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FantasyLabs DraftKings Plays of the Week – And the Winner is…

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FantasyLabs sponsored our in-house weekly prognostication contest this year, for which we’re grateful. We had fun and improved as daily fantasy football players, thanks to the great tools provided by FantasyLabs. More importantly, hopefully we helped you get better results in your GPPs.

Now that the season is over, we can do a quick recap. But first, the Week 17 results.

Shawn Siegele 50.21 359.23
Anthony Amico 29.7 95.29
Drew Heinl 26.6 207.35
John Gambill 25.16 294.87
Eric Braun 24.68 206.88
Ben Gretch 23.2 222.22
Tyler Buecher 21.04 272.02
Ben Bauer 14.45 122.59
Curtis Patrick 14.29 190.88
Matt Wispe 12.5 172.14
Jacob Rickrode 5.87 280.26
Mike Beers -2.47 226.78
Blair Andrews -2.92 195.35
Aaron Butler -7.41 185.67
RotoDoc -9.13 105.47
Jason Lewis -18.62 238.75

Shawn Siegele wins this week with a dynamite score.

Here are the seasonal results.

Shawn Siegele 21.1 359.23 17 0 17 100.0%
John Gambill 17.3 294.87 13 4 17 76.5%
Jacob Rickrode 16.5 280.26 15 2 17 88.2%
Tyler Buecher 16.0 272.02 14 3 17 82.4%
George Fitopoulos 20.2 263.1 10 3 13 76.9%
Jason Lewis 14.0 238.75 14 3 17 82.4%
Mike Beers 13.3 226.78 14 3 17 82.4%
Ben Gretch 13.1 222.22 12 5 17 70.6%
Drew Heinl 12.2 207.35 14 3 17 82.4%
Eric Braun 12.9 206.88 13 3 16 81.3%
Curtis Patrick 11.5 196.04 14 3 17 82.4%
Aaron Butler 10.9 185.67 12 5 17 70.6%
Matt Wispe 14.3 172.14 10 2 12 83.3%
Pat Kerrane 13.2 171.13 10 3 13 76.9%
Blair Andrews 9.6 162.73 11 6 17 64.7%
Rex Windwood 15.8 157.67 9 1 10 90.0%
Scott Smith 11.8 130.28 8 3 11 72.7%
Ben Bauer 7.7 122.59 12 4 16 75.0%
RotoDoc 6.2 105.47 11 6 17 64.7%
Anthony Amico 6.0 95.29 9 7 16 56.3%
Devin McIntyre 8.1 88.61 8 3 11 72.7%

In the spirit of RotoVizI included some other numbers in this table, which is sorted by total score. Because not every writer participated every week, I included their average score, as well as the total number of weeks they participated. The positive and negative columns just tell you how many weeks they had a positive or negative total score,1 and then the percent of weeks they produced a positive score.

Some takeaways:

  • Mr. Siegele not only produced the highest total and average scores, he also produced a positive score in all 17 weeks.
  • John Gambill isn’t just a PGA whiz. He led the contest for much of the season, and finished second overall.
  • High stakes player and RotoViz Radio host Jacob Rickrode finishes third, less than a point/week behind Mr. Gambill.
  • DFS Value Plays author Tyler Buecher was just eight points behind Mr. Rickrode.
  • Dollars-per-opportunity guru George Fitopoulos only participated in 13 weeks, but had the second-highest weekly average.
  • Of those that participated in all 17 weeks, occasional contributor, tweeter extraordinaire, and charts-on-charts guru Mike Beers had the most consistent picks (lowest standard deviation), while Mr. Fitopoulos and On the Daily host Ben Gretch had the most variance (highest standard deviation) in their picks.
  • Every writer produced a positive seasonal score and a positive weekly score in more than 56 percent of weeks.

Here are the winners by week.

1 Jacob Rickrode 57.7
2 John Gambill 48.97
3 Blair Andrews 49.24
4 George Fitopoulos 40.25
5 Ben Gretch 45.63
6 Jacob Rickrode 32.42
7 Drew Heinl 47.69
8 Aaron Butler 33.42
9 Scott Smith 33.13
10 Shawn Siegele 36.26
11 Tyler Buecher 35.07
12 George Fitopoulos 43.8
13 Curtis Patrick 43.05
14 George Fitopoulos 48.9
15 Jason Lewis 27.18
16 Ben Gretch 54.14
17 Shawn Siegele 50.21

Repeat winners include Ben Gretch, Jacob Rickrode, Shawn Siegele (twice each), and George Fitopoulos (three times).

If you glanced at that table and thought our performance dipped around mid season, you were right. Here’s the average score by week.


That could just be noise, but I thought it was interesting enough to pass on. For the season, our average score per week was 12.9 points, so you can see that we did much better early on, before rebounding a bit at the end of the year.

If you’re curious about which players we recommended, there’s a complete table below. Here are the most popular at each position.

  • QB – Kirk Cousins – 28 times
  • RB – Jordan Howard – 21 times
  • WR – Allen Robinson & Tyrell Williams – 15 times each
  • TE – Delanie Walker – 34 times
  • DEF – New England Defense – 37 times
QBKirk Cousins28
QBCam Newton22
QBDrew Brees22
QBAaron Rodgers20
QBBlake Bortles18
QBMatt Ryan17
QBPhilip Rivers17
QBAndrew Luck16
QBMarcus Mariota16
QBTyrod Taylor15
QBDerek Carr14
QBRussell Wilson14
QBEli Manning13
QBJameis WInston12
QBDak Prescott11
QBBen Roethlisberger9
QBColin Kaepernick9
QBJoe Flacco8
QBAndy Dalton7
QBCarson Palmer7
QBRyan Fitzpatrick6
QBAlex Smith5
QBJay Cutler5
QBMatthew Stafford5
QBRyan Tannehill5
QBTom Brady4
QBCarson Wentz3
QBRobert Griffin3
QBDrew Brees2
QBJosh McCown2
QBMatt Barkley2
QBTrevor Siemian2
QBBrian Hoyer1
QBBrock Osweiler1
QBCam Newton1
QBDak Prescott1
QBDak Prescott, DAL1
QBEli Manning1
QBMarcus Mariota1
QBSam Bradford1
RBJordan Howard21
RBSpencer Ware19
RBDevontae Booker16
RBLe'Veon Bell16
RBLeGarrette Blount13
RBLeSean McCoy13
RBMelvin Gordon13
RBDavid Johnson12
RBJacquizz Rodgers11
RBLamar Miller11
RBCarlos Hyde10
RBTodd Gurley10
RBDemarco Murray9
RBDarren Sproles8
RBDevonta Freeman8
RBJeremy Hill8
RBLatavius Murray8
RBTheo Riddick8
RBCharcandrick West7
RBCharles Sims6
RBDeangelo Williams6
RBGiovani Bernard6
RBIsaiah Crowell6
RBDanny Woodhead5
RBDion Lewis5
RBJay Ajayi5
RBJerick McKinnon5
RBMark Ingram5
RBMike Gillislee5
RBTevin Coleman5
RBThomas Rawls5
RBC.J. Anderson4
RBDeandre Washington4
RBC.J. Prosise3
RBChristine Michael3
RBJames White3
RBJonathan Stewart3
RBKenneth Farrow3
RBT.J. Yeldon3
RBJamaal Charles2
RBJeremy Langford2
RBJustin Forsett2
RBMatt Forte2
RBRashad Jennings2
RBRob Kelley2
RBShane Vereen2
RBTJ Yeldon2
RBAmeer Abdullah1
RBBilal Powell1
RBBrandon Wilds1
RBC.J. Spiller1
RBCameron Artis-Payne1
RBChris Ivory1
RBChris Thompson1
RBDoug Martin1
RBDuke Johnson1
RBDwayne Washington1
RBEddie Lacy1
RBEzekiel Elliott1
RBJames Starks1
RBKenneth Dixon1
RBMatt Jones1
RBRonnie Hillman1
RBTerrance West1
RBTy Montgomery1
RBWendell Smallwood1
RBZach Zenner1
WRAllen Robinson15
WRTyrell Williams15
WRMike Evans14
WRTerrelle Pryor12
WRDeAndre Hopkins11
WRLarry Fitzgerald10
WRRishard Matthews10
WRStefon Diggs10
WRDoug Baldwin9
WRJarvis Landry9
WRMichael Thomas9
WRMarvin Jones8
WRWillie Snead8
WRBrandon Marshall7
WRGolden Tate7
WRJamison Crowder7
WROdell Beckham7
WRTajae Sharpe7
WRTravis Benjamin7
WRTY Hilton7
WRJulio Jones6
WRSteve Smith6
WRTyler Boyd6
WRWill Fuller6
WRAlshon Jeffery5
WRCorey Coleman5
WREmmanuel Sanders5
WRJeremy Maclin5
WRMichael Crabtree5
WRTavon Austin5
WRTy Montgomery5
WRAntonio Brown4
WRBrandin Cooks4
WRDemaryius Thomas4
WRDeSean Jackson4
WRDeVante Parker4
WRDonte Moncrief4
WRJordy Nelson4
WRMarquess Wilson4
WRPierre Garcon4
WRQuincy Enunwa4
WRSammy Watkins4
WRA.J. Green3
WRBreshad Perriman3
WRCameron Meredith3
WRDavante Adams3
WRDontrelle Inman3
WRJordan Matthews3
WRAmari Cooper2
WRJeremy Kerley2
WRJohn Brown2
WRJulian Edelman2
WRKenny Britt2
WRKevin White2
WRTyreek Hill2
WRAdam Humphries1
WRAllen Hurns1
WRAnquan Boldin1
WRBrandon LaFell1
WRChris Conley1
WRDez Bryant1
WRDorial Green-Beckham1
WREddie Royal1
WREric Decker1
WRJJ Nelson1
WRKelvin Benjamin1
WRMarqise Lee1
WRMichael Floyd1
WRMike Wallace1
WRNelson Agholor1
WRRandall Cobb1
WRRobby Anderson1
WRSammie Coates1
WRSterling Shepard1
WRTaylor Gabriel1
WRTed Ginn Jr.1
WRTorrey Smith1
WRVincent Jackson1
TEDelanie Walker34
TETravis Kelce31
TEZach Miller21
TEGreg Olsen19
TEJimmy Graham18
TEZach Ertz17
TECameron Brate15
TEKyle Rudolph15
TECoby Fleener14
TEJordan Reed14
TEMartellus Bennett14
TEEric Ebron13
TEJack Doyle13
TEAntonio Gates11
TEDennis Pitta10
TEDwayne Allen8
TEGary Barnidge8
TEHunter Henry7
TEJared Cook7
TEJermaine Gresham7
TELance Kendricks7
TEWill Tye5
TEC.J. Fiedorowicz4
TECharles Clay4
TEJason Witten4
TEJesse James4
TEJulius Thomas4
TELadarius Green4
TERob Gronkowski4
TEKansas City4
TETyler Eifert3
TEVance McDonald2
TEVirgil Green2
TEC.J. Uzomah1
TELarry Donnell1
TERyan Griffin1
TEVernon Davis1
DEFNew England Defense37
DEFArizona Defense31
DEFMiami Defense19
DEFHouston Defense17
DEFTennessee Defense16
DEFMinnesota Defense15
DEFPhiladelpha Defense15
DEFBaltimore Defense14
DEFKansas City Defense14
DEFSeattle Defense14
DEFBuffalo Defense13
DEFLos Angeles Defense13
DEFSan Diego Defense11
DEFGreen Bay Defense10
DEFWashington Defense10
DEFCleveland Defense9
DEFOakland Defense9
DEFCarolina Defense8
DEFPittsburgh Defense8
DEFDallas Defense7
DEFDenver Defense7
DEFChicago Defense6
DEFNew Orleans defense6
DEFSan Francisco Defense6
DEFAtlanta Defense5
DEFNew York Jets Defense5
DEFDetroit Defense4
DEFNY Giants Defense4
DEFCincinnati Defense3
DEFTampa Bay Defense3
DEFChiefs Defense2
DEFJacksonville Defense2
DEFIndianapolis Defense1


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  1. e.g. the sum of their QB plus/minus, RB plus/minus, WR plus/minus, TE plus/minus, and DEF plus/minus was positive or negative.  (back)
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  1. Dennis says:

    Great job, thank you CK and participants. This was the most consistently helpful feature all year for me

  2. Dennis says:

    @FF_Contrarian Would you be willing to write up/ share some of your process or what you learned for these plays of the week? Or how you may have honed your research skills over the year/s?

    I was so impressed by some of these suggestions. Zach Zenner, week 17, Cardinals, and Patriots D, marquise Lee, as just under the chalk plays that turned into home runs... im guessing there were plenty of lessons learned from people you did not play etc. be exciting to learn how you found success on this endeavor
    thanks for the tips as always

  3. To start with, I can't say enough about the tremendous tools that FantasyLabs provided. That's not a surprise with the minds they have there. Bales is awesome, and then they work with some of the top DFS guys in the world.

    So I spent a decent amount of time with their tools each week, some early in the week to get a feel of plays I might want to use, and then I'd come back to it again later in the week and narrow down the choices.

    I also did a lot of work with our Weekly Projection Machine. (We also have a weekly internal contest for PM results, which creates accountability and fosters competition.) The PM is a ridiculously good tool. Beyond the natural competitiveness of wanting to perform well in the contests and the important goal of providing good content to the site, using these different tools also helped in setting lineups for my seasonal teams.

    The players who showed up well in the FL tools and in the PM (and GLSP) frequently performed quite well.

    Any time you come out ahead against such a strong group of minds, it's important to realize that one of the key elements was likely luck. But I do think these are tremendous tools, and I do recommend that subscribers at least occasionally use the public version of the PM for themselves. It has a crazy amount of information and really helps in the process of making strong weekly selections.

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