Not much changed in our MLB Expert Standings as our top-3 stayed the same in both categories. There was, however, some closing of gaps on the pitching side with Stephen’s BvP pitcher selections taking a hit. We hope you are enjoying the breakout of pitcher vs hitter grading. If there are other improvements that we can make, let us know in the comments below. Enjoy!

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. And finally, I will publish results of our Lineup Construction series.

As a reminder, we are currently gathering selections and publishing the MLB Industry Consensus articles and MLB Consensus Lineup Construction articles each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 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.

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) Daily Overlay – BvP for MVP (Score: 5.07) saw his score take a sizable dip but he remains on top. Check out his BvP for MVP article today where he offers up a pitcher selection.

#2) RotoGrinders Consensus (Score: 5.02) also saw a bit of a swoon for the week, though not to the extent of our leader. The Consensus did widen its gap between our #3 spot on the board though.

#3) DailyFantasySportsRankings (Score: 4.78) barely eeks out the 3rd spot in our top-3 this week. Once again, DFSR saw their score take a dive. The theme for the week seems to have been that pitchers did not fare too well.

Hitters

#1) DailyRoto (Score: 2.96) is still taking the top spot in this week’s hitter top-3. DR stayed flat for the week and still maintains a sizeable gap between the #2 spot.

#2) RotoGrinders Consensus (Score: 2.84) stayed flat this week, as well. With them making so many of the same selections as DailyRoto, it will be tough for them to catch up.

#3) DailyFantasySportsRankings (Score: 2.80) closed the gap between themselves and the RG Consensus a bit. They have a comfortable lead for the 3rd spot.

Week in Review

Monday (August 1st)

Industry Consensus Picks
The Consensus finished tied for 5th on the day in the pitcher category with a 2.60 score. It was a really rough day for the experts on the pitcher side with seven experts scoring a 1.00 or below. A 4th place finish on the hitter side with a 3.11 score. All around it was a pretty crappy day for the experts.

A+ – Kyle Hendricks, Anthony Rizzo, Mike Napoli, Trea Turner, Wilmer Flores, Ryan Schimpf, Mookie Betts
F – 15 of the 33 picks finished in the failing category.

Top Experts of the Day – Pitchers
#1) DailyRoto (Score: 5.50) topped the day with a moderate score. As I said above, it was a rough day, to say the least, for the experts on the pitching side. Half of DR’s four picks finished with an “A+” grade.

#2) Daily Overlay – On the Hill (Score: 3.50) found the top-2 with one of his plays scoring an “A+”.

Top Experts of the Day – Hitters
#1) RotoGrinders 6-Pack (Score: 8.00) killed it on Monday with four of his five selections scoring “A+” grades.

#2) DailyFantasySportsRankings (Score: 3.50) had a nice day as well to stake claim to a top-2 spot. Three of their 10 picks scored an “A+”.

Sleepers of the Day
A+ – Jose Altuve (DailyRoto)
A+ – Wil Myers (RotoGrinders Consensus)
A+ – Hernan Perez (Scout)

Tuesday (August 2nd)

Industry Consensus Picks
The Consensus turned in an 5th place finish for the day with a 3.33 score for pitchers. A 6th place finish with a 3.17 score on the hitter side.

A+ – Jacob deGrom, Yu Darvish, Wilson Ramos, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, Brandon Belt, Jake Lamb, Carlos Gonzalez, Jayson Werth
F – Fourteen of the 38 selections finished with a failing grade.

Top Experts of the Day – Pitchers
#1) Moxyball – Cheat Sheet (Score: 10.00) struck gold with their only pitcher selection, Yu Darvish.

#2) FantasyWired (Score: 6.00) scored an “A+” and a “C” with their two selections on Tuesday.

Top Experts of the Day – Hitters
#1) DailyFantasyCafe (Score: 8.00) had a tremendous day on Tuesday. Three of their four plays finished with an “A+” grade. They were the only expert to play Angel Pagan and his “A+” score.

#2) DK Playbook (Score: 3.57) scored a 2nd place finish with their hitters. Five of their 14 plays scored an “A” or better.

Sleepers of the Day
A+ – Carlos Santana (DailyRoto)
A+ – Hernan Perez (Scout)
A+ – Dylan Bundy (FantasyPros)
A+ – Pedro Alvarez (FantasyPros)
A+ – Yonder Alonso (FantasyPros)
A+ – Maikel Franco (FantasyPros)
A+ – Aaron Altherr (FantasyPros)
A+ – Angel Pagan (DailyFantasyCafe)

Wednesday (August 3rd)

Industry Consensus Picks
The Consensus finished in a 10th place tie for the day with a 2.00 score on the pitcher side. The hitter side brought a 2.63 score and another 10th place finish. Rare is the day where the hitter score is better than the pitcher one.

A+ – DJ LeMahieu, Justin Turner, Josh Donaldson, Carlos Gonzalez
F – Fourteen of the 33 selections finished with a failing grade.

Top Experts of the Day – Pitchers
#1) Daily Overlay – On the Hill (Score: 6.50) took the top spot on Wednesday. Three of Brad’s four selections finished with an “A” or better.

#2) FantasyPros (Score: 5.50) found their way into the top-2 for the first time this week. Half of their four picks scored an “A+” grade. FantasyPros was the only expert site to play Tyler Anderson.

Top Experts of the Day – Hitters
#1) DailyFantasyCafe (Score: 4.00) found the top of the hitter leaderboard with a solid 4.00 score. Half of their four picks finished with an “A” or better.

#2) DK Playbook (Score: 3.55) scored an “A” or better with four of their 11 selections to finish in the top-2.

Sleepers of the Day
A+ – Eddie Rosario (Daily Overlay – BvP for MVP)
A+ – Tyler Anderson (FantasyPros)
A+ – Logan Forsythe (FantasyPros)
A+ – Tyler Naquin (ESPN Daily Notes)

Friday (August 5th)

Industry Consensus Picks
A pretty solid day for the Consensus pitchers with a 5.25 grade and a 5th place finish. Another 5th place finish on the hitter side with a 2.45 score.

A+ – Justin Verlander, Jaime Garcia, Mike Zunino, Jose Abreu, Jose Altuve, Devon Travis, Jonathan Villar, Brad Miller
F – 18 of the 42 selections finished with a failing grade.

Top Experts of the Day – Pitchers
#1) DailyFantasySportsRankings (Score: 7.67) capped off the week with a 1st place finish on the pitching side. Two of their three plays scored an “A+”.

#2) RotoGrinders Consensus (Score: 7.00) rounded out the top-2 on the pitcher side for Friday. Two of their four picks scored an “A+”.

Top Experts of the Day – Hitters
#1) RotoGrinders 6-Pack (Score: 6.00) found the top-2 again to close out the week. Four of his five plays finished with an “A” or better. He was the only expert to play Yasmany Tomas.

#2) DK Playbook (Score: 3.25) finished the week off nicely with a top-2 hitter spot. Three of their 12 plays scored an “A+” grade.

Sleepers of the Day
A+ – Yasmany Tomas (RotoGrinders 6-Pack)
A+ – Stephen Wright (Fantasy Alarm)
A+ – Dexter Fowler (DK Playbook)
A+ – Mike Trout (DK Playbook)
A+ – Cameron Rupp (FantasyPros)
A+ – Starlin Castro (FantasyPros)
A+ – Miguel Sano (FantasyPros)
A+ – Nori Aoki (ESPN Daily Notes)

Consensus Lineup Construction Review

Here is a list of the “rules” we are following when constructing lineups:

  1. Matt will make two separate lineups for FanDuel and Brad will do the same for DraftKings, one for Cash games and one for GPP tournaments. Stephen will now provide a FantasyDraft Cash and GPP lineup for those same days.
  2. For Cash games, we will try to build our entire lineup from the Consensus list using any player listed regardless of what tier they are in. This has proven a bit difficult to get a top-tier pitcher in our lineups by using only Consensus plays. For that reason, we now have tweaked the rules a bit and allow for one off the board play in the Cash game format.
  3. For GPP games, we are allowed to choose up to two players that are not on the Consensus list.
  4. We can modify any lineup as we see fit for any late-breaking news updates that open up good options even if they are not on the Consensus list.

Weekly/Overall Results

FanDuel

The GPP got back on track a bit at the end of the week with two solid cashes. The Cash side of things finished in the money on two of four days. Overall, I found the money in four games and crapped out in the other four.

Day Cash Score Cash Place Profit (Loss) GPP Score GPP Place Profit (Loss) Picks By
Monday 114.5 39/100 $1.60 48.9 6,340/6,936 ($2.00) Matt
Tuesday 128.2 60/100 ($2.00) 112.1 3,794/5,780 ($2.00) Matt
Wednesday 127 80/100 ($2.00) 192.5 492/5,780 $2.00 Matt
Friday 152 7/100 $1.60 169.3 736/15,028 $3.00 Matt

Draftkings

Brad had a similar week to mine on the FD side, finding the money in four of eight games. However, he turned a bit larger profit on the GPP side with a top-20 finish on Wednesday.

Day Cash Score Cash Place Profit (Loss) GPP Score GPP Place Profit (Loss) Picks By
Monday 140.75 10/100 $1.60 73.5 1,584/2,352 ($1.00) Brad
Tuesday 125.4 15/100 $1.60 137.65 169/2,352 $1.50 Brad
Wednesday 121.5 60/100 ($2.00) 177.05 19/1,176 $5.67 Brad
Friday 99.4 80/100 ($2.00) 79.6 2,009/2,352 ($1.00) Brad

FantasyDraft

Stephen was able to win in three of four Cash lineups this week. He finished in the money once on the GPP side for a small $0.50 profit. His Tuesday Cash lineup would have put him way up the GPP leaderboard on that same day had he played in there.

Day Cash Score Cash Place Profit (Loss) GPP Score GPP Place Profit (Loss) Picks By
Monday 57 100/113 ($1.00) 95.45 180/373 ($1.00) Stephen
Tuesday 163.75 4/113 $1.00 103.6 192/440 ($1.00) Stephen
Wednesday 129.25 48/108 $1.00 143.2 78/340 $0.50 Stephen
Friday 141.9 8/104 $1.00 114.9 126/340 ($1.00) Stephen

The grid below shows a recap of the results so far this season. The slow climb out of the red continues. At this point, we are going to have to go on a looooooong winning streak of have a really big cash in the GPP format. Things still look really good for Stephen on FantasyDraft with a 61.8% ROI.

FanDuel Cash Entry Fees Cash Tot Winnings Cash ROI GPP Entry Fees GPP Tot Winnings GPP ROI Tot Entry Fees Tot Winnings Tot ROI
Brad $12.00 $10.80 -10.0% $7.00 $0.00 -100.0% $19.00 $10.80 -43.2%
Matt $118.00 $115.20 -2.4% $120.00 $114.51 -4.6% $238.00 $229.71 -3.5%
Stephen $9.00 $12.60 40.0% $10.00 $8.50 -15.0% $19.00 $21.10 11.1%
FD Overall $139.00 $138.60 -0.3% $137.00 $123.01 -10.2% $276.00 $261.61 -5.2%
DraftKings Cash Entry Fees Cash Tot Winnings Cash ROI GPP Entry Fees GPP Tot Winnings GPP ROI Tot Entry Fees Tot Winnings Tot ROI
Brad $118.00 $104.40 -11.5% $58.00 $61.17 5.5% $176.00 $165.57 -5.9%
Matt $6.00 $3.60 -40.0% $9.00 $0.00 -100.0% $15.00 $3.60 -76.0%
Stephen $6.00 $7.80 30.0% $11.00 $7.50 -31.8% $17.00 $15.30 -10.0%
DK Overall $130.00 $115.80 -10.9% $78.00 $68.67 -12.0% $208.00 $184.47 -11.3%
FantasyAces Cash Entry Fees Cash Tot Winnings Cash ROI GPP Entry Fees GPP Tot Winnings GPP ROI Tot Entry Fees Tot Winnings Tot ROI
Stephen $16.50 $8.00 -51.5% $44.00 $22.50 -48.9% $60.50 $30.50 -49.6%
FA Overall $16.50 $8.00 -51.5% $44.00 $22.50 -48.9% $60.50 $30.50 -49.6%
FantasyDraft Cash Entry Fees Cash Tot Winnings Cash ROI GPP Entry Fees GPP Tot Winnings GPP ROI Tot Entry Fees Tot Winnings Tot ROI
Matt $4.00 $8.00 100.0% $2.00 $0.00 -100.0% $6.00 $8.00 33.3%
Stephen $27.00 $30.00 11.1% $28.00 $59.00 110.7% $55.00 $89.00 61.8%
FND Overall $31.00 $38.00 22.6% $30.00 $59.00 96.7% $61.00 $97.00 59.0%
Overall $316.50 $300.40 -5.1% $289.00 $273.18 -5.5% $605.50 $573.58 -5.3%

Displaying MLB-Ownership-Week1.bmpOwnership 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.

In addition to the Overall Ownership chart, we have broken down ownership percentage by position for the Cash and GPP. You can find those charts below as well.

Overall

Count Cash% GPP% Total
14 68.10% 42.00% 1
13 49.60% 28.40% 1
12 60.56% 41.53% 8
11 56.78% 36.78% 12
10 54.37% 36.33% 25
9 40.39% 26.95% 59
8 35.02% 23.18% 98
7 28.97% 20.67% 126
6 22.71% 16.80% 216
5 19.08% 15.20% 365
4 13.82% 11.55% 535
3 9.90% 9.25% 817
2 6.11% 6.50% 1390
1 2.95% 3.63% 3041

Cash by Position

Count SP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF Total
14 68.10% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 68.10%
13 49.60% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 49.60%
12 72.48% 32.50% N/A 17.10% N/A N/A N/A 60.56%
11 57.63% N/A 47.40% N/A N/A N/A N/A 56.78%
10 54.52% 35.90% 66.70% N/A 26.50% 79.50% 60.20% 54.37%
9 45.58% N/A 36.74% 34.15% 49.70% 30.93% 37.52% 40.39%
8 30.52% 32.64% 29.19% 40.78% 40.25% 35.02% 43.08% 35.02%
7 27.71% 28.82% 25.17% 28.33% 38.27% 24.51% 31.49% 28.97%
6 27.19% 20.22% 20.20% 13.53% 17.82% 24.39% 26.31% 22.71%
5 19.73% 16.61% 16.85% 18.13% 17.28% 17.06% 22.86% 19.08%
4 13.68% 15.14% 10.09% 11.24% 13.52% 11.56% 17.96% 13.82%
3 11.53% 10.16% 8.43% 7.33% 9.73% 8.88% 11.74% 9.90%
2 7.52% 6.61% 4.75% 5.18% 5.80% 4.96% 7.14% 6.11%
1 3.25% 3.67% 2.13% 2.95% 2.79% 2.51% 3.20% 2.95%

GPP by Position

Count SP C 1B 2B SS 3B OF Total
14 42.00% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 42.00%
13 28.40% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 28.40%
12 47.73% 29.90% N/A 15.90% N/A N/A N/A 41.53%
11 37.92% N/A 24.20% N/A N/A N/A N/A 36.78%
10 36.95% 18.70% 44.20% N/A 17.10% 61.00% 28.30% 36.33%
9 32.73% N/A 21.75% 22.56% 31.18% 20.17% 22.71% 26.95%
8 23.95% 20.37% 18.38% 22.54% 23.98% 19.43% 28.62% 23.18%
7 22.31% 18.78% 16.58% 19.30% 25.07% 17.32% 20.77% 20.67%
6 21.50% 15.11% 13.92% 11.35% 15.05% 16.68% 17.49% 16.80%
5 17.77% 13.48% 13.12% 13.39% 14.47% 13.36% 16.89% 15.20%
4 14.20% 12.51% 8.51% 9.97% 12.37% 9.47% 13.01% 11.55%
3 12.23% 9.54% 6.81% 7.43% 9.73% 7.92% 10.35% 9.25%
2 9.28% 7.28% 5.11% 5.47% 6.20% 5.53% 6.83% 6.50%
1 5.06% 3.90% 2.75% 3.43% 3.10% 3.11% 3.92% 3.63%

 

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