Sam Hendricks wins Fantasy Index Open
Posted Jan. 14 at 10:09 AM
Sam Hendricks is the grand champion of the 2012 Fantasy Index Open – our prognosicating contest open to anybody who wants to show what they’ve got. Hendricks is the king for Year No. 2 of this competition.
Hendricks is a professional. He writes fantasy football books for Extra Point Press. He resides in Lynchburg, Va.
A real estate agent from Sea Isle City, N.J., John Moore, finished in first place among the civilian entries. Two other fantasy football writers finished in the top 10, including Adam Holtz from Rochester, Minn.; he took third.
This is a time-consuming competition. You have to put together a top 20 at each position, then all of those selections are graded. The higher you rank a player, the more his production counts to your score. In all, 92 valid entries were received before the July 1 deadline (we opted for a nice early deadline, before there was general agreement on players’ values).
Hendricks finished in the top 10 in only one category – defenses (7th) – but he was steady across the board. Quarterbacks (22nd), running backs (13th), wide receivers (15th), tight ends (33rd) and kickers (11th). That allowed him to finish 122 points ahead of Moore (which isn’t much, considering both scored over 400,000 points.
The winner of this competition wins a monster-sized trophy from Affordable Trophies. That company graciously joined us as a sponsor this year. They’ve been specializing in fantasy sports awards since 1996.
The winner of this competition earns a berth in the sister competition, the Fantasy Index Experts Poll. That’s the one where the results are printed in the magazine each summer. Hendricks was going to be in that competition anyway (he’s been in there the last five years). So we will give that at-large berth to John Moore.
A shout out is due to Shane Scott, a teacher from Toronto. We changed the scoring system this year, giving more weight to the lesser picks. Had we stuck with the old format, he would have been the champion. Scott also goes down as the top-ranking Canadian.
Fantasy Index Open – old scoring system
1. Shane Scott (10th in official scoring)
2. John Moore (2nd)
3. Mike McIlraith (6th)
4. Sam Hendricks (1st)
5. Jamie Alberts (8th)
6. Zach Leavitt (14th)
7. Nike Nease (36th)
8. Michael Crow (30th)
9. Adam Holtz (3rd)
10. Dish Adams (46th)
I put my own picks in here. I’m not eligible for prizes, but I’d like to see how I would do. I finished in 15th this year, which is disappointing. I finished 1st in quarterbacks, but was below-average in running backs (52nd) and kickers (68th). I didn’t include Adrian Peterson in my top 20, which killed me there. At kicker, I get crushed by taking zeros for Randy Bullock (my No. 10 kicker) and Neil Rackers (12th). If Bullock hadn’t landed on injured reserve and had scored Houston’s 138 kicking points, I would have moved up to 6th. I don’t know if Rackers would have moved me up relative to the other top guys, because I don’t know where they ranked him.
I placed 16th among tight ends, 34th among wide receivers and 41st among defenses.
Scott Anderson of Lakewood, Colo., goes down as Mr. Irrelevant. He finished in last place this year. Craig Smith, an attorney from Ozark, Mo., would have been the last-place guy if we’d stuck with the scoring system used in previous years.
The only professional wrestler in the field, Michael Stanco (aka “Maximum Capacity”) finished in 34th place. A fingerprint examiner, Michael O’Brien of Brighton, Colo., finished in 12th.
Scott Sachs of Perfect Season Fantasy Football won the traditional Experts Poll, but he submitted a radically different player list for this competition. A month after submitting the winning entry in the regular experts poll, he finished in 68th in this one, last among all eight of the industry guys who competed.
Hendricks went just the opposite. He finished in only 12th (out of 20) in the regular Experts Poll. But a month later, when the deadline for the Open came up, he made a bunch of changes and made his entry 11,000 points better.
The deadline for the 2013 Fantasy Index Open will be in late June.
FANTASY INDEX OPEN -- FINAL STANDINGS
411,060 Sam Hendricks (Lynchburg, Va.) football writer
410,938 John Moore (Sea Isle City, N.J.) real estate agent
408,123 Adam Holtz (Rochester, Minn.) football writer
407,452 Anthony Borbely (Taylor, Mich.) college student
407,446 Kevin Cuozzo (Boston, Mass.) payroll
406,859 Mike McIlraith (Fort Worth, Tex.) mechanical engineer
406,858 Brian Staines (Gibsonia, Pa.) teacher
406,301 Jamie Alberts (Sturgeon Bay, Wis.) banker
406,073 Jared Smola (Rochester, N.Y.) football writer
405,872 Shane Scott (Toronto, Ont.) teacher
405,700 Keith Mason (Sumter, S.C.) buyer
405,270 Michael O'Brien (Brighton, Colo.) fingerprint examiner
405,197 Kirk Kennedy (Pink Hill, N.C.) teacher
405,079 Zach Leavitt (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) accountant
404,663 Ian Allan (Seattle, Wash.) football writer
404,599 Tod Denison (Bakersfield, Calif.) materials manager
404,523 Mike Sarmento (San Jose, Calif.) sales manager
404,376 Daniel Williams (Murrieta, Calif.) appraiser
404,337 Jason Pilon (Blaine, Minn.) office grunt
404,285 Moishe Steigmann (Milwaukee, Wis.) rabbi
404,266 Brian George (Billings, Mont.) sales
404,120 Chris Hertzberg (Austin, Tex.) attorney
404,092 Bill Rehor (Culver City, Calif.) screenwriter
403,907 Richard Jackson (Berkeley, Calif.) attorney
403,635 Adam Thygeson (Portland, Ore.) teacher
403,509 Jeff Tefertiller (Oklahoma City, Okla.) IT
403,438 Joshua Smith (Olympia, Wash.) staffing scheduler
403,342 Manny De Jesus Jr. (Gilbert, Ariz.) student
403,223 David Dorey (McKinney, Tex.) football writer
403,221 Michael Crow (Orion, Ill.) systems engineer
402,986 Chris Rito (Martinsville, Ind.) chemist
402,746 Ty Tietjen (Brandon, S.D.) teacher (math)
402,623 Scott Kopischke (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) sales engineer
402,611 Michael Stanco (Clermont, Fla.) pro wrestler
402,610 Russell Ditnes (Jamison, Pa.) attorney
402,579 Mike Nease (West Chicago, Ill.) football writer
402,344 Maurile Tremblay (San Diego, Calif.) attorney
402,097 Ed Weiss (Parsippany, N.J.) accountant
402,087 Jim Bukowski (Chicago, Ill.) accountant
402,076 Nathan Priest (Hagerstown, Md.) teacher (substitute)
402,008 Michae McAninch (Naperville, Ill.) network engineer
401,780 Isaac McNally (Billings, Mont.) car salesman
401,704 Marc Price (Kelowna, B.C.) law firm administrator
401,683 Bradley Wolfrum (Alpharetta, Ga.) business owner
401,662 Jim DiLorenzo (Grayslake, Ill.) production planner
401,407 Dish Adams (Los Angeles, Calif.) football writer
401,111 Brian Laskiewicz (Randolph, N.J.) attorney
400,832 Ed Borcky (Wallingford, Pa.) operator
400,487 John Lanfranca (Kansas City, Mo.) firefighter
400,385 Miguel Tames (Miami, Fla.) sales
400,302 Mike Craig (Kokomo, Ind.) electrician
400,234 Ken Yuen (Arlington Heights, Ill.) attorney
400,205 Ralph Traino (Youngstown, Ohio) accountant
400,066 David Erickson (Los Angeles, Calif.) camera assistant
399,999 John D. Smith (Mount Laurel, N.J.) warehouse supervisor
399,882 Cole Houchens (Carrollton, Tex.) sales
399,857 Todd Weigel (Milwaukee, Wis.) blackjack dealer
399,787 Bob Adelman (St. Louis, Mo.) sales
399,414 Treavor Phipps (Salem, Ind.) steamfitter
399,303 TC Cannon (Oklahoma City, Okla.) sales
398,529 Sean Chi (San Jose, Calif.) attorney
397,641 Steve Tortora (Wallingford, Conn.) management
396,982 Rustin Paul (New York, N.Y.) attorney
396,555 Eric Huber (Milwaukee, Wis.) football writer
396,237 Bill Mason (Huntersville, N.C.) operator
396,196 Stephen McKenzie (Red Wing, Minn.) business owner
396,082 Rob Dammers (Ringwood, N.J.) senior tech analyst
396,014 Scott Sachs (Huron, Ohio) football writer
395,932 Daniel Bowman (Liberty, Mo.) government employee
395,513 Rob Carraher (Lincoln, Neb.) student
395,408 Steve Simon (Waterloo, Iowa) dental technician
395,371 Justin Colver (Draper, Utah) Medicare sales
395,263 Dana Duffield (Rochester, Minn.) software engineer
394,846 David Di Gregorio (Norristown, Pa.) retired clerk
394,765 Kevin E. Smith (Philadelphia, Pa.) student
394,628 Joe Russo (San Diego, Calif.) biochemist
394,153 Jim Nienaber (Georgetown, Ohio) wholesaler
393,852 Jason Spann (St. Louis, Mo.) software engineer
393,589 Robert Honaker (Baltimore , Md.) Education
393,582 Kevin Weakland (Tracy, Calif.) DBA
393,229 Geoff Maleman (Redondo Beach, Calif.) public relations
393,120 Paul Kuchar (Schaumburg, Ill.) teacher
392,831 Patty Saderholm (Elko, Nev.) graphic artist
392,172 Andy Gough (Dallas, Tex.) IT project manager
391,998 Richard Meyers (Huntsville, Ala.) quality engineer
391,299 Manny De Jesus Sr. (Gilbert, Ariz.) insurance agent
391,106 Mark Burns (Runnemede, N.J.) sales manager
386,817 Pete Meyer (Merrill, Wis.) sales
385,432 Adam Locke (Lynnwood, Wash.) teacher
384,124 Craig Smith (Ozark, Mo.) attorney
383,406 Bob Tecca (Minneapolis, Minn.) IT manager
380,909 Scott Anderson (Lakewood, Colo.) professional desk driver
Posted by ADAM HOLTZ | Jan. 14 at 05:50 PM
The experts poll was always one of my favorite features of the magazine.... Being able to participate in it myself has eluded me for now, but watch out next year! Congrats to Sam and John, and to the rest of the field for putting up a great challenge as well.
Posted by Moishe Steigmann | Jan. 14 at 08:05 PM
Congrats, Sam! And, thank you for running this, Ian!
Posted by JOHN SMITH | Jan. 15 at 02:57 PM
Thanks for running a great contest, Ian. I especially liked the daily breakdown of each position. It was fun trash talking with my son Kevin that I beat him in most categories (he got me at WR & QB). We look forward to playing again next year.
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