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SuperContest Team OS Wk 17 Review

Sometimes the last week is the toughest, and that was certainly the case for Team OddsShark in the SuperContest at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

Of the Top 10 members heading into Week 17, only two of them picked more winners than losers, including group champion David Fucillo, who went 3-2 to finish with 53 out of a possible 85 points (62 percent) and tie for 24th overall in the record field of 1,727 entrants.

Last year, Fucillo totaled just 39.5 points to finish eighth out of 12 members in the inaugural Team OddsShark competition. He said he learned some valuable lessons from his first experience in the SuperContest, using them to his advantage this season.

“It certainly is nice to finish in the money a year after finishing under .500,” Fucillo said. “I think the big difference was just doing more homework each week. I discovered a couple weekly podcasts that generated some interesting nuggets.

“Since I only needed to pick five games each week, a nugget of information here or there often swung my choice of games. I also spent more time trying to get a better understanding of how line movements might be influenced by professional gamblers. That's something I did not really consider in my first year.”

Fucillo Edges Ostrowski in OddsShark Standings

Fucillo edged out Joe Ostrowski for first place atop the Team OddsShark Standings and suffered only three losing weeks all season, never doing worse than 2-3. Unfortunately for Ostrowski, his worst week came at the worst time, as he went 1-4 in Week 17 to end up with 51 points and just missed the payout cutoff of the Top 50, which was 52.

Rounding out the Top 5 for Team OddsShark out of the 21 members were Matt Ufford (49 points), Nick Kostos (48) and Pete Prisco (47.5).

Randall the Handle (44) made the biggest jump down the stretch, moving from last place during the middle of the season to tied for eighth in the group by going 15-5 over the last four weeks. He finished just behind Ryan Fowler (47) and last year’s group champ Todd Fuhrman (46). Prisco was the only other member in the Top 10 going into Week 17 that had a winning mark at 3-2.

The OddsShark Super Computer made a slight improvement from last season’s performance in the SuperContest, totaling 40.5 points to tie for 16th in the group standings. Last year, the Computer earned 38 points to place 11th out of 12 members.

Rounding Again Overall SuperContest Champion

Rounding Again won the overall SuperContest grand prize of $906,675 with 60.5 points (72 percent) despite also having three losing weeks, the same number as Fucillo. However, the winning entry also went 4-1 or better 12 times in the other 14 weeks, including four of the last five to build a 4.5-point lead and led each of the past 12.

As for advice Fucillo would give future entrants in the SuperContest to avoid losing weeks, he said limiting resources and avoiding information overload is the key. Instead, he suggests using OddsShark.com where bettors can get all their info in one place.

“You can't just go with your gut when it comes to picking against the spread,” Fucillo said. “In my first year, I went more with my gut, and as you can see, I finished poorly.

“I do think too much information can overwhelm you, so find a few resources like OddsShark that work for you, and use those. Obviously you have to make the final call, but a few resources can be key for narrowing down your list to find your weekly five.”

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