For those of you who don't know what the Westgate Supercontest is, it's the largest NFL handicapping contest in the world (at least that I know of). It requires a $1,500 entry fee, and more than 1,800 people entered last season. There is also a Gold version of the contest, which has a $5,000 entry fee. Each player is required to make five NFL picks against the spread each week, and the player with the most correct picks (pushes count as half of a win) at the end of the season prevails. Grand prize will be about $900,000, and the top 50 are in the money. You have to enter this in Las Vegas at the Westgate sportsbook, and you need a proxy in Vegas to submit your picks, thanks to stupid American gambling laws. If you're interested and need a proxy, let me know; I have a very trustworthy proxy who can help you out.
Anyway, here are the top selections this week:
The Supercontest consensus was a miserable 17-28 heading into Week 10. The Bills, Jaguars and Redskins were the top three picks, yet they all lost. The Jets did, too, though the Rams prevailed. As a result, the consensus is now 18-32.
As for this week, the Eagles, Patriots and Lions are getting lots of selections this week because they are -3.5, -6.5 and -2.5 in the contest, as opposed to -6, -7.5 and -3 in real life, so the contestants are just making value picks.
Here are my picks for the regular contest:
My entries for the Gold contest are the same:
Let's get to some notable selections. The top three players from a week ago were: GRAND DRAGON (28-12), PHD SPORTS (28-12) and BKSF (27-13). Here were their picks:
BIOSOFT GLOBAL: NYJ TEN NYG NE CAR (2-3)
BIOSOFT SPORTS: CHI TEN NO DET NE (3-2)
BKSF: MIN CIN CLE ATL DEN (3-2)
The top three entrants in the Supercontest are now 53-67 in the past eight weeks, which makes sense because of regression to the mean.
Atop the leaderboard now are BIOSOFT SPORTS (34-15-1), GRANNYSBOY (33-15-2) and BIOSOFT GLOBAL (33-15-2). Here are their picks:
BIOSOFT SPORTS: TB NO LAC DEN NE
GRANNYS BOY: DET JAX DEN DAL ATL
BIOSOFT GLOBAL: DET KC NO LAC NE
Like I said last week, I think Biosoft Global and Biosoft Sports are the same person. They have similar records, and most of their selections are the same this week. Either way, his double picks were 1-1 last week. This week, his double picks are the Saints, Chargers and Patriots - three teams I have multiple units against! Denver is also a double pick between Biosoft and Granny's Boy, which is bad news for me because that's my top pick this week.