Fantasy football rankings are as commoditized as a national grocery store chain — it’s the same products located in mostly the same places. Why deviate from the norm when the norm makes us look as sharp as everyone else, even if a surprisingly large percentage of supposedly elite and near-elite players end up being busts?
Fantasy drafting is an art and a science. But industry rankings focus solely on the science. There’s no art to picking the next guy on the list. It’s a two-dimensional solution to a three-dimensional problem. There is a better way.
PFN’s Range-of-Outcome Rankings combine the art and science of predictive analytics. We need to incorporate hard truths based on sound research. But we also need customizations that correspond with how we prefer to draft.
Our “traditional” positional rankings represent the average of each player’s realistic range of outcomes. Meanwhile, our “optimal” rankings order players based on their highest realistic ceiling, while our “minimal” rankings order players based on their lowest realistic floor.
Taken together, you have a three-dimensional view of each player’s fantasy value. Each set of rankings includes columns highlighting each player’s age, unique positional role, and positional ADP. We also point out which players are the best bargains and the riskiest busts based on current market values.