VSiN.com senior reporter
LAS VEGAS – We have a new leader in the Westgate SuperContest as BioSoft Global earned a push with the Raiders -3 in their 27-24 win over the Dolphins on Sunday Night Football to go 4-0-1 in Week 9 and improve to 31-12-2 (72.1%) as the famous NFL handicapping contest passed the halfway mark of the 17-week season.
I would say we have a “new” entrant in second place, but I can state with a reasonable degree of certainty that BioSoft Sports is the same person/group as the leader and sits in second at 31-13-1 for 31.5 points (SuperContestants earn 1 point per win and half a point per push). Grannys Boy moved into a tie for third place at 31 points with 4theBirds after the Lions covered as 2.5-point road favorites on the SuperContest line over the Packers on Monday night.
The differentiation of “SuperContest line” is important because the record 2,748 entrants who put up their $1,500 entry fee are picking their five games each week against the point spreads that are locked in each Wednesday afternoon (and announced on Brent Musburger’s “My Guys in the Desert” show on SiriusXM 204 and the vsin.com website and VSiN app).
The biggest SuperContest news of the week – at least before BioSoft taking over the lead – was a record 1,675 entrants taking the Colts plus-13 against the Texans (note: the SuperContest didn't even have that many entrants until the 2015 season). The line was locked in before Houston QB Deshaun Watson suffered a season-ending injury at practice on Thursday. The line was down to 7 at most Vegas and offshore sports books by the time most SuperContest entrants were putting in their plays Friday night and before the 11 a.m. PT Saturday weekly deadline. The Colts not only covered all spreads but beat the Texans outright, 20-14.
The Top 5 Consensus plays ended up going 3-2 in Week 9 with the other winners being the Rams -3.5 and Cowboys plus-1 while the losers were on the Broncos plus-8.5 and the Falcons plus-1. For the year, the Top 5 Consensus only improved to 17-28 (37.8%) overall.
Last week’s co-leaders, PHD Sports and Grand Dragon – who split the $15,000 eight-week leader bonus – both went 2-3 to sit in a group of four with 30 points.
In the inaugural SuperContest Gold, with its $5,000 entry fee and winner-take-all format, BKSF is still in the lead at 30-15 (66.7%) after going 3-2 in Week 9. BKSF holds a 2.5-point lead over MWBall and Michael Peffercorn, who went 4-0-1 and 4-1, respectively.
The Gold’s Top 5 went 2-3 as a record 55 took the Colts plus-13, but the only other winner was the Cowboys plus-1 while the Broncos plus-8.5, Buccaneers plus-7 and Falcons plus-1 all lost. For the season, the Gold Top 5 plays are 19-25-1 (43.2%).