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FFL Draft Kit: Rankings How-To

6/28/2007

Like congressional politics, Hollywood producing, Internet dating and the bestowing of National Book Awards, ranking football players for fantasy purposes is equal parts art and science. Don't get me wrong, I crunch numbers with the best of 'em. But this particular calculus comes with a heaping helping of fudge.

Sorry to put the cart before the horse. Let me start over. Hi, my name is Chris, and I'm a rank-o-holic. I'll be writing a weekly positional rankings column for ESPN.com all season, and it won't be my first time.

I've been accused of Michael Vick-loving, Michael Vick-hating and Michael Vick-ignoring in my day, and have received e-mails from fans of all 32 NFL teams asking me why I disrespected their hometown players. In this column, I'm asked to peel back the curtain, as it were, and explain how and why I arrive at my rankings for a given week. By way of overview, what I can tell you is that the method to my particular madness involves a lot of statistics, a lot of Excel, and then some good old-fashioned subjective rejiggering.