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The Gut Check No. 413: Crank Scores I

Matt Waldman reprises the Crank Score (consistency rankings) with two types of scores for PPR lineups with 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE.

This is my seventh season with Footballguys. One of the things I wrote about early on that I brought with me to the site was player consistency analysis. A popular feature that I included with my consistency analysis was the Crank Score. 

During those early years of my fantasy writing, I was looking for a way to use player consistency as a predictive tool. I put Crank Scores on ice after 2009 when tape analysis became a much larger realm of interest. However, I've often thought about reprising the feature because the data still offers a lot of worthwhile jumping off points for further study. 

This article will give a brief explanation about two types of Crank Scores I've developed and I will share by 2016 data for each of them in PPR formats with these starting lineup types: 

  • 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE (This article)
  • 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 RB-WR Flex (Separate article)

Each table will include 240 players—20 rounds of data. If you like to do a lot of your own work, these tables should offer a worthwhile starting point. If you're new to Crank Scores, you'll get to see the data points that create the formulas. 

Those of you lacking the time or the desire to wade in the waters of consistency data, don't worry, my next post will be focused on tiered cheat sheets that use these Crank Scores as a starting point for rankings (early next week). In that article, I'll also explain the factors I included in my analysis to adjust my ranking of players. 


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