Thursday, November 08, 2007

In Progress: Football ’07 – Deals and Steals

Which Players are Providing the Most Bang for Your Buck

It’s the midpoint of the football season, the perfect time to evaluate how well our site-o-geniuses have thus far proven their ability to prognosticate. We’ll do so by taking a look at the players who have the best fantasy-point-per-million (FP/$M) ratios to date across the various positions. We enforced FP minimums at each position to filter out a little noise, and then compiled the following tables:

Offense

QB

(Min 200 FP)

Tm

Sal

FP

FP/G

FP/$M

1

Favre, B.

GBP

4.0

227

28.4

57.2

2

Roethlisberg, B.

PIT

4.3

219

27.4

51.0

3

Romo, T.

DAL

5.7

242

30.3

42.6

4

Brady, T.

NEP

11.1

412

45.8

37.3

5

Brees, D.

NOS

11.0

217

27.1

19.8

HB

(Min 80 FP)

Tm

Sal

FP

FP/G

FP/$M

1

Peterson, Ad.

MIN

5.0

120

15.0

24.2

2

Barber, M.

DAL

3.6

81

10.1

22.5

3

Lynch, M.

BUF

3.9

83

10.4

21.0

4

Addai, J.

IND

6.0

107

15.3

17.9

5

Brown, Ro.

MIA

5.8

90

12.9

15.5

WR

(Min 68 FP)

Tm

Sal

FP

FP/G

FP/$M

1

Welker, W.

NEP

1.6

83

9.2

50.8

2

Edwards, B.

CLE

2.9

96

12.0

32.9

3

Holmes, S.

PIT

2.5

68

9.7

27.0

4

Moss, R.

NEP

6.3

130

14.4

20.6

5

Houshmandzada, T.

CIN

5.4

98

12.3

18.1

TE

(Min 30 FP)

Tm

Sal

FP

FP/G

FP/$M

1

Clark, Da.

IND

1.7

60

7.5

35.5

2

Miller, H.

PIT

1.9

50

6.3

25.7

3

Witten, J.

DAL

2.9

67

8.4

23.2

4

Winslow, K.

CLE

3.0

55

6.9

18.3

5

Watson, B.

NEP

2.4

42

6.0

17.7

OL

(Min 70 FP)

Tm

Sal

FP

FP/G

FP/$M

1

Tampa Bay OL

TBB

0.6

91

10.1

142.3

2

Miami OL

MIA

0.7

71

8.8

105.8

3

Houston OL

HOU

1.2

86

9.5

71.3

4

Tennessee OL

TEN

1.3

88

10.9

64.9

5

New York (NFC) OL

NYG

1.9

85

10.6

45.0

FB

(Min 12 FP)

Tm

Sal

FP

FP/G

FP/$M

1

Leonard, B.

SLR

1.3

60

7.4

46.4

2

Sellers, M.

WAS

0.9

28

3.4

30.3

3

Cook, J.

HOU

0.5

15

2.1

28.6

4

Weaver, L.

SEA

0.6

16

2.2

27.4

5

Evans, H.

NEP

0.8

19

2.4

23.8

Defense

DL

(Min 50 FP)

Tm

Sal

FP

FP/G

FP/$M

1

Dockett, D.

ARI

0.6

60

7.4

92.8

2

White, De.

DET

0.9

57

7.1

67.0

3

Dumervil, E.

DEN

0.9

51

6.4

55.1

4

Kiwanuka, M.

NYG

1.5

52

6.5

34.0

5

Cole, T.

PHI

2.8

62

7.7

21.9

LB

(Min 67 FP)

Tm

Sal

FP

FP/G

FP/$M

1

Harrison, Ja.

PIT

0.6

82

10.2

125.6

2

McIntosh, R.

WAS

1.0

72

9.0

74.4

3

Ruud, B.

TBB

1.1

74

8.2

69.6

4

Howard, T.

OAK

1.3

76

9.5

59.5

5

Boley, M.

ATL

1.6

76

9.5

46.9

DB

(Min 55 FP)

Tm

Sal

FP

FP/G

FP/$M

1

Wright, E.

CLE

0.6

62

7.8

96.2

2

Bodden, L.

CLE

0.7

61

7.6

90.4

3

Hayden, K.

IND

0.7

58

7.3

88.5

4

Nelson, R.

JAC

0.9

59

7.4

69.0

5

Revis, D.

NYJ

0.9

60

6.7

68.6

Special Teams

PK

(Min 65 FP)

Tm

Sal

FP

FP/G

FP/$M

1

Folk, N.

DAL

0.6

80

10.0

136.0

2

Crosby, M.

GBP

0.8

78

9.8

95.4

3

Brown, K.

HOU

1.0

83

9.3

82.2

4

Bironas, R.

TEN

1.1

85

10.6

75.7

5

Gostkowski, S.

NEP

1.2

82

9.1

70.2

P

(Min 65 FP)

Tm

Sal

FP

FP/G

FP/$M

1

Colquitt, D.

KCC

0.5

80

10.0

147.9

2

Barr, M.

ARI

0.6

67

8.4

121.1

3

Sepulveda, D.

PIT

0.6

66

8.3

105.0

4

Lee, A.

SFF

1.2

108

13.5

88.7

5

Koch, S.

BAL

0.9

71

10.1

74.7

A few names above are more remarkable than others, but the most amazing inclusion above must belong to Tom Brady. This is not to say that it’s surprising that he’s good. It’s just that at an average salary of $11M, that he’s so good for the money. Favre makes the list at the rather affordable $4M price tag, and Drew Brees, having turned his season around is starting to pay dividends as well. Romo and Roethlisberg are also proving doubters that they deserve The MoneyTM.

With the record-setting season he’s having, it’s not a shock to see the Viking’s Adrian Peterson leading the halfbacks. Even at $5M/year, an astounding salary for a rookie, he is proving to be worth every penny and then some. The workmanlike performance by the Cowboys’ Marion Barber also has him high on the list, pulling in a modest $3.6M a year at GamedayRitual but producing 81 FP to date. Fellow grinder Marshawn Lynch, the oft-overlooked Joseph Addai, and somewhat surprising Ronnie Brown round-out the halfbacks.

Other offensive notables include Patriot WRs Welker and Moss, the always under-appreciated TE Dallas Clark, and a pair of offensive lines from Florida in the Bucs and Dolphins that are earning near the league minimum of $0.5M, but are producing like upper-tier lines. TEs Witten, Winslow and WR Houshmanzada are also notable given their higher salaries, but commensurate production.

On defense where new faces pop-up each year, it’s impressive that defensive linemen Kiwanuka and Cole are earning their keep in the top 5 by value. Feel good story James Harrison is leading the Steelers defense as well as the GDR linebackers in value at an astonishing rate of 125FP/$M, the best of any defensive players.

And finally on special teams, we would be remiss not to mention that even though punter Andy Lee is being paid a substantial $1.2M on average, that the San Francisco 49ers are so bad that he might be their MVP. We’re also impressed that the Patriots’ Gostkowski is a value-play given how infrequently the Pats pull up for a field goal. If his leg doesn’t fall off kicking PATs, he should continue to pay for himself.

Filed by gamedayScott

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