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Christmas Miracle Gives Bossa Nova Kid Team OS Lead in Super Contest

Santa Claus was still in a giving mood on Christmas night, at least for those Super Contest entrants who picked the Philadelphia Eagles as 8.5-point home favorites against the Oakland Raiders. A fumbled lateral by Oakland quarterback Derek Carr in the final seconds that was returned for a touchdown handed Philadelphia backers – including new Team OddsShark leader Paulo Antunes – a key victory in Week 16.

The Eagles ended up beating the Raiders 19-10 in an ugly matchup that also clinched them the top seed in the NFC. For Antunes (aka Bossa Nova Kid), the win moved him to 4-1 for the week and 49-27-4 overall for 51 points, which puts him in a tie for 10th among the record 2,748 contestants. Philly also helped him leapfrog previous group leader Ty Schalter, who went 2-3 in Week 16 and fell into a tie for 21st overall. The top 50 get paid out in the Super Contest, and both remain on track to accomplish that goal.

In fact, last year’s Team OS champion Frank Schwab went 4-1 as well to improve to 46-29-5 for 48.5 points, just a half-point outside the money heading into Week 17. Schwab won the group title last season with 46 points to rank tied for 338th overall. Only one team member has ever placed in the money, with David Fucillo earning 53 points two years ago to tie for 24th. This year’s prize pool is worth more than $3.5 million.

The 2017 Super Contest champ will take home over $1.3 million, and Granny’s Boy extended his lead with a perfect 5-0 mark in Week 16. Granny’s Boy has totaled 57.5 points so far out of a possible 80, which is already more than last year’s champ (55.5). He has a 2.5-point lead over HowDoIPlayXX, who also went 5-0 to jump into second.

Dan Lyons was the lone Team OS member to go 5-0 in Week 16, and he is now sixth in the group standings behind Antunes, Schalter, Schwab, Richard Roeper and Jhenny Andrade. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Jon Anik went 1-4 to fall into the team cellar while Ryan Fowler posted a 4-1 record to escape it for the first time since Week 2.

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