The experts had a down week overall especially on the huge slates on Wednesday and Friday when no experts were able to produce a DailyOverlay score above 4.0. The Industry Consensus picks had a good week, finishing in the middle of the pack on two days and bringing home the best score of the day on Wednesday. We also have a new leader in the overall standings, but sure to check out which expert has moved to the top of the class.

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.

As a reminder, we are currently gathering selections and publishing the NBA Industry Consensus articles each 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 for the day.

On to the grades!

Week in Review

Tuesday (Dec 15)

Tuesday night consisted of a mini four-game slate. The experts performed well on the short slate Tuesday with four experts receiving a DailyOverlay score of 6.15 or higher.

Industry Consensus Picks
The Industry Consensus picks finished in 6th out of 10 experts with a strong DailyOverlay score of 5.21 for the day.
A+ – DeMarcus Cousins, Darren Collison, James Harden, Jameer Nelson, Kevin Love, Kenneth Faried, Omri Casspi, Rudy Gay
F – Kevin Martin, Gary Harris, Kelly Olynyk

Top Experts of the Day
#1) RotoGrinders NBA Grind Down and RotoGrinders Expert Tourney Picks (Score: 6.67) tied for the top spot on Tuesday. Both experts had 5 “A+” grades out of 9 selections. The NBA Grind Down was led by picks of Jameer Nelson, James Harden, DeMarcus Cousins, Darren Collison and Omri Casspi. While the Expert Tourney Picks received “A+” grades from Kevin Love, DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay, James Harden and Darren Collison.

Sleepers of the Day
A+ – Khris Middleton (DailyFantasySportsRankings, FantasyTeamAdvice)
A+ – Zach LaVine (FantasyAlarm, DFSOnDemand)
A+ – Lou Williams (FantasyAlarm, FanSided)
A+ – Avery Bradley (FanSided)
A+ – Jordan Clarkson (FanSided)


Wednesday (Dec 16)

Wednesday night featured a huge 12-game slate of NBA action. The experts had a poor showing overall on Wednesday with no expert getting a DailyOverlay score above 3.60, except for the Industry Consensus picks.

Industry Consensus Picks
The Industry Consensus picks finished in 1st place for the day out of 12 experts graded with a DailyOverlay score of 3.67.
A+ – Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Chris Paul, Kawhi Leonard, Carmelo Anthony
F – Matt Barnes, Chris Bosh

Top Experts of the Day
#1) Daily Overlay Industry Consensus (Score: 3.67) finishes in a top spot with 11 selections receiving a “B” grade or better out of 24 selections. This was the second time this season that the Industry Consensus picks finished in first place this season.

#2) FakePigskin (Score: 3.60) finishes in a close second place with 6 selections receiving a “B” grade or better out of 10 selections. Key players were Draymond Green, Jimmy Butler, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry.

Sleepers of the Day
A+ – Ricky Rubio (DailyFantasySportsRankings, FanSided)
A+ – John Wall (FanSided)
A+ – Courtney Lee (FanSided)


Friday (Dec 18)

Friday night featured another big 12-game slate including the 4 OT thriller between the Pistons and Bulls that generated some huge fantasy numbers for players from those teams. The experts didn’t have enough exposure to that game as the overall scores were down again with only four experts getting a DailyOverlay score over 3.0.

Industry Consensus Picks
The Industry Consensus picks finished in the middle of the pack on Friday with a 6th place finish out of 12 experts graded with a DailyOverlay score of only 2.91 for the day.
A+ – DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Drummond, Chris Paul
F – Omri Casspi, Tyreke Evans, Kristaps Porzingis, John Henson, Brandon Knight, Chris Bosh, Derrick Favors

Top Experts of the Day
#1) FantasyAlarm (Score: 3.73) put up the top score on the night with 11 of their 22 selections receiving a “B” grade or better. They were led by picks of three players from the Pistons/Bulls game including Jimmy Butler, Pau Gasol, and Andre Drummond, as well as a couple of other “A+” grades from Chris Paul and Stephen Curry.

#2) FantasyTeamAdvice (Score: 3.40) finds their way into second place on the night with 4 out of 10 selection receiving a grade of “A” or higher. Key players were Pau Gasol, DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas and Nikola Vucevic.

Sleepers of the Day
A+ – Jarrett Jack (DailyFantasySportsRankings)
A+ – Stephen Curry (DailyRoto, FantasyAlarm)
A+ – Jimmy Butler (Moxyball-Moxy List, FantasyAlarm)
A+ – Pau Gasol (FantasyAlarm, FantasyTeamAdvice)
A+ – Andrew Wiggins (FanSided)
A+ – Kyle O’Quinn (DailyOverlay-Double Stuffed)

Overall Leaderboard

We have now completed eight weeks of the NBA season and the overall standings. You can view the full NBA Overall Standings here.

#1) RotoGrinders NBA Grind Down (Score 4.99) was able to overtake DailyRoto this week and move into first place in the overall standings. Their first place finish on Tuesday was the key to them moving up the standings.

#2) DailyRoto (Score: 4.97) drops into second place with a down week finishing in 5th place or lower all three days this week.

#3) FakePigskin (Score 4.73) stays in the top 3 thanks to their second place finish on Wednesday.

The Daily Overlay Industry Consensus picks (Score: 4.53) had a strong week especially Wednesday when the picks were in the top spot for the day. With the good week, the Industry Consensus picks moved up one spot into 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!



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