Q: What is "Relative Value" and how is that different than the rating?

A: Ratings are the "raw" scores given to players based on their attributes, using the GUESS Ratings Formulas. Relative Value is where a player ranks with regards to other players at his position within the same division. The best player at each position will always have a relative value of 100, and the worst will have a relative value of zero. For the players in between, their relative value is based on where their rating score falls within the range of the best player and the worst player. For example, if the best player at a position had a rating of 70, and the worst player had a rating of 50, then a player with a rating of 60 (halfway between the two) would have a relative value of 50.

Q: Why bother with Relative Values?

A: Relative values allow postitions that traditionally have lower ratings - like quarterbacks, kickers, and punters, to contribute their value to a team on the same footing as higher rating positions like running back or offensive line. It always bothered me that a team that recruited the best QB in the country would likely be penalized in the rankings when compared to a team that didn't need to take a QB. It's not a perfect system, however. Recruiting the best punter is not at all as important as picking up the best defensive lineman, but I still think it's better than previous ways of ranking teams.

Q: Where do the formulas come from?

A: It's a combination of things - some of it comes from feedback from the game's developer. Some of it is based on what I see in game results. It's all based on gut feelings. The name "GUESS" is an intended pun. It stands for "Generally Uneducated Estimate of Student-athlete Skills".