The rankings system used by fantasy football teams is supposed to help players maximize their earnings.
But according to an analysis from CBSSports.com’s Fantasy Football Insiders, the rankings system has many weaknesses.
“While it can be useful for players, its a poor way to judge talent in the NFL,” wrote ESPN.com senior editor Nick DeCarolis.
“And it’s often an excuse for coaches to be unfair in their evaluations of players, something that should be the focus of any serious evaluation of talent.”
The analysis found that teams with an average-scoring kicker are far more likely to win fantasy championships than those with average-performing punters.
But the system isn’t perfect.
It can’t measure each kicker’s production, and the data isn’t always accurate.
The rankings aren’t necessarily the most accurate, either.
“Rank 1 is not a perfect ranking system.
Some of the information on the ranking is inaccurate and sometimes it can indicate a player’s lack of production,” DeCaroli wrote.
“For example, a kicker with a lower average field goal percentage is more likely than a kicker who shoots better from long range to score more fantasy points than a player with a higher average field goals percentage.
This is because the difference in field goal percentages between a kicker’s field goals and field goal attempts is a function of the size of the field and whether a kicker has a wide-open or a closed field.
In the case of a wide open field, the larger the field the more field goals a player will attempt, and vice versa.
The information about the ranking system should be used as a tool for the kicker, but it shouldn’t be used to judge performance.
It’s a flawed system.”