Kobe! Kobe! Kobe!
Those Kobe chants that are normally reserved for Mr. Bryant were coming from the Bahamas this weekend, where DraftKings user Kobe4MVP won the 2014 King of the Beach tournament, taking home $1 million. It was an absolutely wild tournament filled with suspense, as Kobe4MVP methodically climbed up the leaderboard to take home the crown by fewer than three points.
Let’s break down Kobe4MVP’s winning lineup and a few of the other big Week 14 winners on DraftKings.
King of the Beach: Kobe4MVP (193.92 points)
Kobe4MVP’s 193.92 points might seem underwhelming at first, but it’s pretty impressive when you consider that this was just a 50-man field and the users could select solely from the 1pm and 4pm games (meaning they had no access to Monday night’s high-scoring affair).
Kobe4MVP was in a decent position to make a late move with Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin, and C.J. Anderson playing late. When Wilson hooked up with Baldwin for a touchdown in the third quarter of the Seattle-Philadelphia matchup, it was a true million-dollar pitch-and-catch for Kobe4MVP.
It was really interesting to see Le’Veon Bell with such low usage at 18.0 percent (meaning only nine of 50 lineups had him), although that rate was well ahead of how often the general public paid up for Bell. He was the most expensive running back with DeMarco Murray and Matt Forte already playing on Thursday night, but I personally thought he’d be in closer to one-third of all lineups given his upside and safety. Bell’s 50.5 points made him Kobe4MVP’s clear-cut MVP.
Rostering tight end Delanie Walker, who scored only 6.7 points, could have come back to haunt Kobe4MVP, but he was helped by the fact that an incredible 46.0 percent of users had him in their King of the Beach lineups.
Note that Kobe4MVP used a running back in the flex spot. That move didn’t pay off as Isaiah Crowell turned in just 11.4 points, but it wasn’t a bad idea given the size of the field. Wide receivers have historically been slightly better GPP flex plays than running backs, but upside wasn’t the only name of the game in this 50-man field. Consistency mattered, too, and running backs generally provide more reliable production than receivers.
Congrats on Kobe4MVP on his huge $1 million victory, as well as Comox_Warrior ($350,000 cash for second place), yourfavwhiteguy ($200,000 cash for third place), and all of the users who qualified for another great DraftKings event in the Bahamas.
You can relive all of the King of the Beach action right here.
Sunday Million Special: Puffpuffpassit (237.4 points)
This was the first week since Week 5 that DraftKings didn’t offer $1 million on a $27 entry (the Millionaire Maker is back and bigger than ever next week), but they did still roll out a $1 Million tournament on just a $20 entry. It was Puffpuffpassit – a user with just two entries – who was able to beat out the field of over 50,000 for the $200,000 cash.
Puffpuffpassit used one of my favorite underrated strategies by playing a tight end in the flex position. It didn’t work out this time as Jordan Cameron failed to meet expectations, but the idea was smart. With only 24.2 points from his two tight ends, Puffpuffpassit needed to hit on pretty much every other player, which he did in a big way.
Puffpuffpassit stacked Kyle Orton with Scott Chandler. The quarterback – in just 1.5 percent of all Sunday Million lineups – scored 25.3 points to keep Puffpuffpassit alive. Running backs Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Stewart were his only high-usage players, combining for 52.1 points.
The backs were certainly valuable, but it was Puffpuffpassit’s against-the-grain wide receiver selections that really helped him win. In Mike Evans, A.J. Green, and Julio Jones, Puffpuffpassit had three Pro-Bowl-caliber players in no more than 5.2 percent of all lineups. The trio combined for 108.8 points, with Green and Jones alone racking up 483 receiving yards. Any time you can get elite players in low-usage situations, it’s typically a great move.
Heading into the Monday night game between the Falcons and Packers, Puffpuffpassit had 167.4 points with only Lacy and Jones to play. That’s certainly a good situation, but not one that you’d expect to end up winning a massive GPP. The combined 70 points from Lacy and Jones helped Puffpuffpassit record one of the great late surges we’ve seen on DraftKings in 2014.
Let’s hope that Puffpuffpassit’s doesn’t puff away his entire stash of $200,000.
Hail Mary: NOJOKE4JT (252.96 points)
One of the top wins in Week 14 came in the Hail Mary, where the user NOJOKE4JT scored a ridiculous 252.96 points to take down the big GPP – a tournament with over 15,000 entrants – by over 23 points. NOJOKE4JT turned $12 into $25,000.
To outscore other DraftKings users by such a wide margin, NOJOKE4JT had to hit on every pick. He didn’t have truly elite production from any player other than Bell, but NOJOKE4JT also didn’t miss on a single pick. Other than his defense, the lowest-scoring player was Steve Smith, who still managed 20 points.
Note that NOJOKE4JT actually opted not to stack his quarterback with a receiver, using Teddy Bridgewater, who was in only 2.3 percent of all lineups. The running back selections were standard, but NOJOKE4JT got really unique production out of tight end Jared Cook, who fewer than 1-in-50 users rostered.
Like the other big winners in Week 14, NOJOKE4JT bypassed a receiver in his flex position. Joique Bell filled that role nicely, helping put NOJOKE4JT in position to benefit from Jordy Nelson’s Monday-night breakout.
Congrats to all of the winners on DraftKings in Week 14. Don’t forget that the $10 Million Fantasy Football World Championships begin this week!