The RotoViz Scouting Index (RSI) tracks NFL draft prospect rankings from a variety of traditional scouting sites, giving you quick insight into how incoming rookies are currently being valued over in “real football” land. This week, we’re starting to see some movement in the wide receiver evaluations.
We’ll track the rise and fall of player values throughout the draft season and assess the impact on player fantasy valuations. Thanks to the data wizardry of Dave Caban, we’ll be aggregating rankings from a half-dozen popular and well-respected sites. This is the third update for the wide receiver position. For a longer look at how player values are moving, check out the initial index and the second iteration.
NFL DRAFT WIDE RECEIVER PROSPECT RANKINGS
Make sure to read the introductory article to this series so you understand where the data comes from and how the scores are calculated.
TOP WIDE RECEIVER PROSPECTS
The leaderboard is largely unchanged, except that Deontay Burnett and Equanimeous St. Brown make their debuts at Nos. 9 and 11 respectively.
If the rank order hasn’t changed, why did I say we’re starting to see some movement?
Remember that the RSI is structured in such a way that we can compare player scores (100 is the highest possible score) across positions. In this third iteration of the index, we see that seven of the original nine WRs have seen their RSI score improve since the first iteration of the index.
Another interesting way to look at this is to consider the average weekly score for these nine players:
- March 1 – Average RSI = 54
- March 8 – Average RSI = 55
- March 20 – Average RSI = 56
What’s going on? In a small way, the scouting sites that make up the index are assigning a higher value to the incoming WRs as time goes on. Calvin Ridley’s score has improved over six percent, which is notable considering how highly he scored initially. Further down, Anthony Miller (12 percent) and Michael Gallup (21 percent) have also seen their stock rise considerably.
Technically, Auden Tate’s score improved from the first to the third iteration of the index, but I expect it to fall hard after today’s poor Pro Day showing.
For further reading, check out our Wide Receiver Sweet 16 tournament.