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2003 Consistency Rankings
by David M. Dorey
July 1, 2003
 

Nothing is more revealing than the actual number of games that a fantasy player scored well. Year end stats hide unusually high games which skew the season statistics. Below are the listing for the QB, RB, TE and WR positions counting the number of times that player met or exceed the level deemed a "good game" and also what percentage of his games were at that level for the 2002 season.

Big numbers are nice, but more important is how they are obtained. Without week to week production, no fantasy team can excel.

QUARTERBACKS GP = Games Played, GG = Good Games (300 yards or two TDs)
Team Player % GP GG
OAK Gannon, R 75% 16 12
STL Bulger, M 71% 7 5
NO Brooks, A 69% 16 11
BUF Bledsoe, D 63% 16 10
IND Manning, P 63% 16 10
PHI McNabb, D 60% 10 6
NYJ Pennington, C 60% 15 9
ATL Vick, M 60% 15 9
NE Brady, T 56% 16 9
MIN Culpepper, D 56% 16 9
GB Favre, B 56% 16 9
TEN McNair, S 56% 16 9
DEN Griese, B 54% 13 7
TB Johnson, B 54% 13 7
PIT Maddox, T 54% 13 7
WAS Matthews, S 50% 8 4
DET McMahon, M 50% 8 4
BAL Blake, J 50% 10 5
Team Player % GP GG
SF Garcia, J 50% 16 8
KC Green, T 50% 16 8
SEA Hasselbeck, M 46% 13 6
CIN Kitna, J 46% 13 6
MIA Fiedler, J 45% 11 5
WAS Ramsey, P 44% 9 4
NYG Collins, K 44% 16 7
ARI Plummer, J 44% 16 7
PIT Stewart, K 43% 7 3
STL Warner, K 43% 7 3
CLE Couch, T 43% 14 6
CHI Miller, J 40% 10 4
JAX Brunell, M 40% 15 6
SD Brees, D 38% 16 6
DET Harrington, J 29% 14 4
HOU Carr, D 25% 16 4
DAL Hutchinson, C 22% 9 2
CAR Peete, R 21% 14 3

Gannon was the king last season and even though he is getting up there in years, he still delivers the goods. Gannon tailed off last season on scores but still had the yardage, a big factor in consistency. Aaron Brooks was actually even better than this considering that he suffered from a shoulder injury the final four games.

Bigger surprises were Jeff Garcia and Trent Green who had good years but used big games to temper the bad ones. Several of these players - Maddox, Hasselbeck, Kitna and Couch actually had games missed or not truly started (or ended) that affected their numbers.

RUNNING BACKS GP = Games Played, GG = Good Games (100 total yards or 1 TD)
Team Player % GP GG
KC Holmes, P 100% 14 14
NYG Barber, T 88% 16 14
OAK Garner, C 81% 16 13
DEN Portis, C 81% 16 13
MIA Williams, R 81% 16 13
NO McAllister, D 80% 15 12
SEA Alexander, S 75% 16 12
TEN George, E 75% 16 12
SD Tomlinson, L 75% 16 12
GB Green, A 71% 14 10
MIN Bennett, M 69% 16 11
BUF Henry, T 69% 16 11
NYJ Martin, C 69% 16 11
JAX Taylor, F 69% 16 11
IND Mungro, J 67% 9 6
IND James, E 64% 14 9
BAL Lewis, J 63% 16 10
PHI Staley, D 63% 16 10
ATL Dunn, W 60% 15 9
ARI Shipp, M 60% 15 9
CHI Thomas, A 58% 12 7
STL Faulk, M 57% 14 8
CIN Dillon, C 56% 16 9
MIN Williams, M 56% 16 9
DET Stewart, J 50% 14 7
Team Player % GP GG
NE Faulk, K 47% 15 7
CLE Green, W 44% 16 7
SF Hearst, G 44% 16 7
JAX Mack, S 44% 16 7
WAS Davis, S 42% 12 5
OAK Crockett, Z 40% 15 6
PIT Bettis, J 38% 13 5
TB Alstott, M 38% 16 6
NE Smith, A 38% 16 6
TEN Simon, J 36% 11 4
CAR Smith, L 36% 11 4
CAR Brown, D 33% 12 4
STL Gordon, L 33% 12 4
DAL Smith, E 31% 16 5
PIT Zereoue, A 31% 16 5
SF Barlow, K 29% 14 4
DEN Anderson, M 27% 15 4
ATL Duckett, T 25% 12 3
WAS Watson, K 25% 16 4
HOU Wells, J 25% 16 4
KC Richardson, T 23% 13 3
ATL Christian, B 21% 14 3
NYJ Jordan, L 21% 14 3
CLE White, J 21% 14 3
TB Pittman, M 19% 16 3

Priest Holmes - why'd you have to get hurt? He had the first 100% in the seven years since The Huddle first originated this sort of analysis.

Tiki Barber and Charlie Garner turned in very consistent numbers thanks to being so heavily involved in the passing game as well. Those receiving yards and scores are a big bonus for runningbacks.

Biggest surprises were Garrison Hearst, Corey Dillon and Stephen Davis.

Players like Amos Zereoue, Kevan Barlow, T.J. Duckett and Kevin Faulk were hurt by a lack of true starter status last season.

TIGHT ENDS GP = Games Played, GG = Good Games (50 total yards or 1 TD)
Team Player % GP GG
BAL Heap, T 69% 16 11
KC Gonzalez, T 63% 16 10
NYG Shockey, J 60% 15 9
OAK Jolley, D 50% 12 6
DEN Sharpe, S 50% 12 6
GB Franks, B 50% 16 8
IND Pollard, M 47% 15 7
SEA Mili, I 46% 13 6
HOU Miller, B 43% 14 6
JAX Brady, K 40% 15 6
NE Fauria, C 40% 15 6
ATL Crumpler, A 38% 16 6
MIA McMichael, R 38% 16 6
SEA Stevens, J 33% 12 4
STL Conwell, E 33% 15 5
NYJ Becht, A 31% 16 5
Team Player % GP GG
CAR Walls, W 31% 13 4
MIN Kleinsasser, J 29% 14 4
DET Ricks, M 29% 14 4
SF Johnson, E 27% 11 3
SD Alexander, S 25% 12 3
DEN Carswell, D 25% 12 3
MIA Weaver, J 25% 12 3
MIN Chamberlain, B 23% 13 3
TB Dilger, K 23% 13 3
TB Dudley, R 23% 13 3
CLE Campbell, M 21% 14 3
CHI Davis, J 20% 10 2
NE Graham, D 20% 10 2
PHI Lewis, C 20% 15 3
JAX Mitchell, P 20% 15 3
TEN Wycheck, F 20% 15 3

Todd Heap, Tony Gonzalez and Jeremy Shockey were the top three in consistency last season and also remain in the top three in virtually all rankings this year.

Doug Jolley was a very nice surprise and in a position as spotty as tight end, gaining the 50 yards or a score in a week is an accomplishment. Doing it half the time as Jolley did is quite a feat.

WIDE RECEIVERS GP = Games Played, GG = Good Games (100 total yards or 1 TD)
Team Player % GP GG
IND Harrison, M 75% 16 12
SF Owens, T 71% 14 10
BUF Moulds, E 69% 16 11
PIT Ward, H 63% 16 10
NO Stallworth, D 62% 13 8
NYJ Coles, L 60% 15 9
CIN Johnson, C 57% 14 8
GB Driver, D 56% 16 9
NO Horn, J 56% 16 9
MIN Moss, R 56% 16 9
NYG Toomer, A 56% 16 9
SD Conway, C 54% 13 7
OAK Porter, J 53% 15 8
CHI Booker, M 50% 16 8
WAS Gardner, R 50% 16 8
BUF Price, P 50% 16 8
OAK Rice, J 50% 16 8
JAX Smith, J 50% 16 8
NYJ Chrebet, W 47% 15 7
NYJ Moss, S 47% 15 7
CLE Northcutt, D 46% 13 6
PIT Burress, P 44% 16 7
STL Holt, T 44% 16 7
SEA Robinson, K 44% 16 7
BAL Taylor, T 44% 16 7
PHI Thrash, J 44% 16 7
TEN Mason, D 43% 14 6
DET Hakim, A 40% 10 4
ATL Finneran, B 40% 15 6
PHI Pinkston, T 40% 15 6
WAS Thompson, D 40% 15 6
ARI Boston, D 38% 8 3
NYG Dixon, R 38% 8 3
STL Bruce, I 38% 16 6
DAL Bryant, A 38% 16 6
CLE Davis, A 38% 16 6
DAL Galloway, J 38% 16 6
MIA Chambers, C 36% 14 5
TB McCardell, K 36% 14 5
DET Schroeder, B 33% 12 4
CLE Morgan, Q 33% 15 5
CIN Warrick, P 33% 15 5
KC Boerigter, M 31% 16 5
HOU Bradford, C 31% 16 5
CLE Johnson, K 31% 16 5
DEN McCaffrey, E 31% 16 5
DEN Smith, R 31% 16 5
Team Player % GP GG
SEA Jackson, D 31% 13 4
JAX Lockett, K 31% 13 4
MIN Bates, D 29% 14 4
NE Brown, T 29% 14 4
CAR Muhammad, M 29% 14 4
NO Pathon, J 29% 14 4
TEN Dyson, K 27% 11 3
ATL Gaylor, T 27% 11 3
NE Patten, D 27% 15 4
STL Proehl, R 27% 15 4
CAR Smith, S 27% 15 4
SF Streets, T 27% 15 4
IND Wayne, R 27% 15 4
ARI Jenkins, M 25% 8 2
JAX Johnson, P 25% 8 2
NO Reed, J 25% 12 3
PHI Freeman, A 25% 16 4
KC Hall, D 25% 16 4
TB Johnson, K 25% 16 4
NE Branch, D 23% 13 3
TB Jurevicius, J 23% 13 3
KC Morton, J 23% 13 3
ARI McAddley, J 22% 9 2
WAS McCants, D 22% 9 2
SD Caldwell, R 21% 14 3
MIA McKnight, J 21% 14 3
GB Glenn, T 20% 15 3
DEN Lelie, A 20% 15 3
CHI Robinson, M 20% 15 3
OAK Brown, T 19% 16 3
KC Kennison, E 19% 16 3
NO Lewis, M 19% 16 3
PIT Randle El, A 19% 16 3
CHI White, D 19% 16 3
STL Edwards, T 18% 11 2
ARI Sanders, F 18% 11 2
NE Hayes, D 17% 12 2
ARI Kasper, K 17% 12 2
BAL Johnson, R 15% 13 2
MIN Alexander, D 14% 7 1
TEN Bennett, D 14% 14 2
GB Ferguson, R 14% 14 2
IND Ismail, Q 14% 14 2
PIT Mathis, T 13% 15 2
SD Dwight, T 13% 16 2
HOU Gaffney, J 13% 16 2
TEN McCareins, J 13% 16 2

As a sign of the dynamic nature of receivers, the most consistent group included Donald Driver, Chad Johnson, Dante Stallworth, Lavernues Coles and Jerry Porter who were all breakout receivers last year. Of the top 18 receivers, three were not even the #1 receiver for their team - Stallworth, Porter and Price.

Use these numbers as one tool in your own rankings and projections. Consistency is a critical element to creating a fantasy team that can post big points every single week. Gaining consistency from an inconsistent position - receivers and tight ends - gives you an advantage every week you play.