The 2013 RotoViz Composite Rookie RB Rankings!
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For about a month the RotoViz studisticians have been hard at work on a top-secret content project: The first annual (just go with me on this) 2013 RotoViz Composite Rookie Rankings! Leading up to the draft, rankings for one position will be released each day. Today, you can survey the composite rookie RB rankings in this piece. On Tuesday (Apr. 23), Jon Moore will release the WR rankings. On Wednesday (Apr. 24) (EDIT: WR ranks are now posted at this link) , Davis Mattek will present the TE rankings. And on Thursday (Apr. 25), Shawn Siegele will finish the series with the QB rankings. Be sure to check out these great articles each day! These rankings were created by six different RotoViz writers, with the intention that they be used to help fantasy players in dynasty leagues. These rankings can be thought of as the distillation of all the content we have been producing since January into a compact set of four simple lists. We each reviewed all of the articles on the site, separately examined our perspectives and those of our fellow contributors, changed and then re-changed our opinions, all for the sake of presenting to you what we believe is one of the most useful dynasty tools available to those with rookie drafts in the next few weeks. Since we produced the rankings before the NFL Draft, certain assumptions accompany them, such as the rounds in which players are likely to be drafted, the roles they are likely to play in the NFL, etc. After the draft, some of us will likely put out some articles commenting on how a specific player’s draft status and team affect his value as a dynasty asset, but, in general, these are the rankings and we stand by them. Given that we balanced considerations of talent, opportunity, and style of play, I think we did a pretty good job. As Frank put it in an email, “This is pretty cool, I would actually probably use the composites before I would even use my own ranks.” For the most part I concur, and I speak on behalf of all the RotoViz contributors when I say that we hope (and anticipate) that you will too. Note that the composite rank for any given player is not the mere average of the six different ranks he received from the contributors. Rather, in order to avoid the skewed effects of an outlying ranking, we used a simple point system of Frank’s creating to derive the composite rank. In other words, when you see that Eddie Lacy is ranked 1.0, not 1.67, don’t worry—that’s intentional. The six rankers were Frank DuPont, Jon Moore, Shawn Siegele, Davis Mattek, Ryan Rouillard, and Matt Freedman—or as we are “commonly” (not) known in some circles: The Fantasy Douche, The College Football Experiment, The Banana Stand, Hoodie, ADP—Yeah You Know Me!, and The Oracle. We are so NOT losers—and with, these rankings, you won’t be a loser either. And now, without further ado, here they are—the 2013 Composite RotoViz Rookie RB Rankings!