Accuracy Overall QB RB WR TE K DST
Week 1 #12 #6 #50 #47 #30 #78 #78

What are my rankings bona fidas? Well, there’s finishing in the FantasyPros Top-10 Draft Accuracy (7th Place) in 2017, Top-25 Weekly Accuracy (23rd Place) in 2017, Top-5 Draft Accuracy (3rd place) in 2016, Top-10 Weekly Accuracy (10th Place) in 2016, Top-25 Weekly Accuracy in 2015 (21st Place) and on average we’ve finished in the Top-10 Draft Accuracy (9th Overall) and the Top-20 Weekly Accuracy (18th Overall) for the past three years. I’d like to think we’re pretty good at this stuff…

What does the word bona fidas mean? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, bo·na fi·des \ ˌbō-nə-ˈfī-ˌdēz , ÷ˈbō-nə-ˌfīdz \ means 1 : good faith : sincerity, 2 : the fact of being genuine —often plural in construction, 3 : evidence of one’s good faith or genuineness —often plural in construction, 4 : evidence of one’s qualifications or achievements —often plural in construction. On a separate note, I think it would make a great name for a cat.

What’s my ranking process? I’ve actually written about this in the past, and instead of working hard for new and enlightening content, I have chosen the more efficient (lazy, ahem) method and dropping in a link to that post here. Honestly, my process hasn’t changed much at all (the ole “don’t fix what ain’t broke” proverb comes to mind) and so my “A Day in the Life of a Fantasy Football Ranker” story still remains relevant to this day. (The TL;DR is: I’m ghetto as fudge. Well, I mean the other “f” word, but I’m hungry.)

How should I use your rankings? The same way your mother does. Which actually makes no sense. (Unless your mother is in the running to always finish top-3 in your Fantasy Football league. And if that’s the case, say hello to her for me.)

Week 1 Review

Week 1 Overall QB RB WR TE K DST
Jay’s Rank #12 #6 #50 #47 #30 #78 #78
Accuracy Gap* 1,038 204 335 378 120 123 141
Avg Gap* 1,077 231 341 383 123 120 138

*Lower gap = better result

My Hits
PLAYER POS Rank GAP
Drew Brees (NO) QB #1 0
Demaryius Thomas (DEN) WR #1 0
Kyle Rudolph (MIN) TE #1 0
Russell Wilson (SEA) QB #1 0
Tyler Eifert (CIN) TE #1 0
Michael Thomas (NO) WR #1 0
Dak Prescott (DAL) QB #1 0
Saquon Barkley (NYG) RB #1 0
Jarvis Landry (CLE) WR #32 0
Andrew Luck (IND) QB #27 0
Benjamin Watson (NO) TE #12 0
Alex Smith (WAS) QB #5 0
Mitch Trubisky (CHI) QB #11 0
Jordan Wilkins (IND) RB #64 1
Michael Crabtree (BAL) WR #26 1
Jack Doyle (IND) TE #42 1
Blake Bortles (JAC) QB #50 1

My Misses
PLAYER POS Rank GAP
Ryan Fitzpatrick (TB) QB #64 35
DeSean Jackson (TB) WR #45 23
DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) WR #53 20
Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB #49 17
Matthew Stafford (DET) QB #67 17
Joe Flacco (BAL) QB #120 17
Marcus Mariota (TEN) QB #52 17
David Johnson (ARI) RB #50 17
Tyreek Hill (KC) WR #73 16
Phillip Lindsay (DEN) RB #100 16
Travis Kelce (KC) TE #16 16
Isaiah Crowell (NYJ) RB #64 16
Will Dissly (SEA) TE #8 16
Kareem Hunt (KC) RB #54 15
Leonard Fournette (JAC) RB #31 15
James Conner (PIT) RB #24 15
LeSean McCoy (BUF) RB #98 14

 

Week 2 Rankings

 

 

I Like Him More
RANK PLAYER ECR DIFF
21 Leonard Fournette (JAC – RB) 35 14
44 Corey Davis (TEN – WR) 58 14
46 Tevin Coleman (ATL – RB) 57 11
57 Robert Woods (LAR – WR) 73 16
58 Jordan Reed (WAS – TE) 69 11
69 George Kittle (SF – TE) 81 12
73 Ted Ginn (NO – WR) 90 17
78 Chris Godwin (TB – WR) 88 10
79 Trey Burton (CHI – TE) 89 10
82 Jared Cook (OAK – TE) 104 22
87 Jack Doyle (IND – TE) 102 15
90 Drew Brees (NO – QB) 124 34
95 Paul Richardson (WAS – WR) 127 32
97 Tyler Eifert (CIN – TE) 120 23
98 Mohamed Sanu (ATL – WR) 116 18
109 Theo Riddick (DET – RB) 122 13
112 Frank Gore (MIA – RB) 129 17
113 Benjamin Watson (NO – TE) 128 15
120 Courtland Sutton (DEN – WR) 148 28
121 Donte Moncrief (JAC – WR) 161 40
127 Josh Doctson (WAS – WR) 137 10
133 Bruce Ellington (HOU – WR) 145 12

ECR = Expert Consensus

I Like Him Less
RANK PLAYER ECR DIFF
24 Dalvin Cook (MIN – RB) 13 -11
50 Dion Lewis (TEN – RB) 38 -12
55 Royce Freeman (DEN – RB) 40 -15
66 Derrick Henry (TEN – RB) 51 -15
71 Isaiah Crowell (NYJ – RB) 59 -12
85 James White (NE – RB) 74 -11
86 Chris Carson (SEA – RB) 63 -23
88 Quincy Enunwa (NYJ – WR) 78 -10
93 Matt Breida (SF – RB) 75 -18
96 T.J. Yeldon (JAC – RB) 86 -10
102 Kerryon Johnson (DET – RB) 84 -18
104 Phillip Lindsay (DEN – RB) 91 -13
105 Tarik Cohen (CHI – RB) 95 -10
111 Jordan Wilkins (IND – RB) 97 -14
117 Duke Johnson (CLE – RB) 93 -24
119 Mike Williams (LAC – WR) 100 -19
124 Ty Montgomery (GB – RB) 108 -16
125 John Ross (CIN – WR) 113 -12
126 Javorius Allen (BAL – RB) 107 -19
128 Allen Hurns (DAL – WR) 109 -19
132 Rashaad Penny (SEA – RB) 121 -11
148 Giovani Bernard (CIN – RB) 135 -13

ECR = Expert Consensus

  1. miles proudfoot says:
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    The rankings are great, thanks for all your work!

    I’m trying to decide who to start in two spots, the last WR and Flex. It’s between Cobb, Cole, Godwin, and Engram. Do you suggest using the rankings to make the decision in terms of just choosing the two highest rated of the four?

    Also, drop Geronimo for Duke Jr? Eventually will need to replace a WR with a RB, not sure if this but would be the time. Lost out on the weeks waiver of Lindsay and co.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @miles proudfoot: Thanks for the kind words! And it’s a good q, you’ll notice sometimes people ask questions that could easily be answered by the rankings, but those are based on a vacuum. Every situation is different, a YMMV type thing, since you’ll have a mix of players on a team that could dictate something differently. For instance, with your q, I’d probably do Cobb and Engram for a nice balance of what they bring. And sure, Duke is nice RB depth here.

  2. Steve says:
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    Nice job with the rankings, Jay!
    Need a replacement for Olsen. Options include, Howard, seals-jones, jonna, and Watson. Like Watson this week but should I grab jonna or Howard instead because of long term?

    Also should I hold Olsen or drop for a guy like John Brown?

    Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Steve: Thanks! And I’m digging Watson like you said, and then just stream from here on out. If you have room for a long term option, Howard is fine there.

  3. buster moon says:
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    PPR.. ROS.. A Cooper or C Davis?

  4. Brian says:
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    I need to drop 1 of these guys for a defense and it’s a tough call please help .5 ppr

    Alf Morris
    Peyton Barber
    Julian Eddlemen
    Armani Cooper

    I feel like dropping Cooper and have tried trading him for little to nothing but seems nobody wants the bum.

    Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Brian: Yeah, pretty tough. I think Cooper if that’s the case.

  5. JohnnyBeGood says:
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    Hey Jay!

    in PPR:
    1) Starting who: J Gordon, Golladay or Godwin ?
    2) Pick 2 to start: J Gordon, Golladay, Godwin, Dion Lewis?
    3) Starting who: ARob, Crowder or Enunwa?
    4) If Fournette sits out, Starting Yeldon or Dion Lewis?
    5) Starting Who: P Barber or Ekeler?

    Thanks man!!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @JohnnyBeGood: I’d say Lewis and Gordon, and then ARob, and then Lewis if he sits and slot in Golladay. And then Barber… double check when I update this rankings around Saturday too.

      • JohnnyBeGood says:
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        @Jay: thanks brotha

  6. T Cole Anderson says:
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    standard scoring
    Kenny Stills or Golladay?

    3 out of 4 start already starting Davante and Corey Davis

  7. Molina bros bbq says:
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    One receiver to own right now:
    Devante Parker
    Ginn
    Sanu
    R grant
    K Cole
    Godwin

  8. Bobby’s world says:
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    Hey master Jay!

    .5 ppr league

    Here’s my roster

    QB Stafford

    RB1 DJ
    RB2 Melvin Gordon

    WR1 Hilton
    WR2 Amari Cooper
    WR3 Emmanuel sanders

    TE Ricky seals jones

    Flex Royce Freeman

    Bench kerryon Johnson, jamaal Williams, brieda, ekeler, kupp, Sterling Shepard, Gallup, Geronimo Allison, case keenum

    That being said any trades you’d like to make to sure up my squad?

    1.) minor trade since I have Royce freeman would you look to trade for Philip Lindsay? If yes who to offer? Kerryon? Geronimo Allison? Lindsay’s owners. Roster is RBs : bell(out), d Henry, lindsay, lat Murray. Looks like he needs RB more than WR.
    His WRs: Hopkins, green, fuller, Lockett, doctson, Paul Richardson, Godwin, cam Meredith.

    2.) scenario # 2 look to bolster WR depth by trading for either thielin or Davante Adams. He’s not an active owner this is unlikely. But what about my Royce Freeman + Amari Cooper for his thielin or Adams? Or what about Royce for his josh Gordon straight up?
    His RBs are Barkley, hunt, drake, duke Johnson, penny,
    His WRs thielen, Adams, Gordon, Robby Anderson, sanu.

    3.) who to offer to acquire Marvin jones? Kupp + kerryon? Sterling Shepard + kerryon?
    His RBs are dion Lewis, ajayi, Sony Michel, Wilkins.
    His WRs are Keenan Allen, tyreek hill, Marvin jones, Dorset, amendola.

    4.) lastly who are players I should buy low on now?

    Thanks man!

  9. attgig says:
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    PPR for flex…
    Collins, Stills, Kupp, or Burkhead?

    • Keeks says:
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      @attgig: My .02 cents would be to ride Stills until Devante gets back

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @attgig: Liking Kupp there. Stills is close though.

  10. steve stevenson says:
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    Yo Jay, hot tip for ya. I was walking by the break room in my office earlier and ESPN was on. It was on mute, but I read the chyron–they’ve identified Drew Brees as a fantasy BREAKOUT. Take it to the bank; this Brees kid’s gonna come out of nowhere and shock the world!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @steve stevenson: Lol, it’s almost like how CNN uses it’s breaking news music. WE GET IT, EVERYTHING IS BREAKING NEWS.

  11. Keeks says:
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    Whats good J and anyone else reading this,

    Got Michael Crabtree in two leagues and not too enthusiastic about using him tonight.

    League 1-PPR

    Crabtree @cincy or Hogan @Jax

    League 2-PPR

    Crabtree @Cincy or one of Royce Freeman VS Oak/ Cobb VS MIN/ Cole VS NE/ Ginn VS CLE

    So I guess what im asking is do you like Crabtree tonight?

    Thanks man

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Keeks: What up! Hmm, I still like Crabtree with your first team, but wouldn’t mind Royce on your second. The overarching theme I think is that I don’t not not like him. Haha.

  12. Dave says:
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    Does Davante Parker’s return lower Stills way below Marvin Jones in PPR and even below Enunwa??

    Thanks!
    Dave

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dave: I wouldn’t say that low, but yeah, it will affect him negatively.

  13. buster moon says:
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    PPR – Cooper or Enunwa?

  14. Fizz says:
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    Standard league
    WR: Beckham, Hogan, Kupp
    RB: Hunt, Drake, Barber, Conner, K. Johnson, C. Thompson

    Got offered L. Fitzgerald for C. Thompson. Should I pull it or stay put?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Fizz: Yeah, I like the deal for your team.

  15. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    12 team PPR.
    QB RW3
    RB (2) mixon, gurley, mack, michel, barber, kelly, ware
    WR (2) hilton, landry, kupp, allison
    TE (1) rudolph
    1 flex
    IR jeffery
    drop ware for any of:
    backup TE: watson, jonnu, gesicki, thomas
    extra WR: enunwa, beasley, hurns
    backup QB: (week 7 matchups shown, RW3’s bye)
    tygod @ TB (man he has a lot of good matchups, CLE has a nice schedule)
    eli @ ATL
    trubisky vs NE
    winston vs CLE

  16. The Harrow says:
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    that’s crazy that you can be worse than 46th in RB and WR, really bad in DEF and kicker and strong and average in QB/TE and do that well overall.

    • The Harrow says:
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      @The Harrow: the variance this early of course must be huge.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @The Harrow: Yeah, I think it’s mostly contextual at this stage. I’ve found that RB and WR moves the rankings the best, but QB and TE can shift them in the right direction. I love the data that they provide on the backend, so happy to share since it’s no sweat off my back.

      I’m interested to see how things start to settle in a few weeks. Generally there’s always the common performers, but new writers sneak in for a while with new techniques to glean from. Too much nerding out!

  17. Brent

    Brent says:
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    Where do you rank Davante Parker since he looks like a go this week?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      1,425th

      • Brent

        Brent says:
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        @MB: Interesting. I had him in the 1200’s

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Brent: 142 overall, but yeah, 2000 seems good too.

  18. Nate says:
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    I was just offered Bell + Kupp for Dalvin Cook. .75 PPR league.

    I have Conner. I also have Melvin Gordon, Burkhead, Chris Carson. I also have Tyreek and Thielen, so Kupp would not start for me.

    Do I roll with Gordon, Dalvin, and Conner – then slot in Burkhead/Carson when Bell returns. Or pounce on this trade offer, and go Gordon, Conner, Burkhead, until Bell comes back…. then steamroll with Gordon/Bell/Burkhead into the final weeks??

    • Nate says:
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      @Nate: Or counter Cook + Burton for Bell + Kelce?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Nate: I kinda like the deal, but I’m also okay holding. Not crazy about taking a risk on Bell because the price will largely still be significant for a player that we have no idea about.

  19. Nick says:
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    I’m thinking of playing Barber or Thompson over Fournette, regardless of status, as I think they will limit him. Which would you choose?

  20. CURTIS FULLER says:
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    Cant decide on trading Conner right now. I have a trade on the board of Conner and Diggs for Melvin Gordon and Alshon or Geronimo

    14 Team 0.5 PPR

    I also have RB- Conner, Saquon, Jamaal WIlliams, M. Mack, Sony Michel, Tarik Cohen WR- Diggs, Emmanuel Sanders, Stills, C. Godwin TE- Ertz QB- Luck

    What do you think of this trade?

  21. Eric says:
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    Hey Jay

    great job with the rankings! Keep up the good work

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