Hello Pickwatch readers!
As you can see we’ve improved a few areas of the site, but one of our most frequently asked questions is of course:
‘when are the picks updated?’
The simple answer would be ‘when the experts make their picks!’ but here’s a run down of when we think expert picks are in:
Monday – none
Tuesday – CBS, Walterfootball, Teamrankings, Numberfire
Wednesday – SBNation, Accuscore, Prediction Machine, FiveThirtyEight, John Halpin (exclusively for Pickwatch), Microsoft Cortana, Fansided
Thursday – ESPN, Profootballfocus, Josh Katzowitz (exclusively for Pickwatch), Profootballtalk, USA Today, NFL.com (Elliot Harrison specifically), CBS TV experts
Friday – Dallas Morning News (TNF game picked on Thursdays), Frank Schwab, Sports Illustrated (TNF game picked on Thursdays)
Of course, the usual disclaimers apply – first, the experts need to make the picks for us to enter them. Secondly, they are human beings and sometimes make picks later or earlier than intended. In addition, some such as CBS, ESPN or the NFL.com experts pick throughout the week and so they don’t have a set schedule. In almost all cases however, most games will be picked by Thursday evening. In some cases such as the DMN and SI, they’ll pick only the TNF game, and then update their full slate on Friday.
We know some experts like to flip picks, and we try to adjust to that. We have some picks that come to us directly, which makes it easy for us to change. Some however will change without our knowledge. We do regular audits to catch these, the last of which is done at 12pm on Sunday, or an hour before Sunday Kick off.
Refreshing your page
Depending on your browser settings, the picks should show immediately. The safest way to check is usually to open a new window and go to our page through typing the url into your address bar. Alternatively, to ‘hard’ refresh, it is possible to simply press ctrl and F5 (PC), or shift and refresh(Mac) to do so. Mobile users may wish to open us up in a new ‘incognito (Chrome) or other ‘private’ browsing window in their phone browser, as this loads as if it is the first time you have ever visited the site.