These are outlets, you can have a personal list but this is just a joke.
Like, me personally, would not put ER in my top 5 (id have HFW and GOW in my top 3) - but if i was in charge of an outlet i would put it as #1. It's called credibility and respect, you pick based on it's impact on gaming as a medium and what a dev achieved, not a need to stick out and put games nobody gives af about.
I've played most of those indie games and most are okay to good, not GOTY convo worthy at all, objectively.
If you were in charge of an outlet and it’s your personal list, you should put things wherever you please and if you didn’t like ER, don’t rank it. But it’s different when this supposed group of people collectively ranked these no-name indies as they did. It’s traffic driver journalism and I don’t buy it for a second. I enjoy indies and especially when they do something unique and creative, but a consensus ranking them so highly is suspicious and I have a hard time believing it was genuine.