Week 10: Ranking the Rankers — A Few More

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 10 Results
Ranker Site W L PDPM W (yr) L (yr) PDPM (yr)
Jason Smith NFL 12 0 13.0 75 45 3.2
Nathan Zegura CBS 11 1 8.5 62 58 0.6
Michael Fabiano NFL 10 2 9.1 88 32 7.0
Matthew Berry ESP 9 3 5.0 62 58 0.8
Tristan Cockcroft ESP 8 4 0.6 62 58 1.1
Jamey Eisenberg CBS 7 5 1.9 78 42 6.5
Dave Richard CBS 6 6 1.6 70 50 4.2
Chris Harris ESP 5 7 -1.9 76 44 3.4
Eric Karabell ESP 4 8 -2.1 45 75 -2.6
Marcus Grant NFL 3 9 -5.0 49 71 -4.3
DAMO JZL 2 10 -5.4 9 111 -15.2
Adam Rank NFL 1 11 -11.4 54 66 -1.2
Composite Ranker NFL 0 12 -13.9 50 70 -3.6

Best Calls
QB: Nick Foles over Colin Kaepernick, 15.8 PDPM
RB: Pierre Thomas over Lamar Miller, 11.0 PDPM
WR: Tavon Austin over Steve Smith, 17.3 PDPM
TE: Julius Thomas over Vernon Davis, 15.4 PDPM
KR: Phil Dawson over Adam Vinatieri, 8.3 PDPM
DF: Giants DST over Seahawks DST, 9.2 PDPM

Weekly Thoughts
A few more wins for DAMO, but the big news this week is that somebody actually had Tavon Austin ranked; Nathan Zegura had him as the 48th best receiver for the week, a better rank than Steve Smith who didn’t make his list at all.  This seems like an oversight to me, but it worked — great call.

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.
JAS ZEG FAB TMR COCK JAM RICH HAR KARA MGR DAMO RANK NFL
JAS 0.0 28.3 29.7 32.9 35.7 33.4 31.7 37.9 35.9 36.1 32.9 38.1 42.8
ZEG 26.8 0.0 29.4 30.2 33.4 31.5 32.8 33.4 33.8 33.5 34.5 35.8 39.2
FAB 22.4 25.6 0.0 27.5 32.0 28.9 28.5 32.7 33.7 36.8 32.8 36.0 42.0
TMR 24.5 26.0 24.2 0.0 30.2 28.3 29.8 32.0 34.2 32.1 34.6 33.4 37.2
COCK 22.8 25.1 21.9 25.6 0.0 26.2 26.6 28.7 30.1 30.4 32.1 31.2 36.0
JAM 21.4 27.3 22.0 26.9 25.0 0.0 26.5 27.6 29.7 27.4 30.7 32.4 36.8
RICH 23.2 26.9 23.2 28.5 26.2 24.7 0.0 26.8 29.6 28.7 31.1 31.2 35.2
HAR 21.1 25.7 20.0 25.1 27.7 24.0 25.4 0.0 30.4 30.4 31.7 28.8 33.4
KARA 22.1 24.3 23.1 21.0 27.8 27.4 27.7 30.0 0.0 29.3 31.4 29.3 35.3
MGR 20.1 21.5 20.9 23.1 24.3 23.1 23.7 24.9 24.7 0.0 29.1 26.6 35.2
DAMO 21.8 22.8 23.6 25.5 26.2 23.9 24.6 25.7 27.4 25.7 0.0 26.0 31.9
RANK 15.5 17.4 14.5 18.2 19.1 18.9 18.4 21.7 20.8 21.4 24.0 0.0 26.7
NFL 17.1 21.2 17.7 22.1 22.2 20.6 20.6 25.4 23.6 25.3 24.4 25.2 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.