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.

2017 “Big Game” Pick

Apologies for not updating this sooner…been a crazy 10 days out in Vegas doing prop betting. Believe it or not, we do have a play–well, it’s officially going to have to be a lean, but if you can price shop, it’s good enough to be an “Other Play”. We make the Patriots a 4.7-point favorite (and…

2017 NFL Divisional Picks

We didn’t have a single official pick last week–we did have a lean on Seattle, which won–but unfortunately, for the seconds straight week, we don’t see much value on sides. In fact, three of the four games are within a tenth of a point of the market. For those of you who really want SOMETHING to…

2016 NFL Week 17

As usual, this year’s Week 17 games provide a set of unique circumstances in many cases. There are four teams who have their seed completely locked up and have very little incentive to play starters–New York, Dallas, Pittsburgh, and Houston. Point spreads for those games are pretty disconnected from the actual strength of the teams, so…

2016 NFL Week 16 Picks

Another tough week last week. Philadelphia was our lone big play to cover, while San Fran lost and San Diego either pushed or lost depending on whether you got +2.5 or +3. The Jets, after dominating the first quarter, got steamrolled by Miami, and Cincinnati blew a 14-point lead and couldn’t cover the +3 or…

2016 NFL Week 15 Picks

I am in a rush so no write-up this week. But for those of you losing faith, remember that we’re still a documented 55.04% since 2011, even including this year’s horror. Here are the picks. Big Plays (7-15-2 YTD) Philadelphia +6 at Baltimore [MP Line: PHI +2.3] San Diego +2.5/+3 vs. Oakland [MP Line: SD…

2016 NFL Week 14 Picks

My treatise on randomness last week might be even more fitting now, after we got smacked around pretty good–1-4 on official plays, 2-1 on leans. Sometimes, that’s how it goes. Our college football numbers had a very solid year; our NFL numbers have not (so far). We continue to trust the process. Here are the Week…

2016 NFL Week 13 Picks

We enter the stretch run of the season coming off another losing week, unfortunately. Losing isn’t fun, but lady luck dictates it will happen sometimes, and those are the times when people might be tempted to question the process. Do I believe that our Massey-Peabody model is perfect and there are no possible improvements? Of course not. There…

2016 NFL Week 12 Picks

Posting picks early this week, due to Thanksgiving. Went 1-0 on our official plays last week, 0-2 on our leans. Huge volume of picks this week; would have been even better value had I posted yesterday! Lines are QB-specific, with Tolzien starting for Indy, Fitzpatrick for the Jets, and Barkley for Chicago.   Big Plays (4-6-1 YTD)…