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.
If you are somehow unfamiliar with my color-coding system, allow
me to explain it before we start:
Red 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 For lower-level
players, he 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 This one that could
go either way. In some cases, I just dont feel like I have
a good feel yet for this matchup. Generally speaking, these matchups
are winnable for all levels of players.
Green 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
Two other items require an explanation:
1) 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 each position that I feel are critical to fantasy success.
2) Please note the different colors to the “Pos”
column below; I am taking this step to allow owners to delineate
where one tier ends (regardless of position) and where another
one begins, essentially using the same concept NFL teams do with
a horizontal board during the NFL Draft. The fact each tier is
a different color is merely to easily separate tiers; nothing
more or nothing less.
Here is the scoring
system that I used to rank the players in the Non-PPR format:
Be aware these rankings are for non-PPR leagues which award
six points for all touchdowns and start one quarterback, two running
backs, two receivers and one tight end along with a flex.
| .5 PPR Big Board Doug Orth has written for FF
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