Rufus Peabody is a sports analyst and professional sports bettor, currently traveling the world on Remote Year. He is a 2008 graduate of Yale University, where he wrote his senior thesis on inefficiencies in the baseball betting market. Mr. Peabody was previously ESPN's 'predictive analytics expert' and many, many years ago got his start in the industry working as a statistical analyst for Las Vegas Sports Consultants.

NFL Week 12 Picks

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I’m thankful for another good week of picks last week, with two of our Big Plays winning and our other resulting in a lose/push. I’m short on time this week, so let’s get right to the picks:   Big Plays (13-4-1 YTD) New Orleans +3 at Houston [MP Line: NO -2] Arizona -10/-10.5 at…

NFL Week 11 Picks

Last weekend was basically a wash, with Miami (+6.5), one of our largest edges this season, winning outright. Our Other Plays were less successful, going 1-2, while our MP Lean on Arizona also was a winner. This week is a little unusual in that we like a bunch of favorites. Lines are consensus as of 1:45pm Vegas time.  …

NFL Week 10 Picks

The NFL season is more than halfway complete, and it’s been a pretty bizarre one (though I feel like every season is bizarre in its own ways). While our strongest plays have performed admirably, our performance is still lagging overall, but in a short season with only a handful of picks per week, variance is…

NFL Week 9 Picks

It was a down week for our picks in Week 8, headlined by our Big Plays having a winless week. Chicago blew a 7-point lead late in the fourth quarter to lose by three, and Baltimore won in overtime, meaning Ravens backers either lost or pushed depending on what price they got. Other Plays were also losers, going…

NFL Week 8 Picks

We took a loss and a push in our two Big Plays last week, as Detroit blew a double digit lead and lost, and the Jets kicked a 55-yard FG in the waning seconds to get the backdoor push. Our Other Plays got back on track, with both New Orleans and Baltimore covering. Our lone MP Lean lost by a…

NFL Week 7 Picks

Our Big Plays continue to sizzle, moving to 10-1 with a Saints victory on Thursday Night Football. But the big shocker is…an Other Play won! Our leans weren’t too shabby either, with a win and a push making the weekend an undefeated one. If you’re interested in the insightful analysis that went into the M-P picks this week,…

NFL Week 6 Picks

Been a very interesting (and unusual) start to the season for our picks. After winning both our Big Plays last week (TEN, CHI) and losing both Other Plays (BAL, NO) we find ourselves 9-1 on the Big Plays, but 2-9 on Other Plays. We expect Big Plays to do better, since we have more confidence in…

NFL Week 5 Picks

About to board a flight, so no time for a writeup this week. Lines are consensus as of noon Vegas time on Thursday.   Big Plays (7-1 YTD) Tennessee +2.5 vs. Buffalo [MP Line: TEN -3.0] Chicago +9 at Kansas City [MP Line: CHI +6.3]   Other Plays (2-7 YTD) Baltimore -6.5 vs. Cleveland [MP…

NFL Week 4 Picks

Our Week 3 performance left a lot to be desired, despite winning our only Big Play (on Tennessee). All three of our Other Plays lost, and none was even close. And our leans went 1-2. So not a fabulous weekend for MP picks. This week, we show even less value than last. Lines for this…

NFL Week 3 Picks

My central thesis of last week’s picks was overwhelmingly vindicated, as our Big Plays went 3-1, with wins by Denver (+3), New England (-1), and Dallas (+5) offset only by Detroit’s (+2.5) loss. That said, it would be disingenuous not to mention that the Broncos were outplayed, and were extremely lucky to get the win. But our strongest play of the weekend,…