Welcome to week 6 of our site/expert accuracy rankings! Last week (posted on Tuesday) we welcomed RosterWatch.com to our rankings, this will be their second week being assessed. You’ll notice there are several sites that have not been included in our past two weeks rankings including the FFAdict and Recliner QB Fantasy Corner, the reason for that is simply it is an opt-in effort to be assessed by FFAdvisor. These folks have to key their projections into our template for us to be able to run the numbers on them, if they are unable or too busy to get them to us in a week we are obviously not able to include them in our rankings.
As always we removed any players that were injured during the game, we only assess what experts actually rank, we make no assumptions for players they don’t rank.
At Quarterback we see FFToolbox and our friends at Fantasy Godfathers at the top of the list, both nailing the category with a bullseye for week 6. Toolbox was very accurate on Matt Schaub (15th projected versus 16th actual), Sam Bradford (20th versus 21st actual) and Tony Romo (7th projected versus 9th actual). Both the Godfather and Toolbox were right on for Matt Ryan calling him at the 8th projected versus the 6th actual, which wsa important as many had Ryan 15+ as a marginal starter in week 6.
The FantasySharks are usually at the top of a category, it’s just not usually RB! Previously strong in the QB category the sharks logged a #1 ranking in RB this week on the back of being appropriately conservative on Darren Sproles (23rd projected versus 26 actual – against an industry average of 15 or so) and being right on top of Steven Jackson as a must start ranking him at #11 versus his #11 actual performance.
NFL.com’s Dameshek continues a strong showing in his first year in FFAdvisor’s rankings by winning the WR category in the face of a challenging week of projections where studs like Roddy White, Gregg Jennings and Desean Jackson all really disappointed. Dameshek’s best call was slotting Brandon Marshall in as a WR2 with a 16 ranking against a 10th overall performance against an industry average of the low 20s (Revis Island, and swearing to get thrown out in the first half will scare off even the hardiest of fantasy experts apparently!). AJ Green was another great call, pegging him at 8th versus a 9 actual when you had other experts ranking him as low as #20.
It’s worth highlight CNNSI’s Mack for an insanely great (nod to Steve Jobs for that turn of a phrase) D/ST score. Mack nailed the Jets as the #1 D/ST, was just off on the Bengals at a 4 versus 3 actual and the Falcons at 10th versus a #9 actual. Very strong showing in a very difficult category (historically speaking).
We do our color coding so at a glance you (and us) can do a visual analysis of how accurate sites are projecting positions that week. We’ve never had two categories where neither had any sites labeled “Wildly Innacurate” It was such an aberration that we tripled checked our input rankings and math, but it was completely true. So no real “bad” calls to highlight from the RB and QB categories, and universal applause to all of the experts and sites we track for that!
It wasn’t all good news this week however. We did see some low scores in the WR category. CBS’s Richard had a rough week being amongst the lowest on our #1 WR Marques Colston (22 projection), our #2 WR Jordy Nelson (21 projection), and being among the highest on Steve Smith (CAR) with a 3 ranking versus his 35th overall actual score.
ESPN’s fantasy experts of Matthew Berry and Christopher Harris struggled mightily in the TE category . Actually most of our experts this week had difficulty here, which is especially interesting in comparison to a very high week 5 TE rankings. Bye weeks play havoc both with fantasy line ups and expert fantasy rankings we believe. Berry and Harris were overly optimistic on Owen Daniels abilities to penetrate the tough Baltimore D slotting him at #5 versus a 29 actual ranking, they were also among the lowest on Fred Davis with 15/13 projections against his 7 actual. Obviously Vernon Davis and Jermichael Finley both being no shows really skews these numbers.
Next up is Cumulative rankings published on Thursday which will include the updates from both week 5 and week 6 and then remember to check back Saturday for our all important, one of a kind, best of breed fantasy rankings, the last word for making your start and sit decisions on Sunday!
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