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Fantasy football consistency ratings: 2014-17

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Updated through 2017 Week 1

How consistency ratings work

Using fantasy points determined by ESPN's standard scoring, the charts contained in this column rate players based upon how consistently reliable they have been from the 2014 through 2017 seasons, a span of 52 weeks' worth of games (17 weeks apiece in each year from 2014-16, one week in 2017). For IDPs (individual defensive players), the following scoring is used: solo tackle (1), assisted tackle (0.5), sack (3), interception (3), forced fumble (3), fumble recovery (3), touchdown (6), safety (2), pass defended (1). To familiarize you with some of the terminology and column headers listed in the charts below:

Start%: The player's "start percentage," which shows how often he earned your start in an ESPN standard PPR (points per reception) league. This is his number of "Starts" -- those defined below -- divided by his number of scheduled team games.

CR: The player's "consistency rating," which is calculated as his weekly standard deviation divided by his PPR fantasy points per game average. This is meant to identify the players who were most consistently close to their weekly averages. The lower the number, the more consistent the player. Again, lower numbers are better.

nPPR%: The player's start percentage using non-PPR scoring, using ESPN's standard scoring settings without any points per reception.

FPTS/G: The player's average PPR fantasy points scored per game.

Start: The number of times that the player's point total in a given week was worthy of having had him active in an ESPN standard PPR league.

Stud: The number of times the player's point total ranked among the top at his position.

Stiff: The number of times the player's point total ranked among the worst at his position, making almost any waiver-wire option a smarter choice.

These are the benchmarks for what constitutes a "Start," "Stud" or "Stiff" performance:

Sat: The number of times the player missed a game. Players are not charged "Stiff" points for sitting out, nor does it impact their overall consistency rating (CR), but it hurts their overall start percentage (Start%).

Players must have at least a 20 percent start percentage ("Start%") in either standard PPR or non-PPR scoring, or must rank among the top 20 quarterbacks, tight ends or kickers, top 50 running backs or wide receivers, or top 40 defensive linemen, linebackers or defensive backs, in terms of total fantasy points at their position from 2014-17, for inclusion in the chart. All defense/special teams are included, regardless of whether they met those minimums.

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Kickers

Team defense/special teams

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs