Pro Football Focus shines yet again in fantasy accuracy
The fantasy dominance continues at Pro Football Focus.
Since the inception of the fantasy division back in 2010, members of the PFF Fantasy team have consistently finished among the industry’s most accurate prognosticators, and this year was no different.
PFF Fantasy staffers yet again posted strong finishes in rankings accuracy over at FantasyPros.com with a record-breaking three in the top 10. This bests the two top 10 finishers PFF Fantasy notched in each of the last three years.
Assistant Managing editor Jeff Ratcliffe led the way on the offensive side of the ball, placing fifth overall. Ratcliffe will earn some hardware for his performance, as FantasyPros awards trophies to the top 5 finishers. Lead Writer Pat Thorman solidified his spot among the industry elites, placing sixth for the second consecutive year. Not to be outdone, PFF Fantasy Director Mike Clay tallied his third top 10 finish in the last four years (including two top 5 finishes).
Clay and Ratcliffe have consistently been among the most accurate rankers in the business with either or both in the top 10 in each of the last five seasons. Over that span, Ratcliffe and Clay sit as the Nos. 3 and 4 rankers in the industry.
The PFF Fantasy staff had Top 10 finishers in each offensive category. Thorman finished sixth in quarterback rankings, Clay came in at fifth for running backs, Ratcliffe finished fourth and Thorman was the No. 8 wide receiver ranker, and Ratcliffe recorded a sixth-place finish at tight end.
The duo of Clay and Ratcliffe also proved their mettle in the realm of daily fantasy sports. In FantasyPros Daily Fantasy Accuracy Competition, Ratcliffe and Clay bested a field of some of the industry’s heaviest hitters to finish in third and fourth place. This marks Ratcliffe’s third consecutive top 5 finish in the competition.
PFF also reaffirmed its reputation as the top industry source for fantasy coverage on the defensive side of the ball for those in leagues with individual defensive players (IDP). For the fifth consecutive year, a PFF staffer took home the top spot in IDP rankings accuracy. Ratcliffe is in the midst of a John Wooden-era UCLA stretch of dominance with his fourth consecutive finish as the industry’s top IDP ranker.
Fellow PFF staffer, Ross Miles certainly gave Ratcliffe a run for his money, finishing just 0.3 percent behind in second place. You may remember that Miles took home the crown as the top IDP ranker in 2011. This year marks Miles’ the second time he has finished in the No. 2 spot. Miles also finished a career-best 28th in offensive rankings, which bested his previous top finish of 31st back in 2012.