Fantasy football’s ECR stands for expert consensus ranking. It’s the average ranking given to a player by fantasy football experts.
A player with an ECR of 12 would be ranked 12th overall on average among fantasy football experts.
Their average draft position in a fantasy league should be around 12th.
In other words, if a wide receiver has an ECR 20, that means he is the 20th ranked fantasy player, not the 20th ranked receiver.
It can be helpful to check the ECRs of the remaining players when it is your turn to pick. This is because ECRs are primarily used when drafting in fantasy football.
The player with the highest ECR is the one fantasy experts value the most. This information can be helpful when drafting your fantasy football team.
Find out what DST stands for in fantasy football if you’re curious about other fantasy acronyms like ECR.
ECR: What you Need to know
Here are a few more things you should know about ECR in fantasy football.
If you are looking at ECR rankings, make sure your league’s scoring is the same as theirs.
As an example, ECR is based on standard scoring, while PPR is based on catching forward passes. In these leagues, players who catch a lot of short passes can be very valuable.
Yards and touchdowns are the only ways you can earn fantasy points from your receivers in a standard league.
If the ECR you are using isn’t based on the same scoring system as your league, you will be valuing players based on the wrong criteria. You will end up making some poor selections.
Experts Aren’t Always Right
Another thing you should know about ECR in fantasy football is that the experts are not always right.
Even if you pick the highest ECR player with each selection you likely will not win the league. These experts are more accurate than most fantasy players but they are often wrong as well.
Take ECR with a grain of salt as not every single one of these picks is going to be correct.
I personally like to use the information gained from ECR as one piece of the puzzle but ultimately pick the players I like personally on my fantasy team.
ECR vs ADP
In fantasy football, ADP stands for average draft position, which is very similar to ECR.
An ADP is calculated by taking fantasy draft data and averaging out the picks players are primarily drafted with. If a player is taken fifth overall on average in fantasy drafts, then he will have an ADP of 5.
In fantasy football, ADP and ECR differ in that one of these rankings is based on expert opinion.
Based on actual fantasy football league drafts, ADP ranks players based on public opinion.
On the other hand, ECR only considers fantasy experts who rank these players professionally.
It is often better to follow ECR rather than ADP since fantasy experts are often more accurate.
Using ADP & ECR to Find Value
Some fantasy managers find value picks by comparing ECR vs ADP. If you believe that ECR is a better ranking system than ADP, then you should look for players with low ADP rankings.
A player with a high ECR but a low ADP rank presents a great opportunity to get some value.
In the same way, if a player has a high ADP rank but a lower ECR, you are likely to have to pass on this player. This is because a high ADP will require you to use a premium draft pick to acquire them.
For more information about these acronyms, see our guides on JAGS and PMR in fantasy football.