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Best Ball Leaderboard Week 6: Wentz to Ertz

The Best Ball Leaderboard provides a look at player production and how it translates into points, starts, and wins for your best ball team.

We’re switching things up a bit this week and tightening up the charts for easier reading by removing the weekly numbers that players hit each scoring level. Instead, we’re using the percentage that each player is on the winning MFL teams. This is a stat I have been referencing a lot anyway, so hopefully everyone will enjoy the changes.

Quarterback

PlayerPPGWK 1 - 5Week 6Total PointsBB ScoreWin %
Carson Wentz20.117522730.13
Alex Smith21.917320670.14
Deshaun Watson22.715520670.12
Tom Brady21.116319630.11
Dak Prescott21.717017570.13
Aaron Rodgers1816016530.06
Cam Newton18.912416530.11
Matthew Stafford16.112315500.1
Philip Rivers15.612315500.11
Carson Palmer16.611415500.1
Kirk Cousins19.59514470.11
Trevor Siemian1610313430.09
Russell Wilson19.313013430.1
Marcus Mariota16.39211370.08
Drew Brees17.810111370.06
Eli Manning15.110111370.08
Jared Goff14.59110330.06
Jacoby Brissett13.48210330
Josh McCown13.1639300.06
Tyrod Taylor13.7808270.07
Derek Carr12.3808270.06
Blake Bortles12.6628270.07
Andy Dalton12.9808270.08
Jameis Winston15.1808270.07
Case Keenum13.862827#N/A
Matt Ryan13.4617230.06
Ben Roethlisberger11.7617230.07
Deshone Kizer9.7606200.05
Brian Hoyer10.4606200.08
Sam Bradford13.5505170.08
Jay Cutler9.7224130.06
Ryan Fitzpatrick10.2044130.2
Joe Flacco8.9303100.07
Kevin Hogan8.430310#N/A
Mike Glennon8.420270.05
Mitch Trubisky6.311270.05
EJ Manuel7.12027#N/A
CJ Beathard6.602270

  • Carson Wentz has passed Alex Smith and moved into the top spot on our leaderboard. While Smith is on 14 percent of winning teams to Wentz’s 13 percent, both players have brought huge value to both NFL and MFL teams as the Eagles and the Chiefs sit atop the standings at 5-1.1
  • Deshaun Watson moves into third place. Considering he didn’t even start Week 1, this might be more impressive than what either Wentz or Smith have done so far. It’s especially impressive when you consider that Houston is 29th in the league in pass/run percentage.
  • Tom Brady is in fourth place despite losing his favorite target right before the season, and it would shock no one if he found a way to get to the top of the leaderboard by the time all is said and done.

Running Back

PlayerPPGWK 1 - 5Week 6Total PointsBB ScoreWin %
Kareem Hunt23.933538790.29
Leonard Fournette21.731637770.19
Todd Gurley22.931435730.25
Melvin Gordon21.325833690.12
Le'Veon Bell20.824832670.21
Carlos Hyde16.222729600.12
Jordan Howard14.722628580.07
Ezekiel Elliott17.526026540.09
Chris Thompson13.520525520.2
Devonta Freeman16.922325520.04
Lamar Miller13.619423480.09
Christian McCaffrey14.517623480.09
Duke Johnson13.821122460.12
LeSean McCoy14.821021440.04
Javorius Allen12.418321440.12
Mark Ingram14.912820420.1
LeGarrette Blount9.717320420.07
Tevin Coleman12.616319400.08
Alvin Kamara13.515419400.09
Tarik Cohen1216218380.11
Ty Montgomery13.618018380.08
Dalvin Cook16.418018380.08
Frank Gore10.116218380.09
James White11.415217350.09
Mike Gillislee8.516016330.07
DeMarco Murray10.710616330.05
CJ Anderson12.715015310.09
Jerick McKinnon10.78715310.13
Marshawn Lynch7.613114290.04
Ameer Abdullah9.513013270.06
Andre Ellington9.813013270.07
Derrick Henry87613270.07
Jay Ajayi9.39413270.03
Theo Riddick8.59312250.07
Marlon Mack7.911011230.07
Bilal Powell11.211011230.12
Chris Carson9.911011230.08
Orleans Darkwa7.66511230.07
Doug Martin15.36511230.08
Terrance West5.610010210.07
Isaiah Crowell7.27310210.04
Giovani Bernard9.510010210.08
Joe Mixon8.710010210.04
Aaron Jones9.110010210.08
Shane Vereen6.6909190.09
Charcandrick West6.4909190.09
Matt Forte9.6459190.08
Dion Lewis6.4549190.07
Jonathan Stewart6.5808170.07
Chris Ivory8.8268170.07
Jalen Richard6.3718170.09
Samaje Perine5.7358170.06
Jacquizz Rodgers6.2808170.08
Wayne Gallman10.5808170.07
Wendell Smallwood7.5707150.06
Adrian Peterson7.2077150.08
Alex Collins5.9527150
Elijah McGuire5.7606130.03
David Johnson13.1505100.04
Jamaal Charles5.9505100.06
Matt Breida5.1415100.1
Benjamin Cunningham4.150510#N/A
Mike Tolbert5.540480.13
Darren Sproles6.140480.08
Austin Ekeler4.540480
Rex Burkhead8.440480.07
D'Onta Foreman4.831480.06
Devontae Booker6.704480.06
Rob Kelley4.430360.05
Robert Turbin4.312360.07
CJ Prosise5.630360.06
Fozzy Whittaker2.23036#N/A
Corey Clement2.730360
Chris Johnson5.230360.04
Zach Zenner1.930360.06
Kerwynn Williams2.320240.04
Jalston Fowler1.32024#N/A
Corey Grant2.220240
CJ Ham1.72024#N/A
Charles Sims4.602240.07
Malcolm Brown3.410120.08
Tommy Bohanon2.11012#N/A
Deandre Washington3.910120.07
Branden Oliver3.210120.09
Latavius Murray2.910120.05
Alfred Morris2.210120.04
Peyton Barber1.210120
Thomas Rawls310120.05
Travaris Cadet201120.03
  • Kareem Hunt is on top of the RB chart for the second week in a row. While his performances have not been as elite as his amazing first three weeks, we knew that regression was likely. He gives fantasy owners a solid 15-point floor each week, and it’s only a matter of time until he breaks another big play which has been missing the last few weeks. He still leads all players on winning MFL rosters with 29 percent.
  • Leonard Fournette has jumped into second place, leapfrogging former leader Todd Gurley. A worry for Fournette owners: he’s played on only 235-405 snaps for 58 percent, which is well below the other top backs. In fact, he is slightly behind Javorius Allen, whom fantasy owners are pulling their hair out over. It still remains to be seen if Fournette can continue his marvelous efficiency for the whole year.
  • As they used to say often in the music industry, Melvin Gordon is No. 4 with a bullet. He is rocketing up our board after back to back weeks of huge performances. Expensive in drafts, his winning team percentage of 12 percent is well behind most of the other top RBs.

Wide Receiver

PlayerPosPPGWK 1 - 5Week 6Total PointsBB ScoreWin %
DeAndre HopkinsWR18.538341680.14
Antonio BrownWR21.7291039650.22
Jordy NelsonWR1531536600.06
Larry FitzgeraldWR17.4241034570.2
AJ GreenWR19.734034570.07
Michael CrabtreeWR17.125833550.17
Keenan AllenWR13.929332530.06
Davante AdamsWR15.323831520.1
Chris HoganWR14.431031520.14
Mike EvansWR16.423831520.05
Nelson AgholorWR12.722729480.12
Brandin CooksWR14.421728470.1
Golden TateWR14.2171027450.13
Stefon DiggsWR17.326026430.15
Tyreek HillWR13.824226430.11
Adam ThielenWR1418826430.13
Jermaine KearseWR12.321526430.11
Kelvin BenjaminWR11.518826430.12
Michael ThomasWR14.425025420.05
Jarvis LandryWR15.316925420.08
Odell Beckham JrWR18.525025420.07
Will FullerWR18.118624400.11
Pierre GarconWR12.719423380.14
Devin FunchessWR12.622123380.13
Marvin JonesWR1113922370.09
Demaryius ThomasWR12.813922370.09
Julio JonesWR12.316622370.04
Danny AmendolaWR12.519221350.09
JJ NelsonWR11.521021350.12
Alshon JefferyWR11.617421350.06
TY HiltonWR12.921021350.06
Dez BryantWR13.121021350.06
Emmanuel SandersWR12.714519320.11
Randall CobbWR11.518018300.08
Devante ParkerWR12.218018300.09
DeSean JacksonWR11.513518300.11
Cooper KuppWR9.617017280.11
Rishard MatthewsWR10.813417280.11
Sterling ShepardWR11.117017280.09
Marqise LeeWR8.510717280.1
Paul RichardsonWR9.416016270.08
Robert WoodsWR8.813316270.1
Mike WallaceWR7.616016270.11
Cordarrelle PattersonWR6.611516270.06
Jaron BrownWR8.616016270.09
Ted GinnWR10.37815250.1
John BrownWR10.58715250.08
Juju Smith-SchusterWR7.715015250.05
Adam HumphriesWR9.811415250.09
Jeremy MaclinWR8.814014230.08
Mohamed SanuWR9.714014230.08
Tyrell WilliamsWR8.814014230.09
Doug BaldwinWR12.614014230.09
Sammy WatkinsWR8.213013220.06
Allen HurnsWR9.612113220.08
Kendall WrightWR9.913013220.09
Kenny StillsWR8.57613220.1
Terrelle PryorWR8.612012200.05
Robby AndersonWR8.98412200.1
Brice ButlerWR8.112012200
Travis BenjaminWR6.911011180.09
Ryan GrantWR8.210111180
De'Anthony ThomasWR4.5471118#N/A
Amari CooperWR6.48210170.03
Donte MoncriefWR7.75510170.06
Torrey SmithWR6.810010170.08
Martavis BryantWR810010170.07
Deonte ThompsonWR5.910010170.25
Kenny GolladayWR9.7909150.08
Taylor GabrielWR7.5729150.07
Jeremy KerleyWR8.9369150.07
JD McKissicWR13.190915#N/A
Bennie FowlerWR7.880813#N/A
Roger LewisWR4.5808130
Albert WilsonWR7.7808130.07
Cole BeasleyWR7.6808130.09
Ricardo LouisWR6.8808130
Taywan TaylorWR4.8268130.07
Brandon ColemanWR7.6808130.08
Brandon MarshallWR6.7808130.08
Tyler LockettWR7.7808130.08
Corey ColemanWR9.1707120.06
Marquise GoodwinWR7.3707120.11
Eric DeckerWR7.6077120.08
Trent TaylorWR5.2707120.05
Rashard HigginsWR5707120
Russell ShepardWR4.8606100.13
Corey DavisWR7.2606100.05
Aldrick RobinsonWR5.1066100.06
Josh DoctsonWR5336100.06
Johnny HoltonWR2.760610#N/A
Bruce EllingtonWR6.7606100.07
Geronimo AllisonWR5.1606100.06
Terrance WilliamsWR7.450580.08
Seth RobertsWR5.641580.06
Kenny BrittWR6.550580.08
Tavon AustinWR3.950580.07
Phillip DorsettWR2.650580.06
Brandon TateWR5.350580
Jordan MatthewsWR8.140470.07
Chris ConleyWR7.140470.07
Vince MayleWR1.24047#N/A
Marvin HallWR110447#N/A
TJ JonesWR5.421350
Laquon TreadwellWR2.903350.05
Alex EricksonWR33035#N/A
Kasen WilliamsWR3.503350
Justin HardyWR4.621350
Josh BellamyWR4.320230
Jamison CrowderWR5.220230.05
Chris MooreWR3.702230.07
Braxton MillerWR3.302230.06
Tommylee LewisWR4.110120
Andre HolmesWR4.310120.08
Eli RogersWR3.810120.07
Ifeanyi MomahWR1.11012#N/A
Jared AbbrederisWR2.510120.33
  • DeAndre Hopkins is again on top of our leaderboard after leapfrogging last week’s top WR, Antonio Brown. Interestingly enough, Brown is on a good bit more winning teams by a margin of 22-14 percent, despite being drafted earlier than Hopkins. I attribute this to injuries and ineffectiveness from many first-round picks.2
  • Nelson Agholor was considered a bust before the season but has moved into 10th place. We can attribute this both to his own good play and that of Carson Wentz. It may have helped that Eagles No. 1 Alshon Jeffery has had very tough CB matchups so far this season.
  • Will Fuller is a bit of a marvel. Not only did he miss the first few weeks of the season, he has not been getting many targets each week. He has five TDs on 14 targets, which would seem to be just as unsustainable as it is miraculous.

Tight End

PlayerPPGWK 1 - 5Week 6Total PointsBB ScoreWin %
Zach Ertz16.119423770.16
Rob Gronkowski1814519630.12
Travis Kelce14.116117570.1
Cameron Brate14.612517570.15
Evan Engram10.711516530.09
Charles Clay11.613013430.11
Austin Hooper9.48311370.1
Jason Witten1211011370.15
Delanie Walker9.510010330.08
Benjamin Watson7.98210330.09
Hunter Henry10.47310330.07
Kyle Rudolph8.9729300.09
Zach Miller8.5639300.09
David Njoku7.3909300.07
Jimmy Graham9909300.07
Darren Fells6.4639300
Austin Seferian-Jenkins12.1549300.1
George Kittle8718270.09
Jack Doyle9.5448270.09
Vernon Davis7.5718270.09
Ed Dickson7.6718270
Coby Fleener7.2707230.09
Seth DeValve6.1527230.05
Martellus Bennett7.3707230.07
Tyler Kroft8707230
Jared Cook7.7606200.08
Ryan Griffin7426200
Jesse James7.5505170.09
Jordan Reed8.1415170.04
AJ Derby5.5505170.08
Marcedes Lewis5.1505170.11
Jonnu Smith4.9505170.2
Virgil Green4.5404130.17
Dion Sims4.4134130.05
Gerald Everett5.7314130.07
Tyler Higbee4.6404130.07
Eric Ebron4.9404130.06
OJ Howard4.3404130.05
Demetrius Harris2.9303100
CJ Fiedorowicz8.6303100.07
Lance Kendricks3.6303100.09
Antonio Gates4.9303100.07
Luke Willson5.5303101
Michael Hoomanawanui3.7033100
Jermaine Gresham5.220270.06
Stephen Anderson4.520270
Nick O'Leary3.520270
Jeff Heuerman40227#N/A
Rhett Ellison3.420270
Trey Burton2.720270
Troy Niklas2.402270
Phillip Supernaw1.82027#N/A
Adam Shaheen1.220270.05
James Hanna2.52027#N/A
Will Tye3.910130.07
Eric Tomlinson2.21013#N/A
Nick Boyle410130.06
Tyler Eifert4.310130.05
Ross Travis0.91013#N/A
Garrett Celek2.110131
Jerell Adams1.710130
Josh Hill1.410130
  • Zach Ertz is on top for the second week in a row and shares poster boy status with his QB. Ertz has been marvelously consistent, which was a knock against him, and is also putting to rest that he can’t score TDs. He has four already, matching his career high and on pace to hit double digits.
  • Rob Gronkowski leads all TEs in fantasy points per game. For purposes of our leaderboard, Ertz’s consistency has him ahead of Gronk, but Gronk’s ability to stay on the field3 makes him a threat to win this competition by the end of the year.
  • Cameron Brate is another player who has turned TD efficiency into a high ranking. Brate is 13th in targets at the position but fourth on our leader board. Jameis Winston continues to look to him in the red zone like he did in 2016. Brate is only behind Austin Seferian-Jenkins in red zone market share among TEs with 16 percent.

Defense

PlayerPPGWK 1 - 5Week 6Total PointsBB ScoreWin %      
Detroit Lions1317421700.12
Baltimore Ravens12.215520670.16
Jacksonville Jaguars14.518119630.16
Pittsburgh Steelers9.713316530.09
Buffalo Bills9.816016530.09
Houston Texans9.311516530.09
Cincinnati Bengals8.415015500.09
New Orleans Saints1210515500.15
Los Angeles Rams11.210414470.12
Seattle Seahawks9.614014470.07
Kansas City Chiefs8.214014470.07
Green Bay Packers7.212113430.08
Philadelphia Eagles89312400.08
Washington Redskins8.410212400.1
New York Jets511112400.08
San Francisco 49ers5.29211370.07
Los Angeles Chargers5.58210330.08
Chicago Bears5.77310330.08
Minnesota Vikings6.77310330.08
Tampa Bay Buccaneers6.88210330.09
Carolina Panthers6.5819300.07
Arizona Cardinals5.2819300.06
Cleveland Browns5.3639300.08
Denver Broncos6.6909300.05
Oakland Raiders4.5729300.07
Miami Dolphins6.8729300.09
New York Giants6.2448270.07
New England Patriots4.3538270.06
Dallas Cowboys4.6707230.07
Atlanta Falcons5.6707230.08
Tennessee Titans4707230.08
Indianapolis Colts5617230.07
  • The Detroit Lions have sneaked back into the top of our leaderboard despite a trip to New Orleans last week where they gave up 52 points. But they scored 15 fantasy points in the game and have created 14 turnovers and three defensive TDs in six games.
  • The Ravens and the Jaguars are the next two teams on our leaderboard and are tied at 16 percent for the lead in winning percentage.

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  1. Editor’s Note: Kansas City now falls to 5-2 after failing to make a stop on approximately a zillion consecutive plays to end last night’s game.  (back)
  2. It could also be the advantage that Brown owners had with early picks in Rounds 3 and 5.  (back)
  3. So far.  (back)
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