FANTASY BLITZ: Can Guru Eisenberg Close the Gap?

Fantasy FANTASY BLITZ: Can Guru Eisenberg Close the Gap?

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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 Eisenberg of CBS Sports, Matthew Berry of ESPN, and Brad Evans of Yahoo! Sports.

Last week, guru Brad Evans from Yahoo Sports had record-breaking week, getting just one of his ten predictions correct to knock his yearly total down to 40.0 %. Would he rebound this week? How far ahead is leader Michael Fabiano after a crazy Week Seven? Here are how our rankings currently look:

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

No, what you read was not a typo. Fabiano’s week was a mirror image of his last performance. Going 23-for-38 yet again, he kept his yearly total above 60.0% for another week. He isn’t soaring ahead of Jamey Eisenberg, however. Eisenberg closed the gap slightly this week to 9.3%.

Fabiano nailed his wide receiver “sit” column, as he went 4-for-4 with accurate projections that included Dwayne Bowe, Andre Johnson, and Stevie Johnson. He also told us to start running back Fred Jackson, a move that came in handy this week.

If he wants to continue his reign, he’ll have to improve his wide receiver “start” column. He didn’t get a single pick right in this edition, missing on guys like Josh Gordon and Justin Blackmon.

Jamey Eisenberg, CBS Sports—@JameyEisenberg

Trying to close the gap on the NFL Network guru, Eisenberg had another above-average week. He’s currently 9.3% behind Fabiano, and with a couple of impressive weeks, he has the ability to become our “comeback guru of the year” with the title of The Most Reliable Fantasy Football Guru.

He impressed this week with some under-the-radar picks that worked out well. Adding both Alshon Jeffery and Russell Wilson to surprising categories were risky, but it worked out well for Eisenberg, as he nailed both picks.

He was perfect on his tight end “sit” picks, (Fleener, Graham, and Olsen) and his two D/ST projections (Green Bay and Cincinnati).

He’s showing signs of improvement and is steadily gaining ground—does he have a chance to contend for the crown?

Matthew Berry, ESPN—@MatthewBerryTMR

It’s been an ugly run lately for Berry, so a bounce-back week was exactly what the doctor ordered.

Berry had one very impressive category—the D/ST projections. He got five of his six picks correct in this category, including telling us to start Miami and Carolina. The only team he got wrong was the Indianapolis Colts, who despite giving up 33 points to Peyton Manning, hit their mark in fantasy points.

With a weekly percentage of 57.5%, Berry improves his total percentage to 48.4.

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 the summary of another disappointing week for Evans:

“Starts”

Nick Foles—X

Brandon Jacobs—X

Zac Stacy—CORRECT

Keenan Allen—X

Brandon LaFell—X

“Sits”

Matt Ryan—X

Marshawn Lynch—X

Stevan Ridley—X

Calvin Johnson—X

Anquan Boldin—CORRECT

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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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