We gave a grade, out of 100, to each site based on the score they received using our scoring system. The highest scoring site in each category
received a grade of one hundred, and the lowest received a zero. Here is the honor roll from our competition:
In keeping with a theme we saw in our results, the highest-scoring site on our list offered its player projections for free.
Fantasy Sports Central didn't have the best projections for any player category except TE, but they turned in the second-best RB
projections, the fourth-best QB projections, sixth-best WR projections and the third-best DEF projections. Really, they had pretty high scores across the board,
which is why their projection set came in on top.
These guys just didn't make a ton of mistakes - at least relative to the field. They liked Brees and Rivers, they were high on Gore,
and low on Branch and Barber. It's clear that nobody over there had a crystal ball, but when it came to making their guesses, nobody
did it as well in 2006.
|#2. FF Today
The second-highest scoring set of projections was also available for free - at FF Today.
FF Today didn't have the best projections in any single player category, but they were
pretty good everywhere. These guys clearly did their homework, and came up with the third best QB projections, the
fourth best RB projections, and the second best TE projections in our contest.
This website was especially strong in the high-scoring positions of QB and RB, coming up with the single best combined score for these
two categories. They just about nailed Favre, McNabb, and Larry Johnson, among many others.
|#3. FF Toolbox
Fantasy Football Toolbox was yet another strong set of projections available to the public for free.
Why are you paying for a draft kit again? Fantasy Football Toolbox's score was weakened
by a somewhat weak QB projection set and DEF projection set, but they were third in RB projections, fifth in WR projections,
and third in projecting TEs, leaving them with a very strong score overall.
This website was carried by its RB projections, with excellent reads on Edgerrin James, Chester Taylor, and the best read on Tomlinson
of any projection set we received.
Dominate Your League was exceptionally strong in two player categories, and pretty mediocre
everywhere else. Those two were so good however, that they carried it to #4 overall - QB and DEF. Their QB projection was the second best in the competition, and put it in a position to get into
the top five, but it was really that DEF projection set that sent these guys into the top group. Nobody else's DEF projections came close in terms
of quality - when we made the DEF scores, Dominate Your League scored 100, and the second place DEF projection set scored 71.
Defenses are pretty hard to evaluate, but these guys clearly knew what they were doing in that department. They loved Baltimore and New England,
and were not particularly fond of Carolina, Atlanta, Tampa, Pittsburgh or Seattle, which served them very well in 2006.
To tell the truth, we were shocked that the Rotosource projection set made it onto the top five.
We wanted to provide our visitors with our projections, to put our money where our collective mouths were, but in order to make
it clear that our projections were not using any submissions to our contest, we made them on August 4, and didn't change them thereafter.
A lot of information comes out of pre-season, regarding injuries and decisions about jobs, and we weren't able to use any of it.
Nevertheless, we managed to turn in the best projection for QBs that we received, the fourth best TE projections,
and the second best DEF projections. Our WR and RB projections were nothing to write home about, but we feel pretty proud
about making the top five, despite the disadvantage. Our site was the fourth free site to make the top five.
We topped the league with our QB projection, where we had pretty good reads on Culpepper, Brady, and Hasselbeck.
Because the Rotosource projection set came up in fifth place, we decided to include the sixth place finisher as well. The
Football Outsiders projection set was pretty notable, actually, as it collected the enviable prize of the best RB projection that we
received. Given the importance of this player category, we felt that this would be important information to provide to our site's visitors.
While Football Outsiders had the best RB projection, and had the fourth best WR projections, their others were not so strong. Although
their TE and DEF projections were just middling, this projection set was really pulled down by its QB projections, which were 13th overall.
In fact, if all QB projections were not counted, Football Outsiders would have come in second overall, behind Fantasy Sports Central.
As stated above, this projection set was the strongest in terms of projecting RB production. They had strong reads on guys like Maroney,
McGahee, and Portis.