NFLSoup.com Finishes in Top 20 in FantasyPros.com’s 2012 Expert Rankings Contest
We weren’t able to chase down a coveted top-10 spot this year in FantasyPros.com’s expert accuracy contest for weekly fantasy football rankings, but we proudly announce a top-20 finish. I ended up ranking as the 16th most accurate fantasy football expert on the year, offering up consistent fantasy football advice throughout the year and beating out some big names in the industry (check out the final results here).
I ended 2012 with a solid mark of 61.3%, which was actually just 0.5% out of the top-10, and just 1.3% down from first place. Not only does NFLSoup’s standing in this year’s contest show how consistent we’ve been in 2012, but it also shows how accurate the field of experts really is, and how close the competition is.
That can be bad for fantasy owners looking for that extra edge, but it should at least be comforting to know that the majority of the self proclaimed fantasy experts you turn to on Twitter or on websites actually help you more than they hurt you.
My top position of 2012 was running back, where I nailed 65.4% of my calls, which was good for 21st place in the position. My top position placement was at the quarterback position, however, where I nailed 62.5% of my quarterback calls, which was good for 8th place on the year. I finished just 0.3% out of the top-five for this position, as well.
Wide receiver was another strength, as I finished with a 59.9% mark and had a third top-30 finish at the major skill positions.
On the flip-side, my worst position to target in 2012 was tight end. I will gladly admit that I never got this position down, as I held onto hope for guys like Antonio Gates, Vernon Davis and Jermichael Finley for far too long, and rated Jimmy Graham like a stud during a stretch where he was simply average. Also, early on I didn’t give Tony Gonzalez the respect he probably deserved, and gave a less than 100% Jason Witten too little.
Overall, I finished in the top-30 in four of the six positions being tracked on the year, with team defense and tight end being my weak points. In the end, I would have loved a top-10 finish, but I’ll gladly take 16th in a field of 87 respected and competitive fantasy experts.
Dating back to my first year competing at FantasyPros.com in 2010, I now have two finishes inside the top-20 in three years of competition. I still have a lot of work to do to catch up to insanely consistent fantasy sharks like John Paulsen (three straight top-5 finishes!) and David Dodds (three top-5 finishes in four years), but I’ve enjoyed putting in the hard work to get to this point and can’t wait to do it again in 2013.
Like always, my personal goal and NFLSoup.com’s site goal is to help you win on a weekly basis, with the end game being you sitting atop your league when the season is over. Hopefully we helped you do just that in 2012, and we look forward to doing so again in 2013!