Another week of the NFL season has come and gone and things are starting to heat up in the DFS Industry Expert Overall Standings as DailyFantasyNerd had a down week bringing them within reach of a few other sites for top honors. Also, this week saw a few new faces on the top of the weekly leaderboard with DailyFantasySportsRankings leading the way. We’ll see which experts can make a strong second half push up the standings.

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 9 we tracked and graded 21 sets of experts picks including the Industry Consensus list. You can view all expert’s overall rankings on the NFL Expert Grading page.

On to the Week 9 grades, class is in session!

Consensus Recap – Week 9

The Industry Consensus picks had a down week overall finishing in 14th place out of 21 experts graded.

QB (Score: 4.33 / Rank 8th out of 21) – The Consensus list was strong at the QB position this week including listing all of the top 5 plays at the position for the week, Marcus Mariota, Drew Brees, Colin Kaepernick, Aaron Rodgers and Dak Prescott.

RB (Score: 3.09 / Rank 5th out of 21) – Running back was a tough position for the experts overall, but the Consensus list was strong with five players receiving a grade of “B” or better including Ezekiel Elliott, Melvin Gordon, Jay Ajayi, Mark Ingram and Tim Hightower.

WR (Score: 2.20 / Rank 14th out of 21) – Wide receiver is where things started to go bad for the Consensus list with only one “A+” grade coming from Michael Thomas, at least he was one of the most recommended picks.

TE (Score: 2.33 / Rank 16th out of 21) – Just like WR, if you stuck with the most recommended player, Antonio Gates, you were okay. Otherwise, the rest of the tight ends on the Consensus list came up short.

D/ST (Score: 2.00 / Rank 13th out of 21) – Only three defensive plays on the Consensus this week with a solid “A” grade from the chalk play, the Chiefs.

Head of the Class – Week 9

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 9 based on their cumulative grades for all players they touted this week.

#1) DailyFantasySportsRankings (Score: 4.19) tops all experts in tough Week 9 with 11 out of 16 selections receiving a grade of “B” or better. Key selections included Drew Brees, Michael Thomas, Antonio Gates, Jay Ajayi and Stefon Diggs.

#2) Moxyball (Score: 3.67) put together a solid week with five out of nine selections receiving a grade of either an “A+” or “A” including players such as Michael Thomas, Antonio Brown, Aaron Rodger, Jay Ajayi and the Chiefs defense.

#3) DailyFantasyCafe (Score: 3.58) posted a top three score this week with seven out of 12 selections receiving a grade of “B” or better. Their picks were led by Melvin Gordon, Michael Thomas, Aaron Rodgers and Stefon Diggs.

Top Value – DailyFantasySportsRankings (3.28 DK Pts/$1000) provided the top value plays of the week with value picks of Antonio Gates, Michael Thomas and Jay Ajayi.

Head of the Class – Week 9 (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 9.

QB –DailyFantasySportsRankings (6.00) led the position for the second straight week with selections of Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Blake Bortles.

RB – DK Playbook (5.50) led the way at RB this week with selections of Latavius Murray and Mark Ingram.

WR – RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder (4.67) came out on top at WR with quality picks including Michael Thomas and Cordarrelle Patterson.

TE – ProFootballFocus and DailyFantasyNerd (10.00) received top marks with their lone selection of Antonio Gates this week.

DST – Moxyball, Scout Fantasy, DailyFantasyCafe, ProFootballFocus and DailyFantasyNerd (5.00) all tied for top honors with their selection of the Chiefs defense for their lone pick at the position.

Study Time – Week 9

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 9 experts that didn’t make the grade this week.

  • Rotoballer (Score: 1.78) had a rough week with seven out of nine selections receiving a grade of “D” or “F” this week. They were let down by players such as Emmanuel Sanders, Allen Hurns, Corey Coleman and Rashad Jennings.
  • SportsBlog (Score: 2.07) had a poor week with 16 out of 29 selections receiving a grade of “D” or “F” including disappointing performances from Devontae Booker, Jarvis Landry, Randall Cobb, Gary Barnidge and Kyle Rudolph.

Extra Credit – Week 9

In this section, I will look to give some extra credit to experts that received an A+ or A grade for a player that they recommended when very few other experts did. Week 9 extra credit goes to the following…

A+ – Latavius Murray (DK Playbook)
A+ – Rishard Matthews (DailyRoto)
A+ – Quinton Patton (DailyRoto)
A+ – Mike Wallace (DailyRoto, FantasyAlarm)
A+ – Golden Tate (FantasyPros)
A+ – Chargers defense (FantasyAlarm)

Head of the Class – Season

Here are the top experts in the Overall Standings after Week 9 of the season, including which site has provided the top DraftKings points per $1000 of salary.

#1) DailyFantasyNerd (Score: 4.21) remains in first place overall but had a big drop in their overall score with a poor 17th place ranking in Week 9.

#2) DailyOverlay – Value Index (Score: 3.89) despite a decrease in their overall score put together a solid Week 9 finishing in 5th place to close the gap a little bit on the top spot.

#3) FantasyTeamAdvice (Score: 3.67) continues to hold onto third place in the overall standings with a middle of the pack finish in Week 9.

#4) Rotowire (Score: 3.46) holds strong in fourth place through nine weeks of the season.

#5) DailyFantasyCafe (Score: 3.20) squeaks into fifth place in the overall standings thanks to strong third place effort in Week 9.

Top Value – DailyFantasyNerd (3.21 DK Pts/$1000)

The DailyOverlay Industry Consensus remained in 15th place again this week out of 26 experts with a mediocre DailyOverlay score in Week 9.

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 9 of the season including which site has provided the top DraftKings points per $1000 of salary.


#1) ProFootballFocus (4.22)
#2) FantasyTeamAdvice (3.85) – NEW

Top Value – DailyOverlay – Value Index (3.42 DK Pts/$1000) – NEW


#1) Rotowire (4.69) – NEW LEADER
#2) DailyFantasyNerd (4.26)

Top Value – Rotowire (3.54 DK Pts/$1000)


#1) DailyFantasyNerd (4.63)
#2) DailyOverlay – Value Index (3.34) – NEW

Top Value – DK Playbook (3.17 DK Pts/$1000)


#1) DailyOverlay – Value Index (5.27)
#2) ProFootballFocus (4.78)

Top Value – DailyOverlay – Value Index (3.29 DK Pts/$1000)


#1) RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder (4.38)
#2) DailyFantasyNerd (3.80)

Top Value – RotoGrinders – Lineup Builder (3.46 DK Pts/$1000)

Let’s see who can make the grade in Week 10!

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