Season Review: DraftKings Plays of the Week Sponsored by FantasyLabs

DFS Contrarian

Its time to take a look back at the full season results for the DraftKings Plays of the Week. Designed to give you our best advice for taking down the DraftKings Millionaire Maker, the Play of the Week contest pit writer against writer, using FantasyLabs great tools – TrendsPlus/MinusVegas Lines, and more.

Check out the introduction for the nuts and bolts of how this in-house contest worked. The basic idea is that our analysts did their best to recommend lightly-owned players that could smash their expected fantasy points in any given week. The goal? To help you take down a GPP. To make sure we are well incentivized, the analyst with the best score each week won a handsome cash prize, courtesy of FantasyLabs.

Week 16 Review

Before we review the seasonal results, let’s see how our Week 16 selections fared.

Analyst QB RB WR TE DEF score
Colm Kelly 11.49 18.14 -7.34 10.45 11.48 44.22
Devin McIntyre 7.82 15.08 4.07 -3.01 11.48 35.44
Dave Caban -2.66 18.14 -5.06 10.45 5.90 26.76
Jake Rickrode -1.93 15.52 15.46 -3.39 -3.92 21.74
George Fitopoulos -9.81 18.14 -1.06 10.45 0.57 18.28
Pat James -4.98 3.81 -0.05 10.45 6.35 15.58
Brian Malone -9.81 4.77 0.13 13.64 4.74 13.47
Ben Bauer 11.49 -4.67 -4.66 -2.17 11.48 11.47
John Lapinski -3.22 7.28 -0.05 -4.83 11.48 10.67
Blair Andrews 2.58 18.14 -9.57 -3.01 -0.77 7.37
Ben Gretch -4.98 3.81 5.94 -3.01 4.74 6.49
Ryan Bobbitt 4.00 -3.40 1.08 -3.01 6.47 5.14
Eric Braun 0.83 3.14 -10.00 10.45 -1.64 2.78
Tod Burros -4.98 3.81 -4.66 -1.21 5.90 -1.15
Drew Heinl -2.66 3.81 -0.35 -3.01 -1.93 -4.15
Matt Wispe -2.78 -4.22 -5.06 -1.21 5.90 -7.38
Josh ADHD -6.00 18.14 -5.69 -10.58 -3.92 -8.05
Heith Krueger -6.00 -8.67 5.53 -1.21 -1.64 -11.99
Joe Paeno -6.42 -6.82 -8.78 0.50 6.36 -15.16

Congrats to Colm Kelly for winning the final week of our contest. His recommendations added 44 points to a GPP lineup. Very nice. Overall, our analysts finished the season on a high note, with four sets of recommendations coming in over 20 points of Plus/Minus value, and another five hitting double digits.

Weekly Winners

By week, here are the analysts that made the best GPP recommendations.

Week Winner Score
1 Drew Heinl 34.85
2 Jacob Rickrode 27.2
3 Jacob Rickrode 57.64
4 Blair Andrews 26.27
5 Drew Heinl 29.93
6 Devin McIntyre 56.34
7 Pat James 45.34
8 Eric Braun 49.79
9 RotoDoc 45.69
10 Tod Burros 32.81
11 Heith Krueger 44.21
12 Devin McIntyre 33.6
13 Heith Krueger 41.8
14 Colm Kelly 24.87
15 Tod Burros 32.86
16 Colm Kelly 44.22
AVE AVE 39.21

Ten different analysts won at least one week. Six different analysts won twice: Tod Burros, Colm Kelly, Drew Heinl, Heith Krueger, Jacob Rickrode, and Devin McIntyre. A hearty thanks from all to FantasyLabs.

Season Results

Analyst Weeks Entered Total Score Ave Score
Tod Burros 16 203.64 12.73
Ben Gretch 15 176.39 11.76
Anthony Amico 15 175.93 11.73
Drew Heinl 16 168.84 10.55
Matt Wispe 16 138.44 8.65
Pat James 16 137.86 8.62
Devin McIntyre 15 134.78 8.99
RotoDoc 11 127.97 11.63
Eric Braun 15 116.84 7.79
Blair Andrews 16 115.49 7.22
Heith Krueger 15 113.18 7.55
Jacob Rickrode 16 97.57 6.10
Joe Paeno 16 96.83 6.05
Brian Malone 15 95.35 6.36
Josh ADHD 14 89.42 6.39
Dave Caban 16 86.88 5.43
Ryan Bobbitt 16 79.82 4.99
George Fitopoulos 14 63.62 4.54
John Lapinski 14 54.89 3.92
Scott Smith 10 41.00 4.10
Hasan Rahim 13 33.52 2.58
Colm Kelly 16 30.21 1.89
@CmonTumbleweed 5 19.22 3.84
Mike Beers 7 11.15 1.59
Ben Bauer 15 -50.04 -3.34

Commentary

As a reminder, the scoring for this contest was tough. Analysts had to make the best Plus/Minus recommendations while facing a penalty for recommending highly-owned players. Our team averaged over six points per week of Plus/Minus value, and 96 percent of our analysts posted a positive score.

We also managed, in aggregate, to post positive scores in all but one week. Here’s the average analyst score by week.

Week Average Score
1 8.27
2 9.03
3 3.54
4 3.39
5 6.67
6 12.22
7 5.00
8 4.16
9 12.38
10 -1.54
11 11.38
12 6.23
13 9.45
14 3.79
15 4.98
16 9.03

If consistency (or maybe, in the case of GPPs, variability) is your thing, here’s how each analyst’s scores varied by week, as measured by standard deviation.

Analyst St Dev
Pat James 21.30
Colm Kelly 20.14
Drew Heinl 19.53
Devin McIntyre 18.53
Heith Krueger 18.52
Jacob Rickrode 16.60
Eric Braun 16.40
Joe Paeno 16.27
Anthony Amico 16.05
John Lapinski 15.67
Brian Malone 15.53
Matt Wispe 15.21
Dave Caban 15.02
Ben Bauer 14.80
RotoDoc 14.72
Blair Andrews 14.31
George Fitopoulos 14.19
Scott Smith 13.85
Ryan Bobbitt 13.82
Hasan Rahim 12.57
Tod Burros 12.28
Ben Gretch 12.07
Mike Beers 11.21
Josh ADHD 9.43
@CmonTumbleweed 6.81

Positional Breakdown

Positional Scores QB RB WR TE DEF
Total 223.57 954.81 179.27 89.38 911.73
Average 0.63 2.70 0.51 0.25 2.58
St Dev 7.35 8.11 7.98 5.99 6.37

Our analysts fared the best with running back and defensive recommendations and struggled the most with picking tight ends.

Conclusion

FantasyLabs provides a great suite of tools for building DFS lineups. Our analysts used them to great effect this season, and we’re looking forward to taking down more GPPs in 2018.

Thanks also to our analysts who put in the time each week to give you some great lineup advice.