.0, 33.7, 38.6, 44.2, 44.3, 42.4, 43.2, 44.6, 41.8, 49.1, 48.1
JAM, 30.4, 34.2, 32.2, 0.0, 41.7, 39.8, 40.8, 41.5, 40.7, 40.6, 39.4, 46.0, 47.4
RICH, 29.0, 32.7, 30.6, 26.7, 0.0, 37.5, 36.9, 36.5, 36.7, 37.5, 37.2, 40.2, 44.3
RANK, 24.9, 23.6, 25.4, 26.8, 31.8, 0.0, 35.6, 36.2, 34.2, 36.9, 37.8, 41.0, 43.3
HAR, 23.7, 26.6, 25.1, 25.2, 30.4, 32.4, 0.0, 30.1, 35.3, 32.9, 35.3, 39.1, 43.8
COCK, 24.5, 27.7, 26.9, 27.7, 32.1, 33.0, 29.7, 0.0, 34.4, 30.9, 34.6, 39.9, 42.5
NFL, 23.7, 24.2, 25.2, 24.7, 30.8, 32.6, 31.7, 32.5, 0.0, 32.7, 32.5, 37.5, 43.4
KARA, 21.8, 24.8, 23.6, 25.8, 30.1, 29.0, 25.8, 30.6, 32.7, 0.0, 35.4, 35.1, 41.0
MGR, 23.2, 21.0, 22.9, 23.6, 28.4, 28.5, 30.2, 28.9, 32.2, 30.7, 0.0, 33.1, 39.2
TMR, 19.9, 21.6, 22.1, 22.0, 28.3, 25.0, 21.6, 24.8, 29.5, 24.1, 30.1, 0.0, 41.2
DAMO, 18.0, 20.9, 20.0, 19.5, 24.3, 22.5, 24.5, 23.9, 23.6, 25.3, 26.4, 26.1, 0.0
[/table]
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.