Week 7 results
Week 7 picks went 3-0 against the spread. Here are the season to date results:
- Against the Spread: 4-2
- Starting Bankroll: $1,000
- Current Bankroll: $879 (-12% ROI)
Here is the week by week performance:
Were it not for my pathological honesty, I would be reporting a 4-0 record against the spread this season, as the the initial two losses in week 4 occurred before I could start publishing the turnover index this season. As I was running the data for this season's version of the index, I debated whether to start betting in week 4 or week 5. But week 4 showed positive returns over the testing window (1999-2012), so I included it.
Despite the positive 4-2 record against the spread, my bankroll (managed according to the Kelly Criterion) is still underwater, having lost 121 of my starting 1000 (Zimbabwean) dollars.
Week 8 Picks
There are three recommended bets against the spread this week: Falcons over Cardinals, Browns over Chiefs, and Jaguars over 49ers. The table below shows the turnover differential, probability of covering, and the recommended fraction of bankroll to bet, according to the Kelly Criterion. We're betting just 8.1% of our (fictional) $879 bankroll this week.
|Falcons @ Cardinals||5||15||10||1.3||Falcons||53.7%||2.8%|
|Browns @ Chiefs||9||19||10||1.4||Browns||54.0%||3.5%|
|Fortyniners @ Jaguars||15||7||-8||-1.1||Jaguars||53.2%||1.8%|
The "Old" Index
Under last season's simpler betting approach (bet any game with at least a 10 turnover differential), season to date results for 2013 are 2-1 against the spread.