Dammers wins kickers portion of Fantasy Index Open
Posted Jan. 04 at 02:33 PM
It’s called karma. You try to call out a guy on his picks, and it’s bound to come back to bite you.
That’s how it played out with Rob Dammers of Ringwood, N.J.. I questioned some of his picks back in July, while tabulating the entries in the Fantasy Index Open and low and behold, Dammers was the first-place finisher in the kickers portion of the competition.
Dammers, a senior tech analyst, was the only competitor to finish with over 49,000 points. In second place was another guy from the sciences. Biochemist Joe Russo from San Diego. Manny De Jesus Jr. from Gilbert, Ariz., finished 3rd.
Dammers’ top 20 got off to a subpar start. He had Mason Crosby as his No. 1 kicker, and Shaun Suisham at No. 2. Those were below-average selections. But he ranked Shayne Graham 6th, 5 spots higher than anyone else in the field. Graham scored a solid 138 points, and that rewarded Dammers nicely against the rest of the field.
This competition, recall, is just like the Experts Poll in the magazine, but it’s open to everyone. Anyone who wants to send in their picks prior to July is welcome to. (We had the early deadline because we wanted everyone to do their own work, rather than perhaps using the Fantasy Football Index magazine as a crutch.)
Scoring is complex. Every pick scores in varying levels. In the past, we’ve used a 20 to 1 scoring system. You rank a guy first, his production gets multiplied by 20. You rank him 2nd, he gets multiplied by 19, and so on. But the flaw in that scoring system is that it makes the No. 1 pick worth 20 times as much as the 20th pick.
This year, we’ve softened the scoring system, making the later-round picks more valuable. Now, it’s 30 times for a No. 1 pick, 29 for No. 2, 28 for No. 3 and so on, down to 11 points for the 20th picks. So now the No. 1 pick is worth only about three times as much as the 20th pick.
With that Shayne Graham pick, recall, Dammers ranked him 6th. Graham scored 138 points, and for Dammers that got multiplied by 25 (31 minus 6) . So Graham contribued 3,450 points to Dammers score. That was his differene-maker pick.
I did lousy in this category, scoring in the bottom third (maybe the bottom quarter) . I was crushed by two picks. I had Neil Rackers and Randy Bullock in my top 12. I was confident those guys would be 16-game players and good scorers. Washington had signed Rackers to a nice free agent deal, and the Texans drafted Bullock (I figured he would be in that Shayne Graham spot) . And frankly, I don’t regret either of those picks.
But neither Bullock (injured reserve) nor Rackers (released) even played. A lot of competitors (including myself) took big fat zeros in that spots, killing our scores. But we have plenty of time to bounce back. There are five other categories to score before we crown the overall winner.
It may be over a week before I get around to finishing the scoring on this thing. I’ve got other things on my plate. Most notably, I’ll be researching playoff games on Monday and Tuesday. Sorry for the delay, I’ll get to it as quickly as I can.
The overall winner of this competition will earn a spot in the Experts Poll in the 2013 edition of the magazine, competing alongside the industry experts.
The winner will also hoist a massive trophy donated by Affordable Trophies.
FANTASY INDEX OPEN -- KICKERS
49,318 Rob Dammers (Ringwood, N.J.) senior tech analyst
48,698 Joe Russo (San Diego, Calif.) biochemist
48,284 Manny De Jesus Jr. (Gilbert, Ariz.) student
48,217 Cole Houchens (Carrollton, Tex.) sales
48,193 Richard Meyers (Huntsville, Ala.) quality engineer
48,153 Keith Mason (Sumter, S.C.) buyer
47,715 John Moore (Sea Isle City, N.J.) real estate agent
47,689 Brian George (Billings, Mont.) sales
47,592 Moishe Steigmann (Milwaukee, Wis.) rabbi
46,992 Ralph Traino (Youngstown, Ohio) accountant
46,980 Sam Hendricks (Lynchburg, Va.) football writer
46,941 Michae McAninch (Naperville, Ill.) network engineer
46,907 Scott Sachs (Huron, Ohio) headhunter
46,873 Shane Scott (Toronto, Ont.) teacher
46,857 Jared Smola (Rochester, N.Y.) football writer
46,838 Mike Nease (West Chicago, Ill.) football writer
46,707 Brian Staines (Gibsonia, Pa.) teacher
46,644 Jeff Tefertiller (Oklahoma City, Okla.) IT
46,505 Adam Locke (Lynnwood, Wash.) teacher
46,434 Jason Pilon (Blaine, Minn.) office grunt
46,402 Adam Holtz (Rochester, Minn.) football writer
46,176 Andy Gough (Dallas, Tex.) IT project manager
46,006 Daniel Bowman (Liberty, Mo.) government employee
45,869 Michael O'Brien (Brighton, Colo.) fingerprint examiner
45,791 Joshua Smith (Olympia, Wash.) staffing scheduler
45,744 Bob Tecca (Minneapolis, Minn.) IT manager
45,744 Mike Sarmento (San Jose, Calif.) sales manager
45,679 Scott Anderson (Lakewood, Colo.) professional desk driver
45,428 Dish Adams (Los Angeles, Calif.) football writer
45,397 Steve Tortora (Wallingford, Conn.) management
45,345 Kevin Cuozzo (Boston, Mass.) payroll
45,338 Ty Tietjen (Brandon, S.D.) teacher (math)
45,159 Eric Huber (Milwaukee, Wis.) football writer
45,032 John D. Smith (Mount Laurel, N.J.) warehouse supervisor
44,997 Robert Honaker (Baltimore , Md.) Education
44,985 Isaac McNally (Billings, Mont.) car salesman
44,936 Bill Mason (Huntersville, N.C.) operator
44,908 Richard Jackson (Berkeley, Calif.) attorney
44,872 Sean Chi (San Jose, Calif.) attorney
44,854 John Lanfranca (Kansas City, Mo.) firefighter
44,822 Bob Adelman (St. Louis, Mo.) sales
44,788 Ken Yuen (Arlington Heights, Ill.) attorney
44,709 Craig Smith (Ozark, Mo.) attorney
44,555 Bill Rehor (Culver City, Calif.) screenwriter
44,528 Nathan Priest (Hagerstown, Md.) teacher (substitute)
44,526 Jamie Alberts (Sturgeon Bay, Wis.) banker
44,392 Kevin E. Smith (Philadelphia, Pa.) student
44,328 Brian Laskiewicz (Randolph, N.J.) attorney
44,327 Kirk Kennedy (Pink Hill, N.C.) teacher
44,182 Scott Kopischke (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) sales engineer
44,058 Ed Borcky (Wallingford, Pa.) operator
44,056 Marc Price (Kelowna, B.C.) law firm administrator
43,946 Miguel Tames (Miami, Fla.) sales
43,908 Steve Simon (Waterloo, Iowa) dental technician
43,529 Bradley Wolfrum (Alpharetta, Ga.) business owner
43,509 TC Cannon (Oklahoma City, Okla.) sales
43,501 Rustin Paul (New York, N.Y.) attorney
43,436 Kevin Weakland (Tracy, Calif.) DBA
43,219 Jim Bukowski (Chicago, Ill.) accountant
43,156 Mike McIlraith (Fort Worth, Tex.) mechanical engineer
43,117 Ed Weiss (Parsippany, N.J.) accountant
42,984 Russell Ditnes (Jamison, Pa.) attorney
42,912 David Dorey (McKinney, Tex.) football writer
42,894 Zach Leavitt (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) accountant
42,800 David Erickson (Los Angeles, Calif.) camera assistant
42,742 Anthony Borbely (Taylor, Mich.) college student
42,686 David Di Gregorio (Norristown, Pa.) retired clerk
42653 Ian Allan (Seattle, Wash.) football writer
42,532 Treavor Phipps (Salem, Ind.) steamfitter
42,361 Daniel Williams (Murrieta, Calif.) appraiser
42,050 Jim Nienaber (Georgetown, Ohio) wholesaler
42,017 Chris Rito (Martinsville, Ind.) chemist
41,970 Chris Hertzberg (Austin, Tex.) attorney
41,970 Chris Hertzberg (Austin, Tex.) attorney
41,875 Tod Denison (Bakersfield, Calif.) materials manager
41,864 Adam Thygeson (Portland, Ore.) teacher
41,861 Michael Crow (Orion, Ill.) systems engineer
41,830 Patty Saderholm (Elko, Nev.) graphic artist
41,780 Rob Carraher (Lincoln, Neb.) student
41,691 Mike Craig (Kokomo, Ind.) electrician
41,577 Maurile Tremblay (San Diego, Calif.) attorney
41,570 Todd Weigel (Milwaukee, Wis.) blackjack dealer
41,490 Michael Stanco (Clermont, Fla.) pro wrestler
41,428 Manny De Jesus Sr. (Gilbert, Ariz.) insurance agent
41,384 Geoff Maleman (Redondo Beach, Calif.) public relations
41,294 Jim DiLorenzo (Grayslake, Ill.) production planner
40,965 Justin Colver (Draper, Utah) Medicare sales
40,870 Pete Meyer (Merrill, Wis.) sales
40,819 Jason Spann (St. Louis, Mo.) software engineer
40,484 Paul Kuchar (Schaumburg, Ill.) teacher
40,254 Stephen McKenzie (Red Wing, Minn.) business owner
38,699 Dana Duffield (Rochester, Minn.) software engineer
37,485 Mark Burns (Runnemede, N.J.) sales manager
Posted by Mark Burns | Jan. 04 at 06:06 PM
Someone has to be last. I might as well be me.
Posted by Mike McIlraith | Jan. 05 at 04:48 PM
Mark: I'll admit - I started looking for my entry from the bottom up - glad to find out I wasn't on the bottom; sorry you were. 5 more categories to go!
Posted by Mark Burns | Jan. 08 at 04:22 PM
Mike: you did a lot better than me. I hope i can redeem myself slightly in total.
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