Welcome to the first weekly NBA Industry Expert recap and grades! Each week we will take a look back at the previous week in the NBA to review the expert’s picks that we captured and graded to let you know which sites and experts are giving out the best selections. As a reminder we are currently gathering selections and publishing the NBA Industry Consensus articles each Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday during the NBA season.

The first week of the NBA season we tracked 12 experts, plus the Industry Consensus picks. Through the first week, many of the experts have performed very well with a few sites consistently showing up near the top of the daily standings. The Industry Consensus picks are also looking strong early on finishing in 5th place out of 13 experts listed through the first week.

In this article, I will give a brief recap of each day we gathered and graded the experts, including how the Industry Consensus picks did, highlighting which experts were at the top for the day and which players were only called out by one or two experts, but produced a “A+” grade. I will also review the overall standings, highlighting the top experts so far this season.

On to the grades!

Week in Review

Tuesday (Oct 27)

Opening night of the NBA season featured a small three game slate.

Industry Consensus Picks

The Industry Consensus picks struggled out of the gate finishing in 9th place out of 13 experts with a DailyOverlay score of 3.95.

A+ – LeBron James, Andre Drummond, Mo Williams, Stephen Curry, Marcus Morris

F – Nate Robinson, Klay Thompson, Pau Gasol, Anderson Varejao

Top Experts of the Day

#1) Rotogrinders NBA Grind Down (Score: 5.43) finished with 3 “A+” grades out of 7 selections with key player selections of Andre Drummond, LeBron James and Stephen Curry.

#2) Rotogrinders Expert Tourney Picks (Score: 4.89) had 6 out of their 9 selections receive a grade of “B” or higher. Key selections included: Marcus Morris, Reggie Jackson, LeBron James and Andre Drummond.

Sleepers of the Day

A+ – Festus Ezeli (FanSided)

A – Kevin Love (FanSided, DailyOverlay-Double Stuffed)

Wednesday (Oct 28)

Wednesday night featured the first full slate of the season with 14 games and the experts faired very well hitting on both studs and value picks.

Industry Consensus Picks

The Industry Consensus picks had a very strong showing, finishing in 4th place out of 11 experts with a DailyOverlay score of 6.82.

A+ – Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Shane Larkin, Clint Capela, Danilo Gallinari, John Wall and Greg Monroe

F – Andrew Wiggins

Top Experts of the Day

#1) DailyRoto (Score: 7.05) put up a huge score with 12 “A+” plays out of 20 selections. A few of the key selections for DailyRoto were Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, Shane Larkin, Kawhi Leonard, Blake Griffin and Julius Randle.

#2) Rotogrinders Expert Tourney Picks (Score: 6.90) finish in the second spot for the second day in a row. They had 6 “A+” grades out of 10 selections with key picks including Damian Lilliard, Sasha Vujacic, CJ Miles and Danilo Gallinari.

Sleepers of the Day

Too many to name them all, so here are just a few…

A+ – Joffrey Lauvergne (DailyRoto)

A+ – Isiah Canaan (RotoGrinders NBA Grind Down, DailyOverlay – Double Stuffed)

A+ – Ian Mahinmi (FantasyAlarm)

A+ – Jerian Grant (FanSided)

A+ – Jae Crowder (FanSided)

Friday (Oct 30)

The first Friday night NBA action of the season featured a 12 game slate.  The picks did not grade out as well as Wednesday, but there were still plenty of good options to choose from.

Industry Consensus Picks

The Industry Consensus picks performed very well on Friday, finishing in 3rd place out of 12 experts with a DailyOverlay score of 3.74.

A+ – Russell Westbrook, Derrick Favors, Marvin Williams, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andre Drummond

F – Julius Randle, Danilo Gallinari, Jonas Valanciunas, Klay Thompson and Meyers Leonard

Top Experts of the Day

#1) Rotogrinders NBA Grind Down (Score: 4.83) topped the expert’s list for the second time this week with 3 out of 6 selections receiving an “A+” or “A” grade. Key selections were: Russell Westbrook, Derrick Favors and Kyle Lowry.

#2) Moxyball-MoxyList (Score: 4.47) had a strong day with 11 out of 19 selections receiving a “B” grade or better. Key selections were: Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Demar DeRozan and Festus Ezeli.

Sleepers of the Day

A+ – Stephen Curry (DailyRoto, Moxyball-MoxyList)

A+ – Kevin Durant (DailyRoto, Moxyball-MoxyList)

A+ – Nikola Vucevic (RotoGrinders Expert Tourney Picks)

A+ – Kent Bazemore (FanSided)

Overall Leaderboard

Through the first week of the NBA season there already seem to be a few experts that are starting to separate themselves from the field.

In the top spot is RotoGrinders NBA Grind Down (Score: 5.70), which was the top expert of the day two times this week and has received 8 “A+” grades out of their 20 selections.

Second place is currently held by Moxyball-MoxyList (Score: 5.35) who produced 19 “A+” grades out of their 52 selections this week.

Rounding out the top three is RotoGrinders Expert Tourney Picks (Score: 5.22), who finished in second place two days this week. They have received a “B” or higher grade on 16 out of their 27 picks so far.

The Industry Consensus picks (Score: 4.68) are currently in 5th place and performed very well on both of the larger slates this week.

Let’s see which experts can make the grade this week in the NBA!


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