There may be two weeks left in the NFL regular season, but the biggest DFS fantasy football contest came to a close this week with the $10 million Fantasy Football World Championship playing out with 180 finalists in Miami. The winner was set up to take home $2 million, so you know each player was going to be bringing their best.
Early on, the Buccaneers, Seahawks and Chiefs propelled their investors out to early leads. Jameis Winston ($6,900) went off for over 400 yards for the second straight week, but most of the leaders had him paired with Chris Godwin ($7,700) instead of Breshad Perriman ($4,500). Godwin had 20.1 DKFP but left with a hamstring injury while Perriman not only offered over $3K of savings, but he went off for a massive 37.6 DKFP on three receiving touchdowns.
The early leader was ‘mrgoodseats’ behind Winston, Saquon Barkley ($7,700) and Christian McCaffrey ($10,000). Most of the leaderboard built around Barkley and McCaffrey, who both went off in chalky favorable matchups. Barkley hadn’t found the end zone since Week 8 but took 24 carries for 112 yards with two touchdowns and added four catches for 31 more yards on his way to 33.3 DKFP against the Dolphins. McCaffrey outdid him with 37.5 DKFP with two short rushing touchdowns, 87 rushing yards, eight catches and 88 receiving yards vs. the Seahawks. McCaffrey was on less than 1/3 of the team’s in the final but continued to be one of the weekly studs while eclipsing 2,000 rushing plus receiving yards on the season.
Headed into the late games, ‘mrgoodseats’ fell just behind ‘180DegreesMiami’ when the Eagles scored a last-minute touchdown to take the lead over the Redskins. The touchdown catch by Greg Ward ($3,000) gave him an impressive 19.1 DKFP on the game and vaulted 180 into the top spot. Both of those two entries had Chris Conley ($3,600) and Tyler Higbee ($3,900) in the late window, meaning that ‘180DegreesMiami’ couldn’t be caught by ‘mrgoodseats’; as the time wound down.
There were still plenty of challengers, though, who loaded their rosters with late-game contributors. There were actually multiple rosters from ‘underjones’ that made a push with the Cardinals and the Raiders. One of the teams actually took the lead momentarily thanks to a monster late push from Kenyan Drake ($5,000), who racked up 42.6 DKFP with four touchdowns and 137 yards rushing against the Browns.
His lead was short-lived, though, since Conley hauled in a touchdown against the Raiders and put ‘180DegreesMiami’ back in front. Drake’s late push also propelled ‘PetrGibbons’ toward the top of the leaderboard with Ezekiel Elliott ($7,800) also adding fuel to the fire on his way to 34.0 DKFP at just 4.4% ownership. The challenge for Gibbons was that the Rams couldn’t keep the game against the Cowboys close enough. As a result, Zeke ended up sitting most of the fourth quarter, and the Rams’ stack they went with remained stuck in neutral.
At the same time the fourth quarter was winding down in Dallas, Conley helped the Jaguars drive down for some late Mishew Magic. When Conley scored his second TD, which gave the Jaguars the win over the Raiders, ‘180DegreesMiami’ and ‘mrgoodseats’ moved back up to the first and second spots.
‘PetrGibbons’ ended up in third after a late Jared Goff ($6,100) touchdown, finishing less than half a fantasy point behind ‘mrgoodseats’ for the second spot. ‘Awesemo’ jumped up into the fourth spot when a replay review gave Julio Jones ($7,000) a game-winning touchdown and 41.4 DKFP.
‘180DegreesMiami’ ultimately held on for the win, finishing with 220.9 DKFP and a seven-point margin of victory. They capitalized on some great Eagles values early, playing Ward and RB Boston Scott ($3,000), who had 13.5 DKFP. They paid up for D/ST with the Patriots ($4,000), but got 20 DKFP, the second-highest total on the slate. Even though they used ‘Miami’ in their entry name, they weren’t afraid to brave the snow and stuck with Patrick Mahomes ($7,100) and Tyreek Hill ($7,500). The Chiefs’ combo wasn’t quite as good as Winston and Godwin, but great calls on value plays Conley, Ward and Scott combined with monster games from studs McCaffrey and Barkley were enough to send them home the sole winner of the $2 million grand prize.
Congratulations to ‘180DegreesMiami,’ and remember there are still plenty of contests on DraftKings over the next two weeks and into the playoffs. Get those lineups locked!
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