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FANTASY BLITZ: Guru Fabiano Holds Slim Lead

Fantasy FANTASY BLITZ: Guru Fabiano Holds Slim Lead

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Every fantasy football player in the country looks for the competitive edge to beat their opponent. Each game means bragging rights and sometimes winning or losing a friendly bet. (Well, friendly might not always describe it, but you get the point.)

When we look for these tips for our team, we often turn to the few people that get paid to research and dedicate their work to fantasy football. This year, I am on the quest to find the most accurate and reliable fantasy football “guru”.

I will spotlight on the four websites that own the fantasy football world and in the end, crown the best guru in the last edition of “Fantasy Guru Rankings.”

The four gurus: Michael Fabiano of NFL.com, Jamey Eisenburg of CBS Sports, Matthew Berry of ESPN, and Brad Evans of Yahoo! Sports.

It’s time for another recap of our “Fantasy Guru Rankings”. Last week, NFL.com’s Michael Fabiano soared to the top of the leader board with a great week. Would things change this week? Here’s how everything shakes out after Week Three:

If you need a refresher on how this system works, click HERE.

*All points will be based off of ESPN’s non-PPR standard scoring for players.*

Michael Fabiano, NFL.com— @Michael_Fabiano

After his incredible performance in Week Two, Fabiano looked to improve upon his numbers. While his weekly percentage went down just a bit, he still is on top of our leader board by over 10 percent—quickly proving himself as the early-season’s best guru.

He was strong with his quarterback picks, picking seven of eight correctly. The only guy he misfired on was Sam Bradford, who failed to exceed 20 fantasy points.

His worst numbers of the week came from the wide receiver category where he only predicted three out of eight correctly. Anquan Boldin, Hakeem Nicks, and Cecil Shorts were among the players that didn’t help Fabiano.

It might not be wise to take defense advice from Fabiano as a trend is starting to form. He’s not giving us the D/ST advice we are looking for, so for now, don’t count on him for your guidance there.

Matthew Berry, ESPN—@MatthewBerryTMR

Berry had a significantly bad week last week, so he would need to get back on track in this edition. He gave us a 50% total this week—still getting overshadowed by his NFL.com counterpart.

For the second week in a row, he failed to project the running backs correctly as Frank Gore and James Starks were the highlights of this category. He looked for Rashard Mendenhall to have a big week, but the Cardinals RB failed to register five points.

Berry missed on three of four defenses, but rebounded nicely with his tight end “sit” picks.

He’s at 46.8% on the year, so he’ll need to string together a few good weeks to be back in the running of the “top guru.”

Jamey Eisenberg, CBS Sports— @JameyEisenberg

After an incredible Week One, Eisenberg has been struggling to stay in the top-two; he barely squeaked by this week.

The CBS Sports expert again struggled with wide receiver picks, only getting one of his five “start” picks correct. It’s safe to say that anyone who used his rankings to set their lineup this week, probably lost.

Last week, he put Sam Bradford in his “sit” column—wrong. This week, he moved the Rams Quarterback into his “start” section—wrong. What else can go wrong for Eisenberg?

Both of his defense picks were wrong and he didn’t get a single tight end “start” selection correct. It’s time for a big week in Week Four or he could fall to the bottom of the chart.

Brad Evans, Yahoo Sports

Note: As always, Evans only makes 10 picks in his “flames/lames” feature—so the object of tracking Evans is to see how correct he really is with these risky picks.

Here’s how Evans did in week three:

“Starts”

Alex Smith—X

Joique Bell—CORRECT

Bilal Powell—CORRECT

DeAndre Hopkins—X

Josh Gordon—CORRECT

“Sits”

Tom Brady—CORRECT

Maurice Jones-Drew—X

Darren McFadden—X

James Jones—CORRECT

Antonio Brown—X

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Joe is an NFL enthusiast that spends way too much time studying tape, but he wouldn't want it any other way. Joe can be found on Twitter @JoeWedra, where he'll tweet out everything from Ravens analysis to scouting reports on Division II offensive line prospects...all for the love of the game! More from Joe Wedra
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