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 Eisenberg of CBS Sports, Matthew Berry of ESPN, and Brad Evans of Yahoo! Sports.
It’s time for another week of Russell Street Report’s “Fantasy Guru Rankings” from Week Five. Last week, Michael Fabiano proved that he was capable of running away with the crown early as he has been spot on. Will he continue his early-season tear this week? After five weeks, here’s how it all shakes out:
If you need a refresher on how the scoring 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
Is it too early to dub Fabiano “The Champ”? He’s been leading the pack for a while and continues his consistency.
He couldn’t be doing any better with his quarterback “sit” advice as he again nailed it going 4-for-4. He accurately predicted Ray Rice’s big day and saw DeSean Jackson’s coming as well. Fabiano was 5-of-6 on his defense advice, giving him the boost to go over 60-percent on the season.
For now, stick with NFL.com and Michael Fabiano. He’s been solid all year—expect more great things!
Matthew Berry, ESPN—@MatthewBerryTMR
This was just ugly… very ugly.
Berry turned in his worst performance to date in Week Five, with just 42.1% correct, and that dropped him down to third. He got five of his seven quarterback selections wrong including Phillip Rivers, Russell Wilson and Jay Cutler.
His wideout picks were very average and the tight end position was just brutal. He did get both of his defense “start” picks right, but that was the only perfect column of the week.
It was definitely a week to forget for the “Talented Mr. Roto.” Can he get it going next week to jump ahead of our next guru?
Jamey Eisenberg, CBS Sports—@JameyEisenberg
It wasn’t the best week for the CBS Sports guru, but Berry’s performance was just bad enough to get Eisenberg back into second place.
There were a few very impressive calls in this edition as Eisenberg told us to start Denarius Moore, Cecil Shorts, Justin Blackmon, and Danny Woodhead. All of those guys went over 10 points on the week.
Along with his impressive “starts,” he also called Dwayne Bowe’s off-week. Eisenburg did struggle with his quarterback and running back “start” picks, the only thing that sent him down a bit.
All in all, it was an average week. Now sitting in second place, however, can he make Matthew Berry pay for his bad week and hold him off in Week Six?
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 performed in Week Five: