Date of Award


Degree Name



College of Science

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Laura Adkins

Second Advisor

Gerald Rubin

Third Advisor

John Drost


Each year around the first week of September, NFL fans are fulfilled with the familiar emotions of watching their team compete for the ultimate prize: Fantasy League Championship. No, the NFL did not rename the Super Bowl. To some, this prize is even more personal than if your favorite childhood NFL team were to win the big game in February. To put it simply, the popularity of fantasy football has grown tremendously over time and the opportunity to best your friends, family, coworkers, whomever it may be that attempts to create the greatest fantasy football roster of all time, absolutely cannot pass you by if you consider yourself a fan of the NFL. To most of these football fanatics, Sunday means more than just watching a game. It means making sure you have the picture perfect lineup for your fantasy team and (hopefully) watching your players rack up more fantasy points than your competition. However, completing the previous task is rarely the case. I have taken what many fantasy football league managers consider to be the "Captain" of their team, the quarterback, and created a weekly projection for each individual matchup to ensure that you make the right decision on which quarterback will lead your team to victory. In doing so, this led to a ranking system based upon weekly fantasy production. I then compare my ranking for the upcoming week to the rankings produced by ESPN analysts using distance-based ranking models in hopes to have created a superior cheat sheet to guide your team to become Fantasy League Champions.


Fantasy football (Game)

Statistics -- Methodology.