Now, it's one thing to just say that we offer better Fantasy Football rankings than the highly paid guru's over at ESPN, but how about we SHOW you! Let's compare our 2013 rankings to that of ESPN's Matthew Berry, Christopher Harris, and Eric Karabell.
We had Peyton Manning ranked as the #3 QB. ESPN's Chris Harris and Eric Karabell had Manning ranked #5 and # 4 respectively. Manning, of course, finished as the top Fantasy QB.
We had Matthew Stafford ranked as the #8 QB. This was higher than all of the ESPN Fantasy analysts. Stafford finished as a top 5 QB in 2013.
We had Tony Romo ranked as the #10 QB. Again, this was higher than all 3 of the ESPN Fantasy analysts, and Romo finished in the top 8 of fantasy QB's.
We had Andy Dalton as the #15 QB. ESPN guys had him at 19. Dalton finished as a top 6 QB in 2013.
We had Kaepernick and Wilson ranked as the 11th and 12th ranked QB's. Matthew Berry had Wilson at #6, and Kaepernick at #10. Harris had the same basically, just reversed (Kaep at 6, Wilson at 10). And Karabel? Kaep at 6, Wilson at 9. Again, Fantasy Addict had both QB's ranked lower than ANY of the ESPN top guns. Where did those 2 QB's finish? Wilson and Kaep both finished outside of the 12 QB's (13th and 14th respectively).
See a trend? Bottom line, the Fantasy Football Addict was ALMOST ALWAYS more accurate than the ESPN fantasy analysts when it comes to QB rankings.
2) RUNNING BACKS
Almost all fantasy analysts (including us) messed up BIG-TIME in our Top 10 RB rankings. We all had Doug Martin, CJ Spiller, Trent Richardson, Arian Foster, and Ray Rice in the top 10. That effectively means that if you drafted a Running Back in the 1st round in 2013, you had a 50-50 shot of getting hosed on your pick! That's a pretty big risk, so I'd think LONG and HARD before taking an RB in the 1st round in 2014 (on any RB who's not AP, McCoy, and Charles).
That being said, even though our top 10 RB rankings were very similar, Fantasy Football Addict again hit more often than not in the remaining RB rankings. For example, Matthew Berry had David Wilson as the RB16, we had him at RB18 (Wilson was a bust due to injury). Berry had Steven Jackson at RB12, we had him at RB14 (Jackson finished out of the top 30 RB's). Berry had MJD at RB11, we had him at RB15 (MJD finished 20th in fantasy points). Berry had Matt Forte at RB13, we had him at RB11(Forte was a top 3 RB in 2013).
Now, you may say that "oh that's only a few spots". But in the world of fantasy drafts, those few spots are invariably enough to steer you either AWAY or TOWARDS a given player. And that's where our value resides, in consistently steering our Fantasy customers to the better Fantasy players!
3) WIDE RECEIVERS
With Calvin Johnson, we all agreed that he was the #1 WR. BUT, in our Top 150, we had Calvin as #8, while the ESPN Brain Trust inexplicably had Calvin OUTSIDE of their top 10! That likely deterred the ESPN readers from taking Calvin in Round 1, while we highly encouraged our Customers to go Calvin in the 1st round!
The top fantasy WR in 2013 was breakout star Josh Gordon. We featured him as a WR to grab as a borderline WR3, ie, as our 31st ranked WR. Remember, nobody had Gordon on their Fantasy radars entering drafts last year. Berry had Gordon as the WR37, Harris had him at WR40, and Karabell had him at WR38. So using the Fantasy Football Addict Draft Guide, you were inclined to take Gordon 6-9 spots earlier than the ESPN boys!
The ESPN boys tended over-value several WR's compared to the Addict, for example... Berry had Randall Cobb as his WR6, while we had Cobb as our WR11 (Cobb was injured and finished outside of the top 50 WR's). Berry had Welker as his WR12, while we had Welker as our WR16 (Welker finished outside of the top 30 WR's).
The ESPN boys tended to under-value several WR's compared to the Addict, for example... Berry had DeSean Jackson as his WR29, we had him as our WR24 (Jackson finished as a Top 10 WR). Berry had Andre Johnson as his WR15, while we had him as our WR7 (Johnson finished as a top 10 fantasy WR in 2013).
Again, the gaps aren't HUGE in many cases, but it's enough to steer you either AWAY or TOWARDS a given player. It's all about having a more accurate value assigned to the players, so that you "hit" on a higher percentage of draft picks.
4) Tight Ends
While we all agreed that Jimmy Graham was the #1 TE, all of the ESPN boys had Gronk as the clear-cut #2. We saw too much risk at having him #2, and so we had him #4. This ranking effectively meant that most of our customers PASSED on Gronk in their drafts, which was wise considering that he only played in 7 games in 2013.
Among TE's, we were most proud of our ranking of Jordan Cameron, as we had him as our TE10. Karabell and Harris? Both had Cameron OUT of their Top 15. With us being so high on Cameron, many of our customers were able to get Cameron late in their drafts as their TE2. And they were rewarded, as he finished as the 6th best Fantasy TE.
Berry had Owen Daniels as his TE5, while we had Daniels as our TE12. Luckily our ranking steered our Customers AWAY from Daniels, seeing as how he only lasted the first 5 games of the season.
Berry inexplicably had Zach Sudfeld as his TE9, while we were more conservative with his upside potential, placing him as our TE18. Sudfeld was a total and complete bust, and thankfully most of our Addict customers passed on him! Same deal with Kyle Rudolph, Berry had him as a TE8, we had him as a TE13. Rudolph only played 8 games and was another bust.
So with TE's the gaps in our rankings tended to be even greater than with the other position groups, which means that our Addict customers faired much better than the masses when it came to drafting TE's.
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