By Clayton Collier
As Week 13 wraps up, for many fantasy leagues, so too ends the regular season. If your team made it, that means the stakes only get higher. One false move could cost you your shot at that oh-so coveted league championship.
At Ranking the Rankers, we’ll help you make those critical choices by giving you an idea of the track record of those providing the weekly rankings for the four major fantasy football websites (CBSsports.com, ESPN.com, NFL.com and Yahoo! Sports). We compare the experts’ rankings to the actual results of Week 13. Since point totals vary site-to-site, ranking predictions are compared to each website’s specific actual rankings.
This weekend had numerous big-time performances from unusual sources, most noticeably at wide receiver and tight end, headlined by the DeAndre Hopkins’ monstrous 238 yards and two touchdowns and Jordan Reed’s 123 receiving yards in Washington’s 49-27 loss to the Colts.
The wide receiver position saw seven of those who were ranked outside the Top 40 going into Week 13 finish inside the Top 20.
Several of the league’s premiere tight ends, including Jimmy Graham, Greg Olsen, and Jason Witten all had weeks to forget, blowing a hole in several rankers’ predictions.
Here is how the rankers ranked:
CBSSports.com shined at wide receiver in a very difficult week for the position, not only having the closest picks for Calvin Johnson, Antonio Brown, T.Y Hilton and Jordy Nelson, but also having the lowest rankings for some of this week’s non-producers, namely Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans and Emmanuel Sanders.
Although NFL.com did not win at running back for the first time in three weeks, they did pick up a win at quarterback for the second-straight week. Week 13 was also the first wins for Yahoo! Sports and ESPN at tight end and defense respectively.
Check back next week to see which rankers called it best in Week 14.
Clayton Collier is a contributor for CBS Local Sports.
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