Through two weeks and we are already starting to see three experts separate themselves from the pack. Things on the pitcher side are a bit more jammed. Be sure to check out MLB Expert Standings to see who’s hot and who’s not. Our in-house clan of Brad and Stephen have started of the 2017 season with a bang. That being said, please don’t forget to check out Brad’s On the Hill article and Stephen’s Value Index, both of which are published daily. Enjoy!

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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 expert, but produced an “A+” grade. We will also review the overall standings and highlight the top experts so far this season.

As a reminder, we are currently gathering selections and publishing the MLB Industry Consensus article each weekday during the season, so be sure to check back about an hour or so before the first pitch of the first game to get a look at the consensus picks and sample lineups for the day. As an added bonus in 2017, we will publish the Consensus on weekends when we have a writer available. To begin the 2017 season, we will grade 20 experts that provide pitcher selections and 21 that provide hitter selections daily.

Leaderboard

The top-3 for both pitchers and hitters are below. Check out the full MLB Expert Standings to see how your favorite experts check out.

Pitchers

#1) Rotoballer (Score: 5.31) had a slight dip in score during week two but maintains the lead in the early-going. Six of their 16 plays have scored an “A+” so far this season.

#2) DailyFantasySportsRankings (Score: 5.24) also saw a dip but is comfortably in the 2nd position. Almost half of their 29 plays have scored an “A” or better.

#3) Fansided (Score: 4.92) did not submit any DK picks this week for either pitchers or hitters. If they continue to only release FD picks, we may have to switch and pull from those.

Hitters

#1) Daily Overlay – On the Hill (Score: 3.84) couldn’t maintain the 4.0 score but is still significantly ahead of the pack. We’re only two weeks in but it appears that Brad is going to provide some solid stack options on a nightly basis.

#2A) Daily Overlay – Value Index (Score: 3.54) is hanging on to the 2nd spot this week. It remains a clean sweep for the good guys at the top of the board.

#2B) RotoGrinders 6-Pack (Score: 3.54) used a great week to claw into a tie for 2nd with the Value Index. These three have separated themselves from the rest of the pack.

Week in Review

Monday (April 10th)

Industry Consensus Picks
Pitchers – 4.0 (T-9th)

Hitters – 2.64 (6th)

A+ – Jon Lester, Jerad Eickhoff, Wil Myers, Ryan Zimmerman, DJ LeMahieu, Jay Bruce, Billy Hamilton, Adam Eaton, Bryce Harper
F – Twenty of the 39 total selections finished in the failing category.

Top Experts of the Day – Pitchers
#1A) Rotowire (Score: 10.00) tied atop the leaderboard with their Jon Lester selection.

#1B) Rotoballer (Score: 10.00) used Eickhoff to score a perfect 10.

Top Experts of the Day – Hitters
#1) Sportsline (Score: 6.50) topped the leaderboard on the hitter side as five of their 8 picks scored a perfect “A+” grade. Was one of only two experts to play Eugenio Suarez.

#2A) Daily Overlay – On the Hill (Score: 4.67) scored an “A” or better with half his 12 picks including five perfect scores. Was one of only two experts to play Adam Duvall.

#2B) DK Playbook (Score: 4.67) hauled in an “A+” on four of the nine hitter selections made to open the week.

Sleepers of the Day
A+ – Adam Duvall (Daily Overlay – On the Hill, FantasyGuruElite)
A+ – Eugenio Suarez (Sportsline, Fantasy Alarm)
A+ – Tyler Chatwood (RotoGrinders – Lucror, FantasyPros)

Tuesday (April 11th)

Industry Consensus Picks
Pitchers – 3.89 (5th)

Hitters – 2.16 (10th)

A+ – Robbie Ray, Drew Pomeranz, Daniel Murphy, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jake Lamb, Christian Yelich
F – Nineteen of the 41 selections finished with a failing grade.

Top Experts of the Day – Pitchers
#1) FantasyLabs (Score: 6.50) hauled in an “A” or better on three of their four picks.

#2) RotoGrinders Lineup Builder (Score: 5.50) scored an “A+” and a “D” on the way to their top-2 finish. The “A+” came from Gio Gonzalez and RG Lineup Builder was the lone expert to play him.

Top Experts of the Day – Hitters
#1) RotoGrinders 6-Pack (Score: 5.17) found the top-2 with half of his six selections scoring an “A+” grade.

#2) Daily Overlay – On the Hill (Score: 3.50) worked his way into the top-2 once again. Half of Brad’s ten plays scored a “B” or better on Tuesday.

Sleepers of the Day
A+ – Keon Broxton (DailyRoto)
A+ – Gio Gonzalez (RotoGrinders Lineup Builder)
A+ – Jonathan Lucroy (FantasyGuruElite)

Wednesday (April 12th)

Industry Consensus Picks
Pitchers – 5.38 (8th)

Hitters – 1.93 (16th)

A+ – Marcus Stroman, John Lackey, Amir Garrett, Andrew Triggs, David Freese, Chris Davis, Jose Altuve, Jake Lamb, Giancarlo Stanton
F – 23 of the 48 selections finished with a failing grade.

Top Experts of the Day – Pitchers
#1A) Daily Overlay – Value Index (Score: 10.00) found paydirt with Marcus Stroman on Wednesday.

#1B) RotoGrinders – Lucror (Score: 10.00) used the value plays of Triggs, Amir Garrett and Matt Cain to scored a perfect-10. One of two experts to play Matt Cain.

Top Experts of the Day – Hitters
#1) Daily Overlay – Value Index (Score: 4.33) topped off his great day by finishing 1st on the hitter side, too.

#2) RotoGrinders Lineup Builder (Score: 3.38) scored an “A+” on two of the eight plays on Wednesday on the way to a top-2 finish.

Sleepers of the Day
A+ – Josh Reddick (Daily Overlay – On the Hill, Rotowire)
A+ – Matt Cain (RotoGrinders – Lucror, FantasyPros)

Thursday (April 13th)

Industry Consensus Picks
Pitchers – 2.29 (10th)

Hitters – 2.04 (11th)

A+ – Luis Severino, Marcus Thames, Wilmer Flores, Ryan Braun, Rajai Davis
F – Seventeen of the 33 selections finished with a failing grade.

Top Experts of the Day – Pitchers
#1A) FantasyTeamAdvice (Score: 6.00) scored an “A+” and a “C” on their way to a tie for 1st.

#1B) DailyFantasyNerd (Score: 6.00) used the “A+” and “C” formula, too.

#1C) Rotoballer (Score: 6.00) perfected the “A+” and “C” formula.

Top Experts of the Day – Hitters
#1) FantasyLabs (Score: 6.67) scored the top spot as two of their three plays scored a perfect “A+” grade.

#2) DailyFantasyNerd (Score: 6.00) had over half of their seven picks score an “A+” grade to score a spot in the top-2.

Sleepers of the Day
A+ – Aaron Hicks (RotoGrinders Consensus)
A+ – Christian Yelich (Daily Overlay – On the Hill)
A+ – Marcell Ozuna (Daily Overlay – On the Hill)
A+ – Travis d’Arnaud (Scout Fantasy)
A+ – Lorenzo Cain (Scout Fantasy)

Friday (April 14th)

Industry Consensus Picks
Pitchers – 5.00 (T-10th)

Hitters – 2.95 (12th)

A+ – Clayton Kershaw, Dallas Keuchel, Marcus Thames, Matt Carpenter, Chris Davis, Jonathan Villar, Mike Moustakas, Andrew Toles, Chris Marrero
F – Seventeen of the 43 selections finished with a failing grade.

Top Experts of the Day – Pitchers
#1) FantasyTeamAdvice (Score: 10.00) utilized Kershaw and Keuchel to score a perfect double “A+” on Friday.

#2) DailyFantasyNerd (Score: 7.50) finished the week nicely with an “A+” and “A” to find the top-2 on Friday.

Top Experts of the Day – Hitters
#1) Daily Overlay – Value Index (Score: 5.13) tops the leaderboard for the second Friday in a row. Five of Stephen’s eight plays scored an “A” or better.

#2) DK Playbook (Score: 4.18) scored an “A” or better with five of eleven selections to round out the week on the hitter side.

Sleepers of the Day
A+ – Danny Duffy (Fantasy Alarm)
A+ – Austin Romine (Fantasy Alarm)
A+ – Ender Inciarte (Fantasy Alarm)
A+ – Daniel Norris (FantasyPros)
A+ – Miguel Cabrera (Rotowire)
A+ – Jose Altuve (Sportsline)

Ownership Percentage Tracking

Below is the current table showing the data we have tracked so far this season. Results are using DraftKings Double-Up or 50/50s for Cash and large field multi-entry tournaments for GPP. The Count column shows the number of times a player was selected by the experts for a given day. The Cash % column shows the average ownership percentage of those players in a Cash game. The GPP % column shows the average ownership percentage of those players in a GPP tournament. The Total column shows the number of occurrences that a player was selected that many times. These ownership charts are broken down by position in Cash/GPP.

Cash by Position

Count SP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF Total
16 91.30% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 91.30%
15 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
14 N/A 63.10% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 63.10%
13 71.63% N/A N/A N/A 72.90% N/A N/A 71.95%
12 N/A N/A 65.50% 37.00% 27.10% 82.50% N/A 53.03%
11 51.80% N/A N/A 46.70% N/A 35.00% 39.80% 45.05%
10 40.97% N/A N/A 40.13% N/A N/A 68.60% 47.56%
9 39.51% 52.80% N/A 23.63% 45.00% N/A 42.45% 37.87%
8 37.90% 31.90% 35.37% 13.23% 36.97% 17.25% 28.45% 28.98%
7 20.62% 43.00% 23.68% 23.27% 20.15% 13.15% 27.40% 24.40%
6 20.19% 17.38% 14.21% 18.09% 16.20% 22.64% 25.03% 19.85%
5 19.40% 15.28% 16.13% 10.67% 10.10% 13.56% 19.66% 15.84%
4 14.43% 9.42% 10.40% 10.62% 10.04% 9.84% 13.13% 11.18%
3 7.48% 5.65% 7.48% 8.13% 5.02% 7.45% 8.01% 7.20%
2 4.52% 4.56% 4.28% 5.42% 5.03% 6.68% 6.64% 5.40%
1 3.13% 3.23% 2.29% 3.28% 2.97% 2.30% 2.97% 2.88%

GPP by Position

Count SP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF Total
16 67.00% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 67.00%
15 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
14 N/A 40.40% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 40.40%
13 48.43% N/A N/A N/A 36.40% N/A N/A 45.43%
12 N/A N/A 30.20% 20.30% 27.10% 43.30% N/A 30.23%
11 36.78% N/A N/A 31.30% N/A 23.87% 25.70% 31.25%
10 28.73% N/A N/A 36.33% N/A N/A 48.30% 36.48%
9 33.00% 40.70% N/A 15.23% 19.70% N/A 23.95% 27.50%
8 35.40% 24.30% 19.50% 10.57% 26.17% 17.55% 21.78% 22.18%
7 19.90% 30.80% 25.23% 11.83% 17.00% 11.25% 19.33% 19.79%
6 18.64% 14.98% 12.40% 15.50% 16.29% 15.68% 18.23% 16.17%
5 19.73% 12.01% 10.90% 11.04% 11.56% 12.72% 14.32% 13.23%
4 15.88% 10.26% 8.56% 8.15% 8.79% 9.17% 10.31% 10.08%
3 9.58% 6.99% 7.75% 7.22% 6.27% 7.92% 8.33% 7.85%
2 7.22% 5.17% 6.27% 6.52% 6.12% 7.74% 6.75% 6.51%
1 5.01% 4.47% 3.63% 4.46% 3.75% 3.75% 4.18% 4.15%
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