The Overall Standings remained the same this week as they appear to be starting to stabilize as we past the mid-point of the season. It was a fun week of NBA DFS with at least eight games every night we graded this week and we continue to see the usual suspects show up at the top of the standings most nights. Meanwhile, our newest feature where we try to use the Industry Consensus picks to build an optimal lineup has continues to be a work in progress as we have had more losing nights than winning nights so far.

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 or two experts, but produced an “A+” grade. I will also review the overall standings, highlighting the top experts so far this season. You can view the full NBA Overall Standings here. And finally, I will publish results of our new Lineup Construction initiative.

As a reminder, we are currently gathering selections and publishing the NBA Industry Consensus articles and NBA Consensus Lineup Construction articles each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday during the NBA season, so be sure to check back about an hour or so before the first game tips off to get a look at the consensus picks and sample lineups for the day.

On to the grades!

Week in Review

Monday (Jan 25)

Monday night consisted of a solid 9 game slate of NBA action. The experts had a decent night but only one expert recorded a DailyOverlay score of 5.0.

Industry Consensus Picks
The Industry Consensus picks didn’t fare as well finishing 12th out of 13 experts graded with a low DailyOverlay score of 3.52 for the day.

A+ – Kemba Walker, James Harden, DeMarcus Cousins, Spencer Hawes, Rajon Rondo, Jrue Holiday, Trevor Ariza
F – Anthony Davis, Victor Oladipo, Derrick Rose

Top Experts of the Day
#1) RotoGrinders NBA Grind Down (Score: 5.00) came in first on the day with 5 “A+” grades out of 11 selections. They had numerous consensus plays such as James Harden, Kemba Walker, Spencer Hawes and DeMarcus Cousins while they also had an off the radar selection of Jeremy Lin.

#2) Moxyball-MoxyList (Score: 4.93) came in second place on Monday with 8 selections receiving a “B” or better out of 15 picks. Key selections included players such as James Harden, Jrue Holiday, Rajon Rondo, Spencer Hawes and DeMarcus Cousins.

Sleepers of the Day
A+ – Marvin Williams (DailyFantasySportsRankings)
A+ – Troy Daniels (DailyRoto)
A+ – Jeremy Lin (RotoGrinders NBA Grind Down)
A+ – Dwyane Wade (FantasyAlarm, FanSided)
A+ – Nikola Jokic (FantasyAlarm, FanSided)
A+ – Rudy Gobert (FantasyBasketball101)
A+ – Patrick Beverley (FantasyTeamAdvice, FanSided)
A+ – Karl-Anthony Towns (FanSided)

Tuesday (Jan 26)

Tuesday night featured an 8 game slate of NBA action. The experts had a solid night with all three of the top experts in the overall standings receiving DailyOverlay scores of 5.0 or greater.

Industry Consensus Picks
The Industry Consensus picks finished in the middle of the pack in 6th out of 12 experts graded with a solid DailyOverlay score of 4.85 for the day.

A+ – Archie Goodwin, Willie Cauley-Stein, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Paul George, Alex Len, Dwyane Wade
F – DeMarcus Cousins

Top Experts of the Day
#1) FakePigskin (Score: 5.33) squeaked into first place on the day with 6 grades of an “A” or better out of 9 selections. They received “A+” grades from Archie Goodwin, Paul George and Willie Cauley-Stein and “A” grades from Damian Lillard, PJ Tucker, and DeAndre Jordan to lead them into the top spot for the day.

#2) DailyRoto (Score: 5.27) edged out RotoGrinders NBA Grind Down for second place on Tuesday with 8 “A+” grades out of their 22 selections while only receiving 1 “F” grade. Some of the key selections for DailyRoto were Russell Westbrook, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Alex Len and Willie Cauley-Stein.

Sleepers of the Day
A+ – Justise Winslow (Moxyball-MoxyList, FanSided)
A+ – Derrick Williams (FantasyAlarm)
A – Nerlens Noel (DailyRoto, FanSided)
A – Terrence Ross (FanSided)
A – DeAndre Jordan (FakePigskin)


Wednesday (Jan 27)

Wednesday night another 8 game slate. Many of the experts struggled on Wednesday which resulted in only one expert exceeding the 5.0 DailyOverlay score threshold.

Industry Consensus Picks
The Industry Consensus picks were near the middle of the pack again finishing in 7th place out of 12 experts graded with a fairly week DailyOverlay score of only 3.75.

A+ – Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Andre Drummond, LaMarcus Aldridge, Karl-Anthony Towns, Avery Bradley
F – Ersan Ilyasova, Kemba Walker, Jeremy Lin

Top Experts of the Day
#1) RotoGrinders NBA Grind Down (Score: 5.33) finished in the top spot for the second time this week with 10 out of 12 selections receiving a grade of “B” or better. The Grind Down was led by consensus picks of Avery Bradley, Andre Drummond, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.

#2) Moxyball – MoxyList (Score: 4.73) also finished in the top two for the second time this week with 8 out of 11 selections receiving a “B” grade or better. Some of the top picks for Moxyball were Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, LaMarcus Aldridge, Gordon Hayward and Paul Millsap.

Sleepers of the Day
A+ – JJ Barea (DailyRoto, FanSided)
A+ – JR Smith (DailyRoto, DFSOnDemand)
A+ – Kevin Love (DailyRoto, RotoGrinders Expert Tourney Picks)
A+ – Zach LaVine (RotoGrinders Expert Tourney Picks, FantasyAlarm)
A+ – Klay Thompson (RotoGrinders Expert Tourney Picks)
A+ – Rodney Hood (FantasyAlarm, FanSided)
A+ – Jerami Grant (FantasyBasketball101)
A+ – Evan Turner (FantasyTeamAdvice)


Friday (Jan 29)

Friday night featured a 9-game slate of NBA action. The experts had their best day of the week on Friday with 6 experts recording a DailyOverlay score greater than 5.25.

Industry Consensus Picks
The Industry Consensus picks finished in 8th place out of 13 experts graded with a DailyOverlay score of 4.61.

A+ – James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, PJ Tucker, Langston Galloway, Dwyane Wade
F – Archie Goodwin, Serge Ibaka

Top Experts of the Day
#1) DailyOverlay-Double Stuffed (Score: 7.00) blew away the field on Friday with strong 7.0 DailyOverlay score by receiving 6 “A+” grades out of 9 selections. Double Stuffed had some consensus picks such as Kevin Durant, James Harden, Dwyane Wade and Langston Galloway to go along with a couple off-the-radar selections of Zaza Pachulia and JJ Barea.

#2) RotoGrinders NBA Grind Down (Score: 5.70) completes a very strong week with their third top two finish this week. On Friday, they had 6 picks that received a grade of an “A” or better out of 10 selections. Key selections included James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and an off the radar picks of Tristan Thompson.

Sleepers of the Day
A+ – Trevor Ariza (DailyFantasySportsRankings)
A+ – Tristan Thompson (DailyFantasySportsRankings, RotoGrinders NBA Grind Down)
A+ – Patrick Beverley (DailyRoto, FanSided)
A+ – Zaza Pachulia (RotoGrinders Expert Tourney Picks, DailyOverlay-Double Stuffed)
A+ – Karl-Anthony Towns (FantasyAlarm)
A+ – Miles Plumlee (FantasyAlarm)
A+ – JJ Barea (DailyOverlay-Double Stuffed, FanSided)
A+ – Julius Randle (FanSided)
A+ – Mason Plumlee (FanSided, DFSOnDemand)

Overall Leaderboard

We have now completed 14 weeks of the NBA season. You can view the full NBA Overall Standings here.

#1) FakePigskin (Score: 5.11) holds onto first place in the overall standing for the second straight week led by two Top 3 finished this week including top honors on Tuesday.

#2) RotoGrinders NBA Grind Down (Score: 4.94) remains in second place again this week with another strong performance including three Top 2 finishes this week.

#3) DailyRoto (Score: 4.88) holds the third spot in the overall standings, but only finished in the Top 2 one time this week and has a couple experts(DailyOverlay-Double Stuffed and Moxyball-MoxyList) starting to close the gap on them for third place.

The Daily Overlay Industry Consensus picks (Score: 4.51) finished near the middle of the pack on most days this week which has allowed them to remain in 6th place in the overall standings out of a total of 14 experts graded this season.

Let’s see which experts can make the grade this week in the NBA!

Consensus Lineup Construction Review

We started a new feature at DailyOverlay a few weeks ago, where writers on our staff utilize the daily Industry Consensus article picks to build a sample DFS lineup for FanDuel and DraftKings.

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

  1. All players in our lineups come from the names listed in our consensus article, if possible. However, if one of those players is ruled out and we have time to put in that player’s backup or a player around the same salary, we will pivot to that player.
  2. We must use as many of the “Highly Touted” and “Recommended” players as possible, then fill in the remaining salary with players from the ”Suggested” player list. All of us submitting lineups will have some subjectivity to who we play based on the matchup when we need to fill out the remaining portion of our rosters.

We will have at least 1 DraftKings and 1 FanDuel lineup every night we write the Consensus article and enter them into a Cash (50/50 or Double Up) league and large-field GPP tournament. The results of those lineups will be provided in this section each week.

Weekly Results


Day Score Cash Place Profit(Loss) GPP Place Profit(Loss) Picks By
Monday 267.8 15,582/28,409 ($2.00) 71,497/172,414 ($2.00) Stephen
Tuesday 269.4 15,530/28,409 ($2.00) 61,799/172,414 ($2.00) Stephen
Wednesday 269.4 15,530/25,568 ($2.00) 61,799/172,414 ($2.00) Stephen
Friday 282.5 58/100 ($1.00) 10,783/41,176 ($1.00) Stephen
Total 272.3 (Avg) ($7.00) ($7.00)

Stephen took over the FanDuel lineups this week and posted some solid scores, but fell just short of cashing each night. Look for an improved performance next week in his second run through building lineups on FanDuel using the Consensus picks.


Day Score Cash Place Profit(Loss) GPP Place Profit(Loss) Picks By
Monday 284.00 42/100 $1.60 1,140/5,750 $1.66 Brad
Tuesday 232.25 81/100 ($2.00) 4,282/5,750 ($2.00) Matt
Wednesday 206.50 90/100 ($2.00) 4,645/5,750 ($2.00) Brad
Friday 242.50 15/20 ($2.00) 2,654/4,600 ($2.00) Matt
Total 241.3 (avg) ($4.40) ($4.34)

Brad and Matt took over the DraftKings lineups this week. Monday was a success cashing in the 50/50 and just barely squeaking into the final cash spot for the GPP to turn a small profit. However, it went downhill after that failing to cash on any of the remaining days this week.

Overall Results

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 $8.00 $7.20 -10.0% $8.00 $6.00 -25.0% $16.00 $13.20 -17.5%
Matt $6.00 $3.60 -40.0% $6.00 $4.00 -33.3% $12.00 $7.60 -36.7%
Stephen $7.00 $0.00 -100.0% $7.00 $0.00 -100.0% $14.00 $0.00 -100.0%
FD Overall $21.00 $10.80 -48.6% $21.00 $10.00 -52.4% $42.00 $20.80 -50.5%
Brad $4.00 $3.60 -10.0% $4.00 $3.66 -8.5% $8.00 $7.26 -9.3%
Matt $4.00 $0.00 -100.0% $4.00 $0.00 -100.0% $8.00 $0.00 -100.0%
Stephen $10.00 $2.00 -80.0% $14.00 $0.00 -100.0% $24.00 $2.00 -91.7%
DK Overall $18.00 $5.60 -68.9% $22.00 $3.66 -83.4% $40.00 $9.26 -76.9%
Overall $39.00 $16.40 -57.9% $43.00 $13.66 -68.2% $82.00 $30.06 -63.3%

The overall results haven’t been pretty so far using the current “rules” that we are following when constructing our lineups each night. If this upcoming week doesn’t yield better results than we will explore making some modifications to the “rules” we use to construct our lineups going forward.

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