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12.03.2018
Cheat Sheet to the Jeopardy! All-Stars Stats

The All-Stars Fantasy League Sweepstakes is officially open! You’re going to participate, right? All you have to do is go to Jeopardy.com, pick your fantasy team, and then let the Jeopardy! All-Stars do all the work for you. When the tournament airs February 20-March 5, your team will earn points for you with every correct response, and each point means you rack up another entry into the sweepstakes! The winner scores an adventure to any destination offered by Lindblad Expeditions!

Where to start? Well, you know the All-Stars and you know the game. But the team format of the All-Star Games is going to require a new element of play from these champions: strategy. So we’re going to provide you with all the resources you need to make the most informed selections when assembling your team.

For the first time ever, we’re releasing contestant stats we have compiled.

That’s right, all you number-crunching fantasy league fans! We’ve got statistics galore on each of the All-Stars in four categories: Speed, Accuracy, Risk and Performance.

  1. SPEED. Because “you can’t win if you can’t buzz in,” buzzer speed is the cornerstone of every champion’s success. We’ve provided the average rate of first buzz-ins for each player’s Jeopardy! and Double Jeopardy! rounds combined.

  2. When you buzz in, you have to be able to deliver the goods, so ACCURACY is another key factor. In this category, we’ve provided the percentage of correct responses in the Jeopardy! and Double Jeopardy! rounds combined, as well as the percentage of the time the champions got Final Jeopardy! right.

  3. The RISK category is all about the crucial aspect of wagering. Some champions got their success with a “go big or go home” mantra; others built a slow lead and protected it. You’ll find each champion’s average Daily Double and Final Jeopardy! wagers to get a sense of their strategy and how it may have factored into their wins.

  4. With PERFORMANCE, we focus on a couple of numbers that represent game dominance: the percentage of “runaway” games played and the average dollar amount won per game. A runaway game is a golden ticket to a Jeopardy! champion because it means they have taken such a lead by the end of the Double Jeopardy! round that they are ensured a win without having to bet anything in Final Jeopardy! The average amount won per game indicates aptitude in all of the categories combined – though by what ratio depends on each player.

But numbers don’t always tell the whole story. Some of these stats affect others – for example, if a champ has a guaranteed runaway, they may wager less aggressively. Your knowledge of each of these champions and what complementary skills they may have will play a prominent part in the success of your fantasy team. You are free to assemble a team in any way you wish regardless of what the “official” teams are. Just make your choices and have your team set by December 31, 2018. With a thrilling adventure provided by Lindblad Expeditions on the line, you’re going to need to bring your All-Star game!