By Josh Knust, Never Say Wombat
I did these power rankings last year for the President’s League. Some people enjoyed seeing them, so I am having Jameson publish them on the site again this year. Even if I did not have Jameson publish these, I would track them for my own benefit, and it is not a whole lot of extra work to do a quick write-up every few weeks.
The rankings are structured as follows. In future updates, I will not include the breakdown, so refer back to this write-up if you need a reminder of what some of this stuff means.
Here are the rankings as they stand today:
The important column to which to pay attention is the Power Score column. This is added-up score of all of the metrics I listed above. The Power Score value gives more information than the whole number 1-12 Power Ranking value.
The Power Scores in this data set are actually pretty linear, which is strange. Usually you do not see such a gradual and uniform drop between each successive ranking. Most of the time, two or three teams will be clustered at the top around 91.0, and then there would be another cluster in the 85.0-86.0 range. In a situation where the teams are clustered, it is easy to assign tiers to the teams, but we cannot do that at this time. As the season progresses and sample sizes grow, we will likely see some groupings start to form.
The Change column represents the change from the previous week, not necessarily from the previous update. I included a column showing where each team ranks on the ESPN standings, because there are times when Power Ranking and ESPN Standing can differ greatly. Ceiling Rank is the rank of each team’s scoring with an ideal line-up. Coach Rank is the ranking of how teams get the most out of their roster.
It is still early, but the season is starting to take shape. It is far too early to start painting the fantasy playoff picture, but we are beginning to see where some of the teams stand in our top league.
Dual Wielding Alpacas (3-0, Joe Crispin)
Crispin has the only undefeated team in the league, and he has done it without the help of Rob Gronkowski whose been sidelined with an injury. Despite being 3-0, he does not score highly in the power rankings. In fact, other than Crispin, the Power Rankings are identical to the ESPN Standings. This is partially due to the small number of games going into the rankings. Crispin has the least amount of points scored against him while sitting in the middle of the pack in points scored. He will be tested this week to defend his undefeated record next week against the strong, Bogey-led Fighting Emus.
The Mirthmobile (2-1, Austin Bamrick)
Austin’s team is holding solid despite the loss of Danny Woodhead and the continued unavailability of Sammy Watkins. He will lean on a very solid group of wide receivers going forward, but his running back situation will be something to watch. Can he get enough production from Theo Riddick and Duke Johnson behind his main back, David Johnson? Bamrick will play Brian’s Tito Leewood’s Killers in Week 4.
Phuket Rippers (2-1, Mark Sullivan)
Mark has dealt with some pretty brutal injuries thus far with Keenan Allen and Dion Lewis going down for the year, and now Langford may miss some significant time. He is the current President’s League leader in waiver wire and free agent moves made, but can he get one of them to stick and provide some stability to his team? Mark draws the ailing, and still franchise-less, Fighting Lincolns next week.
Las Tortugas (1-2, David Taylor)
Dave-O had a rough start going 0-2, but a strong performance in Week 3 gave him his first win of the season and jumped him up four slots in the rankings. He has gotten hit with some injuries, but he will get Tom Brady back starting in Week 5. In Week 4, however, he will take on Billy and a Truffle Butter squad that is hungry to erase their showing from last week.
Haarig Holzfallers (0-3, Adam Bianchi)
Bianchi has scored second-to-bottom in the league while having his first three week’s opponents go off on him (137.1, 115.5, and 141.3 points respectively), which is never a recipe for success. It does not get any easier next week as he will face off against Tex’s 2-1 Dallas Flying Fortress that may get Jamaal Charles back from injury. There is a lot of season left, and I do like the looks of his team, but starting 0-4 could spell doom for our reigning champion.
PS – I mentioned before that Sullivan led the league in the category of waiver and free agent moves. If you were curious, here is a chart showing how many moves each manager has made as of 11:30PM on the 28th.
Sully is not only leading, but dominating. We are going into Week 4 of the season, so if the numbers hold, he is averaging a little more than eight moves per week. Bianchi’s many moves seem not to have borne any fruit, at least not yet.
Looking towards the bottom of the list, we should probably do one of two things:
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