Updated Oct. 19, 2021 (through Week 6 of 2021)
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 during the 2019 through 2021 seasons, a span of 40 weeks' worth of games (17 weeks apiece in 2019 and '20 and six so far in '21). For IDPs (individual defensive players), the scoring from our weekly rankings is used: solo tackle (1.5), assisted tackle (0.75), tackle for loss (2), sack (4), interception (5), forced fumble (4), fumble recovery (4), touchdown (6), safety (2), pass defended (1.5). 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.