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Maggin, Schalter Lead Team OddsShark After Week 1 With 4-1 Marks

Every season in the Super Contest is different, and that is one of the main reasons why it is the best football handicapping contest in the world. In 2016, Ty Schalter finished second-to-last ahead of only 2015 Team OddsShark champion David Fucillo. This year, Schalter posted an impressive 4-1 record in Week 1 after he had a winning mark only five times in 17 weeks a season ago. Joining him atop the Team OddsShark Standings, though, is newcomer Ben Maggin, who also went 4-1 in his Team OddsShark debut.

While it is obviously still very early in the season, the rest of the group did not fare nearly as well. Of the 25 total team members, just six of them finished Week 1 with a winning record, and nearly half of them (12) totaled only 1.5 points or less out of a possible five. But it was Jon Anik who struggled the worst, kicking off 2017 with an 0-5.

On a positive note, Maggin was not the lone rookie to enjoy success in Week 1. In fact, four of the top six Team OddsShark members were newbies, including Chicagoans Sam Panayotovich (3-1-1) and Richard Roeper (3-2) and Bostonian Michaela Vernava (3-2). Unfortunately, Vernava’s NESN colleague Mike Cole was on the other end of the spectrum, going 0-4-1 after nearly winning the Mini Contest over the last three weeks in 2016. However, Pete Prisco of CBS Sports was right there with Cole at 0-4-1.

Prisco’s CBS team of himself, Nick Kostos and first-timer Will Brinson struggled to a 2-11-2 mark combined in Week 1. Kostos, also known as “Mr. Monday Night,” went 0-1-1 on his two Monday Night Football picks, losing with the New Orleans Saints and pushing on the Los Angeles Chargers. But he did win with the Chicago Bears.

In addition, 2016 Team OddsShark winner Frank Schwab was one of six members to go 2-3, joining Fucillo, Jason Kirk, Kelly Stewart and Brazilians Paulo Antunes and Jhenny Andrade. One team member picked the Thursday Night Football game, as Andrade sided with the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

To view updated Super Contest standings for the entire field, click here.

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