The 2018 NFL regular season is in the books, as is our DFS Expert Grading for the year. FantasyTeamAdvice came out on top of the leaderboard for the season, closely followed by the rise of the machines with RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder and DailyFantasyNerd to round out the Top 3. DFSArmy and RotoGrinders – Consensus finish off the Top 5.

Meanwhile, our Industry Consensus picks had a great season finishing in 6th place out of 23 experts graded this season.

We will continue to post Weighted Consensus picks through the playoffs but will no longer grade them.

Be sure to come back next NFL season or stick around for the NBA and soon to come MLB content!

Head of the Class – Season

Here are the top experts in the final Overall Standings of the season, including which site has provided the top DraftKings points per $1000 of salary.

#1) FantasyTeamAdvice (Score: 3.98) takes the top spot for the 2018 NFL season. They were near the top of the leaderboard all season long.

#2) RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder (Score: 3.93) led a strong showing by the machines this season with a 2nd place finish overall. They also had the highest DK Pts/$1000 for the season.

#3) DailyFantasyNerd (Score: 3.91) flirted with the top spot a couple of times this season but finished in 3rd overall for another strong showing by their projections and algorithm.

#4) DFSArmy (Score: 3.90) was a new addition this season and performed very well coming in 4th place on the overall leaderboard.

#5) RotoGrinders – Consensus (Score: 3.83) uses an average of their experts which provides a strong group of players to consider rostering every week.

Top Value – RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder (3.10 DK Pts/$1000)

The DailyOverlay Industry Consensus had a very strong year just missing the top 5 by coming in 6th place on the Overall Leaderboard. The shift to splitting the recommendations out between Cash and GPP helped the consensus climb the leaderboard.

Head of the Class – Season (By Position)

Sometimes there is just that one class that you excel in. Here are the top experts at each position this season including which site has provided the top DraftKings points per $1000 of salary.


#1) RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder (5.12)

#2) DailyRoto – Optimizer (4.85)

Top Value – FantasyCPR (4.37 DK Pts/$1000)


#1) FantasyTeamAdvice (5.76)

#2) DFSArmy (5.61)

Top Value – RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder (3.36 DK Pts/$1000)


#1) DailyFantasyNerd (3.04)

#2) Sportsline (2.98)

Top Value – Sportsline (2.70 DK Pts/$1000)


#1) RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder (5.00)

#2) FantasyTeamAdvice (4.46)

Top Value – RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder (3.37 DK Pts/$1000)


#1) DailyFantasyCafe (4.63)

#2) DraftKings Playbook – Value Picks (4.47)

Top Value – DraftKings Playbook – Value Picks (3.24 DK Pts/$1000)

Consensus Recap – Week 17

The Industry Consensus picks finished right in the middle of the pack this week with a 10th place finish out of 20 experts graded.

QB (Score: 2.00 / Rank 8th out of 18) – Lamar Jackson was the best player on the list receiving an “A” grade.

RB (Score: 6.67 / Rank 4th out of 18) – The Consensus crushed it at RB with “A+” grades from Saquon Barkley, Chris Carson, Royce Freeman and C.J. Anderson.

WR (Score: 2.67 / Rank 9th out of 18) – Top plays on the consensus list were Chris Godwin (A+) and Julian Edelman (B).

TE (Score: 4.60 / Rank 4th out of 17) – Consensus was led by George Kittle and Evan Engram as two of the top three scoring TEs on the slate.

D/ST (Score: 2.50 / Rank 5th out of 16) – The Eagles with an “A” were the top D/ST option on the list.

Consensus Recap – Week 17 – GPP options

Players that showed up in the GPP section of the Consensus and received a grade of “A” or better this week.

QB – Josh Allen, Matt Ryan

RB – Dwayne Washington

WR – Tyreek Hill, DeAndre Hopkins, Josh Reynolds, Julio Jones

TE – none

Head of the Class – Week 17

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

#1) Rotowire (Score: 4.67)

#2) Sportsline (Score: 4.63)

#3) RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder (Score: 4.60)

Top Value – RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder (3.38 DK Pts/$1000)

Head of the Class – Week 17 (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 17.

QB – DailyOverlay – Cash Index (4.60)

RB – Sportsline (10.0)

WR – RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder (10.0)

TE – Rotowire (7.50)

DST – DailyOverlay – Cash Index / DailyFantasyNerd (5.00)

Study Time – Week 17

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 17 experts that didn’t make the grade this week.

  • DraftKings Playbook – Value Picks (Score: 0.92)
  • Rotoballer (Score: 1.70)

Extra Credit – Week 17

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 17 extra credit goes to the following…

A+ – Zach Zenner (FantasyPros)
A+ – DeAndre Hopkins (DailyRoto – Optimizer, RotoGrinders Consensus)
A+ – Julio Jones (DailyOverlay – Hot Sheet, FantasyGuruElite)
A+ – Mike Evans (Sportsline)
A+ – Chiefs D/ST (DailyOveraly – Cash Index)

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