And down the stretch they come! With only two weeks remaining three sites are making a strong push up the leaderboard with FantasyTeamAdvice, DailyFantasySportsRankings and DailyFantasyCafe all finishing in the top three spots for the second straight week led by DailyFantasySportsRankings coming in first place for two weeks in a row. We also have a new leader in the Overall Standings as FantasyTeamAdvice has overtaken DailyFantasyNerd who has held onto the top spot for the majority of the season. It could be a photo finish as the experts’ jockey for position in down the home stretch.
Be sure to come back each week for a review of the Industry Consensus picks highlighting the top (and bottom) grades for the week and season from the experts we are tracking. For Week 15 we tracked and graded 20 sets of experts picks including the Industry Consensus list. You can view all expert’s overall rankings on the Expert Grading page.
On to the Week 15 grades, class is in session!
Consensus Recap – Week 15
The Industry Consensus picks finished right in the middle of the pack this week with a 10th place finish out of 20 experts graded.
QB (Score: 3.00 / Rank 7th out of 20) – Solid week for the Consensus at QB with strong plays that included Carson Palmer and Matt Ryan, however, no Drew Brees.
RB (Score: 3.80 / Rank 8th out of 20) – At running back you need to work your way down the list a little bit to find the good plays which did include Devonta Freeman, LeSean McCoy and Ezekiel Elliott.
WR (Score: 1.15 / Rank 12th out of 20) – Wide receiver was a difficult position to navigate this week. The Consensus ended up in the bottom half and most experts had low scores overall. The best Consensus plays were Jordy Nelson and Odell Beckham.
TE (Score: 4.00 / Rank 8th out of 20) – The Consensus list performed well at tight end with top play Cameron Brate coming through with an “A+”
D/ST (Score: 1.50 / Rank 15th out of 20) – Defense was a different story with only two “B” grades from the Bills and Packers resulting in a poor finish for the Consensus.
Head of the Class – Week 15
Each week I will highlight a few of the top experts for the week. Here are the experts that deserve a “gold star” for Week 15 based on their cumulative grades for all players they touted this week.
#1) DailyFantasySportsRankings (Score: 5.47) finished in the top spot for the second week in a row with seven out of 14 selections receiving a grade of “B” or better. Key selections included Carson Palmer, LeSean McCoy, Golden Tate and Cameron Brate.
#2) FantasyTeamAdvice (Score: 4.50) finishes in the top three for the second straight week with four grades of “A” or better out of nine selections. They were led by selections of Jordy Nelson, Charles Clay, Matt Ryan and David Johnson.
#3) DailyFantasyCafe (Score: 5.29) rounds out the top three with their second straight top three finish with four out of 12 selections receiving a grade of “A” or better. Top selections included a pair of Cameron’s (Brate and Meredith) to go along with David Johnson and the Giants defense.
Top Value – DailyFantasyCafe (2.77 DK Pts/$1000) provided the top value plays of the week with key value picks of Cameron Brate, Cameron Meredith and the Giants defense.
Head of the Class – Week 15 (By Position)
Sometimes there is just that one class that you excel in. In this section, I will highlight who the top experts were at each position for Week 15.
QB –DailyOverlay – Value Index (6.00) was led by their selection of Drew Brees.
RB – RotoGrinders Consensus (6.17) takes home first with selections of the top four scoring RBs on the slate with Devonta Freeman, LeSean McCoy, Ezekiel Elliott and David Johnson.
WR – FantasyTeamAdvice (3.33) led all experts in a tough week for WR picks thanks to their selection of Jordy Nelson.
TE – DailyFantasySportsRankings (7.50) topped the TE position with two strong picks of Cameron Brate and Kyle Rudolph.
DST – Scout Fantasy and DailyFantasyNerd (5.00) tied for the top spot this week with their selection of the Giants and Cowboys defenses respectively.
Study Time – Week 15
If we are going to give a gold star to the top experts of the week, we also need to determine which experts might need to put in some extra study time to pull up those grades. Here are the Week 15 experts that didn’t make the grade this week.
- Rotoballer (Score: 0.67) continues their string of poor performances with four out of six selections receiving an “F” They were let down by Latavius Murray, Stefon Diggs, Dontrelle Inman and Robert Woods.
- ProFootballFocus (Score: 0.78) had a poor week with six “F” grades out of 10 selections. Players such as LeGarrette Blount, Sammy Watkins, Jordan Matthews and Terrelle Pryor didn’t perform up to their expectations.
Extra Credit – Week 15
In this section, I will look to give some extra credit to experts that received an A+ grade for a player that they recommended when very few other experts did. Week 15 extra credit goes to the following…
A+ – Drew Brees (DailyOverlay – Value Index)
A+ – Ryan Mathews (DailyRoto, DailyRoto-Mayo)
A+ – Ty Montgomery (DraftKings Playbook)
A+ – Golden Tate (DailyFantasySportsRankings, DailyRoto-Mayo)
A+ – Cameron Meredith (FantasyPros, DailyFantasyCafe)
A+ – Charles Clay (FantasyTeamAdvice)
A+ – Patriots Defense (FantasyPros)
Head of the Class – Season
Here are the top experts in the Overall Standings after Week 15 of the season, including which site has provided the top DraftKings points per $1000 of salary.
#1) FantasyTeamAdvice (Score: 3.65) takes over the top spot in the overall standing with just two weeks to go thanks to their second straight top three finish in Week 15.
#1) DailyFantasyNerd (Score: 3.61) drops into second place after holding onto the top spot all season. They had a down week with only a 9th place finish in Week 15.
#3) DailyFantasySportsRankings (Score: 3.51) keeps a stranglehold on the third spot on the leaderboard by finishing in the top spot for the second straight week.
#4) DailyFantasyCafe (Score: 3.43) remains in fourth place and is still in striking distance to move up with their second straight top three finish in Week 15.
#5) DailyOverlay – Value Index (Score: 3.32) holds onto fifth place but could have some competition to remain in the top five as we come down the stretch.
Top Value – DailyFantasyNerd (3.01 DK Pts/$1000)
The DailyOverlay Industry Consensus dropped one spot this week into 11th place in the overall standings out of 25 experts despite a solid 10th place finish in Week 15.
Head of the Class – Season (By Position)
Sometimes there is just that one class that you excel in. Here are the top experts at each position through Week 15 of the season including which site has provided the top DraftKings points per $1000 of salary.
#1) FantasyTeamAdvice (4.00)
#2) FakePigskin (4.00)
Top Value –DailyOverlay – Value Index (3.37 DK Pts/$1000)
#1) DailyFantasyCafe (4.43) – NEW LEADER
#2) RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder (4.37)
Top Value – DraftKings Playbook (3.28 DK Pts/$1000)
#1) DailyFantasyNerd (3.36)
#2) DailyFantasyCafe (3.24)
Top Value – DraftKings Playbook (2.98 DK Pts/$1000)
#1) DailyOverlay – Value Index (3.64) – NEW LEADER
#2) DailyFantasySportsRankings (3.61) – NEW
Top Value – DailyFantasySportsRankings (2.93 DK Pts/$1000) – NEW
#1) DailyFantasyNerd (3.55) – NEW LEADER
#2) FakePigskin (3.44)
Top Value – DailyFantasyNerd (2.98 DK Pts/$1000) – NEW
Let’s see who can make the grade in Week 16!
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