Clutch Pickers

‘Clutch’ games are those games between 50-74% expert confidence rating (found at the bottom of weekly pick pages). These are usually the hardest matchups to predict. Anyone can take a 10-0 team to beat a 1-9 team, but who do you take when both teams are 5-5? That’s where clutch picking comes in. This rates the experts Pickwatch tracks based on their success rate in those games that are hardest to predict.

Rank Expert Affiliation Close Game Win % WK1 WK2 WK3 WK4 WK5 WK6 WK7 WK8 WK9 WK10 WK11 WK12 WK13 WK14 WK15 WK16 WK17
1 Gregg Rosenthal NFL 60.98% 50% 80% 50% 50% 50% 100% 33% 33% 33% 40% 50% 100% 60% 50% 0% 100% 50%
2 Joel Beall FOX 59.76% 83% 40% 83% 63% 50% 71% 33% 67% 100% 60% 25% 67% 20% 17% 0% 100% 75%
3 Prediction Machine CBS 58.54% 67% 60% 67% 38% 33% 71% 67% 33% 100% 40% 100% 17% 60% 67% 0% 60% 100%
4 Khaled Elsayed ProFootballFocus 57.32% 67% 60% 33% 38% 33% 71% 100% 33% 67% 60% 50% 33% 60% 33% 100% 100% 75%
5 John Halpin FOX 57.32% 33% 40% 67% 63% 17% 71% 67% 33% 67% 40% 75% 100% 40% 33% 100% 60% 75%
6 Ron Jaworski ESPN 57.32% 50% 40% 83% 75% 83% 29% 33% 33% 0% 80% 75% 50% 80% 17% 100% 60% 75%
7 Ty Schalter Bleacher Report 57.32% 67% 80% 50% 75% 50% 43% 33% 67% 67% 60% 75% 33% 80% 17% 0% 40% 75%
8 Pete O’Brien USA Today 57.32% 67% 40% 83% 38% 33% 43% 33% 33% 33% 60% 100% 67% 80% 50% 100% 60% 50%
9 Chris Law NFL 56.10% 83% 60% 33% 75% 50% 57% 33% 33% 33% 60% 50% 17% 80% 50% 100% 40% 75%
10 Kevin Patra NFL 56.10% 67% 60% 33% 25% 67% 71% 33% 33% 33% 80% 75% 100% 40% 33% 0% 80% 50%
11 Brad Gagnon Bleacher Report 54.88% 83% 60% 67% 13% 17% 43% 33% 0% 33% 100% 75% 67% 100% 33% 100% 20% 100%
12 Simon Samano USA Today 54.88% 50% 40% 50% 50% 33% 43% 67% 33% 0% 60% 25% 100% 60% 67% 100% 80% 75%
13 John Breech CBS 54.88% 50% 80% 50% 25% 67% 43% 67% 33% 33% 60% 100% 50% 40% 33% 100% 80% 75%
14 Chris Wesseling NFL 54.88% 83% 20% 67% 50% 33% 57% 67% 33% 67% 20% 75% 67% 40% 67% 100% 40% 75%
15 K.C. Joyner ESPN 53.66% 67% 60% 50% 25% 67% 43% 67% 0% 100% 40% 75% 33% 60% 67% 0% 20% 100%
16 Dave Damashek NFL 53.66% 67% 60% 33% 38% 50% 43% 33% 33% 67% 100% 50% 50% 60% 67% 0% 80% 25%
17 Andrea Hangst Bleacher Report 53.66% 50% 40% 67% 50% 50% 43% 67% 33% 100% 80% 75% 17% 80% 50% 0% 40% 25%
18 Jamey Eisenberg CBS 52.44% 67% 60% 83% 25% 33% 43% 67% 33% 67% 20% 50% 50% 40% 33% 100% 60% 100%
19 Warren Sapp NFL 52.44% 50% 20% 50% 38% 67% 43% 33% 33% 33% 40% 100% 50% 80% 33% 100% 60% 75%
20 Chris Hansen Bleacher Report 52.44% 67% 60% 100% 13% 33% 14% 67% 33% 33% 80% 100% 17% 60% 67% 0% 60% 75%
21 Nathan Jahnke ProFootballFocus 52.44% 50% 80% 50% 38% 17% 43% 33% 33% 100% 0% 100% 50% 80% 67% 100% 20% 75%
22 Rick Drummond ProFootballFocus 52.44% 17% 40% 67% 63% 50% 57% 33% 33% 33% 60% 75% 67% 20% 50% 0% 100% 50%
23 Chris Mortensen ESPN 52.44% 67% 60% 67% 50% 17% 29% 0% 33% 67% 60% 75% 67% 60% 33% 100% 60% 50%
24 Merill Hoge ESPN 52.44% 50% 60% 50% 50% 67% 57% 67% 33% 33% 60% 50% 67% 20% 33% 100% 40% 50%
25 Gordon McGuinness ProFootballFocus 51.22% 17% 60% 33% 25% 67% 57% 67% 33% 33% 40% 50% 67% 60% 83% 0% 40% 75%
26 Sam Monson ProFootballFocus 51.22% 33% 80% 33% 63% 33% 43% 33% 33% 67% 40% 50% 50% 60% 67% 100% 40% 50%
27 Black Tie NFL 51.22% 83% 60% 0% 63% 50% 71% 67% 33% 67% 80% 50% 33% 40% 33% 100% 20% 50%
28 Matt Miller Bleacher Report 51.22% 100% 40% 50% 63% 50% 43% 67% 0% 33% 40% 50% 67% 40% 50% 0% 60% 25%
29 Ryan Fowler FOX 50.00% 83% 60% 17% 25% 50% 71% 0% 0% 67% 60% 50% 50% 40% 33% 0% 80% 100%
30 Mark Schlereth ESPN 50.00% 50% 40% 50% 50% 50% 71% 67% 33% 33% 60% 50% 50% 20% 17% 0% 40% 100%
31 Whatifsports FOX 50.00% 50% 20% 50% 25% 50% 71% 100% 33% 33% 60% 75% 33% 60% 17% 0% 80% 75%
32 Accuscore Accuscore 50.00% 50% 20% 33% 38% 50% 43% 33% 33% 67% 60% 25% 50% 80% 67% 100% 60% 75%
33 Adam Schefter ESPN 50.00% 67% 60% 33% 25% 17% 43% 33% 33% 33% 60% 50% 50% 60% 67% 100% 60% 75%
34 Steve Mariucci NFL 50.00% 50% 40% 17% 13% 50% 43% 67% 33% 67% 80% 75% 50% 20% 67% 100% 60% 75%
35 Mike Ditka ESPN 50.00% 33% 40% 67% 50% 33% 43% 67% 33% 33% 40% 75% 50% 20% 67% 100% 40% 75%
36 Mike Florio PFT 50.00% 67% 40% 67% 75% 33% 14% 33% 33% 33% 80% 50% 67% 0% 50% 100% 20% 75%
37 Frank Schwab Yahoo 50.00% 33% 40% 50% 50% 33% 71% 67% 33% 67% 60% 50% 33% 40% 67% 0% 20% 75%
38 Michael David Smith PFT 50.00% 67% 40% 67% 38% 50% 57% 0% 0% 67% 40% 75% 33% 80% 50% 0% 60% 50%
39 Ryan Wilson CBS 50.00% 83% 60% 67% 50% 50% 43% 67% 33% 33% 100% 50% 17% 20% 17% 0% 60% 50%
40 Michael Silver NFL 50.00% 67% 80% 50% 38% 50% 43% 67% 33% 0% 40% 50% 33% 60% 50% 100% 40% 50%
41 Seth Wickersham ESPN 50.00% 33% 20% 50% 63% 50% 57% 33% 67% 67% 60% 50% 33% 60% 50% 0% 40% 50%
42 Nate Davis USA Today 50.00% 67% 80% 67% 25% 17% 29% 67% 33% 67% 80% 75% 67% 40% 33% 0% 40% 50%
43 Cris Carter ESPN 50.00% 67% 60% 50% 25% 50% 29% 33% 33% 0% 40% 100% 50% 80% 50% 100% 60% 25%
44 Chris Brockman NFL 50.00% 33% 80% 83% 38% 50% 43% 67% 0% 67% 40% 50% 67% 40% 33% 0% 60% 25%
45 Dave Richard CBS 48.78% 33% 60% 33% 25% 50% 14% 33% 33% 67% 60% 100% 67% 80% 0% 100% 40% 100%
46 Dan Hanzus NFL 48.78% 33% 100% 50% 13% 67% 43% 0% 0% 67% 60% 50% 50% 20% 67% 100% 40% 75%
47 Rich Eisen NFL 48.78% 50% 80% 50% 25% 50% 43% 0% 33% 33% 60% 50% 50% 60% 50% 100% 20% 75%
48 Heath Evans NFL 48.78% 50% 20% 33% 13% 67% 43% 67% 0% 33% 80% 75% 67% 40% 33% 0% 100% 50%
49 Adam Meyer FOX 47.56% 33% 20% 50% 38% 33% 71% 100% 33% 0% 40% 25% 67% 40% 33% 0% 80% 75%
50 Don Banks Sports Illustrated 47.56% 50% 80% 67% 25% 50% 43% 33% 33% 33% 20% 50% 33% 40% 67% 0% 40% 75%
51 Tom Pelissero USA Today 47.56% 67% 60% 17% 38% 67% 29% 0% 33% 33% 20% 75% 33% 60% 83% 100% 20% 75%
52 Pete Prisco CBS 47.56% 33% 40% 50% 25% 50% 29% 67% 33% 33% 60% 75% 67% 40% 50% 100% 40% 50%
53 Mike Freeman Bleacher Report 47.56% 50% 40% 100% 50% 17% 29% 100% 33% 33% 40% 75% 33% 40% 17% 100% 40% 50%
54 Erik Frenz Bleacher Report 47.56% 50% 40% 83% 25% 50% 43% 33% 0% 0% 40% 50% 83% 80% 33% 0% 40% 50%
55 Matt Bowen Bleacher Report 47.56% 33% 60% 50% 25% 33% 71% 100% 33% 67% 40% 75% 50% 40% 17% 0% 40% 50%
56 Jim Corbett USA Today 47.56% 50% 20% 17% 25% 50% 57% 33% 33% 67% 80% 100% 50% 60% 50% 0% 40% 25%
57 Elliot Harrison NFL 46.34% 67% 0% 50% 25% 33% 43% 67% 0% 67% 40% 100% 50% 0% 67% 100% 40% 100%
58 Marshall Faulk NFL 46.34% 50% 40% 33% 25% 67% 43% 33% 33% 33% 60% 100% 67% 20% 0% 0% 80% 75%
59 Tom Jackson ESPN 46.34% 33% 80% 50% 13% 17% 29% 100% 0% 67% 60% 100% 33% 60% 17% 0% 60% 75%
60 Marc Sessler NFL 46.34% 50% 40% 67% 25% 50% 29% 67% 0% 67% 40% 75% 33% 20% 83% 0% 40% 75%
61 Ben Stockwell ProFootballFocus 46.34% 50% 20% 33% 63% 33% 57% 67% 33% 67% 40% 50% 33% 60% 33% 0% 40% 75%
62 Matt Smith NFL 46.34% 50% 60% 33% 38% 33% 57% 100% 67% 67% 80% 0% 50% 20% 50% 0% 0% 75%
63 Josh Katzowitz CBS 46.34% 33% 40% 83% 13% 50% 29% 67% 33% 67% 80% 50% 17% 40% 17% 0% 100% 50%
64 Lindsay H. Jones USA Today 46.34% 17% 20% 67% 63% 50% 57% 33% 33% 0% 60% 50% 33% 60% 33% 100% 40% 50%
65 Zach Kruse Bleacher Report 46.34% 33% 40% 33% 50% 33% 57% 100% 67% 33% 20% 75% 17% 60% 33% 100% 40% 50%
66 Neil Hornsby ProFootballFocus 46.34% 50% 20% 33% 38% 50% 57% 0% 67% 33% 60% 75% 50% 20% 83% 0% 40% 50%
67 Tyson Langland Bleacher Report 46.34% 50% 60% 33% 25% 17% 43% 33% 33% 33% 80% 75% 50% 80% 50% 0% 20% 50%
68 Eric Allen ESPN 45.12% 83% 20% 33% 13% 33% 29% 33% 67% 33% 40% 50% 50% 80% 33% 100% 80% 50%
69 Jarrett Bell USA Today 45.12% 33% 0% 67% 50% 50% 14% 67% 67% 0% 80% 25% 67% 60% 33% 0% 60% 50%
70 Will Brinson CBS 43.90% 17% 60% 67% 63% 0% 57% 33% 0% 33% 80% 50% 50% 20% 0% 100% 40% 75%
71 Steve Palazzolo ProFootballFocus 43.90% 33% 20% 17% 50% 17% 57% 67% 67% 33% 40% 25% 50% 40% 67% 0% 40% 75%
72 Keyshawn Johnson ESPN 43.90% 33% 40% 50% 38% 17% 29% 67% 33% 0% 60% 100% 50% 20% 50% 0% 40% 75%
73 Steve Wyche NFL 43.90% 33% 60% 50% 38% 0% 29% 100% 0% 67% 20% 75% 67% 20% 50% 0% 60% 50%
74 Michael Schottey Bleacher Report 43.90% 17% 20% 67% 75% 17% 57% 0% 67% 67% 40% 50% 33% 20% 50% 0% 60% 50%
75 Mike Golic ESPN 42.68% 33% 60% 33% 50% 67% 43% 67% 33% 0% 20% 75% 17% 20% 33% 0% 40% 100%
76 Kurt Warner NFL 42.68% 50% 20% 17% 38% 50% 43% 0% 33% 33% 40% 50% 33% 60% 33% 100% 80% 75%
77 Sterling Sharpe NFL 42.68% 67% 20% 33% 25% 17% 57% 67% 33% 100% 20% 75% 17% 40% 17% 100% 60% 50%
78 Jason La Canfora CBS 42.68% 17% 20% 50% 50% 67% 43% 33% 67% 33% 60% 75% 33% 20% 17% 0% 40% 50%
79 NFL FAN PICKS NFL 42.68% 67% 0% 17% 50% 50% 43% 33% 33% 33% 40% 50% 33% 80% 33% 0% 80% 25%
80 Henry Hodgson NFL 42.68% 50% 20% 67% 63% 50% 29% 0% 0% 0% 60% 75% 33% 40% 33% 100% 40% 25%
81 Brian Baldinger NFL 42.68% 0% 60% 67% 38% 33% 57% 33% 33% 33% 60% 75% 50% 0% 67% 0% 40% 0%
82 Michael Irvin NFL 41.46% 33% 60% 50% 25% 17% 43% 33% 0% 67% 40% 50% 33% 40% 33% 100% 60% 50%
83 Vinnie Iyer Sporting News 41.46% 33% 40% 17% 38% 17% 0% 0% 67% 33% 60% 100% 17% 80% 67% 100% 40% 50%
84 Adam Rank NFL 41.46% 67% 40% 50% 50% 50% 29% 33% 0% 0% 60% 50% 33% 20% 50% 0% 40% 50%
85 Pickwatch Pickwatch 41.46% 33% 40% 17% 63% 50% 57% 0% 0% 100% 60% 25% 33% 60% 33% 100% 20% 25%
86 Michael Fabiano NFL 40.24% 33% 60% 33% 50% 0% 57% 33% 33% 67% 20% 25% 17% 60% 17% 0% 60% 75%
87 Melissa Stark NFL 40.24% 17% 20% 17% 63% 67% 29% 67% 33% 67% 20% 75% 33% 60% 33% 0% 0% 50%
88 Knox Bardeen Bleacher Report 39.02% 67% 20% 33% 38% 33% 43% 67% 33% 33% 20% 75% 0% 20% 33% 100% 40% 75%
89 Pick ‘em ESPN 39.02% 67% 20% 17% 38% 17% 43% 67% 33% 33% 40% 50% 17% 60% 33% 0% 80% 25%
90 Yahoo Users Yahoo 37.80% 67% 0% 17% 50% 17% 43% 33% 33% 33% 20% 50% 17% 80% 33% 0% 80% 25%
91 Coin Toss None 36.59% 17% 0% 67% 25% 33% 29% 33% 33% 0% 60% 50% 67% 40% 17% 0% 60% 50%
92 Shaun O’Hara NFL 34.15% 17% 0% 50% 25% 67% 43% 67% 33% 33% 40% 100% 0% 40% 17% 0% 40% 0%
93 Les Carpenter Yahoo 32.93% 83% 40% 50% 50% 17% 14% 33% 67% 33% 20% 50% 17% 60% 0% 0% 0% 0%

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