Paulsen, Elkaffas, DiBari: Rankings, Values, and Giggles.

Good news, bad news this week folks. Well, I’m not quite sure if it is good, or bad, so let’s just call it news. If you’ve seen, listened, or heard of the #DWG4 Experience you likely know it is intended to be a short video interview series. Unfortunately, this week the service I use to record these calls decided to crap out. Maybe it was divine intervention, and these are intended to be audio plays only. Maybe it was meddling, as I officially cleared out the last of my contents from my former site. Or maybe, just maybe, it was something different altogether and merely coincidence things went awry this week. Regardless of the reason, this week I only have an audio version to present to you. So again, I beg of you… please let me know if you enjoy these, find them beneficial, or are a complete waste of both mine, yours, and all of these guests time. The guests this week, you ask? Another phenomenal bunch! I talked with John Paulsen of 4for4.com, who has been one of the most accurate Fantasy Football experts the past decade, even winning the Fantasy Pros content twice. I asked him about his methodology, and what are the initial and final factors into his decision making. We also discussed the Texans backfield, and if D’Onta Foreman truly serves as a bigger threat to Lamar Miller, than the Houston O-Line itself. John came second in this episode (but it the bigger name), because I opened things up with Izzy Elkaffas, who writes for Dynasty League Football (DLF), and is co-founder of the Dynasty Trade Calculator. DTC, or The Calculator as Izzy refers to it, has become very prominent in off-season trading, as a barometer for value being exchanged. I asked him how it got its start, what makes up the algorithm, and what improvements have been made, and are in store for the future. Lastly, I spoke with John DiBari of the Fantasy Forty Podcast. John has become a dear friend thru this industry, is a great deal of fun, and has a very blunt and direct way of discussing players. We talked about an assortment of things, and somehow morphed it into a convo about the rookie Quarterbacks to date.

I truly hope you enjoy the episode! These are a lot of fun for me to record and pick the brains of so many talented analysts, and I am trying to ask questions that will be entertaining and informational for you and your fantasy needs. Seriously, please let me know what you think, what works, what doesn’t, and anything else you think I should consider. Appreciate you all. Good luck in Week 7!

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The Sausage Fest gets extra meaty this week as the boys are joined by numbers guru and co-founder of Razzball, Rudy Gamble. Listen in as Rudy regales B_Don and DT with tales of the creation of Razzball and then attempts to crush Donkey Teeth’s Tarik Cohen hopes and Kerryon Johnson dreams.

Of course the guys also had to grill Gamble regarding the fantasy outlook for all Da Bears offensive players in 2018. Other topics of conversation in this week’s show include the process of projecting football statistics, snake and auction draft strategy, Lamar Miller, Peyton Barber and much more.

Sign up for a free 7 day trial of Rudy’s incredible premium football tools here.

Follow everyone on this episode on Twitter @RudyGamble, @DitkaSausagePod, and @DonkeyTeeth87.

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After the first big draft weekend, it’s nice to reflect on rankings and see where you actually are looking at players rather than what you perceived to be a fair ranking prior to draft season. A number of changes from the initial posting based on injuries, some missing players, and yes, even some recent news. Hopefully the rankings update will help you with your leagues as fantasy football draft season wraps up.

After the first big draft weekend, it’s nice to reflect on rankings and see where you actually are looking at players rather than what you perceived to be a fair ranking prior to draft season. A number of changes from the initial posting based on injuries, some missing players, and yes, even some recent news. Hopefully the rankings update will help you with your leagues as fantasy football draft season wraps up…

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The Juice is loose in this week’s Ditka pod as the guys profile new Cleveland Browns stud Jarvis Landry during the wide receivers preview episode. B_Don and Donkey Teeth also take a close look at evil Packer Randall Cobb and wide-awake sleeper Keelan Cole.

In addition, the sausageers dig deep into their respective 2018 wide receiver rankings which can be viewed below. Find out which receivers to draft and which to avoid here:

The 2 mustache aficionados also make a couple stogie bets with Michael Crabtree over/under 7.5 TDs and Jarvis Landry a top 20 WR in standard.

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The NFL preseason has officially kicked into full gear. In honor of this, the Ditka boys are talking running backs on this week’s podcast. There are many ways to approach this all important position on draft day but one thing is certain, you’ll need a strong running back core by playoff time if you want to reach the fabled fantasy football championship immortality. Listen in as B_Don and Donkey Teeth walk you through everything you need to know about the running back position for 2018 fantasy football.

In this episode, you’ll find in depth player profiles of Jay Ajayi, Alex Collins and Chris Carson. The guys also delve into their respective running back rankings (see below) hitting on Melvin Gordon, Dalvin Cook, LeSean McCoy, Tarik Cohen (DA BEARS!) and many more. Taste the saaaaasage right here!

Plus, the guys make a stogie bet with Donkey Teeth taking Alex Collins and B_Don taking Jay Ajayi.

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In DA words of DA Coach, “If God had wanted man to play soccer, he wouldn’t have given us arms.”

With those words of inspiration, it’s no wonder DA COACH has done such amazing things. He won the 2018 World Cup without ever stepping on the field or knowing how to play soccer. He once drank the entire city of Chicago out of green beer simply because he wanted to remove all signs of Packer colors from the city. When DA COACH reads fake news, it becomes reality. If you look at DA STACHE directly, some say it has the power to take a piece of your soul. And DA COACH is still, to this day, able to pass the Baltimore Orioles trade physical. DA Coach would rank fantasy football players for us, but it wouldn’t be fair to have all of the rankings in the exact order they will finish the season.

Seeing as I can only dream of reaching DA COACH’s level, here’s my first run at standard scoring fantasy football rankings for the season. You can see other Razzball rankings from Zach and MB‘s rankings. Or if PPR is more your thing, Zach’s and MB’s PPR rankings.

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Period Rank QB RB WR TE K DST
Week 5 9 out of 138 42 32 4 112 56 12
Week 4 5 out of 141 60 15 6 49 4 62
Week 3 22 out of 139 41 18 62 21 7 32
Week 2 96 out of 139 96 116 38 107 13 8
Week 1 66 out of 138 63 73 34 116 32 23
2016 11 out of 133 57 30 9 83 9 8

I’m happy to report that Razzball had another great week with rankings. Tehol finished in the top-10 for quarterbacks, and on top of that, Rudy’s Pigskinator was able to rank first for wide receivers. That’s actually pretty amazing. Not only that, but for those of you who play in IDP leagues, Rudy’s projections finished second overall, and achieved top-10 status for both kickers and DSTs! Just some amazing results all around. And while it might seem self-serving when I wax poetic about our accuracy feats, it’s not just because I love talking about myself all the time (call me, ladies), it’s also because our success hopefully translates to our reader’s success. And if not? Then just do what I always do and blame Obama…

Here are your Week 6 Rankings… (Rest of Season rankings have been updated and can be found here!)

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Period Accuracy Rank High Low Percentile
Week 14 55.1% 26 out of 126 60.3% 44.0% Top 20%
Week 13 57.2% 82 out of 126 65.2% 47.2% Top 65%
Week 12 62.2% 20 out of 126 65.9% 47.3% Top 20%
Week 11 54.8% 46 out of 128 63.7% 39.0% Top 40%
Week 10 56.0% 85 out of 128 65.5% 48.7% Top 70%
Week 9 61.2% 34 out of 130 67.9% 48.1% Top 30%
Week 8 56.7% 30 out of 128 66.5% 42.9% Top 25%
Week 7 57.8% 37 out of 129 66.8% 43.1% Top 30%
Week 6 54.0% 84 out of 131 65.2% 45.7% Top 65%
Week 5 54.4% 37 out of 130 59.7% 41.9% Top 30%
Week 4 56.4% 12 out of 135 59.9% 41.1% Top 10%
Week 3 59.1% 18 out of 134 65.0% 42.1% Top 15%
Week 2 53.4% 85 out of 135 65.2% 46.2% Top 65%
Week 1 56.8% 54 out of 137 62.8% 46.3% Top 40%
2015 57.1% 30 out of 123 60.2% 51.1% Top 25%
2014 58.1% 31 out of 125 60.7% 50.6% Top 25%

Here are your Week 15 Rankings and FanDuel Week 15 Cheatsheet…

Join myself and your fellow readers in a special Razzball-only Contest! Buy-in is just $5.00 and the top-5 finishers in a 22-team league are all part of the prize pool! Sign up here!

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Period Accuracy Rank High Low Percentile
Week 7 57.8% 37 out of 129 66.8% 43.1% Top 30%
Week 6 54.0% 84 out of 131 65.2% 45.7% Top 65%
Week 5 54.4% 37 out of 130 59.7% 41.9% Top 30%
Week 4 56.4% 12 out of 135 59.9% 41.1% Top 10%
Week 3 59.1% 18 out of 134 65.0% 42.1% Top 15%
Week 2 53.4% 85 out of 135 65.2% 46.2% Top 65%
Week 1 56.8% 54 out of 137 62.8% 46.3% Top 40%
2015 56.0% 26 out of 124 58.6% 47.7% Top 25%
2014 58.1% 31 out of 125 60.7% 50.6% Top 25%

We’ve had two contests running, the first being for using our remade Fantasy Football Team Name Generator and yesterday’s Steiner Sports Giveaway. The first was for a Razzball T-Shirt (of your choice) and the second was for $100.00 to use on Steiner Sports Memorabilia Store (which has some pretty awesome stuff.) Both winners were chosen randomly by Rudy, that way if you didn’t win, you can just blame him. I usually find that to be my de facto position at all times anyhow, so I’m sure he’s used to it. So congratulations to the two Razzball readers, you’ll find their names after the jump!

Along with your Week 8 Rankings and FanDuel Week 8 Cheatsheet… (The Rest of Season Rankings have been updated and can be found here.)

Join myself and your fellow readers in a special Razzball-only Contest! Buy-in is just $5.00 and the top-12 finishers in a 55-team league are all part of the prize pool! Sign up here!

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