Dr. Bob Past Performance

NFL

2016-18 NFL Best Bets: 182-127-2 (58.9%)  – 114-63-2 on Sides!

2016-18 NFL Strong Opinions are 123-93-4 (56.9%)

I had a great 2018 NFL season with the updated version of the model that uses advanced play-by-play metrics with adjustments for personnel.

The 2018 NFL Best Bets were 45-26 for +15.65 Stars while the Strong Opinions were 31-22 for the season.

The results since 2016, when I started using play-by-play data and advanced metrics, has been good on both Best Bets and Opinions.

2016-18 NFL Best Bets are 182-127-2 (58.9%)  – 114-63-2 on sides, 62-57 on totals, 1-2 1st-half totals, 2-3 team totals, 3-1 teasers, 0-1 season win totals.

2016-18 NFL Strong Opinions are 123-93-4 (56.9%) – 54-53-3 sides, 52-35-1 totals, 1-1 1st-half sides, 4-0 1st-half totals, 1-0 Team Totals, 11-4 Post-season prop bets.

Closing Line Value

If you are among those that purchase plays by the week you’d be much better off subscribing to a 4-week or season package, as we are getting a lot of line value releasing Best Bets to subscribers early in the week. In 2018 the average closing line value on our 68 Best Bets (not including the 3 teasers) was +2.8%, meaning that playing our games at the release line makes you 2.8% more likely to win each play, on average, than playing them on the closing line, which is also a good indicator of our model.

2016 was the first season using the new play-by-play model. Prior to 2016 my NFL Best Bets were based on situational analysis and my original math model, which performed very well for many years but offered very little value in later years. My NFL Best Bets were 57.8% from 1987 through 1998 but were just 50.6% from 1999 through 2012, which is when I decided to stop handicapping the NFL until I had a better model.

The new play-by-play model was introduced in 2016 with very good results and an improvement to the model was introduced starting in week 11 of the 2017 season that improved results (21-10-1 on Best Bets the final 10 weeks of the 2017 season and 45-26 on all Best Bets in 2018). I am very excited about the improvement to the play-by-play predictive model and look forward to another profitable season in 2019.

For details on my subscription packages you can visit the Best Bets page

College Football

My College Football Best Bets are 2113-1728-67 (55%) on a Star Basis for +232.7 Stars Since 1999 (+222.7 Stars on Sides, -32.7 Stars on Totals, and +29.6 Stars on season win totals and futures) and the Strong Opinions are a profitable 637-560-15 (578-498-14 on Sides and 59-62-1 on Totals).

My 2018 College Football Best Bets were 52-35-2 (60%) and 75-49-3 on a Star Basis (2-0 on 3-Stars, 18-14-1 on 2-Stars and 32-21-1 on 1-Stars) for +20.85 Stars of profit (including -0.25 in extra juice). The Strong Opinions were 22-17 for the season.

I finally had a season in which I was even in close games and fumbles and had the positive results that my handicapping deserved after 3 seasons of losing a high percentage of close games (see below).

Unfortunately, my College Season Win Total Best Bets, which were 31-13-1 all-time entering this past season, were 0-4 for -7.77 Stars. But, it was still a solidly profitable season at +13.08 Stars.

My 2017 College Best Bets were a decent 56-47-2 but I feel my level of handicapping was better than that record. My 101 Best Bets (excluding the 4 season win totals) combined to cover by a total of 229 points, which is an average of +2.3 points, despite my side Best Bets being -9 in fumble margin, which is random and worth about 36 points. A line differential of +2.3 points would normally equate to a win percentage of 56.1% winners, which is the best indicator of my handicapping level in 2017.

I suffered through a multi-year period from 2014-2017 in which my actual record wasn’t nearly as good as it should have been because I lost most of the toss-up games. From 2015 to 2017 I was a very unlucky 38-58-2 on Best Bets decided by 7 points or fewer (rather than about 50%, as expected) while being a very good 104-67 on Best Bets decided by more than 7 points. And, in 2014 I was -37 in fumble margin on my Best Bet sides, which is by far the worst fumble luck I’ve had in 29 years (fumbles are 90% random).

Some may have thought that the 2014-2017 seasons were an indication that my model didn’t work as well as it used to but my math model has actually continued to be very good overall (all predictions that varied from the line by 4 points or more are 465-385-18 (55%) the last three seasons) and it’s just random that I had four consecutive seasons of negative variance on my Best Bets (one in fumble margin and three in toss-up games) – although my Best Bets sides were still profitable from 2015-2017 despite the bad luck on close games (117-100-3 on Best Bets sides the last three seasons). I have had my share of positive variance seasons too, which led to very high win percentages and a lot of profit, and the negative variance from 2014 to 2017 was inevitable at some point over a nearly 3 decade career – and was unlikely to continue. In 2018 I was even in the luck department and had a very profitable season.

My college football handicapping the last five seasons is as good as it’s ever been but it hasn’t shown in my record because of the negative variance of fumble luck in 2014 and a bad record on close games from 2015 to 2017.

Last season I wrote that I was looking forward to having a season that is even in fumbles and 50% on close games so I can have a winning percentage that reflects my level of handicapping – which is still very good (my average line differential on all Best Bets from 2015-18 is +2.8 points, which equates to 58% in the long run). After four negative luck seasons I had a neutral luck season in 2018 and won 60% of my Best Bets and I expect the future to be as profitable as last season was.

For details on my subscription packages you can visit the Best Bets page.

DR. BOB COLLEGE FOOTBALL SIDES RECORDS

Season 5-Star 4-Star 3-Star 2-Star 1-Star Strong Opinions Star Basis Best Bets Win Pct Futures Net Stars
WLT WLT WLT WLT WLT WLT WLT WLT
1999 0 0 0 1 0 0 23 9 0 25 22 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 123 71 2 49 31 1 61.3% NA +44.9
2000 0 0 0 2 1 0 16 8 0 29 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 114 60 0 47 25 0 65.3% NA +48.0
2001 0 0 0 0 2 0 13 6 0 21 16 0 0 0 0 38 31 2 81 58 0 34 24 0 58.6% NA +17.2
2002 0 0 0 3 1 0 17 20 1 29 22 2 0 0 0 33 37 3 121 108 7 49 43 3 53.3% NA +2.2
2003 0 0 0 1 2 0 16 17 1 28 36 1 0 0 0 43 29 1 108 131 5 45 55 2 45.0% NA -36.1
2004 0 0 0 0 1 0 21 17 0 33 16 1 0 0 0 43 21 0 129 87 2 54 34 1 61.4% NA +33.3
2005 1 0 0 5 2 0 21 3 1 24 15 1 0 0 0 38 27 0 136 47 5 51 20 2 71.8% NA +84.3
2006 1 0 0 7 3 0 18 15 1 19 16 2 0 0 0 37 39 1 125 89 7 45 34 3 57.0% NA +27.1
2007 0 0 0 1 5 0 12 17 1 19 20 0 0 0 0 43 48 0 78 111 3 32 42 1 43.2% NA -44.1
2008 0 0 0 2 0 0 22 16 3 19 15 1 0 0 0 45 28 1 112 78 11 43 31 4 58.1% NA +26.2
2009 0 0 0 2 3 0 16 16 1 17 14 1 0 0 0 43 32 0 90 88 5 35 33 2 51.5% +4 -2.8
2010 0 0 0 3 2 0 15 14 0 28 18 1 0 0 0 33 37 1 113 86 2 46 34 1 57.5% +0.9 +19.3
2011 0 0 0 0 2 0 14 16 0 28 23 1 0 0 0 32 32 0 98 102 2 42 41 1 50.6% +12.9 -1.3
2012 0 0 0 0 1 0 19 8 0 28 24 0 0 0 0 26 29 0 113 76 0 47 33 0 58.8% -9.3 +20.1
2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 15 0 20 25 2 0 0 0 33 27 1 100 95 4 40 40 2 50.0% +5 +0.5
2014 0 0 0 1 2 0 21 13 0 23 21 0 10 21 0 27 25 0 123 110 0 55 57 0 49.1% +1.5 +3.5
2015 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 10 0 17 17 2 14 4 0 19 15 0 66 72 4 37 32 2 53.6% +5.6 -7.6
2016 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 0 26 12 0 11 13 0 28 22 2 72 58 0 40 32 0 55.6% +9 +17.2
2017 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 22 18 1 14 14 0 17 19 2 70 62 2 40 36 1 52.6% NA +1.8
2018 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 15 11 0 20 17 1 14 13 0 56 39 1 37 28 1 56.9% -7.8 +5.3
Total 2 0 0 28 28 0 299 231 9 470 377 17 69 69 1 592 511 14 2028 1628 62 868 705 27 55.2% +21.8 +259
Win Pct 100.0% 50.0% 56.4% 55.5% 50.0% 53.7% 55.5%

Futures Best Bets include Season Win Totals, which are 31-17-1, and conference and national championship futures plays.

For more information on recent seasons read the following:

2017 College Football Season Recap.

2016 College Football Season Recap.

For details on my subscription packages you can visit the Best Bets page.

DR. BOB COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOTALS RECORDS

Season 5-Star 4-Star 3-Star 2-Star 1-Star Strong Opinions Star Basis Best Bets Win Pct Futures Net Stars
WLT WLT WLT WLT WLT WLT WLT WLT
1999 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NA +0.0
2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NA +0.0
2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 9 0 1 4 0 20.0% NA -7.9
2002 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 2 3 0 1 1 0.0% NA -2.2
2003 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 100.0% NA +2.0
2004 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 100.0% NA +2.0
2005 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0.0% NA -2.2
2006 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NA +0.0
2007 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NA +0.0
2008 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NA +0.0
2009 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NA +0.0
2010 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NA +0.0
2011 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NA +0.0
2012 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 5 4 0 0 4 0 0 2 0 0.0% NA -4.4
2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NA +0.0
2014 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 8 15 0 9 10 0 18 10 1 28 40 0 18 25 0 41.9% NA -16.0
2015 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 0 5 8 0 11 12 0 13 14 0 9 11 0 45.0% NA -2.4
2016 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 7 4 0 2 4 0 2 4 0 33.3% NA -2.4
2017 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 14 8 0 11 13 0 14 12 0 14 10 0 58.3% NA +0.8
2018 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 1 11 4 0 8 4 0 19 10 2 15 7 1 68.2% NA +8.0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 19 30 1 41 34 0 85 76 2 82 97 5 61 65 2 48.4% +0 -24.7
Win Pct 50.0% 38.8% 54.7% 52.8% 45.8%

College Basketball

My College Basketball Best Bets are a profitable +377.5 Stars the last 21 years (7185-6191-135 on a Star Basis).

I made some necessary changes to my College Basketball model and Best Bet selection process before the 2017-18 season and my Best Bets are a very profitable 393-311-15 (55.8%) the last two seasons and 603-466-19 on a Star Basis (6-11 on 3-Stars, 198-133-4 on 2-Stars and 189-167-11 on 1-Stars) for +89.8 Stars at -110 odds.

Those changes have had a huge positive impact that I expect to continue going forward.

For details on my subscription packages you can visit the Best Bets page.

DR. BOB COLLEGE BASKETBALL RECORDS

Season 5-Star 4-Star 3-Star 2-Star 1-Star Strong Opinions Star Basis Best Bets Win Pct Futures Net Stars
WLT WLT WLT WLT WLT WLT WLT WLT
1998 0 0 0 4 1 0 44 29 2 58 47 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 264 185 14 106 77 6 57.9% NA +60.5
1999 0 0 0 8 5 0 47 35 4 52 54 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 277 233 16 107 94 6 53.2% NA +20.7
2000 0 0 0 1 1 0 45 53 0 92 61 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 323 285 6 138 115 3 54.5% NA +9.5
2001 0 0 0 2 2 0 48 29 2 102 85 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 356 265 12 152 116 5 56.7% NA +64.5
2002 0 0 0 5 5 0 74 68 4 85 80 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 412 384 22 164 153 9 51.7% NA -10.4
2003 0 0 0 5 4 1 76 48 4 114 86 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 476 332 28 195 138 11 58.6% NA +110.8
2004 0 0 0 8 11 1 68 61 2 79 79 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 394 385 16 155 151 6 50.7% NA -29.5
2005 0 0 0 2 8 0 76 47 1 85 59 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 406 291 5 163 114 2 58.8% NA +85.9
2006 0 0 0 10 10 0 62 46 1 51 57 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 328 292 5 123 113 2 52.1% NA +6.8
2007 0 0 0 4 6 1 61 58 4 55 64 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 309 326 22 120 128 8 48.4% NA -49.6
2008 0 0 0 2 2 0 55 41 3 60 64 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 293 259 11 117 107 4 52.2% NA +8.1
2009 0 0 0 1 1 0 42 41 1 79 59 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 288 245 9 122 101 4 54.7% NA +18.5
2010 0 0 0 2 2 0 40 40 2 81 56 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 290 240 10 123 98 4 55.7% NA +26.0
2011 0 0 0 2 3 0 59 56 1 97 77 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 379 334 9 158 136 4 53.7% NA +11.6
2012 0 0 0 6 1 0 70 53 1 122 130 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 478 423 9 198 184 4 51.8% NA +12.7
2013 0 0 0 5 5 0 60 63 4 124 116 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 448 441 20 189 184 8 50.7% NA -37.1
2014 0 0 0 1 0 0 27 28 1 74 75 7 56 47 2 45 43 3 289 281 19 158 150 10 51.3% NA -20.1
2015 0 0 0 0 1 0 17 14 1 82 74 0 70 54 0 79 65 2 285 248 3 169 143 1 54.2% NA +12.2
2016 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 22 2 89 81 6 56 46 1 55 41 1 288 274 19 163 149 9 52.2% NA -13.4
2017 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 7 0 125 76 1 80 84 6 52 36 0 348 257 8 211 167 7 55.8% NA +65.3
2018 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 73 57 3 109 83 5 39 39 2 255 209 11 182 144 8 55.8% -0.6 +24.5
Total 0 0 0 68 68 3 995 843 40 1779 1537 64 371 314 14 270 224 8 7186 6189 274 3213 2762 121 53.8% -0.6 +377.5
Win Pct 50.0% 54.1% 53.6% 54.2% 54.7% 53.7%

NBA

My NBA Best Bets have been profitable over my career as a public handicapper but I’ve struggled the last few years (although winning this season). However, I also have an NBA only handicapper in the NBA Guru, who has an outstanding track record in his 7 seasons with Dr. Bob Sports (and 4 seasons prior while I was monitoring his plays). The NBA Guru has a Best Bet record of 923-749-27 and a profit of +207.6 Stars in 7 seasons with Dr. Bob Sports.

NBA Guru Past Performance

Season                        Win                  Loss                Push        Win Pct              Profit

2018-19                        131                   82                     4                 61.4%        +80.7 Stars

2017-18                        145                  135                     3                51.8%         -9.1 Stars

2016-17                         93                  100                     4                 48.2%        -34.4 Stars

2015-16                       104                    71                      1                59.4%       +53.6 Stars

2014-15                       106                    69                     7                 60.6%       +61.2 Stars

2013-14                       196                  177                     6                 52.5%         +7.9 Stars

2012-13                       148                  115                     2                 56.3%       +47.7 Stars


7 Seasons                  923                  749                   27                 55.2%      +207.6 Stars

For a more detailed chart of NBA Guru Best Bets and a season by season recap you can visit the NBA Guru Past Performance page.

For details on available subscription packages you can visit the Best Bets page.

DR. BOB NBA BASKETBALL RECORDS

Season 5-Star 4-Star 3-Star 2-Star 1-Star Strong Opinions Star Basis Best Bets Win Pct Futures Net Stars
WLT WLT WLT WLT WLT WLT WLT WLT
1998 0 0 0 4 3 0 22 22 2 32 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 146 112 6 58 42 2 58.0% NA +22.8
1999 0 0 0 2 4 0 35 29 3 71 46 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 255 195 13 108 79 5 57.8% NA +40.5
2000 0 0 0 2 3 0 22 16 3 76 64 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 226 188 15 100 83 6 54.6% NA +19.2
2001 0 0 0 1 2 0 23 15 1 55 39 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 183 131 7 79 56 3 58.5% NA +38.9
2002 0 0 0 2 1 0 31 29 1 38 55 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 177 201 5 71 85 2 45.5% NA -44.1
2003 0 0 0 2 1 0 24 21 1 54 42 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 188 151 11 80 64 5 55.6% NA +21.9
2004 0 0 0 2 1 0 28 24 3 38 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 168 134 9 68 54 3 55.7% NA +20.6
2005 0 0 0 3 1 1 20 21 1 48 31 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 168 129 11 71 53 4 57.3% NA +26.1
2006 0 0 0 2 0 0 22 25 2 24 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 122 123 6 48 49 2 49.5% NA -13.3
2007 0 0 0 0 2 0 29 18 0 32 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 151 102 0 61 40 0 60.4% NA +38.8
2008 0 0 0 2 0 0 19 18 0 27 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 119 120 0 48 51 0 48.5% NA -13.0
2009 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 18 1 39 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 138 110 3 59 46 1 56.2% NA +17.0
2010 0 0 0 1 0 0 19 13 0 40 48 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 141 135 6 60 61 3 49.6% +11 +3.5
2011 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 14 0 36 42 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 108 126 2 48 56 1 46.2% -1.8 -32.4
2012 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 14 0 55 42 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 167 126 6 74 56 3 56.9% +0.4 +28.8
2013 0 0 0 2 0 0 25 21 1 61 56 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 205 175 11 88 77 5 53.3% -8 +4.5
2014 0 0 0 2 1 0 17 19 0 64 36 4 40 42 1 57 49 4 227 175 9 123 98 5 55.7% -1 +33.5
2015 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 16 0 51 66 1 32 32 3 63 50 3 185 212 5 100 114 4 46.7% +1.3 -46.9
2016 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 25 1 78 100 3 42 41 0 69 46 2 249 316 9 137 166 4 45.2% -7.1 -105.7
2017 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 10 0 62 64 2 38 30 0 14 15 0 198 188 4 112 104 2 51.9% +2 -6.8
2018 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 28 27 1 62 48 0 36 30 0 118 105 2 90 76 1 54.2% +1.9 +4.4
Total 0 0 0 27 19 1 433 389 20 1009 909 36 214 193 4 239 190 9 3639 3254 140 1683 1510 61 52.7% -1.3 +58.3
Win Pct 58.7% 52.7% 52.6% 52.6% 55.7% 52.8%