Welcome back to football! Wednesday's Giants-Cowboys game was a fine appetizer for Week 1, but Sunday is what it is all about. Whether you are flipping around your Sunday Ticket, or enjoying it all on the Red Zone channel, Sunday is the greatest day of the week when summer flips to fall.
We have been providing you with rankings all week long, but as Sunday dawns, it would be helpful to have some projections as well. Our Week 1 wide receiver rankings are based on our pool of knowledge and often a bit of gut instinct. To improve your chances this year, we are going to provide Sunday projections courtesy of the folks at numberFire. numberFire uses series of mathematical models, to break down the action and figure out who exactly is performing well.They use the power of predictive and regressive modeling to more accurately project future performance.
The most noticeable different in SB Nation Fantasy rankings versus numberFire's projections has to be Julio Jones. SB Nation Fantasy ranks him second in standard leagues and third in PPR leagues. This might be where gut instinct provides a different view compared to statistical analysis. Much of Julio Jones' value in 2012 is based on what people expect of him rather than what he has done. It will be interesting to see how numberFire's projections for a guy like Jones adjust as the season wears on.
numberFire claims a higher predictive rate than the major companies (ESPN, CBS, Yahoo!). However, as with anything in fantasy football, we at SB Nation Fantasy view numberFire as one more weapon in your arsenal to claim victory. The numbers can help over the long term, but there are enough variables week-to-week that multiple sources can provide great value.
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