Someone scored over 300 points on DraftKings in Week 13. To my knowledge, it’s the first time that the feat has been accomplished, and it pretty much tells you everything you need to know about how the week went.
Three-hundred-freaking-points! I scored 220 points (despite rostering Michael Floyd and Justin Hunter) and felt like a king. To beat a field of over 71,000 people by nearly seven points with a score of 303.02 is nuts, so congrats to JGENNARO29 on the $1 million win.
Before breaking down the historic Millionaire Maker winning lineup, let’s dive into Week 13 player usage.
Week 13 Player Usage
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It was the Tre Mason show in Week 13. He was pretty clearly underpriced at only $4600 against the Raiders, and subsequently ended up in 34.7 percent of Millionaire Maker lineups. Mason was also in over half of cash game lineups, so if you didn’t roster him in 50/50s, it was tough sledding this week. The top 13 Millionaire Maker teams all had Mason and his 40.4 fantasy points.
Le’Veon Bell was the second-most popular back in 22.5 percent of lineups, and he was also the only one to outscore Mason. Bell caught eight passes for 159 yards, scoring 42.4 points. When you consider that the majority of Millionaire Maker lineups had either Mason or Bell (many with both), you can see why scores were through the roof.
The two players sandwiched between Mason and Bell in terms of usage – receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Martavis Bryant – weren’t nearly as good. Beckham’s seven catches for 90 yards definitely returned some value, but Bryant had just one catch for 23 yards. Their usage is a sign that much of GPP success is still about value; although Bryant’s price dropped, he just wasn’t seeing the targets necessary to keep up his early pace. Let’s keep in mind that Bryant still has just 17 catches this season.
The most popular quarterback, by far, was Ben Roethlisberger in 17.4 percent of lineups. After a horrid start, Big Ben threw two late touchdowns to Antonio Brown to help him score 31.2 points. Roethlisberger somehow ended the day with 435 passing yards. The next closest quarterback to Big Ben in terms of usage was Andrew Luck in just 8.5 percent of lineups. Luck threw the ball just 27 times, yet managed to connect on five touchdowns.
Tight end was a mess yet again in Week 13. Even though Drew Brees tore up the Pittsburgh defense, his best pass-catcher – Jimmy Graham – didn’t haul in a single pass. In 11.7 percent of Millionaire Maker lineups, he was the most popular tight end on the day. DraftKings users are going to need to think long and hard about paying up for an elite tight end in Week 14 and beyond; those options are clearly the best, but if they don’t hit, you’re in big trouble.
Millionaire Maker: JGENNARO29 (303.02 points)
What a lineup. JGENNARO29 went with the chalk at running back, riding Mason and Bell to victory. The play of the week, though, was Ryan Fitzpatrick. In only 1.5 percent of Millionaire Maker lineups, Fitz erupted for 358 yards and six scores on his way to 42.32 fantasy points.
JGENNARO29 paired Fitzpatrick with receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who was slightly more expensive than teammate Andre Johnson. That move was the right one, as Hopkins – pretty unpopular himself in just 6.0 percent of lineups – had 238 yards and two touchdowns. For those who aren’t familiar, the act of pairing a quarterback with one of his receivers is known as “stacking,” and it greatly enhances the upside of your lineup. Take a look at the correlation between quarterback fantasy points and wide receiver fantasy points.
We often see winning tournament lineups pair a quarterback with at least one teammate, and it worked out for JGENNARO29 in Week 13. The lineup also used high-upside receivers across the board, including the severely undepriced Keenan Allen. Allen was in only 9.1 percent of lineups, which helped JGENNARO29 as the Chargers receiver scored 38.1 fantasy points.
Also note that JGENNARO29 paired Mason with the Rams defense. This is an underrated move that often works out because, if the defense does well and that team is leading the game, it often results in late-game touches for the running back. As the Rams decimated Oakland, Mason was in line for more fourth-quarter carries.
Overall, this is about as strong of a lineup as you can build on DraftKings. Congrats to JGENNARO29 on becoming the latest fantasy football millionaire!
Sunday 300 Grand: Reggiesrun (265.9 points)
It’s always nice to see users with a single entry take down a big tournament, which is what happened in the Sunday 300 Grand, where Reggiesrun hit on his single bullet to win the $50,000 first-place prize.
Like JGENNARO29, Reggiesrun combined Mason with the Rams defense – a move that netted him 72.4 points. Reggiesrun actually missed on his other two running backs, for the most part, seeing just 30.1 points from Daniel Herron and Eddie Lacy. That’s not a horrific number, but certainly not one you’d expect to win a tournament.
Reggiesrun made up for the lackluster running back production by rostering Luck, Allen, Hopkins, and Kenny Stills. Interestingly, Reggiesrun didn’t stack a Colts receiver with Luck. The move nearly cost him, but Reggiesrun hung on for the win by 0.6 points.
It was a big sweat on Monday night, too, as third-place user Kbrown19 finished just 3.6 points behind with Mike Wallace on his team. Another 27-yard catch from Wallace (or two catches for just 17 yards) would have resulted in a different Sunday Grand winner, but Kbrown19 had to “settle” for $15,000.
King of the Beach Qualifiers
The final five seats to the $2.5 Million King of the Beach tournament were handed out in Week 13, and two of them went to DraftKings Pro Peter Jennings, aka CSURAM88. Peter took down the $530 and $100 qualifiers, meaning he’ll have three seats in Atlantis. The same thing happened for the DraftKings Fantasy Baseball Championship this year, and we all know how that turned out for CSURAM88.
The other seats went to aloeup, wakeywakey, and Hardfour. The latter name is one that we’ve seen among the top of the leaderboards a lot this season. Hardfour turned in a ridiculous effort in the $1,000 72-man qualifier, finishing in each of the top five spots!
While no other user scored more than 219 points, Hardfour had five lineups over 230 points, and one with 294.62! That lineup actually had a shot to top the 300-mark with a quality effort out of the Miami defense, but they managed only eight points. Still, congrats to Hardfour on his domination of this qualifier.
Good luck to all of the King of the Beach qualifiers as they face off for $1 million!