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Best Ball Leaderboard Week 2

Week 2 of the NFL season is in the books, and we have more to look at in our Leaderboards. For this second week, I wanted to stress a couple of key points about the system and then go through the charts by position and make some observations.

  • Since we are looking at a player’s utility, it is accounting for games played, so it will dock guys for injuries. This impacts Tampa Bay and Miami players on the Index score, thus the percentages should also be consulted and the games played column taken into account. As the season progresses, these will become less impactful. Obviously bye weeks will play a role as well.

  • Two weeks is still a very small sample size, but we can spot trends to look at by position.
  • A reminder that the leaderboard is to be used in conjunction with percentage of times players hit certain points to get a clearer picture. I would especially focus on the times that players have hit the higher numbers, as these are bonuses to the system in the sense that, at the top end of the buckets, the difference between players tends to be much larger than in the lower buckets.

Quarterback

PlayerGames Played Week 1Week 2Total PointsBB Score10+15+20+25+30+
Trevor Siemian24599011100
Carson Wentz245990110.500
Alex Smith253880110.50.50.5
Matthew Stafford25277010.50.50.50
Derek Carr234770110.500
Philip Rivers23366011000
Dak Prescott23366011000
Aaron Rodgers22466011000
Drew Brees224660110.500
Tom Brady21566010.50.50.50.5
Sam Bradford15055011110
Marcus Mariota24155010.5000
Matt Ryan23255010.5000
Ben Roethlisberger22355011000
Carson Palmer2134400.50.5000
Tyrod Taylor23033010.5000
Deshone Kizer2303300.50.5000
Jared Goff22133010.5000
Cam Newton22133010000
Josh McCown2123300.50.5000
Russell Wilson2123300.50.5000
Deshaun Watson2033300.50.5000
Mike Glennon22022010000
Kirk Cousins21122010000
Joe Flacco2022200.50000
Jay Cutler10222010000
Blake Bortles2101100.50000
Eli Manning2011100.50000
Jameis Winston10111010000

  • Two young QBs lead the charge in Trevor Siemian and Carson Wentz at nine points each. However, Siemian has both weeks above 20 points, adding extra value and making him as the best QB so far for best ball.
  • Alex Smith is alone in second place. So far, no QB drafted in the top 12 of best ball leagues is near the leaderboard, supporting the Late Round QB theory as one of the early winners of the Best ball season.
  • Jameis Winston gets dinged for missing game one in our standings but only ended up with one point in Week 2, leaving him on the bottom of our rankings, followed by Eli Manning, whose bad play on the field has translated to one point in two weeks.

Running Back

PlayerGames Played Week 1Week 2Total PointsBB Score10+15+20+25+30+35+40+45+
Kareem Hunt2871593.7511110.50.50.50.5
Todd Gurley2781593.751110.50000
Mike Gillislee2861487.510.50.500000
Ty Montgomery2681487.5110.50.50000
Leonard Fournette275127510.50.500000
Melvin Gordon2661275110.500000
Chris Thompson2571275110.50.50000
Carlos Hyde2561168.7510.5000000
Devonta Freeman2471168.7510.50.500000
CJ Anderson2381168.750.50.50.50.50.5000
Terrance West2551062.510000000
Tarik Cohen281956.2510.50.50.50000
Dalvin Cook2628500.50.5000000
Marshawn Lynch23585010000000
LeSean McCoy270743.7510.50.500000
Shane Vereen252743.750.50000000
Mark Ingram243743.7510000000
Lamar Miller243743.7510000000
James White234743.750.50.5000000
Tevin Coleman234743.750.50000000
Javorius Allen216743.750.50.50.500000
Ezekiel Elliott260637.50.50.5000000
Jonathan Stewart260637.50.50.5000000
Jordan Howard260637.50.50.5000000
Jalen Richard206637.50.50.5000000
Derrick Henry206637.50.50.5000000
Theo Riddick250531.250.50000000
David Johnson150531.2510000000
Le'Veon Bell214531.250.50000000
Frank Gore205531.250.50000000
Jacquizz Rodgers105531.2510000000
Jay Ajayi105531.2510000000
Mike Tolbert2404250.50000000
LeGarrette Blount2404250.50000000
Marlon Mack2404250.50000000
Christian McCaffrey2314250.50000000
Darren Sproles22242500000000
Ameer Abdullah21342500000000
Matt Forte2044250.50000000
Chris Carson2044250.50000000
Rex Burkhead2044250.50000000
Isaiah Crowell230318.750.50000000
Alvin Kamara212318.7500000000
Duke Johnson203318.750.50000000
Rob Kelley203318.7500000000
Samaje Perine203318.7500000000
Charcandrick West220212.500000000
Giovani Bernard220212.500000000
Bilal Powell220212.500000000
Kerwynn Williams220212.500000000
DeMarco Murray220212.500000000
Jalston Fowler202212.500000000
CJ Ham202212.500000000
Malcolm Brown21016.2500000000
Tommy Bohanon21016.2500000000
Chris Ivory20116.2500000000
Jamaal Charles20116.2500000000
Peyton Barber10116.2500000000
Chris Johnson10116.2500000000
  • Kareem Hunt is an obvious leader and basically busted our model.  To give you a sense of just how important one player can be to your best ball results, Hunt is on 45.2 percent of all winning MFL teams so far. As a comparison, last year David Johnson, a first-round pick, ended up on 25 percent all winning MFL leagues. As a mid-to-late-round pick this year, Hunt has a chance to beat Johnson’s number. The good news is that if you have a a lot of shares of Hunt in your portfolio, you’re probably sitting pretty fat right now. The bad news is that his big game has skewed the early results. Hunt seems for real, but it is highly doubtful he can keep up his point per game pace giving the field a chance to catch you.
  • All those who had Leveon Bell as the 42nd-rated RB after two weeks raise their hand?  Yeah, I didn’t think so either. But while he got 27 carries last weekend and is sure to rise up our leaderboard moving forward, he hasn’t been as active in the pass game with Martavis Bryant back. Bell is averaging 4.5 PPR points per game in the pass game in 2017 vs 12.4 in 2016, making him a tough DFS play on Draftkings this week at $8800.

Wide Receiver

PlayerGames Played Week 1Week 2Total PointsBB Score10+15+20+25+30+
Michael Crabtree2710178510.50.50.50.5
JJ Nelson2791680110.500
Jermaine Kearse2510157510.50.500
Keenan Allen277147010.5000
Antonio Brown2103136510.50.50.50
DeAndre Hopkins285136510.5000
Tyreek Hill210212600.50.50.50.50
Nelson Agholor28412600.50.50.500
Randall Cobb284126010.5000
Jeremy Maclin266126010000
Julio Jones247115510.5000
Stefon Diggs210010500.50.50.50.50
Marvin Jones24610500.50000
Mohamed Sanu246105010000
Alshon Jeffery22810500.50.50.500
Davante Adams21910500.50.50.500
Emmanuel Sanders201010500.50.50.500
Adam Thielen2909450.50.50.500
Kenny Golladay2909450.50.50.500
Golden Tate2909450.50.50.500
Paul Richardson23694500000
Michael Thomas2369450.50000
Allen Hurns2189450.50.50.500
Martavis Bryant2099450.50.5000
Jordy Nelson2808400.50.50.500
Cooper Kupp2808400.50.5000
Amari Cooper2808400.50.5000
AJ Green25384010000
Demaryius Thomas24484010000
Chris Hogan2088400.50.5000
Brandon Coleman2088400.50.5000
Cordarrelle Patterson2088400.50000
Mike Evans10884011100
Bennie Fowler2707350.50.5000
Corey Coleman2707350.50.5000
Danny Amendola17073511000
Ryan Grant2347350.50000
Dez Bryant2077350.50.5000
Deonte Thompson2077350.50.5000
Rashard Higgins10773511000
Kenny Stills10773510000
Pierre Garcon2606300.50000
Larry Fitzgerald2606300.50000
Russell Shepard2606300.50000
Travis Benjamin2606300.50000
Corey Davis2606300.50000
Rishard Matthews2516300.50000
Devante Parker10663010000
Terrance Williams2505250.50000
Terrelle Pryor2505250.50000
Sterling Shepard2505250.50000
Brandin Cooks2415250.50000
Tyrell Williams2325250.50000
Kelvin Benjamin2055250.50000
Phillip Dorsett2055250.50000
Jaron Brown2055250.50000
Juju Smith-Schuster2055250.50000
Marqise Lee2055250.50000
Sammy Watkins2404200.50000
Doug Baldwin23142010000
Kendall Wright2044200.50000
Jarvis Landry10442011100
Ted Ginn23031500000
TY Hilton21231500000
Torrey Smith2033150.50000
Devin Funchess2033150.50000
Tyler Lockett2033150.50000
Alex Erickson2033150.50000
Roger Lewis22021000000
Seth Roberts22021000000
Albert Wilson22021000000
Robert Woods22021000000
John Brown12021000000
Chris Conley20221000000
Josh Bellamy20221000000
Taywan Taylor20221000000
Jordan Matthews2101500000
Tommylee Lewis2101500000
Andre Holmes2101500000
Eli Rogers2011500000
Jamison Crowder2011500000
Ifeanyi Momah2011500000
  • Michael Crabtree’s three-touchdown week has propelled him to the top of the leaderboard, with two big surprises J.J. Nelson and Jermaine Kearse, tied for second place.
  • Tyreek Hill’s first two weeks show why he was a polarizing figure during draft season at his ADP. With 10 leaderboard points in Week 1 and only two points in Week 2, he looks so far like more of a boom/bust type than consistent WR1. He is going to be an interesting player to track as we move along.
  • The WR position is filled with players who have big scores one week and zero points the other. This position should stabilize a little later in the season, and we’ll know more about their value to best ball teams.

Tight End

PlayerGames Played Week 1Week 2Total PointsBB Score10+15+20+25+
Jason Witten25510100110.50.5
Travis Kelce2358800.50.50.50
Zach Ertz24377010.500
Coby Fleener24377010.500
Delanie Walker23477010.500
Evan Engram2246600.5000
Rob Gronkowski2156600.50.50.50
Jesse James2505500.50.50.50
Austin Hooper2505500.50.50.50
Charles Clay2404400.50.500
Kyle Rudolph2314400.5000
Jordan Reed2224400.5000
Seth DeValve2224400000
Eric Ebron2044400.50.500
Jared Cook2303300.5000
Demetrius Harris2303300000
CJ Fiedorowicz1303300000
Zach Miller2213300.5000
Martellus Bennett2213300000
Jack Doyle2123300.50.500
Virgil Green2123300000
Gerald Everett2033300.5000
David Njoku2033300.5000
Benjamin Watson2033300.50.500
Jonnu Smith2033300.5000
George Kittle2202200000
Antonio Gates2022200000
Hunter Henry2022200.50.500
Will Tye2101100000
AJ Derby2101100000
Dion Sims2101100000
Tyler Eifert2011100000
Jerell Adams2011100000
Josh Hill2011100000
  • Jason Witten is not only leading our TE leaderboard, but he is currently second behind Kareem Hunt in highest percentage on winning teams through two weeks at 22.2 percent. People laugh at him being a dad runner, but so far in 2017, he is the No. 1 TE in Fantasy Football.
  • Travis Kelce’s big Week 2 has pushed him to second on our charts, followed by the trio of Zach Ertz and Delanie Walker, two players drafted five to six rounds after Kelce, and Coby Fleener, who has caught eight of his 10 targets to date and has scored a TD in each game.
  • Evan Engram has been impressive and involved so far, coming in sixth place on our leaderboard. He has converted eight of 12 targets for 93 yards and a TD. But this is with Odell Beckham out one game and a part-time player the next. It is fair to wonder if this might be a good time to sell Engram in season-long leagues, considering the return of Beckham and how badly the Giants offense has performed.

Defense

PlayerGames Played Week 1Week 2Total PointsBB Score10+15+20+25+
Baltimore Ravens25510100110.50.5
Detroit Lions2459901100
Pittsburgh Steelers2426600.50.500
Carolina Panthers23366010.500
Buffalo Bills2336600.5000
Arizona Cardinals2336600.5000
Atlanta Falcons2246600.5000
Jacksonville Jaguars2505500.50.50.50.5
Los Angeles Rams2505500.50.50.50.5
Philadelphia Eagles2415500.50.50.50
Washington Redskins2325500.5000
Kansas City Chiefs2145500.5000
Denver Broncos2145500.5000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers1055501100
Seattle Seahawks2224400000
Cincinnati Bengals2224400000
San Francisco 49ers2224400000
Oakland Raiders2134400000
Tennessee Titans2134400000
Dallas Cowboys2303300.5000
Green Bay Packers2303300000
Los Angeles Chargers2213300000
Houston Texans2033300000
New York Jets2202200000
Cleveland Browns2112200000
Chicago Bears2112200000
Indianapolis Colts2022200000
New York Giants2011100000
Minnesota Vikings2011100000
New England Patriots200000000
New Orleans Saints200000000
Miami Dolphins100000000
  • The Baltimore Ravens lead the pack after two weeks. They are a very good defense and probably should have been drafted higher in MFL formats this past year. Besides a top-10 finish last year, they invested heavily in defense during the NFL draft.
  • New England and Minnesota both were top ADP defenses this offseason and currently sit at 29th and 30th in our rankings, once again showing that paying up for defenses is a risky business and the optimal strategy tends to be to avoid them in best ball leagues.

 

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