NFL DFS Expert Grading and Recap – Week 5
Wow, that was sure a high-scoring week in NFL DFS! It was another “rise of the machines” week after all the numbers have been crunched with DailyFantasyNerd and RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder taking the top two spots in Week 5. They were followed by FantasyLabs to round out the Top 3.
There wasn’t much movement at the top of the overall leaderboard as Rotowire remains in 1st place for the season but RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder and FantasyLabs were both propelled by their strong Week 5 performances into the Top 3. Be sure to sign up for a FREE 7-day trial to view the full standings and to see which sites are the best at predicting each individual position.
On to the Week 5 grades, class is in session!
Consensus Recap – Week 5 – Cash options
The Industry Consensus Cash picks finished with a strong 12th place showing this week out of 35 experts graded.
QB (Score: 4.50 / Rank 17th out of 34) – solid options including the top two QBs (Watson/Ryan) at the top of the list
RB (Score: 3.57 / Rank 17th out of 35) – a little bit of a mixed bag at RB but it still included an “A+” (McCaffrey) and a couple of “A” options (Cook/Fournette)
WR (Score: 3.40 / Rank 10th out of 35) – the cash WR list included four of the top six scorers at the position including Will Fuller, Michael Thomas, Adam Thielen, and Chris Godwin
TE (Score: 3.83 / Rank 10th out of 34) – contained five of the top 10 scores at the position, but the most recommended option (Eifert) put up a dud
D/ST (Score: 10.00 / Rank 1st out of 26) – a perfect 10 with all three D/ST options occupying the top scores at the position
Consensus Recap – Week 5 – GPP options
The Industry Consensus GPP picks had a down week with a 30th place finish out of 35 experts graded.
QB (Score: 2.67 / Rank 24th out of 34) – only Tom Brady delivered among the three QB options
RB (Score: 3.40 / Rank 18th out of 35) – strong GPP options of Aaron Jones and Phillip Lindsay made the list
WR (Score: 1.67 / Rank 24th out of 35) – with so much of the cash game chalk going off at WR, it was hard for the GPP options to make a big impact, but Tyler Boyd and Julian Edelman did produce big days
TE (Score: 2.00 / Rank 19th out of 34) – there was Jared Cook, but nothing else
D/ST (Score: 1.50 / Rank 24th out of 26) – the Steelers D/ST was solid but it went downhill from there
Head of the Class – Week 5
Each week I will highlight a few of the top experts for the week. Here are the experts that deserve a “gold star” for Week 5 based on their cumulative grades for all players they touted this week.
#1) DailyFantasyNerd (Score: 6.78) had five “A+” grades from their nine-man lineup including Matt Ryan, Christian McCaffrey, Michael Thomas, and Austin Hooper
#2) RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder (Score: 5.89) also had five “A+” grades from their lineup with Deshaun Watson, Christian McCaffrey, Will Fuller, and Michael Thomas but not quite as good at the backend
#3) FantasyLabs (Score: 4.79) had strong options across the board with 12 out of their 19 picks receiving a “B” or better
Top Value – RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder (4.94 DK Pts/$1000) led by Will Fuller
Head of the Class – Week 5 (By Position)
Sometimes there is just that one class that you excel in. In this section, I will highlight who the top experts were at each position for Week 5.
QB – Four Tied (10.00) including RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder, Rotowire – Optimizer, DailyFantasyNerd, and Sportsline
RB – SportingNews (7.50) with Christian McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook
WR – Rotoworld (5.50) led by Will Fuller
TE – Three Tied (10.00) including DailyFantasyNerd, DFSArmy – Geek’s Picks, and SportingNews
DST – 11 Tied (10.00) including numerous with multiple “A+” picks
Extra Credit – Week 5
In this section, I will look to give some extra credit to experts that received an A+ grade for a player that they recommended when very few other experts did. Week 5 extra credit goes to the following…
A+ – D.J. Chark (SportingNews)
A – Teddy Bridgewater (DailyRoto, FullTimeFantasy)
A – Dak Prescott (FantasyLabs)
Head of the Class – Season
Here are the top experts in the Overall Standings after Week 5 of the season, including which site has provided the top DraftKings points per $1000 of salary.
#1) Rotowire (Score: 4.12) improved their score this week and remains atop the overall standings
#2) RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder (Score: 4.02) were propelled by a 2nd place finish this week to jump into 2nd place on the leaderboard for the year
#3) FantasyLabs (Score: 3.83) jumps into the Top 3 for the season with a 3rd place finish in Week 5
Top Value – RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder (3.65 DK Pts/$1000)
The DailyOverlay Industry Consensus – Cash picks have been very strong, ranking in 9th place out of 36 experts this season.