Week 9: Ranking the Rankers — Fun While It Lasted

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 9 Results
Ranker Site W L PDPM W (yr) L (yr) PDPM (yr)
Jamey Eisenberg CBS 12 0 21.6 71 37 7.0
Matthew Berry ESP 11 1 18.9 53 55 0.3
Dave Richard CBS 10 2 11.6 64 44 4.5
Jason Smith NFL 9 3 11.8 63 45 2.1
Tristan Cockcroft ESP 8 4 9.1 54 54 1.2
Michael Fabiano NFL 7 5 0.0 78 30 6.8
Eric Karabell ESP 6 6 -2.6 41 67 -2.7
Chris Harris ESP 5 7 0.6 71 37 4.0
Adam Rank NFL 4 8 -6.9 53 55 -0.1
Nathan Zegura CBS 3 9 -11.5 51 57 -0.3
Composite Ranker NFL 2 10 -20.2 50 58 -2.4
Marcus Grant NFL 1 11 -15.1 46 62 -4.2
DAMO JZL 0 12 -17.3 7 101 -16.3

Best Calls
QB: Tom Brady over Matt Ryan, 16.6 PDPM
RB: Zac Stacy over Fred Jackson, 14.9 PDPM
WR: Marlon Brown over Steve Johnson, 14.8 PDPM
TE: Tony Gonzalez over Jordan Cameron, 11.4 PDPM
KR: Ryan Succop over Nick Novak, 3.3 PDPM
DF: Panthers DST over Bengals DST, 12.8 PDPM

Weekly Thoughts
DAMO is back to its losing ways, with it’s eighth winless performance in nine weeks.  It fought hard against Marcus Grant, but as the Buccaneers and Texans found out, fighting hard isn’t always enough to pull off the upset.  (Although it is if the other team’s best player breaks his collar bone in the first quarter.)  Jamey Eisenberg moved into a tie for second place on the season with an undefeated week.

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.
JAM TMR RICH JAS COCK FAB KARA HAR RANK ZEG NFL MGR DAMO
JAM 0.0 40.3 44.7 39.9 42.0 46.8 46.7 42.3 46.9 58.5 50.8 49.3 50.9
TMR 33.0 0.0 34.6 39.2 36.8 45.5 53.6 43.0 48.1 45.6 55.0 48.6 52.1
RICH 30.9 33.9 0.0 35.4 39.0 40.5 43.0 38.6 45.3 44.7 47.0 46.1 50.1
JAS 29.8 30.1 34.1 0.0 35.7 45.1 43.4 40.1 46.1 41.4 52.3 45.2 48.6
COCK 29.7 30.3 31.8 34.3 0.0 38.7 45.3 37.5 41.4 41.8 45.3 44.8 51.8
FAB 24.6 27.1 30.2 26.1 29.9 0.0 36.2 34.5 36.7 39.8 44.8 41.9 43.9
KARA 25.9 21.9 28.7 28.6 27.8 31.5 0.0 33.8 36.5 39.8 42.8 40.7 48.1
HAR 27.4 23.8 29.1 29.5 30.2 33.9 33.3 0.0 35.4 40.1 40.9 39.0 44.9
RANK 19.8 22.9 26.5 25.4 27.1 28.4 30.2 28.7 0.0 34.4 44.9 36.8 39.9
ZEG 19.4 20.8 25.4 25.2 26.5 27.2 28.1 27.5 31.3 0.0 35.5 33.4 39.2
NFL 16.6 15.9 22.2 17.0 21.6 21.1 23.5 23.5 22.8 28.8 0.0 32.5 36.5
MGR 19.0 20.1 23.9 20.7 23.1 26.6 26.4 26.6 26.5 30.5 32.5 0.0 37.1
DAMO 23.2 21.8 24.1 28.8 24.1 30.0 27.4 24.7 31.2 31.9 32.8 35.4 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.