Week 15: Ranking the Rankers — Scott Baio

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 15 Results

Ranker Site W L PDPM W (yr) L (yr) PDPM (yr)
Michael Fabiano NFL 12 0 10.2 127 40 6.8
Matthew Berry ESP 11 1 8.3 94 73 1.3
Adam Rank NFL 10 2 7.1 72 84 -0.6
Jason Smith NFL 9 3 6.9 108 59 3.3
Marcus Grant NFL 8 4 5.2 69 98 -3.4
Composite Ranker NFL 7 5 2.0 77 90 -1.6
Chris Harris ESP 6 6 -2.1 96 71 2.1
Tristan Cockcroft ESP 5 7 -1.3 94 73 1.9
Eric Karabell ESP 4 8 -1.8 73 94 -0.8
DAMO JZL 3 9 -4.7 25 142 -11.5
Nathan Zegura CBS 2 10 -7.0 70 97 -2.4
Jamey Eisenberg CBS 1 11 -8.7 85 82 2.6
Dave Richard CBS 0 12 -14.1 90 77 2.3

Best Calls
QB: Colin Kaepernick over Matthew Stafford, 11.5 PDPM
RB: Steven Jackson over Maurice Jones-Drew, 12.2 PDPM
WR: Greg Jennings over Victor Cruz, 18.2 PDPM
TE: Delanie Walker over Charles Clay, 6.2 PDPM
KR: Justin Tucker over Matt Prater, 12.0 PDPM
DF: Colts DST over Bengals DST, 10.1 PDPM

Weekly Thoughts
Jamaal Charles had the huge week (you might say Charles was in charge), but so many rankers had him ranked number one on their lists coming into the week that he didn’t net many points for anybody in particular.  Michael Fabiano had him as the top ranked back, which makes sense, as that guy has been killing it all year.  He had another 12-0 week, which guarantees him the top spot when this little experiment ends next week.  Nice work Fabs; you’ve clinched it.

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.

FAB TMR RANK JAS MGR NFL HAR COCK KARA DAMO ZEG JAM RICH
FAB 0.0 36.1 32.0 31.7 33.8 33.9 41.5 43.1 41.4 36.6 36.3 36.9 40.4
TMR 31.2 0.0 36.8 33.9 38.4 38.7 38.3 39.3 37.1 37.2 35.8 40.6 41.4
RANK 30.9 34.9 0.0 32.7 32.1 36.0 37.8 39.7 38.9 33.3 39.0 37.8 39.4
JAS 28.8 30.6 32.2 0.0 32.5 33.7 34.8 34.6 36.6 33.8 38.6 39.2 42.0
MGR 29.1 33.6 28.7 32.5 0.0 34.6 37.0 37.3 37.0 34.6 40.3 38.3 39.8
NFL 29.1 32.1 29.0 29.9 28.3 0.0 37.1 34.5 35.2 33.4 34.4 34.4 38.0
HAR 26.2 29.5 29.5 26.3 28.6 28.8 0.0 33.1 31.6 34.1 34.0 33.8 35.6
COCK 26.2 27.2 30.3 28.3 32.4 31.2 32.0 0.0 32.9 36.0 30.9 36.3 37.9
KARA 25.3 29.5 30.6 26.3 31.1 30.6 30.8 32.1 0.0 33.5 32.5 37.8 38.2
DAMO 23.5 26.2 27.3 26.0 28.1 27.4 27.6 27.9 29.6 0.0 31.6 32.7 34.6
ZEG 25.4 25.4 24.6 23.8 26.4 27.0 27.6 27.0 27.0 29.3 0.0 31.6 32.9
JAM 24.6 23.4 24.5 22.3 26.0 25.5 27.7 25.6 27.3 29.9 30.6 0.0 36.0
RICH 21.6 20.3 22.4 20.7 22.5 24.3 24.0 23.3 24.8 27.8 27.7 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.