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.
If you’re reading this, that means you may have made it to the fantasy football playoffs. Congrats!
That also means however, that if you are reading this, you probably didn’t take advice from our fantasy gurus last week. They had a record-low week, and you’ll see why below.
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
It appears that Fabiano resembles a guy that he evaluates every week—Tony Romo. Like the Dallas quarterback, Fabiano is struggling in crunch time to give his readers reliable and accurate fantasy football advice.
After last week’s very average performance, he turned in his worst week yet: just 39.4 percent correct. Matthew Stafford, Hakeem Nicks, and Jordan Reed were among the players that he missed on.
Luckily for Fabiano, his competitors aren’t doing too hot either. Even if he wins this thing, it might end on a sour note. Should we rename our winner something other than the Most Reliable Fantasy Football Guru?
Jamey Eisenberg, CBS Sports—@JameyEisenberg
Last week was clutch! With a percentage over 65, Eisenberg put himself in position to significantly cut into Fabiano’s lead with just a few weeks left.
The opportunity was there! Fabiano fumbled and Eisenberg was there to recover!
But he didn’t… and it was ugly. Turning in one of his worst performances of the year, Eisenberg missed his opportunity to close in and could have easily just doomed himself for the year. He especially struggled with his wide receiver picks, a category that has been stumping him all season.
It was a good run, Jamey. You could make up for this week by going 38-38 next week!
Matthew Berry, ESPN—@MatthewBerryTMR
In a week where the NFL proved its unpredictable nature, it was Berry who delivered the “best worst week”. He almost got half of his picks correct, including Colin Kaepernick, Coby Fleener, Bobby Rainey, and Eddie Lacy.
We’ve seen Berry be the most unpredictable guru this season, and this week continued that trend. We’ll have a full story on how his year was unlike any other in our final edition.
With just a few weeks left, Berry is just 0.8 percent behind Eisenberg for the second spot in our rankings.
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.
Winner winner, chicken dinner! Check out Evans’ Week 14: