Week 8: Ranking the Rankers — DAMO Wins!

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 8 Results
[table]
Ranker, Site, W, L, PDPM, W (yr), L (yr), PDPM (yr)
Michael Fabiano, NFL, 12, 0, 15.5, 71, 25, 7.6
Adam Rank, NFL, 11, 1, 10.7, 49, 47, 0.8
Jamey Eisenberg, CBS, 10, 2, 10.8, 59, 37, 5.1
Dave Richard, CBS, 9, 3, 6.7, 54, 42, 3.7
Composite Ranker, NFL, 8, 4, -0.0, 48, 48, -0.2
DAMO, JZL, 7, 5, 0.5, 7, 89, -16.2
Jason Smith, NFL, 6, 6, -4.1, 54, 42, 0.9
Tristan Cockcroft, ESP, 5, 7, -4.2, 46, 50, 0.2
Marcus Grant, NFL, 4, 8, -3.3, 45, 51, -2.8
Matthew Berry, ESP, 3, 9, -6.5, 42, 54, -2.0
Chris Harris, ESP, 2, 10, -5.2, 66, 30, 4.5
Eric Karabell, ESP, 1, 11, -9.8, 35, 61, -2.7
Nathan Zegura, CBS, 0, 12, -11.0, 48, 48, 1.1
[/table]

Best Calls
QB: Andy Dalton over Matt Ryan, 16.4 PDPM
RB: Darren McFadden over Darren Sproles, 11.6 PDPM
WR: Golden Tate over Mike Wallace, 12.3 PDPM
TE: Vernon Davis over Rob Gronkowski, 6.4 PDPM
KR: Dan Bailey over Steven Hauschka, 9.0 PDPM
DF: Bengals DST over Seahawks DST, 14.0 PDPM

Weekly Thoughts
After seven weeks of fruitlessness, DAMO finally breaks through, in a big way — Miami Heat-style, not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven … Oh wait, scratch that last one, it was seven.  But still, after starting 0-84, a 7-5 performance is about as unexpected as a Jacksonville Jaguars victory this week, and they have a bye.  Among the humans, Michael Fabiano had a perfect week to retake the top spot from Chris Harris.

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, RANK, JAM, RICH, NFL, DAMO, JAS, COCK, MGR, TMR, HAR, KARA, ZEG
FAB, 0.0, 31.0, 34.0, 35.2, 37.1, 36.9, 42.3, 40.8, 38.4, 41.9, 38.9, 42.2, 43.9
RANK, 29.9, 0.0, 33.4, 35.2, 39.7, 33.8, 42.0, 35.9, 36.5, 37.4, 34.9, 36.4, 40.7
JAM, 28.7, 32.8, 0.0, 30.7, 36.4, 34.4, 39.0, 34.9, 37.0, 37.2, 34.3, 37.9, 47.3
RICH, 27.5, 31.6, 26.7, 0.0, 34.5, 34.0, 36.7, 32.9, 35.1, 35.7, 32.6, 36.1, 39.1
NFL, 23.8, 22.5, 25.1, 26.8, 0.0, 32.1, 34.8, 33.1, 30.7, 33.3, 31.4, 33.9, 33.2
DAMO, 26.7, 30.8, 26.5, 26.8, 31.8, 0.0, 33.7, 35.2, 32.4, 33.9, 34.5, 35.7, 33.0
JAS, 23.0, 22.1, 23.1, 24.0, 29.9, 31.1, 0.0, 31.0, 32.0, 32.7, 29.7, 33.3, 30.2
COCK, 21.2, 23.5, 22.0, 24.1, 24.1, 27.7, 27.2, 0.0, 30.7, 30.7, 29.0, 33.3, 30.8
MGR, 21.8, 25.8, 26.0, 28.7, 29.4, 31.0, 28.0, 29.7, 0.0, 30.0, 29.5, 32.8, 33.7
TMR, 19.7, 22.6, 24.1, 23.9, 24.5, 29.2, 27.0, 26.0, 29.2, 0.0, 28.2, 31.6, 31.8
HAR, 18.7, 20.8, 23.2, 24.9, 23.8, 29.4, 26.3, 26.1, 28.4, 27.5, 0.0, 28.1, 32.1
KARA, 18.2, 21.0, 22.2, 22.3, 23.4, 27.7, 26.4, 23.2, 26.3, 27.3, 23.2, 0.0, 29.7
ZEG, 17.7, 22.8, 14.4, 20.0, 26.2, 28.2, 28.2, 26.0, 29.2, 28.6, 25.2, 27.4, 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.