Sam Hendricks is the winner of the Fantasy Index Experts Poll, outperforming 19 other analysts in a contest involving 2,400 player selections (with each expert submitting a top 20 at six different positions).
Hendricks, author of the Fantasy Football Guidebook (published by Extra Point Press), didn’t win any category but was the only analyst to rank in the top 6 in all of the coveted positionsquarterbacks (2nd), running backs (4th), wide receivers (5th) and tight ends (6th).
In 10 previous attempts, Hendricks had never won the Experts Poll, but he’s been a strong finisher recently. He’s now finished in the top 5 in three of the past four years. He’s finished 10th in his last two other attempts. Hendricks is also a previous winner in the Fantasy Index Open competition (which is structured just like the Experts Poll, but is open to everyone).
Bob Henry of Football Guys finished 2nd, buoyed by 2nd-place finishes at both running back and wide receiver. Henry also takes home the consolation prize of being the top finisher using the alternative VBD scoring system (in that format, we disregard players who badly underperform or miss most of the season with injuries, focusing only on the players who finish the year with starter-level numbers – top 24 RB and WR, and top 12 at the other positions).
Lenny Pappano of Draft Sharks took 3rd.
The top 11 finishers win spots in the Mock Draft competition, and those participants are tagged with black dots in the chart below. As the No. 1 overall finisher, Hendricks will have the luxury of selecting the draft position of his choice. Henry will get first choice of what’s left (and so on down the line).

EXPERTS POLL, OVERALL (standard scoring)
Analyst QB RB TE WR Def PK Points
• Sam Hendricks 2 4 6 5 17 10 242,130
• Bob Henry 15 2 4 2 14 15 241,815
• Lenny Pappano 6 8 2 3 5 19 241,549
• Alan Satterlee 7 15 1 1 15 12 241,075
• Justin Eleff 1 6 14 17 2 14 240,280
• Michael Nease 18 1 9 4 16 18 239,895
• Patrick Chance 10 3 11 10 6 9 239,219
• Michael Nazarek 13 5 3 12 11 2 239,217
• Paul Charchian 4 9 15 8 1 4 238,220
• Scott Pianowski 16 7 8 6 10 1 238,009
• Jesse Pantuosco 9 12 10 14 8 3 237,682
Cory Bonini 5 10 20 7 9 8 237,320
Jody Smith 12 11 19 15 13 7 235,070
Harold Simons 11 14 17 11 4 5 234,759
David Dorey 19 13 7 16 12 16 234,485
Jeff Ratcliffe 3 19 18 9 7 13 234,388
Chris Liss 17 16 5 18 3 11 234,157
Tony Holm 14 17 13 19 18 17 234,013
Mike Clay 8 20 16 13 20 6 233,052
Aaron Bland 20 18 12 20 19 20 229,768
EXPERTS POLL, OVERALL (VBD scoring)
Analyst QB RB TE WR Def PK Points
Bob Henry 6 3 1 1 15 16 53,021
Sam Hendricks 4 2 9 8 17 4 52,031
Alan Satterlee 7 12 2 3 18 13 51,880
Lenny Pappano 10 6 3 4 11 11 51,839
Patrick Chance 8 1 8 11 7 18 51,695
Jesse Pantuosco 5 7 10 14 12 8 50,883
Justin Eleff 1 9 15 19 10 17 50,372
Scott Pianowski 14 5 11 7 3 6 50,296
Paul Charchian 11 13 16 6 2 2 49,750
Michael Nazarek 16 4 5 16 13 3 49,616
David Dorey 13 10 6 17 1 9 49,553
Michael Nease 20 8 4 2 9 12 49,505
Harold Simons 12 11 19 9 8 7 49,263
Cory Bonini 9 15 20 5 4 1 49,112
Mike Clay 3 17 18 12 20 20 48,479
Jeff Ratcliffe 2 20 17 10 14 19 48,176
Jody Smith 18 14 13 15 16 14 47,964
Chris Liss 19 16 12 13 5 10 47,282
Aaron Bland 15 19 7 20 19 5 47,027
Tony Holm 17 18 14 18 6 15 46,218