Things are tightening up in a big way in our season-long expert standings. Beer and his RotoGrinders 6-Pack have been atop the hill on the hitter side basically all season but he is going to have to avoid another week like last to keep that position. Our very own Stephen and his Value Index hopped back into the top-3 on the hitter side of things. He is trailed by a slew of experts within striking distance though. As always, check out our MLB Expert Standings to make sure that you’re up to speed on who is making the grade. 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. Be sure to check out the full MLB Expert Standings to see how your favorite experts check out.

Pitchers

#1) DailyFantasySportsRankings (Score: 5.04) lost a bit of ground and now will have to scratch and claw to maintain the top slot in the standings.

#2) DailyFantasyNerd (Score: 5.02) picked up .05 points and closed the gap to a tiny margin of .02. Can the take back the lead next week?

#3) FantasyTeamAdvice (Score: 4.85) also gained some ground on DFSR. They will have to fend off the couple of experts that are right on their heels.

Hitters

#1) RotoGrinders 6-Pack (Score: 3.09) hit a skid last week. Beer still has the lead but he has little margin for error moving forward.

#2) FantasyTeamAdvice (Score: 3.06) picked up .01 points for the week but benefited from Beer’s slide. FTA will look to hop over him and into 1st place this week.

#3) Daily Overlay – Value Index (Score: 2.90) hopped back into the top-3 with a strong week. There are four experts within .10 of #3 so Stephen will have to bring his “A” game to maintain the top-3 slot.

Week in Review

Monday (July 31st)

Industry Consensus Picks
Pitchers – 5.50 (10th)

Hitters – 2.46 (12th)

A+ – Luis Severino, Gio Gonzalez, Matt Davidson, Rougned Odor, Marcus Semien, Josh Donaldson, Derek Fisher, Matt Joyce
F – Nineteen of the 47 selections finished with a failing grade (all failing grades were hitter selections).

Top Experts of the Day – Pitchers
#1) Daily Overlay – Value Index (Score 7.50) came out of the gate with an “A+” and “A” grade to start the week. Stephen made it two straight Mondays atop the leaderboard.

#2) DailyRoto (Score 7.00) scored a “B” or better with all four of their picks including two “A+” selections.

Top Experts of the Day – Hitters
#1) FantasyTeamAdvice (Score: 5.33) scored an “A+” grade on half of their 12 plays to start the week.

#2) DailyFantasySportsRankings (Score: 4.60) also scored six “A+” grades; however, they made 15 total selections.

Sleepers of the Day
There were no players selected by only one expert that scored an “A+” grade on Monday.

Tuesday (August 1st)

Industry Consensus Picks
Pitchers – 3.18 (5th)

Hitters – 2.53 (T-14th)

A+ – Jimmy Nelson, Jeff Samaradzija, Joey Gallo, Robinson Cano, Rougned Odor, Didi Gregorius, Nolan Arenado, Josh Donaldson, Jay Bruce
F – Twenty-two of the 56 selections finished with a failing grade.

Top Experts of the Day – Pitchers
#1) Sportsline (Score 6.00) scored an “A+” and “C” to top the experts on the pitcher side.

#2) DK Playbook (Score 5.00) touched both ends of the spectrum with an “A+” and a failing grade.

Top Experts of the Day – Hitters
#1) Sportsline (Score: 4.71) made it a clean sweep on Tuesday. Four of their seven plays scored an “A” or better.

#2) FantasyTeamAdvice (Score: 4.15) also had a solid evening, scoring an “A+” on four of their 13 plays.

Sleepers of the Day
A+ – Nick Hundley (DK Playbook)
A+ – Francisco Lindor (DK Playbook)
A+ – Mitch Moreland (FantasyPros)

Wednesday (August 2nd)

Industry Consensus Picks
Pitchers – 5.14 (6th)

Hitters – 1.95 (18th)

A+ – Jake Arrieta, Luke Weaver, Zack Godley, Cody Bellinger, Ryon Healy, Elvis Andrus, Jay Bruce
F – Twenty-four of the 45 selections finished with a failing grade.

Top Experts of the Day – Pitchers
#1) FantasyTeamAdvice (Score 7.50) scored an “A+” and “A” with their selections on Wednesday evening.

#2) FantasyGuruElite (Score 7.00) hauled home three “A+’s” and an “A” on Wednesday. Their one failing grade kept them from the top slot.

Top Experts of the Day – Hitters
#1) Daily Overlay – Value Index (Score: 5.50) scored an “A+” with half of his four plays Wednesday night.

#2) RotoGrinders Lineup Builder (Score: 5.17) scored an “A+” with half of their six selections.

Sleepers of the Day
A+ – Robert Stephenson (DailyRoto)
A+ – Tim Beckham (Fantasy Alarm)
A+ – Yadier Molina (Scout Fantasy)
A+ – Kaleb Cowart (FantasyPros)
A+ – Jake Lamb (Sportsline)

Thursday (August 3rd)

Industry Consensus Picks
Pitchers – 3.29 (14th)

Hitters – 2.33 (16th)

A+ – Cory Kluber, Jose Altuve, Andrew Benintendi, Mike Trout
F – Fifteen of the 46 selections finished with a failing grade.

Top Experts of the Day – Pitchers
#1) Rotoballer (Score 10.00) hauled home an “A+” with their only selection on the evening.

#2) Sportsline (Score 7.50) hauled in an “A+” and “A” on their two picks for the night.

Top Experts of the Day – Hitters
#1) Daily Overlay – Value Index (Score: 5.40) continued his tear on Thursday. Stephen scored an “A” or better with three of his five plays including two “A+” grades.

#2) DailyFantasyNerd (Score: 4.75) scored an “A” or better on five of their eight plays for the night.

Sleepers of the Day
A+ – Chad Kuhl (DailyRoto)
A+ – Steven Souza (Daily Overlay – On the Hill)
A+ – Ian Kinsler (DK Playbook)

Friday (August 4th)

Industry Consensus Picks
Pitchers – 5.11 (7th)

Hitters – 2.12 (11th)

A+ – Yu Darvish, Anthony Banda, Justin Verlander, Yuli Gurriel, Brian Dozier, Elvis Andrus, Eduardo Nunez
F – Twenty of the 52 selections finished with a failing grade (all failing grades were hitter selections).

Top Experts of the Day – Pitchers
#1) DailyFantasyNerd (Score 10.00) finished off the week with two “A+” grades.

#2) DK Playbook (Score 6.50) scored an “A+” and “B” for a top-2 finish to end the week.

Top Experts of the Day – Pitchers
#1) FantasyPros (Score 4.33) hauled in an “A” or better with four of their seven plays to end the week.

#2) FantasyLabs (Score 3.67) managed to fill up every grade category on Friday. They scored an “A” or better on five of their 12 plays.

Sleepers of the Day
A+ – Robbie Grossman (Fantasy Alarm)
A+ – Manny Machado (DailyFantasySportsRankings)
A+ – Tim Beckham (Fantasy Alarm)
A+ – Carlos Asuaje (Scout Fantasy)
A+ – Carlos Rodon (FantasyPros)
A+ – Tyler White (FantasyPros)

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 % chart shows the average ownership percentage of those players in a Cash game. The GPP % chart shows the average ownership percentage of those players in a GPP tournament.

Cash by Position

Count SP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF Total
16 79.70% N/A N/A N/A N/A 66.40% N/A 75.27%
15 65.73% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 65.73%
14 64.14% 63.10% N/A N/A 48.50% 61.60% 79.25% 64.87%
13 70.96% N/A 63.55% N/A 72.90% 64.20% 65.10% 69.85%
12 52.51% N/A 48.25% 50.60% 27.10% 70.43% 46.90% 52.68%
11 52.24% N/A 43.55% 30.40% 33.00% 47.46% 48.82% 48.08%
10 48.95% 45.73% 41.53% 50.02% 42.57% 41.99% 50.03% 47.05%
9 38.89% 26.40% 33.69% 38.96% 26.50% 31.93% 37.78% 34.65%
8 33.53% 22.41% 31.02% 28.95% 26.05% 37.97% 34.53% 31.84%
7 23.29% 27.19% 26.26% 22.30% 23.97% 23.03% 28.27% 25.00%
6 21.91% 22.17% 20.18% 19.63% 17.11% 19.32% 22.04% 20.76%
5 16.28% 16.93% 14.98% 14.62% 15.83% 12.18% 19.81% 16.38%
4 12.58% 10.91% 9.76% 10.42% 10.09% 8.64% 13.53% 11.18%
3 7.55% 8.31% 6.61% 7.96% 7.08% 6.82% 8.87% 7.71%
2 4.87% 5.95% 4.39% 4.90% 5.40% 4.12% 5.80% 5.15%
1 2.20% 3.55% 2.28% 2.43% 3.36% 1.80% 3.07% 2.74%

GPP by Position

Count SP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF Total
16 52.65% N/A N/A N/A N/A 46.50% N/A 50.60%
15 38.13% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 38.13%
14 39.81% 40.40% N/A N/A 27.30% 42.30% 50.90% 40.66%
13 45.21% N/A 30.70% N/A 36.40% 19.20% 27.30% 41.66%
12 33.89% N/A 23.00% 25.70% 27.10% 36.03% 31.00% 32.36%
11 32.22% N/A 21.05% 21.47% 25.20% 24.52% 26.30% 27.84%
10 31.13% 22.83% 21.30% 31.44% 27.41% 18.96% 26.54% 27.13%
9 30.24% 19.11% 21.54% 20.27% 17.89% 16.50% 23.98% 23.68%
8 26.95% 17.56% 20.06% 18.00% 18.92% 20.41% 21.13% 21.08%
7 20.90% 19.50% 15.86% 14.98% 18.81% 15.96% 17.63% 17.87%
6 21.05% 15.78% 13.26% 13.76% 14.38% 14.25% 15.03% 15.90%
5 16.55% 13.22% 10.92% 12.09% 11.45% 10.88% 13.89% 13.00%
4 13.75% 9.77% 8.51% 8.70% 10.15% 8.12% 11.13% 10.19%
3 10.06% 8.10% 6.84% 7.58% 7.47% 7.39% 8.63% 8.05%
2 7.63% 6.29% 5.24% 5.44% 6.01% 5.30% 6.27% 6.07%
1 4.32% 3.93% 3.31% 3.64% 3.79% 3.19% 3.94% 3.75%
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