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Week 8 Fantasy Football Expert Accuracy Results

Oct 31, 2019

Daniel Jones had a surprising performance in Week 8

It is difficult to believe but the fantasy football season is already halfway complete. We’ve seen some shocking breakouts from D.J. Chark and Terry McLaurin to Darren Waller and the ridiculous Patriots D/ST. Predicting such a volatile sport is enough of a challenge, but weighing the matchups, game scripts, weather, injuries and everything else each week is virtually a sport of its own. At FantasyPros, we want to provide you the most information to help you make the best decisions for your fantasy team, and part of that is showing you which experts have been the most accurate with their rankings. Since we are a halfway into the season, it is time to take a look at the expert accuracy standings so we can see who has been nailing the tough calls like Gardner Minshew’s magic and Darren Fells’ 33-year-old breakout. While we are here, let’s first see which experts had the best fantasy football rankings in Week 8. As always, you can check out the entire standings in our accuracy section.

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Week 8 Accuracy Results

Top 10 Experts – Overall Leaderboard*
 Rank  Expert
 1.  Jody Smith – FantasyData
 2.  Chris Raybon – The Action Network
 3.  Staff Rankings – Daily Roto
 4.  Jamie Calandro – Fantasy Team Advice
 5.  Justin Boone – theScore
 6.  Matthew Freedman – FantasyLabs
 7.  Matt De Lima – FullTimeFantasy
 8.  Dylan Chappine – White Wolf Sports
 9.  Chet Gresham – DK Nation
 10  Bill Enright – FFChamps

*View Full Accuracy Scores (137 experts) | Combine Top Experts into Consensus Rankings

Jody Smith (FantasyData) had a terrific Week 8, ranking third at quarterback accuracy and fourth at wide receiver accuracy. Many times, the more accurate experts are close to the expert consensus on the majority of the players, but Jody accomplished his big week by being bold. It paid off big, for example, when Derek Carr and Matt Schaub finished inside the top-ten quarterbacks for the week. Jody accurately ranked them four and ten spots higher than the expert consensus did. Likewise, Jody was much lower on Jacoby Brissett (QB #17 vs ECR #13). Over at the wide receiver position, Jody was one of the highest experts on Tyrell Williams but Jody really made his money on the players he recommended fading. Jody was considerably lower than consensus on Jamison Crowder, Preston Williams, Keke Coutee and A.J. Brown. Perhaps his most impressive rankings, however, were on Mike Williams and John Brown. Jody ranked them 12 and 14 spots lower than the expert consensus. Well done, Jody!

Congratulations to the entire top 10 and also this week’s top positional rankers:

Quarterbacks: Jamie Calandro – Fantasy Team Advice
Running Backs: Andrew Ferris – Fantasy Hot Read
Wide Receivers: Chris Raybon – The Action Network
Tight Ends: Brad Ziegler – The Athletic
Kickers: Staff Rankings – Daily Roto
D/ST: Dalton Del Don – Yahoo
IDP: Ryan Sitzmann – The IDP Guru

Biggest Surprises

As always, we recognize the experts that did the best job of ranking the surprise performers from Week 8. Below are several key players that performed beyond expectations for fantasy owners along with the experts who delivered their top ranking.

Daniel Jones
Consensus: QB #16
Actual Rank: QB #1
Best Rank: QB #9
Top Experts: Kyle Cunningham-Rhoads (STATS)

Tevin Coleman
Consensus: RB #20
Actual Rank: RB #2
Best Rank: RB #12
Top Expert: Brad Evans (Yahoo! Sports) & Heath Capps (Fake Teams)

David Montgomery
Consensus: RB #25
Actual Rank: RB #7
Best Rank: RB #16
Top Expert: Andrew Ferris (Fantasy Hot Read)

Diontae Johnson
Consensus: WR #48
Actual Rank: WR #10
Best Rank: WR #32
Top Expert: Brad Evans (Yahoo! Sports)

Tyrell Williams
Consensus: WR #37
Actual Rank: WR #17
Best Rank: WR #17
Top Expert: Dylan Chappine (White Wolf Sports)

Darren Fells
Consensus: TE #19
Actual Rank: TE #2
Best Rank: TE #12
Top Expert: Scott Spratt (Football Outsiders) & Jeff Paur (RTSports)

Biggest Disappointments

On the flip side, there is plenty of credit due to the experts who did the reverse. These experts warned many off of players who would have otherwise minimized their odds of winning their fantasy contests. Let’s take a look at some of the most disappointing fantasy players from Week 8 and the experts whose rankings were closest to their lackluster performance.

Kirk Cousins
Consensus: QB #9
Actual Rank: QB #24
Best Rank: QB #18
Top Expert: Andrew Erickson (FantasyData)

Ty Johnson
Consensus: RB #18
Actual Rank: RB #47
Best Rank: RB #32
Top Expert: Heath Cummings (CBS Sports)

Chase Edmonds
Consensus: RB #12
Actual Rank: RB #58
Best Rank: RB #26
Top Expert: Kyle August (FF Fellas) & The FFGhost (Dynasty League Football)

Robert Woods
Consensus: WR #16
Actual Rank: WR #61
Best Rank: WR #38
Top Expert: Raju Byfield (Win My Fantasy League)
*Next closest was WR #27

Marvin Jones
Consensus: WR #18
Actual Rank: WR #65
Best Rank: WR #33
Top Experts: Donald Gibson (FantasyPros)

Gerald Everett
Consensus: TE #8
Actual Rank: TE #30
Best Rank: TE #17
Top Expert: Brad Ziegler (The Athletic)

Year-to-Date Accuracy

Top 10 Experts – Overall Leaderboard*
 Rank  Expert
 1. Dylan Chappine – White Wolf Sports
 2. Chris Raybon – The Action Network
 3. Jake Ciely – The Athletic
 4. Nathan Jahnke – Pro Football Focus
 5. John Paulsen –
 6. Joe Bond – Fantasy Six Pack
 7. Justin Boone – theScore
 8. Robert Waziak – The Fantasy Footballers
 9. Dan Harris – FantasyPros
10 Staff Rankings – Daily Roto

*View Full Accuracy Scores (137 experts) | Combine Top Experts into Consensus Rankings

There has been plenty of movement over the last month of the season as neither #1 (Dylan Chappine – White Wolf Sports) or #2 (Chris Raybon – The Action Network) were in the top 10 the last time we checked in. Dylan made the leap by somehow placing #2 in Week 5, #2 in Week 6 and #8 in Week 7 out of over 130 analysts around the industry. Dylan is currently the #1 most accurate expert at ranking wide receivers and top-five at ranking quarterbacks. That should come as no surprise since Dylan finished the 2018 season (his first year in the competition) among the top 10 in ranking wide receivers. Congratulations to Dylan on an exceptional first half of the season!

Both Jake Ciely (The Athletic) and  Nathan Jahnke (Pro Football Focus) managed to hold their spots in the top-five over the last two weeks and if their historical success is any indication, they’ll likely be competing to climb to the top spot by season’s end. Several other familiar names are hovering in striking distance too. Justin Boone (theScore) already jumped into the top-ten while some of the most consistently accurate experts, Jeff Ratcliffe – (Pro Football Focus), Sean Koerner – (The Action Network), Bill Enright – (FFChamps), and Pat Fitzmaurice (The Football Girl) are currently just outside the top ten.

Congratulations to everyone off to a great start and our current positional accuracy leaders:

Quarterbacks: Staff Rankings – Daily Roto
Running Backs: Chris Raybon – The Action Network
Wide Receivers: Dylan Chappine – White Wolf Sports
Tight Ends: Kyle Richardson – The Fantasy Headliners
Kickers: Greg Smith – TwoQBs
D/ST: Walter Cherepinsky – Walter Football
IDP: Ryan Sitzmann – The IDP Guru

BettingPros Year-to-Date Accuracy

We’ve been tracking the accuracy of betting recommendations on our new site, BettingPros this season as well. In this competition, we track units bet across game spreads, over/unders and moneylines then use those units to rank the most accurate experts. Let’s have a look at the top 10 through Week 8:

Top 10 Experts – Overall Leaderboard*
 Rank  Expert
 1.  Matt MacCoy – The Next Big Thing
 2.  Mike Spector – BettingPros
 3.  Tim McCullough – Baseball Prospectus
 4.  Nick Zylak – Fantasy Football Advice
 5.  Phil Wood – BettingPros
 6.  Bobby Sylvester – FantasyPros
 7.  Site Picks – numberFire
 8.  Jody Smith – Fantasy Data
 9.  Site Picks – Fox Sports
10  Case Keefer – Las Vegas Sun

*View Full Accuracy Scores (158 experts)

Through four weeks, Matt MacCoy (The Next Big Thing) was off to a start so impressive that regression seemed inevitable. He has somehow improved upon his early pace, though, finishing 26 games above .500 in the last month compared to a still astonishing 20 games above .500 in the first quarter of the season. Matt has done most of his damage by betting over/unders at a clip of 71-43-4. Congratulations to Matt on his continued success and also the leaders of the other two categories. Tim McCullough (Baseball Prospectus) is the site-wide leader against the spread while Bobby Sylvester (FantasyPros) leads the pack on moneyline bets.

We’ll be back again after Week 12 to provide another update on the experts making the most accurate predictions. Until then, be sure to check out the experts’ weekly rankings to help with your lineup decisions.

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