Week 8 was a rough week for the DFS experts as a whole with a lot of the chalky plays either going down with an injury or not performing up to their expected level of production. Week 8 also signals about the halfway point of the NFL season and as you can see from the Overall Leaderboard there are a few sites that remain at the top of the standing even with a poor performance in Week 8. I should be an exciting second half of the season as there is still plenty of time for the DFS analysts to make a run up the standings before we crown a champion.
Be sure to come back each week for a review of the Industry Consensus picks highlighting the top (and bottom) grades for the week and season from the experts we are tracking. For Week 8 we tracked and graded 24 sets of experts picks including the Industry Consensus list. You can view all expert’s overall rankings on the Expert Grading page.
On to the Week 8 grades, class is in session!
Consensus Recap – Week 8
The Industry Consensus picks had their best ranking of the season finishing in 6th place out of 24 experts graded.
QB (Score: 2.82 / Rank 11th out of 24) – A solid middle of the pack finish at quarterback for the Consensus overall, however it did have the top three quarterbacks on the slate with Derek Carr, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady listed.
RB (Score: 1.80 / Rank 22nd out of 24) – It was a tough week the Consensus list at the running back position. Solid “A” grades from the top two selections of Devontae Booker and Devonta Freeman but it was all downhill from there.
WR (Score: 2.13 / Rank 6th out of 24) – Week 8 was a difficult week for the experts at wide receiver but the Consensus list managed to fair okay with a strong 6th place finish including players such as Amari Cooper, Mohamed Sanu, Terrelle Pryor and Quincy Enunwa.
TE (Score: 4.75 / Rank 8th out of 24) – Tight end was one position that the experts performed well overall this week, Consensus list included, with strong picks of Travis Kelce, CJ Fiedorowicz, Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Gates.
D/ST (Score: 2.57 / Rank 6th out of 24) – A strong finish for the Consensus with three of the top five defenses including the Broncos, Chiefs and Seahawks all making the list.
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) DK Playbook (Score: 3.59) tops all experts in a difficult Week 8 with eight out of 17 selections receiving a grade of “B” or better. Key selections included Mohamad Sanu and CJ Fiedorowicz from the Consensus list and a couple off-the-board picks of Jonathan Stewart and Seth Roberts.
#2) DailyFantasyNerd (Score: 3.11) had a solid week with six out of nine selections receiving a grade of “C” or better including selections of Mohamed Sanu, Devonta Freeman, Devonte Booker and Seahawks defense.
#3) FakePigskin (Score: 3.00) posted a top three score this week with eight out of 18 selections receiving a grade of “B” or better with players such as Aaron Rodgers, Amari Cooper and CJ Fiedorowicz.
Top Value – DK Playbook (3.38 DK Pts/$1000) provided the top value plays of the week with value picks of Seth Roberts, Josh McCown, Jonathan Stewart and CJ Fiedorowicz.
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 –DailyFantasySportsRankings (5.33) led the position with selections of Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady.
RB – Rotowire (5.00) led the way at RB for the second straight week with the selections of Devontae Booker and Devonta Freeman.
WR – DK Playbook (4.60) navigated the rough waters at WR with key selections of Mohamad Sanu, Seth Roberts and Quincy Enunwa.
TE – ProFootballFocus (10.00) received top marks with their lone selection of CJ Fiedorowicz this week.
DST – RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder (10.00) tops the list at defense for the second straight week with their optimized selection of the top-ranked Broncos defense.
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.
- Scout Fantasy (Score: 0.78) had a rough week with six “F” grades from their nine selections. They were let down by players such as Spencer Ware, Mike Evans, Julio Jones and DeAndre Hopkins.
- DailyOverlay – Value Index (Score: 0.92) had their first poor week of the season with seven “F” grades out of 13 selections from players such as Spencer Ware, TY Hilton, Brandon Marshall and Jimmy Graham.
Extra Credit – Week 8
In this section, I will look to give some extra credit to experts that received an A+ or A grade for a player that they recommended when very few other experts did. Week 8 extra credit goes to the following…
A+ – Jonathan Stewart (DK Playbook)
A+ – Seth Roberts (DK Playbook)
A+ – JJ Nelson (DailyRoto, ESPN – Love/Hate)
A+ – Chargers defense (DailyRoto – Mayo)
A – Dak Prescott (ESPN – Love/Hate)
A – Matt Forte (FantasyAlarm, ESPN – Love/Hate, DailyOverlay – Offensive Tendencies)
A – Mike Gillislee (FantasyAlarm, SportsBlog, Rotoballer)
A – Melvin Gordon (ESPN – Love/Hate, DailyFantasyCafe)
A – Chris Hogan (FantasyAlarm)
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) DailyFantasyNerd (Score: 4.50) remains in first place overall with another strong week finishing in 2nd place in Week 8.
#2) DailyOverlay – Value Index (Score: 4.01) had a poor showing in Week 8 but was able to hold onto 2nd place in the overall standings.
#3) FantasyTeamAdvice (Score: 3.78) holds onto third place in the overall standings despite a weak 15th place finish in Week 8.
#4) Rotowire (Score: 3.46) remains in fourth place but started to fade back to the rest of the pack with a poor 20th place effort in Week 8.
#5) DK Playbook (Score: 3.26) jumps into the top five experts this week with a slight edge over a bunch of sites thanks to their 1st place finish in Week 8.
Top Value – DailyFantasyNerd (3.38 DK Pts/$1000)
The DailyOverlay Industry Consensus remained in 15th place out of 26 experts this week despite their solid 6th place showing in Week 8.
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) ProFootballFocus (4.63)
#2) DailyFantasyNerd (4.00)
Top Value – DailyFantasyNerd (3.58 DK Pts/$1000)
#1) DailyFantasyNerd (4.75)
#2) Rotowire (4.69)
Top Value – Rotowire (3.54 DK Pts/$1000) – New
#1) DailyFantasyNerd (5.24)
#2) DK Playbook (3.53) – New
Top Value – DK Playbook (3.59 DK Pts/$1000) – New
#1) DailyOverlay – Value Index (5.31)
#2) ProFootballFocus (4.13) – New
Top Value – DailyOverlay – Value Index (3.25 DK Pts/$1000)
#1) RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder (5.00)
#2) DailyFantasyNerd (3.50) – New
Top Value – RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder (3.96 DK Pts/$1000)
Let’s see who can make the grade in Week 9!
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