Season-long numbers can lie. Fantasy football, after all, is a weekly game. And while big spike weeks are certainly important, there's value in game-to-game consistency.
That's what our Reliability Ratings measure: Which guys were the steadiest weekly fantasy producers. To calculate a player's Reliability Rating, we take the number of weeks he finished inside fantasy-starter territory at his position -- that's a top 12 QB, top 24 RB, top 36 WR or top 12 TE -- and divide it by his number of games played.
Of course, Reliability Rating doesn’t tell the entire story either. A #1 weekly finish by a WR counts the same as a 36th-place finish here. So consider this metric a measure of each player’s floor, rather than ceiling. But it’s another useful piece of information as we digest the 2019 campaign.
Below, you’ll find each position ranked by the percentage of weeks they finished inside starter range in half-PPR scoring last season. All players with at least 2 starter-level fantasy weeks are included.
* Drew Brees jumps to an 80% Reliability Rating if we remove Week 2, when he exited after just 9 snaps. Brees and Teddy Bridgewater combined for 10 top-12 weeks, which would have tied for 2nd most with Deshaun Watson and Dak Prescott for 2nd most.
* Ryan Tannehill matched Brees' 80% Reliability Rating in his 10 starts.
* Russell Wilson ranked 4th among QBs in total fantasy points last year. But he tied for just 11th in number of top-12 weeks (7).
* Fewest top-12 weeks among QBs who finished top 12 in total points: Kyler Murray, Aaron Rodgers and Josh Allen with 6 apiece.
* Tom Brady scored as a top-12 QB in 4 of his first 6 games ... but just 1 of his final 10