We are about halfway through the NFL season and the Overall Leaderboard has stabilized with FantasyTeamAdvice leading the way with a pair of RotoGrinders recommendations rounding out the Top 3. For Week 8, ProFootballFocus and the machines (RG – Lineup Builder and DailyRoto – Optimizer) took home the top spots.

On to the Week 8 grades, class is in session!

Consensus Recap – Week 8

The Industry Consensus picks finished right in the middle of the pack this week with a 11th place finish out of 21 experts graded.

QB (Score: 4.75 / Rank 11th out of 21) – Solid grades from Patrick Mahomes (A+), Andrew Luck (A) and Andy Dalton (B)

RB (Score: 5.33 / Rank 6th out of 21) – The Consensus nailed the RB position with no grade lower than a “C” and two “A+” marks from Todd Gurley and James Conner and an “A” from Joe Mixon.

WR (Score: 1.38 / Rank 9th out of 21) – Low scores at the WR position overall including the Consensus which only had three grades of “B” or better including A.J. Green, Antonio Brown and Davante Adams.

TE (Score: 5.00 / Rank 7th out of 21) – It was all or nothing at TE with two “A+” grades from Travis Kelce and O.J. Howard and two “F” grades from David Njoku and C.J. Uzomah.

D/ST (Score: 5.00 / Rank 12th out of 18) – Solid cheap plays with Steelers and Chiefs which both received an “A+” on value.

Consensus Recap – Week 8 – GPP options

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

QB – Jared Goff, Derek Carr, Russell Wilson

RB – Marlon Mack, Chris Carson

WR – Mike Evans, Tyler Boyd

TE – Chris Herndon, Eric Ebron, Jared Cook

Head of the Class – Week 8

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

#1) ProFootballFocus (Score: 5.42) took home top honor for Week 8 with key selection of Patrick Mahomes, Todd Gurley, Tyler Boyd, Chris Carson and Eric Ebron

#2 tie) RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder (Score: 4.78) ties for 2nd place with picks of Patrick Mahomes, Todd Gurely, Jared Cook and Steelers D/ST

#2 tie) DailyRoto – Optimizer (Score: 4.78) matched the RG machine for 2nd place with top picks of Patrick Mahomes, Joe Mixon, Chris Herndon and Steelers D/ST

Top Value – FantasyLabs (3.13 DK Pts/$1000) had strong value options led by Sammy Watkins, Jared Goff and James Conner

Head of the Class – Week 8 (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 8.

QB – RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder and DailyRoto – Optimizer (10.00) both had Patrick Mahomes

RB – DailyOverlay – Cash Index (6.50) led the way at RB key selections of Todd Gurley, James Conner, Joe Mixon and Marlon Mack

WR – Rotoballer (5.00) was led by their selection of Tyler Boyd

TE – DraftKings Playbook – Value Picks (10.00) nailed both of their TE selections with O.J. Howard and Chris Herndon

DST – DraftKings Playbook – Value Picks, Rotowire and DailyOverlay – Cash Index (10.00) all had a pair of “A+” plays

Study Time – Week 8

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

  • Sportsline (Score: 2.33) were let down by picks of Duke Johnson, Emmanuel Sanders, T.Y. Hilton and Demaryius Thomas
  • DailyFantasySportsRankings (Score: 2.50) suffered from selections of Robert Woods, Tyreek Hill, David Njoku and Jimmy Graham

Extra Credit – Week 8

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 8 extra credit goes to the following…

A+ – Cam Newton (FantasyGuruElite)
A+ – Adrian Peterson (DailyFantasyCafe)
A+ – Larry Fitzgerald (DailyOverlay – Cash Index)
A+ – Sammy Watkins (FantasyLabs)
A+ – Cardinals D/ST (DailyFantasySportsRankings)

Head of the Class – Season

Here are the top experts in the Overall Standings after Week 8 of the season, including which site has provided the top DraftKings points per $1000 of salary.

#1) FantasyTeamAdvice (Score: 4.37)

#2) RotoGrinders – Consensus (Score: 4.01)

#3) RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder (Score: 4.01)

#4) DFSArmy (Score: 4.00)

#5) DailyOverlay – Cash Index (Score: 3.83)

Top Value – FantasyTeamAdvice (3.16 DK Pts/$1000)

The DailyOverlay Industry Consensus fell one spots this week into 12th place in the overall standings out of 23 experts.

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 through Week 8 of the season including which site has provided the top DraftKings points per $1000 of salary.


#1) DailyRoto – Optimizer (7.75)

#2) DailyFantasyNerd (5.25)

Top Value –DK Playbook – Cash Picks (4.50 DK Pts/$1000)


#1) FantasyTeamAdvice (5.89) – NEW LEADER

#2) DailyFantasySportsRankings (5.87)

Top Value – RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder (3.64 DK Pts/$1000)


#1) FantasyTeamAdvice (3.96)

#2) DFSArmy (3.22)

Top Value – FantasyTeamAdvice (2.75 DK Pts/$1000) – NEW


#1) DailyRoto – Optimizer (5.75)  NEW LEADER

#2) Rotoballer (5.07)

Top Value – DailyRoto – Optimizer (3.79 DK Pts/$1000)


#1) DraftKings Playbook – Value Picks (5.38) – NEW LEADER

#2) DraftKings Playbook – Cash Picks (5.00)

Top Value – DraftKings Playbook – Value Picks (3.58 DK Pts/$1000) – NEW

Let’s see who can make the grade in Week 9!

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