The 2011 season was a very successful one for Fantasy Football Maniaxs. We submitted our preseason rankings to Fantasy Football Librarian to determine whether our crystal ball was clear or fuzzy. We also submitted weekly rankings to Fantasy Pros. We were very pleased with a number of the final rankings on the season.
The highlight of all the rankings was that we were the most accurate website out of 46 that submitted preseason Quarterback rankings to the Fantasy Football Librarian. View our results.
One of the keys to achieving that ranking was being one of only three websites that projected Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick outside of the Top-10, due to concerns that his injury history would not allow him to match the numbers that colleagues such as Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers would put up.
Overall, we finished ninth in total preseason ranking accuracy, including a seventh overall ranking for wide receivers.
That does not mean that we did not also have success at ranking running backs. While our preseason rankings did not crack the Top-10, we finished ninth among 67 fantasy sites in running back accuracy for Week 1 through Week 16 at Fantasy Pros. We finished 24th among 67 sites last season and were only 1.4 percent away from the top overall ranker.
While no site can perfectly predict preseason rankings or regular season performance, our attention to detail put us with the elite fantasy minds. Our goal for 2012 is to be even more accurate. While we may never be able to achieve perfection, out goal is to chase it by providing the best preseason and weekly rankings in the fantasy football business.
Every year I compile a list of players that I think will breakout, underrated players and overrated players. The first list I am going to release in 2013 is the breakout players. I usually receive the most criticism on this article, because many of the names on this list are not household names and some people think I am selling them a list of players that will not be able to help them in their fantasy leagues. A breakout player is not listing big names from the year before. This is a forward-looking article, not a look back at 2012. A...read more
While the first round was the most exciting for many NFL fans, there were a lot of big moves on Friday and Saturday. Here is a look at some of the more notable developments from Round 2 through Round 7. 1) Good Quarterback Values in Day 2 and 3 – This was by all accounts a weak quarterback draft, but I think NFL front offices took that fear a little too far. While it was unwise for teams to select questionable prospects in the Top 10, that does not mean these quarterbacks should have fallen as far as they did. Their was speculation that...read more
One of the more overrated parts of the NFL season is the schedule release day. On the one hand it is exciting, because we can see what dates the premier matchups will be, but on the other hand many fans like to make snap judgments about the degree of difficulty provided by the schedule. Because many of those judgments are going to be made based on last year’s record, which is not always a good idea. It is impossible to know if a schedule is favorable simply by looking at how a team did last year. A classic example would be the 2012...read more
The quarterback has always been the most important and high profile position on a NFL team. It is nothing new that quarterbacks receive way too much credit when they win and way too much blame when they lose. New York Jets QB Joe Namath was the hero of Super Bowl III for his guarantee and won the Super Bowl MVP award when his Jets won 16-7. Never mind that he was only 17 for 28 with 206 yards and no touchdown passes with a QB rating of just 83.3. Never mind that RB Matt Snell had 30 carries for 121 yards and a rushing touchdown or that the...read more
The last time I looked at NFL headlines that impacted fantasy teams for the upcoming season was last Thursday. While the signings have slowed after the first couple of days, there has still been activity that is going to affect your fantasy teams. Here are some of the more noteworthy events of the last week. 1) Atlanta Falcons sign St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson – This is one of the older stories having happened last week, but it is probably one of the biggest in terms of fantasy impact. Jackson signed a three-year deal worth $12.00...read more
The first event of the off-season that impacts fantasy football is the retirements that take place between the end of the season and the Super Bowl, but the impact is usually minor, as most players do not retire on top of their games. The first major changes to player’s fantasy values comes in free agency when teams either lose key players or they sign big name free agents that they hope will improve their team. There are always a few notable free agents, but for the most part, teams do not let their franchise players hit the open market and...read more
The off-season is a time where teams evaluate what things went right in the past season and what areas need to be improved. The same goes for fantasy football websites, as we have to rethink how we value players from each team. One of the things I preach each week is that you cannot chase last week’s big game. The same goes for ranking players the upcoming season. While last year’s season is part of the equation when it comes to rankings, you also have to look at how the team progressed and if the end of the season was a preview of...read more
The off-season is a time where teams evaluate what things went right in the past season and what areas need to be improved. The same goes for fantasy football websites, as we have to rethink how we value players from each team for the new season. One of the things I preach each week is that you cannot chase last week’s big game. The same goes for ranking players the upcoming season. While last year’s season is part of the equation when it comes to rankings, you also have to look at how the team and individual players progressed or...read more
I have been waiting to write this article until all the head coach spots were filled, because I did not feel like doing a separate article for each hire. Coaching is one of the most important elements of fantasy football. A good coach and a good offense system can maximize star players’ fantasy value and produce countless sleepers that can help your fantasy team win a title. Bad head coaching can handcuff good players and make them overvalued in fantasy football. There is really no surefire way to tell if a head coach is going to have...read more
The 2012 NFL Regular season is in the books and it is time to hand out the hardware for the regular season. I went through the big awards that the AP voters vote for, as well as some of my own. Think of this as a NFL/Fantasy Football awards list all wrapped into one. Most Valuable Player: Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson – I love how the game has evolved over the years, but my one criticism is that we are too infatuated with quarterbacks. Quarterback is the most important position, it is not the only position. A quarterback has won the...read more