How are unranked players treated for the experts?

We aim to include all fantasy-relevant players in our analysis. To that end, our player pool is made up of any player who was highly ranked (whether they finished well or not), and any player to finished highly (even if they weren't on the radar for rankings). For example, our wide receiver player pool for draft rankings accuracy includes any player who was ranked in the top 60 WRs in the preseason ECR and any player who finished among the top 60 WRs at the end of the season.

When an expert doesn't rank a player who ends up in the player pool, we give that player a rank based on how they got in the player pool:

  • If a player is in the pool based on their preseason ECR rank, we assign the expert a rank 1 spot below the lowest any other expert ranked that player. If an expert ranked 60 WRs in 2021 but failed to rank Mecole Hardman (whose ECR rank was 55), assuming they would have ranked Hardman 61 would unfairly punish experts who took the time to create a deeper set of rankings. Hardman's lowest preseason rank was 86, so we use a rank of 87 for the experts that omitted him.
  • If a player was not highly ranked by ECR in the preseason, but ended up in the player pool because of their actual finish, we assign a rank 1 below their ECR rank, or 1 below the lowest player the expert did rank - whichever is lower. For example, Hunter Renfrow was the ECR WR 83 in the 2021 preseason, but finished as the WR 14. If an expert ranked 60 WRs and excluded Renfrow, we would give Renfrow a rank of 84. If an expert ranked 90 WRs and still excluded Renfrow, we use a rank of 91, because we know they ranked other players in the 84-90 range ahead of him.

The above is written in terms of draft rankings, but the same rules also apply for in-season accuracy: players can be added to the player pool based on their ECR ranking or their actual finish, and the handling of unranked players depends on how they qualified for the player pool.

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