ESPNW Releases Fantasy Football Rankings Using Relationship Lingo

ESPNW provides cryptic fantasy football player rankings designed to be “easily understood” by women. H/t Adweek.

1. Every year, various publications release their fantasy football seasonal rankings, which is a list of players ordered in accordance with their predicted fantasy value for the year.

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2. These rankings vary from site-to-site, but only due to a difference of opinion over this or that individual player’s value. In many respects, the rankings are more or less the same between publications.

3. That is, except for ESPNW (ESPN “for women”), which compares player value to relationships.

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4.Her Fantasy Football’s Top 200 Rankings For 2014,” breaks what would ordinarily be a standard list into tiers named for relationship statuses. The top players: “Marriage Material.”

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5. The next tiers, in order from best to worst, are “boyfriend potential,” “it’s complicated,” “friends with benefits,” “flirts,” and “one-night stands.”

6. According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, in the United States and Canada alone, more than 41 million people have signed up to play fantasy football in 2014.

And according to an article by Adweek, 46 percent of NFL fans are women.

7. How drafting fantasy football players relates to relationships is anyone’s guess. The main takeaway from ESPNW’s fantasy football rankings for women is the same as their assessment of Browns running back Ben Tate: “it’s complicated.”

8. The pre-draft cheat sheet that everyone should be using, regardless of gender, is right here.

9. UPDATE: ESPNW Editor-in-Chief Alison Overholt released a statement explaining that they will discontinue the categories detailed above. This statement has been added to the top of the original article.

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