Only one day of grading for the NBA last week with the All-Star festivities providing a long pause to the NBA season. However, one day was enough to produce a new leader in the Overall Standings again. Also, we have created new “rules” to follow when we build lineups from the Industry Consensus list.

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 and highlight 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

Friday (Feb 19)

Friday night featured a huge 14-game slate of NBA action. The experts had a very strong day with six experts plus the Industry Consensus picks exceeding a DailyOverlay score of 5.0.

Industry Consensus Picks
The Industry Consensus picks completed a solid week finishing in 4th place out of 12 experts graded with an excellent DailyOverlay score of 5.21.

A+ – James Harden, DeMarcus Cousins, Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Gary Harris, Mirza Teletovic, Jrue Holiday, Tony Parker, Derrick Favors
F – Jeremy Lin, Devin Booker

Top Experts of the Day
#1) RotoGrinders Expert Tourney Picks (Score: 8.22) blew away the competition on Friday night with the highest DailyOverlay score I have seen all season. They had seven “A+” grades out of their eight selections. They had Consensus plays such as Damian Lillard, Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis, but also hit on some off the radar selections of Monta Ellis, Rudy Gay, and Jahlil Okafor.

#2) DailyRoto (Score: 5.61) comes in second place with 12 “A+” grades out of 28 selections. Some of their best selections included Damian Lillard, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Derrick Favors, Tony Parker and Jon Leuer.

Sleepers of the Day
Too many to name them all, but here were some of the best plays not in the Consensus list that were picked by at least one expert.

A+ – Victor Oladipo (DailyFantasySportsRankings)
A+ – Trevor Ariza (DailyFantasySportsRankings, DFSOnDemand)
A+ – Jon Leuer (DailyRoto)
A+ – Brook Lopez (RotoGrinders NBA Grind Down, FantasyAlarm)
A+ – Monta Ellis (RotoGrinders Expert Tourney Picks)
A+ – Nerlens Noel (Moxyball-MoxyList)
A+ – Deron Williams (FanSided)
A+ – Andrew Wiggins (FanSided)
A+ – Kyle Anderson (DailyOverlay – DoubleStuffed, DFSOnDemand)

Overall Leaderboard

We have now completed 17 weeks of the NBA season. You can view the full NBA Overall Standings here.

#1) DailyRoto (Score: 4.90) jumps into first place in the overall standings with a strong second place showing on the only grading day of the week. We’ll see if they can hold their narrow lead with a full week of NBA action upcoming.

#2) RotoGrinders NBA Grind Down (Score: 4.88) remains in second place as they were jumped by DailyRoto into first place while FakePigskin fell just percentage points behind them. The Grind Down had a very solid third place showing on Friday.

#3) FakePigskin (Score: 4.88) fell two spots in the overall standings down to third place with a very poor last place finish on Friday to drop them out of the top spot. We’ll see if they can bounce back with a strong showing this week to move back up the standings.

The Daily Overlay Industry Consensus picks (Score: 4.54) had a strong day on Friday with a fourth place finish to improve their DailyOverlay score for the season. Overall, the Consensus picks remain solidly 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

As I mentioned last week, we have decided to change up the “rules” regarding how we utilize the Industry Consensus article to try to build winning lineups since the first set of rules that we were following were not yielding profitable results. The new rules we will follow were started last Friday in the Lineup Construction article.

Here is a list of the new “rules” we will follow when constructing the lineups:

  1. We will make two separate lineups for each site (FanDuel and DraftKings), one for Cash games and one for GPP tournaments.
  2. For the Cash lineup, we will build our entire lineup from the Consensus list, but be able to use any player listed regardless of what tier they are in.
  3. For the GPP lineup, 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.

The results of those lineups will be provided in this section each week.

Weekly Results


Day Cash Score Cash Place Profit(Loss) GPP Score GPP Place Profit(Loss) Picks By
Friday 274.1 62/100 ($1.00) 270.7 22,158/34,682 ($1.00) Stephen

Cash game lineup was strong but, unfortunately, had Alex Len at Center who was a late scratch.


Day Cash Score Cash Place Profit(Loss) GPP Score GPP Place Profit(Loss) Picks By
Friday 252.5 88/100 ($2.00) 283.25 1,372/4,310 ($2.00) Matt

The GPP lineup outperformed the Cash lineup on Friday but was not quite enough to cash on a high scoring night.

Overall Results

We will need to give the new set of rules a few weeks before we can determine if there has been an improvement over the first set of rules. Watch for our results in the coming weeks.


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