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Can You Outpick The Pros In Week 16? Pick 256 Results & Leaderboard

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Last week we asked our Pick 256 participants to outpick the BTB writers. Apparently, that wasn't a big enough challenge.

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Pick 256 is a season-long contest in which BTB members and readers get to pick the straight-up winners for all games each week. Last week, we challenged 188 participants to outpick the BTB frontpage writers, and many responded with strong results.

Overall, the Pick 256 Consensus got 11 picks right, the same number as the BTB writers. But where the writers' results were pretty tightly bunched (Danny Phantom with 12 correct picks, three writers with 11, four writers with 10), the Pick 256 participants showed a larger spread:

Pick 256 Result Distribution, Week 15
Correct Picks 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Participants 7 25 37 44 42 25 7 1

33 participants beat the BTB writers outright, 47 participants beat the writers' consensus.Apparently, our writer picks were not a big enough challenge, so this week we're asking you to outpick the pros.

Had you simply picked the favorites in each game last week, you'd have gotten 12 games right. Here's an overview of some different permutations you could have chosen to pick, and how each performed last week and over the entire 15 weeks of the season so far.

Week 15 Season to date
Category Record Percent Category Record Percent
Away Teams 9-7
56.3%
Away Teams 106-118
47.3%
Home Teams 7-9
43.8%
Home Teams 118-106
52.7%
Favorites 12-4
75.0%
Favorites 142-81
63.7%
Dogs 4-12
25.0%
Dogs 81-142
36.3%
Away Favorites 6-1
85.7%
Away Favorites 50-26
65.8%
Away Dogs 3-6
33.3%
Away Dogs 55-92
37.4%
Home Favorites 6-3
66.7%
Home Favorites 92-55
62.6%
Home Dogs 1-6
14.3%
Home Dogs 26-50
34.2%

As you review the upcoming slate of Week 16 games, are you going to go with the home teams to win or are you picking the favorites, perhaps even a combination of both? In any case, will you be able to beat the Pros in Week 16 with your picks? Join our Pick 256 challenge below to find out.

Week 16 Picks

Click on the link below and you'll be taken directly to the Pick 256 entry form where you can select the Week 10 teams you like for the win.

The link above should auto-fill your BTB user name into the entry form (in most cases). In some cases, the link hasn't worked properly, so here's an alternative link that works without the auto-fill - just remember to spell your username correctly.

Alternative Pick 256 Entry Form

If you prefer not to use your BTB user name, or are not a BTB member, go ahead and enter a name of your choosing, but try to stick with that name throughout the season.

Week 15 Results

Top Finishers

You can find a full list of all results in a fanpost by BTB-member Hookerhome later this week, so I'll just list the participants who outpicked the consensus.

Week 15 Top Finishers
Correct Picks
Name
15 CapitalT
14 Aggie Man, bartman, benray53, cap2vator, delta quad man, just-the-facts, revellyre
13 1MissouriCowboysFan, AzDbackfanInDc, bigoljimbo, Cowboys Win, cowchips, Frank Stanford, GalTex, Glenstorm68, ibleedcowboyblue, JDobermans, Katana, klkmainiac, LM, Max2, newwallOD, Nova84, QBTurner7, Roun2It, Shadowcat, Sir Robin, tbar1, The Sethnicity, Timmy G, vectorspace, Wfldude@gmail.com
12 1Bullseye, 50yrcowboy, APerfectStar, Az_dave, BayouCowboy, Blue & silver, boys.camncrew, Bud, Canadian Cowboy_74, CTCowboy, DandyDanny, Densa, DorieStreet, dtwmm, earl, goddard55, Holyroof, Jebediah Flibberbrush, Jessy S, jimmy.marshall2, jwdge, k@s!, Keepsoccer18, Lcdano24, maragath, Markythearky, Millard Fillmore, Mordregard, MS Cowboys Fan, ounceler, PrfBrain, Rdbull1, Ride Together, Die Together, Sandmann, scottysd, stanthecowboyfan, Starfire6, starmesh23, Stevefromerrick, Truebluedcfan, UTcowboy, Vancity Cowboy

Aggie Man and revellyre both had very strong weeks, with 14 correct picks each, and were able to close the gap to the previous leader oldboysfan (11 correct picks), so that we now have three participants sharing the top spot on our season leaderboard. Note that those three guys are the only three participants to have outperformed the Vegas favorites with their picks over the entire season.

Pick 256 Leaderboard
Correct Picks
Participants
Name
146 3 Aggie Man, oldboysfan, revellyre
142 1 1Missouricowboysfan
141 1 Katana
140 1 Millard Fillmore
139 3 bartman, Rdbull1, Roun2It
138 4 cap2vator, dtwmm, gwzahn7, Max2
137 6 blue & silver, ibleedcowboyblue, I'm_people_too, mahenza, MinasIthil92, Normrock
136 6 aaa61aaa, CapitalT, cwby4lf, Reno Cowboy, Starheel42, Truebluedcfan
135 7 Benthere, CTCowboy, PrfBrain, Realist Larry, Ride Together, Die Together, Sir Robin, Stevefromerrick
134 7 Frank Stanford, jwdge, Ncstar, Sandmann, Terry, Timmy G, UTcowboy
133 7 earl, lenboy, MUTTS, PAPAGDAVIS69, Shadowcat, starmesh23, thesirknight
132 7 ansky23, goddard55, JDobermans, maragath, Pagrebo, scottysd, Vancity Cowboy
131 8 duffer33, Fred G Samford, klkmainiac, LoboTX, Rajohnnn, stanthecowboyfan, TazJr89, tmaeus
130 8 1Bullseye, camrin55, Canadian Cowboy_74, carguy102, enogueras, just-the-facts, Mark Barrington, since '66

The fine print

Submissions have to be in by kickoff time of the Thursday night game, which kicks off at 8:25 pm ET on Thursday. To keep a level playing field for everybody, late submissions will not be accepted (all entries are time-stamped). This gives you a good two days to submit your picks.

Every week, we'll publish a spreadsheet with all the picks here on BTB, usually on Saturday.

The entry form contains detailed instruction on how you can change your picks at a later point, read them carefully. You can of course come back at any time before kickoff on Thursday and submit new picks. When there are multiple picks by the same BTB member, our pick tracker will always default to the latest entry.

With all of the technical stuff out of the way, good luck with your picks.