Entries by Brad Richter

NFL – Week 3 Showdown (Monday) – CHI v WAS

The Showdown matchups haven’t provided much offense this season and Monday’s game between the Bears and Redskins doesn’t figure to provide many offensive fireworks either. So, I’d recommend giving into the trend and matchup and focusing primarily on using RBs and D/ST along with your top QB in Cash games and trying to get a […]

NFL – Handicapper Consensus Picks – Week 3 – 2019

Welcome to the Week 3 NFL Handicapper Consensus!  There are nine picks on the consensus Best Bets list for this week, including a selection that was recommended by 14 out of 15 handicappers that provided a bet for the game.

In this series, we will publish a consensus of Handicapper Picks against the spread and totals where we pay for the premium picks and take the time and effort to accumulate them, so you don’t have to. This week we pulled picks from 13 expert sites and 39 different handicappers to get our consensus betting selections.  Picks make the Consensus list if they receive at least three more selection on one side than the other side. We will also be grading handicappers throughout the season.

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Nascar – 2019 Federated Auto Parts 400 – Industry Expert Consensus

We have a short list of experts publishing picks for the Nascar race under the lights on Saturday but there is still solid weighted consensus rankings to use for your DFS lineups.

The Weighted Consensus for the Nascar uses each expert’s current DailyOverlay score to generate a Weighted Consensus ranking. To calculate the Weighted Rank Score, each expert’s DailyOverlay score for players is weighted on a sliding scale from 1 to 5 with the top expert in the current standings being weighted with a five while the last place expert is weighted with a one. This method gives the higher rated experts picks more weight when compiling the overall player rankings for the day. We will include all players that have a Rank Score over 5.0.

Here is the Nascar Weighted Consensus list for the Federated Auto Parts 400:

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NFL – Hot Sheet – Week 3 – 2019

Week 3 in the NFL might be shaping up to be wild one. It seems like just about the right time for the things that we believe to be true after witnessing two weeks of football to get turned upside down. As such don’t get too comfortable in just blindly plugging in the chalky options, even in Cash games. The WR position also feels like wild card spot on Sunday’s slate, so consider going with your gut there more than any other position.

I have also started to incorporate some data from ProFootballFocus into my matchup analysis starting this week. Well, enough of my jibber-jabber, let’s get to the game-by-game analysis, top DFS plays, and Best Bets (went 4-0 last week).

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Note: DVOA referenced in this article stands for Defense-adjusted Value Over Average which is a metric from FootballOutsiders.com. Rankings for receivers by position (WR/TE) are based on grades from ProFootballFocus (PFF).

So, let’s get right to the numbers and analysis…

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PGA – 2019 Sanderson Farms Championship – Expert Consensus

The PGA heads to Mississippi for the Sanderson Farms Championship this week. We have collected recommendations from over 20 PGA DFS analysts this week and have a strong list of golfers to consider for your Cash game and GPP lineups.

To calculate the Weighted Rank Score, each expert’s DailyOverlay score is weighted on a sliding scale from 1 to 5 with the top expert in the current standings being weighted with a five while the last place expert is weighted with a one. If you have ever wondered how to differentiate between two players who were both selected by the same number of experts, then this is the list you need. We will include all players that have a DailyOverlay Score over 7.0.

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Here is the PGA Consensus list for the Sanderson Farms Championship:

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NFL – Week 3 Showdown (Thursday) – TEN v JAX

If there was a showdown matchup to skip, this Thursday’s tilt between the Titans and Jaguars might be it. The game has a Vegas total under 40 as both teams struggle to typically struggle to score points and aren’t very fantasy-friendly. With that ringing endorsement, below you can find my plays for the “showdown” in […]

NFL – DFS Expert Grading and Recap – Week 2

It is nice to have two weeks of NFL results to start to allow the DFS expert leaderboards to begin to take shape. In Week 2, DailyFantasySportsRankings led the way with a strong score, followed by Rotowire – Optimizer, and Sportsline.

On the overall leaderboard, DailyFantasySportsRankings use their Week 2 success to also catapult to the top of the heap in the early going. It might also be time to pay attention to our DailyOverlay Consensus GPP Picks at the WR position after a great Week 2, they lead all experts at that position this season.

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On to the Week 2 grades, class is in session!

Consensus Recap – Week 2 – Cash options

The Industry Consensus Cash picks finished in the top third with a 12th place finish overall out of 34 experts graded.

QB (Score: 6.50 / Rank 10th out of 34) – Strong week at QB with two “A+” grades from Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson to go along with an “A” from Josh Allen

RB (Score: 2.00 / Rank 21st out of 34) – Only Austin Ekeler (“A”) performed well out of the three chalk RBs

WR (Score: 1.83 / Rank 16th out of 34) – The cash picks at WR were solid as all six listed scored double-digit points on DraftKings but only Cooper Kupp was able to produce an “A” grade

TE (Score: 4.00 / Rank 10th out of 34) – Solid week at TE with an “A+” from Travis Kelce and “B” grades from Darren Waller and Evan Engram

D/ST (Score: 4.25 / Rank 9th out of 25) – The cash game consensus had two of the top four D/ST listed this week including the high-scoring Patriots

Consensus Recap – Week 2 – GPP options

The Industry Consensus GPP picks were solid with a 15th place finish overall out of 34 experts graded.

QB (Score: 4.50 / Rank 23rd out of 34) – Solid production with three of the top nine scores at QB including an “A+” from Dak Prescott and an “A” from Tom Brady

RB (Score: 3.33 / Rank 6th out of 34) – The GPP picks hit some home runs at RB with an “A+” from Dalvin Cook and Saquon Barkley

WR (Score: 3.57 / Rank 2nd out of 34) – The WR position GPP picks were very strong with an “A+” from Tyler Boyd, “A” from teammate John Ross, and solid scores from Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Thomas, and Mecole Hardman

TE (Score: 4.00 / Rank 10th out of 34) – The top TE scorer (Mark Andrews) was on the GPP list

D/ST (Score: 0.00 / Rank 21st out of 25) – Both D/ST listed on the GPP list were duds

Head of the Class – Week 2

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 2 based on their cumulative grades for all players they touted this week.

#1) DailyFantasySportsRankings (Score: 4.93) had eight of their 14 picks receive a grade of “A” or higher including Lamar Jackson, Tyler Boyd, Mark Andrews, and the Patriots D/ST

#2) Rotowire – Optimizer (Score: 4.22) posted six grades of “B” or better out of their nine picks which included Patrick Mahomes, Austin Ekeler, and Travis Kelce

#3) Sportsline (Score: 3.89) produced six grades of “B” or higher from their nine selections including players such as Patrick Mahomes, Austin Ekeler, and Travis Kelce

Top Value – AthlonSports (3.90 DK Pts/$1000) had value options such as the Patriots D/ST, Mecole Hardman, and Darren Waller

Head of the Class – Week 2 (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 2.

QB – Rotoballer (10.00) nailed both of their QB picks with Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson

RB – GoingFor2 (5.33) hit big with Raheem Mostert and Ezekiel Elliott

WR – DailyFantasySportsRankings (3.75) road the Bengals WRs Tyler Boyd and John Ross to the top

TE – Rotowire – Optimizer (10.00) used Travis Kelce in their optimized lineup at TE

DST – DailyFantasyNerd (10.00) used the Patriots D/ST in their optimized lineup

Study Time – Week 2

If we are going to give a gold star to the top experts of the week, we also need to determine which experts might need to put in some extra study time to pull up those grades. Here are the Week 2 experts that didn’t make the grade this week.

  • ProFootballFocus – Value Plays (Score: 0.67) suffered from the picks of Ben Roethlisberger, LeSean McCoy, and Josh Gordon
  • DailyFantasyCafe (Score: 1.00) were let down by Alvin Kamara, Robert Woods and the Bears D/ST

Extra Credit – Week 2

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 2 extra credit goes to the following…

A+ – Russell Wilson (FantasyAlarm)
A+ – Raheem Mostert (GoingFor2)
A+ – Emmanuel Sanders (FantasyAlarm)

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NFL – Handicapper Results and Recap – Week 2

The results are in for the NFL handicappers from Week 2 which saw our very own, Brad Richter, take the top spot with a perfect 4-0 record. He was followed closely by Brett Anderson (Sportsline) who won all three of his picks. Our Consensus best bets also ended in the win column for the week […]

Nascar – Expert Recap and Grading – South Point 400

This weekend at Las Vegas for the South Point 400 it was FantasyTeamAdvice that led the way for the DFS analysts. They were followed by Sportsline with DFSArmy rounding out the Top 3.

The overall leaderboard is about as tight as it can get with four experts all within 0.03 DailyOverlay points from each other. It is anyone’s race between DailyFantasySportsRankings, DFSArmy, NumberFire, and DFSKarma these four experts jockey for position heading into the final laps.

Check out the top experts on the Overall Leaderboard and as always you can check out the full Nascar Expert Standings to make sure that you’re up to speed on who is making the grade. Also, review how all the Nascar DFS analysts fared this past week. We also post the Ownership Percentages by position by count which are used to help project player ownership in our Weighted Consensus article each week.

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Week in Review

#1) FantasyTeamAdvice (Score: 5.57) produced five grades of “A” or “A+” from their seven recommendations led by Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney

#2) Sportsline (Score: 4.83) delivered two “A+” grades (Logano/Blaney) and an “A” (Keselowski) out of their six selections

#3) DFSArmy (Score: 4.25) recommended five drivers who finished with a grade of “B” or better out of their eight picks

Our Industry Consensus Picks finished 9th out of 15 experts graded this week.

Sleeper of the Week

B – Ty Dillon (DFSArmy)

Leaderboard – Overall

Be sure to check out the full Nascar Expert Standings to see how your favorite experts check out.

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NFL – Week 2 Showdown (Monday) – CLE v NYJ

Monday night brings a battle between the Browns and the Jets. With both teams coming off a loss and the Jets QB Sam Darnold out, the game has tilted toward the Browns as almost a touchdown favorite on the road. In cash games, it is best to lean into the turn and load up on […]

Nascar – 2019 South Point 400 – Industry Expert Consensus

The Nascar playoff chase begins in Las Vegas for the South Point 400 on Sunday. See who the Nascar experts recommend to fill out your DFS lineups.

The Weighted Consensus for the Nascar uses each expert’s current DailyOverlay score to generate a Weighted Consensus ranking. To calculate the Weighted Rank Score, each expert’s DailyOverlay score for players is weighted on a sliding scale from 1 to 5 with the top expert in the current standings being weighted with a five while the last place expert is weighted with a one. This method gives the higher rated experts picks more weight when compiling the overall player rankings for the day. We will include all players that have a Rank Score over 8.0.

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Here is the Nascar Weighted Consensus list for the South Point 400:

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NFL – Handicapper Consensus Picks – Week 2 – 2019

Welcome to the Week 2 NFL Handicapper Consensus! In Week 1, our Consensus best bets finished with a 5-7 record, however, picks with a Net Consensus of 5+ had a 4-1 mark. Let’s see if the handicappers can perform better overall now that the season is underway.

In this series, we will publish a consensus of Handicapper Picks against the spread and totals where we pay for the premium picks and take the time and effort to accumulate them, so you don’t have to. This week we pulled picks from 13 expert sites and 43 different handicappers to get our consensus betting selections.  Picks make the Consensus list if they receive at least three more selection on one side than the other side. We will also be grading handicappers throughout the season.

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Here is the NFL Handicapper Consensus list for Week 2…

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