Months ago I wrote an article regarding the flaws of the RotoGrinders ranking system and how you basically are buying your rank. It has nothing to do with how well you are playing because there are grinders in the top 100 that have admitted to being down thousands of dollars playing DFS.
Since a lot of people use this as the marker of credibility to a player’s success, I want to show you why you can’t use their ranking system to judge a players’ credibility.
Some Back Story
When I was in college I actually learned quite a bit about the media and how they present things to the general public. A lot of this was because I was a communications major and the other reason was because I lived in Southern California.
I don’t think I need to tell you that reality TV isn’t reality, and the more you look into things, the more ridiculous it is. 90% of the stuff you see in reality shows is fabricated to make you think these “stars” live the life that we all dream of. Even the rich reality stars are presented to us to appear richer than they really are.
My girlfriend likes the E Network and keeps up with the Kardashian’s and all the other lame shows on that network. Since I moved back to Colorado I was kind of interested to see the new show “Eric and Jessie” because I was curious to see how Hollywood was going to present my home state. Being a sports fan there was a part of me thinking “E” would have some behind the scene looks of Erik Decker’s work life as a Denver Bronco and I was definitely interested in that.
I was only able to stomach one episode because the show definitely was not targeted to sports fans. I guess I’m to blame for that thinking that “E” would somehow replicate HBO’s Hard Knocks with the Denver Broncos. I paid the price because instead of seeing content you would see on Hard Knocks, I saw Decker “training” with linebacker Wesley Woodyard in a random field running through cones. Because you know, all receivers work out in the off season with linebackers and run around cones like little leaguers.
Here are a few things I found out after talking to local people where the show was shot that I found pretty interesting. The 15,000 sq ft mansion that Eric and Jessie lived in was rented for the year by E and they did not own it like the show claimed. Everywhere Jessie went to was contacted by the show prior to her arrival and they hired actors to act like they were star struck to see Jessie.
That made sense to me, I don’t think anyone would recognize her and was shocked when people were asking for autographs. The cars that Eric and Jessie drove were given to them by E because they were sponsored by that car company. If you actually paid attention, there were car commercials during the show for the same car they were driving.
What Does That Have to Do with RotoGrinders?
So what does this have to do with the ranking systems with RotoGrinders? When Eric and Jessie signed on the dotted line to do a reality show with E, they became their property and the E Network is going to mold them to be as impressive as they can. RotoGrinders is the leader in the fantasy community and when they hire on writers/host and pass them off as “experts” they can basically do the same.
Some of the experts are truly experts and have the game log to back that up. You will often see them qualifying for major tournaments and see their names on top of the leaderboards in contests on the actual sites they play. That’s great and I appreciate their input because they literally put their money where their mouth is and consistently win.
Then there are the Kardashians of the site. They write well and have great personalities just like how some people claim the Kardashians are easy on the eyes, but you never see them in the high roller games. Nevertheless when you click on their profile you see they are in the Top 100.
I remember months ago there was a writer who wasn’t a member of the RotoGrinders’ staff and checked out his profile to see that he was ranked somewhere in the 2000’s. Then he was hired, his profile changed, and suddenly he was in the Top 100. I’m pretty sure the first time I looked at his profile I would have noticed under his biggest scores that he placed top ten in a $1000 entry contest.
I feel like RotoGrinders pulled an E Network move and added entries for him to make him look more credible since he was now a member of their staff. Of course I can’t verify this but it seems very suspicious. He’s a talented writer and now that he writes for RG his writings have become their writings, and as a business they need to present their staff members as credible sources.
I play on roughly 8 different sites and I always notice a player named “Mirage88” playing heavy volume on all the sites. I can’t log onto a site and check my LU’s without seeing his name in every contest. So out of curiosity I checked his profile on RG to see where he was ranked and right above him sitting at (I’m not going to say, I don’t want to name names but it was a pretty high ranking) was a RG podcast host. I never see that RG host name, with the exception of an occasional $10 DU here and there.
Mirage88 maxes out at $100 entries on contests and you want to tell me these two are the same ranking? I don’t think so, but nice try. When you control the information you can bend it all you want and there really isn’t a way to prove it.
The other thing that makes it hard to account for where you rank on RotoGrinders is that RG doesn’t count entries from all the sites. I play on 8 sites but have accounts on about 14 different sites. Of all the sites, accounts with only four of them are tracked in the RG ranking system.
I barely play on those sites and the last couple of months I haven’t played there at all. You are awarded more ranking points if you play on more sites checked by RG which doesn’t make sense to me either. How does playing on more than one site make you a better fantasy player?
In my opinion the ranking system from RotoGrinders is nothing more than a tool for someone to promote themselves. There is no way to prove who the best is and we should almost accept that and stop trying.
So here is what I suggest you do from here on out. If you read an article that you like, use the information you were given and roll with it. If you read an article you dislike, just disregard it and move on. Concentrate more on the information that is presented as opposed to who is giving it to you.
The general public is so fixated with the names attached to a product that the product is often overlooked. This is marketing 101 and I encourage you not to be so naive and fall under the “target audience” category. Be smart and when all is said and done, TRUST YOUR GUT!