Dinkpiece! Dinkpiece! Dinkpiece!
After one of the greatest sweats in DraftKings history, DraftKings Pro Dinkpiece is the newest fantasy football millionaire. Heading into a crazy Monday night game just a couple points out of first place, Dinkpiece jumped up and down before riding a late Marquess Wilson touchdown to victory.
Before diving into Dinkpiece’s winning lineup, let’s take a look at Week 15 usage on DraftKings.
Week 15 Player Usage
|4||Odell Beckham Jr.||NYG||8400||19508||4||18.1|
|21||Steve Smith Sr.||BAL||4800||14312||21||13.3|
Note that this usage doesn’t include the Monday night game, where Marquess Wilson was 24.0 percent owned. Nonetheless, it was a Steelers kind of weekend; playing the Falcons in Atlanta, three Pittsburgh players ranked in the top six highest-owned players on DraftKings on Sunday. Running back Le’Veon Bell led the way in 26.6 percent of all Millionaire Maker lineups, and he once again delivered with two touchdowns. He’s so consistent of a player that it’s getting to the point that you’re taking a huge risk not rostering Bell, regardless of the opponent.
Odell Beckham was the second-most popular Sunday receiver – behind Antonio Brown – and he once again proved he’s the real deal (and made me look bad in the process) by scoring three touchdowns. If you want to roster Beckham in Week 16, you’re going to have to pay; he’s now the most expensive receiver on DraftKings, even against a strong Rams defense.
We once again saw low usage among all quarterbacks, with Ben Roethlisberger checking in with the highest usage. Did I mention that users were high on the Steelers this week? It might be quite a long time before we again see the most popular Sunday players at three different positions all come from the same team.
At tight end, Delanie Walker led the way in 12.3 percent of lineups. It will be really interesting to see which direction DraftKings users go in Week 16. The steep pricing for Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham has forced people to look elsewhere for production, but there just isn’t much reliability out of the majority of tight ends this season.
Users were all over the Ravens and Patriots defenses in Week 15, and both delivered with early scores. Want guaranteed production out of your defense in Week 16? Just go against the Jags.
Millionaire Maker: Dinkpiece (233.1 points)
Heading into Monday night’s game in second place with Marquess Wilson in his flex, I estimated that Dinkpiece’s chances of winning were probably around 75 percent, or perhaps even better. After jumping into first place and then subsequently losing the lead to a user who rostered running back Pierre Thomas, Dinkpiece had a much greater sweat on his hands than any of his could have envisioned.
Dinkpiece was actually still trailing early in the fourth quarter. Then Wilson scored from one yard out, and this happened. . .
Wow. I get embarrassingly excited if I win a couple grand. Imagine becoming a millionaire (or, you know, just having another $1 million) on a single catch for one yard.
Of course, Wilson was really kind of a miss with just 16 receiving yards – one of only two for Dinkpiece in Week 16. It was the rest of his roster that put Dinkpiece in position to win.
Dinkpiece really won the Millionaire Maker with his sharp running back and wide receiver selections. From Bell to Jeremy Hill to Beckham, Dez Bryant, and Harry Douglas, Dinkpiece just didn’t miss across those positions. You could make a strong case that Bryant was Dinkpiece’s MVP. In great position on Sunday night but still needing a huge game out of Bryant, Dinkpiece was one of just 9.9 percent of lineups to cash in on Bryant’s three-touchdown game. That really set him up to be the favorite to win on Monday night.
Note that Dinkpiece used a wide receiver in his flex position, which has been the strategy of every single Millionaire Maker winner this season. That’s a pretty crazy stat that speaks to the value and upside of wide receivers on DraftKings.
It was a crazy night – one that was deserved by a longtime Bears fan and one of the great ambassadors and minds in daily fantasy sports. Congrats to DraftKings Pro Dinkpiece on an amazing lineup and a ridiculous finish for a seven-figure cash!
Hidden in the mayhem of the Millionaire Maker was the fact that the user who entered Monday night atop the leaderboards – Chuck41 – had one heck of a weekend on DraftKings. Chuck41 probably knew he was a longshot to win the Millionaire Maker given that he didn’t have any players left to play on Monday, so he has to be happy about his third-place finish and $75,000 cash there.
With that same lineup, though, Chuck41 took down three other huge tournaments, cashing another $75,000.
There are quite a few similarities between this lineup and that of Dinkpiece, including Eli Manning, Hill, Beckham, Bryant, Dwayne Allen, Douglas, and the Pats D. The only difference was that Chuck41 opted for Antonio Brown and Chris Johnson over Marquess Wilson and Le’Veon Bell.
Chuck41 had a bunch of great non-Millionaire-Maker sweats on Monday night, too. He narrowly held onto victories in a bunch of tournaments, due primarily to the modest production out of the popular Wilson.
If there’s one critique of Chuck41’s lineup (which appeared to be a single bullet in every tournament, by the way), it’s that he placed the wrong player in his flex spot. Dez Bryant played on Sunday night and should have been used in the flex over Harry Douglas. Chuck41 probably wouldn’t have swapped anyway, but using a late player in the flex would have given him more late-swap options if he opted to go that route.
Either way, congrats to Chuck41 on a huge six-figure weekend on DraftKings.
Hail Mary: BlueDevils09 (220.58 points)
Finally, take a look at the top two finishers in the Hail Mary, where BlueDevils09 edged out…BlueDevils09. In a field of over 14,000 users, BlueDevils09 amazingly finished both first and second, cashing $30,000 on just $24 for those two entries.
BlueDevils09 actually had just five of the same players in his second-place lineup – Hill, Beckham, Douglas, Brown, and Olsen. He clearly had a core that he liked – one that absolutely crushed it across the board – and diversified around that core. Great strategy and a great win.
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