For the second straight year, I was invited to the King's Classic
at the Pro Football Hall of Fame last weekend in Canton, Ohio. Just
like the first edition of the event in 2018, two drafts (one auction
and one snake) were conducted across two divisions. Unlike last
year, the size of both divisions was increased from 12 to 14 teams.
I frankly cannot remember a draft in which every single owner seemed
to walk out of the room unhappy, but that seemed to be the mood
after the morning auction was over. So, don't sweat it, kids …
even the industry pros get a bid jaded at times.
Now onto the business at hand, delivering a Big Board that allows
owners to start the season out on the right foot …
For anyone unfamiliar with my Big Boards, allow me to explain
the SSI concept as well as the color-coding system before we start:
SSI (Success Score Index) - A rankings metric
that incorporates my fantasy-point projections and includes a
weight to my matchup analysis score. It also considers league
size. In other words, it allows me to compare apples to oranges
Red – For lower-level players, a
red matchup is the most difficult one a player can face. 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 an RB2).
Yellow – For lower-level players,
he is a borderline start at best. For a second- or third-tier
player, the slight edge goes to the defense in what is essentially
a toss-up. For the elite players, expect slightly better than
White – This one can go either
way, but I favor the player over the matchup. In some cases, I
just don’t feel like I have a good feel yet for this matchup.
Generally speaking, these matchups are winnable for all levels
Green – For non-elite players,
the stage is set for a player to have a productive day. For the
elite player, this matchup could produce special numbers.
Black – Player is either on a bye week
or is expected to miss due to injury or suspension.
Note:Players with a
next to their name have some degree of injury/character/holdout
concern. Players with a * next to their name
have a higher than normal chance of losing their job at some point
during the season.
ALSO, PLEASE NOTE EACH BIG BOARD ASSUMES THE FOLLOWING STARTING
LINEUP REQUIREMENTS: 1-2-3-1 (QB, RB, WR, TE). Lineups requiring
more/fewer starters at certain positions will obviously affect
where they land on the Big Boards.
In the coming days, I will present my final rankings for
kickers and defense/special teams as well. Next week will feature
Top 200 Big Boards for The Fantasy Championship (TFC) and the
Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC).
Here is the scoring
system that I used to rank the players in the Half-Point PPR
Doug Orth has written for FF Today since 2006 and been featured in USA TODAY's Fantasy Football Preview magazine since 2010. He is also a high-stakes player who often appears as a guest analyst on a number of national sports radio shows, such as Sirius XM's "Fantasy Drive." Doug is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.