Remember how I said last
week my overall Big Boards were not going to change significantly
over the remainder of the preseason barring injuries?
Yeah, so last weekend happened. (Yet another reminder as to why
it is foolish to sink more than a few dollars into this hobby
until after the third full week of the preseason has finished.)
Three fairly high-profile fantasy players (Spencer Ware, Julian
Edelman and Cameron Meredith) going down in a matter of a few
days stirs the pot for a lot of big changes on the NFL teams they
play for and a slew of minor changes in the overall rankings.
For all of those unfamiliar with the Big Boards, allow me to
explain the color-coding system before we start:
Red – A very difficult matchup.
For lower-level players, a red matchup means they should not be
used in fantasy that week. For a second- or third-tier player,
drop your expectations for them at least one
grade that week (i.e. from WR2 to WR3). For elite players, expect
them to perform one level lower than their usual status (i.e.
RB1 performs like a RB2).
Yellow – Keep expectations
fairly low in this matchup. For lower-level players, a yellow
matchup is a borderline start at best. For a second- or third-tier
player, they can probably overcome the matchup if things fall
right. For the elite players, expect slightly better than average
White – Basically, this matchup
is one that could go either way. In some cases, I just don’t
feel like I have a good feel yet for this defense. Generally speaking,
these matchups are winnable matchups for all levels of players.
Green – It doesn’t
get much better than this. For non-elite players, the stage is
basically set for said player to exploit the matchup. For the
elite player, this matchup should produce special numbers.
Success Score Index (SSI) - This
score is an apples-to-oranges number I reach after meticulously
grading and assigning certain weights to several unique attributes
to that position that I feel are critical to fantasy success.
Note: In the final
set of Big Boards over the following two weeks, I will rank 200
players and present my final rankings for kickers and defense/special
Here is the scoring
system that I used to rank the players in the FFPC format:
Doug Orth has written for FF
Today since 2006 and been featured in USA Today’s Fantasy
Football Preview magazine since 2010. He hosted USA Today’s
hour-long, pre-kickoff fantasy football internet chat every Sunday
in 2012-13 and appears as a guest analyst on a number of national
sports radio shows, including Sirius XM’s “Fantasy Drive”.
Doug is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.