July 24, 2016, 8:15 pm
It is that time of the year where we look back at the good and the bad, the hilarious and the painful and the awesome.
Yes, we’re reviewing the Bruski 150 as we do each and every year because any asshole can put rankings up on the Internet but if you don’t go back and look at how you did — how are you going to learn going forward?
Also, if you’re going to put actual stock in these rankings, maybe you the reader should ask yourself if they’re actually good rankings.
So – first things first I’m pretty happy with this past season. Outside of what is becoming a cover jinx with Meyers Leonard and two years before that – Patrick Beverley – we did well.
Looking at key head-to-head metrics that I’ll link to below, we beat Rotoworld’s rankings anywhere from 55-58% of the time*. I was able to use the rankings to win another national championship in the nation’s toughest big money fantasy league, the Fantasy Basketball Association 8-cat Roto championships.
*We looked at segments including the top-24, top-36, top-80, top-125 and top-150.
The league consists of the best and brightest fantasy minds including Dr. Evil Eric Wong (leading money winner in the NFBKC), two-time champion Chris Cosley and a who’s who of high stakes competitors nationally.
That makes two first place finishes in five years among the best of the best, so that put an extra glow on this year’s rankings for me.
What I did this year is create an excel spreadsheet with the cumulative results in 8-cat format as produced by the inimitable BasketballMonster.com (if you’re not using them you’re losing in competitive leagues). In comparisons to Rotoworld I used a simple methodology of who had the better rank (marked in green), with the winner getting one ‘win.’ If I blew it on a pick, I marked it in red.
In the early rounds where the stakes are much higher than the mid-to-late rounds, a one-rank difference can generate a ‘win.’ As I delved into the middle and later rounds it took 5-10 rank differences or more to generate a ‘win,’ but mostly I took a common sense approach to seeing how the rankings stacked up.
Again, the ranks are cumulative and they’re Roto so games played matter and it’s a pure measurement of fantasy value. Head-to-head owners might employ different punting strategies and the like, but at the end of the day these are the values each player produced.
So without further ado here are the ranks and notes. I’m already working on this year’s Bruski 150 and we have a ton of great content coming in our inaugural draft guide. Hoop Ball has had a solid launch and we’re working on big things so we can keep growing and keep enhancing your basketball experience.
In the meantime, stay glued to our player news blurbs as it’s our goal to have the best feed in the industry. We want you guys winning so you keep coming back for more. We’re also adding contributors so hit me up if you’ve got the chops for writing, social, audio, video or tech.
Thanks for all of the support. AB
We used similar methodology as last year and expanded the analysis to include both 8- and 9-cat leagues, looking at all of the players that were ranked in the top-200 by either site and anybody that also finished in the top-150 for both formats.
It was a good but not great year for us as we won the overall ranking count by 200-191. Where we did our best damage was the 21-11 mark we had on ‘big time hits’ (marked in green) and ‘big time losses’ (marked in red) in the top-100 compared to Rotoworld’s 11-12 mark over that same span. If you’re hitting big in the top-100 that’s moving the needle in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld is an amazing site and a loss to them wouldn’t be anything to be that upset about, so we’ll take the small margin of victory and relish in the fact that we did very good on the big plays that moved the needle.