Inside the Toolbox: Quality Games (PREMIUM PREVIEW)
FFToolbox's QUALITY GAMES tool ranks by the number of games each player reached a certain threshold for fantasy points scored. Fantasy football expert Tony Casale takes us INSIDE THE TOOLBOX, a series which covers the history and validity of FFToolbox's world famous tools, to point out some interesting observations and what can be learned from this information.
Editor's intro: At FFToolbox.com, we offer many tools which provide our users with interesting and unique points of analysis. In this multiple part series, we want to take a closer look at why these tools are useful and what kind of information each tool offered over the years. Through this exercise, we will re-examine the past to find hidden truths today. To check out the QUALITY GAMES tool over at FFToolbox, click here.
Your fantasy football philosophy and your draft strategy are your own. Maybe your strategy has you taking a handcuff for your receivers, maybe you always take a defense before anyone else, or perhaps you will simply never want Doug Martin on your team again. All of that is what makes fantasy football great. Pitting your strategy against your competitors. But to find your strategy and feel perfectly comfortable on draft day, you need the research to back it up. Having a clearly defined strategy or point of view allows you to quickly adjust to your opponents. It allows you to not get too upset when someone takes "your guy" just ahead of you, because he represents just one of the many players that fit into the potential mosaic that is your team.
Like most weapons in your arsenal, "Quality Games" or QG research shouldn't be taken alone. Match it with ADP or at least check it against your own personal biases to see if the numbers match your intuition.
While we knew Joique Bell had a solid season in Detroit last year, I was surprised that he was exactly as consistent as Giovani Bernard. Both had similar point totals in 2013; 167.7 for Bell and 168.9 for Bernard. They both also scored 37.5 percent on the QG meter. Are they the same player worthy of the same draft consideration? No. There are big plans for Bernard in Cincinnati this year, and there is no reason to believe that Bell will be much more than Reggie Bush's compliment in the Lions backfield. But given Bernard's 19.81 ADP and Bell's 75.04 ADP, you now have a reason to further investigate Bell and consider him in your own draft. It's about having this type of knowledge at your fingertips on draft day.
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