We had a few different sites rise to the top of the Week 5 standings in a week where a lot of the top chalk plays performed well including players like Tom Brady, Jordan Howard, Brandon Marshall and the Vikings defense. However, they didn’t all perform well as the highly touted tight end, Zach Ertz, failed to live up to the hype this week. The Overall Standings looks mostly the same as last week but things are starting to tighten up as we head into Week 6.
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 5 we tracked and graded 24 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 5 grades, class is in session!
Consensus Recap – Week 5
The Industry Consensus picks had another down week in the Week 5 standings finishing 15th out of 24 experts graded despite some solid DailyOverlay scores.
QB (Score: 4.33 / Rank 20th out of 24) – Many of the chalk quarterbacks went off this week including top plays, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Brian Hoyer with some solid production from other QBs down the list such as Philip Rivers, Derek Carr and Andrew Luck all posting at least 25 DraftKings points.
RB (Score: 2.64 / Rank 18th out of 24) – This week running back were the difficult position to get a handle on for the experts with only one “A+” albeit from the most recommended RB, Jordan Howard. There were, however, plenty of solid options such as Le’Veon Bell, DeMarco Murray, LeSean McCoy and Jalen Richard on the list.
WR (Score: 2.80 / Rank 9th out of 24) – The Industry Consensus list did well at the wide receiver position again this week ranking in the top 10 for the second straight week. The real value of the Consensus came further down the list including A+ grades from Tyrell Williams, TY Hilton, Amari Cooper and Sammie Coates.
TE (Score: 3.60 / Rank 9th out of 24) – Tight end solid ranking in the top ten at the position with picks of Zach Miller, Rob Gronkowski and Hunter Henry.
D/ST (Score: 3.20 / Rank 15th out of 24) – Decent week for defenses on the Consensus list with the Vikings and Patriots near the top of the list along with the top defense of the week, the Bills, also making the list this week.
Head of the Class – Week 5
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 5 based on their cumulative grades for all players they touted this week.
#1) DailyOverlay – Value Index (Score: 6.64) shows up in the top three for the second straight week with eight out of 11 selections receiving a grade of “A” or “A+”. Top plays this week including many of the most selected picks from the Consensus such as Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Jordan Howard along with solid selections of TY Hilton and Tyrell Williams at WR.
#2) DailyFantasySportsRankings (Score: 5.20) posts a good score this week to finish second with 10 of their 15 picks receiving a grade of “A” or better including selections of Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Brian Hoyer, Jordan Howard, Vikings defense and Delanie Walker.
#3) GoingFor2 (Score: 4.93) had a big turnaround from the bottom two last week to the top three this week with nine out of 14 picks receiving a grade of “B” or higher. Key picks included Ben Roethlisberger, Jordan Howard, Amari Cooper and the Vikings and Bills defenses.
Head of the Class – Week 5 (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 5.
QB –ProFootballFocus and DailyOverlay – Value Index (10.00) both received an “A+” this week with a collection of Brian Hoyer (PFF) and Ben Roethlisberger/Tom Brady (Value Index)
RB – DailyFantasySportsRankings, Rotoballer and DailyFantasyNerd (5.50) finished in a logjam at RB this week where they were all led by Jordan Howard
WR – DailyOverlay – Value Index (6.75) tops the WR position this week with two “A+” grades from TY Hilton and Tyrell Williams
TE – FantasyTeamAdvice (6.50) rode a combo of Rob Gronkowski and Zach Miller to the top at the TE position this week
DST – ScoutFantasy, Rotowire and RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder (10.00) all received an “A+” from their only selection with Rotowire and Grinders selecting the Vikings and Scout selecting the Bills
Study Time – Week 5
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 5 experts that didn’t make the grade this week.
- Rotoballer (Score: 1.71) fell to the bottom this week with six out of seven selections receiving a grade of “D” or worse including picks of Robert Woods, Tajae Sharpe and Zach Ertz.
- ScoutFantasy (Score: 1.89) had five “F” grades out of nine selections. They were let down this week by Eli Manning, Julian Edelman, Zach Ertz and Dontrelle Inman.
Extra Credit – Week 5
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 5 extra credit goes to the following…
A+ – Marcus Mariota (DailyOverlay – Offensive Tendencies)
A+ – Matt Asiata (Moxyball-Cheatsheets)
A+ – Theo Riddick (FantasyPros, DailyRoto-Mayo, DailyFantasyCafe)
A+ – Cameron Meredith (FantasyAlarm)
Head of the Class – Season
Here are the top experts in the Overall Standings after Week 5 of the season, including which site has provided the top DrafKings points per $1000 of salary.
#1) DailyFantasyNerd (Score: 5.25) remains in first place overall but started to fall back to the rest of the experts with an 18th place showing in Week 5.
#2) DailyOverlay – Value Index (Score: 4.83) also remains in their same position overall and has started to close the gap on the top spot with a first-place finish in Week 5.
#3) FantasyTeamAdvice (Score: 4.00) holds onto third place in the overall standings with another strong week finish in 4th place in the Week 5 standings.
#4) DailyFantasySportsRankings (Score: 3.51) moves into the top five this week in 4th place thanks to their 2nd place finish in Week 5.
#5) Rotoballer (Score: 3.36) drops into 5th place in the overall standings with a poor Week 5 showing finishing in last place.
Top Value – DailyFantasyNerd (3.65 DK Pts/$1000)
The DailyOverlay Industry Consensus dropped one spot in the overall standings into 13th place out of 26 experts graded.
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 5 of the season including which site has provided the top DrafKings points per $1000 of salary.
#1) DailyFantasyNerd (5.00)
#2) ProFootballFocus (4.80)
Top Value – DailyFantasyNerd (3.74 DK Pts/$1000)
#1) DailyFantasyNerd (5.75)
#2) DailyOverlay – Value Index (5.00)
Top Value – DailyOverlay – Value Index (3.68 DK Pts/$1000)
#1) DailyFantasyNerd (5.36)
#2) DailyOverlay – Value Index (4.29)
Top Value – DailyFantasyNerd (3.68 DK Pts/$1000)
#1) DailyOverlay – Value Index (6.63)
#2) FantasyTeamAdvice (5.33)
Top Value – DailyOverlay – Value Index (3.71 DK Pts/$1000)
#1) DailyFantasyNerd (5.50)
#2) RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder (4.25)
Top Value – DailyFantasyNerd (4.14 DK Pts/$1000)
Let’s see who can make the grade in Week 6!
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