In one of the highest-scoring weeks in recent memory, we saw nine teams score at least 38 points in Week 4, even though six teams were on their bye! With lots of scoring from the big boys of fantasy football, we unsurprisingly saw some big-time scores on DraftKings this week.
From the first game of the week in which Eli Manning and Larry Donnell kicked things off with a bang, right up until the Monday-nighter in which Jamaal Charles ran all over New England, there was scoring, scoring, and more scoring in Week 4.
Before diving into the week’s big winners on DraftKings, let’s examine some notable usage.
Notable Player Usage
Part of the reason that scores were so high was that a lot of the most popular players really delivered in Week 4. At the quarterback position, Philip Rivers led the way with 19.1 percent usage. The only other quarterback to crack double-digit usage was Colin Kaepernick (10.8 percent). With 377 yards and three touchdowns, Rivers delivered 30.08 fantasy points to nearly one-fifth of the field.
Kaepernick was decent with 21.52 points, but the No. 3 and No. 4 most popular quarterbacks (Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger) also lit it up. Rodgers cracked the 300-yard barrier and tossed four touchdowns—two each to his top receivers in Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, which made for a formidable three-man stack. Roethlisberger once again reconnected with Antonio Brown, throwing for 314 yards and three scores.
The most popular player overall, however, came at the running back position, and it wasn’t even close. In 41.7 percent of all DraftKings lineups, Donald Brown was a good player to fade in Week 4. There was all kinds of hype surrounding the Chargers back and he was indeed underpriced at just $5,400, but Brown managed only 19 yards rushing—fewer than teammate Branden Oliver.
Le’Veon Bell checked in at No. 2 in overall usage in 27.9 percent of lineups, with Eddie Lacy No. 3 among running backs in 20.9 percent of lineups. Neither player was outstanding, although Lacy stole a touchdown and Bell topped 100 total yards (although he didn’t find the end zone).
At wide receiver, it was once again the Antonio Brown show. In 22.8 percent of lineups (fourth overall), Brown continued his reign of terror with seven catches, 131 yards, and two more scores. He’s one of the few undersized receivers who can score on a consistent basis, and his ridiculous week-to-week consistency makes him almost a must-start at this point. Expect to see very high Week 5 usage, regardless of price.
Jeremy Maclin was second in wide receiver popularity in 17.2 percent of lineups, and he disappointed with only four catches and 57 yards. Nelson was third in usage, however, and he really catapulted a lot of lineups with a line of 10/108/2.
At tight end, Antonio Gates and his cheap $4,400 price tag led usage in 26.6 percent of lineups. Despite the Chargers scoring 33 points, Gates joined Brown as a surprisingly unproductive San Diego player, catching three passes for 30 yards. No other tight end was in more than seven percent of lineups.
NFL Perfect Lineup: Week 4
Shown below is the Perfect Lineup for Week 4 NFL Contests on DraftKings. The lineup below includes only games that started on Sunday/Monday and not Thursday Night Football:
The Big Winners
NFL $100k Play-Action: gingersauce4u (241.96 points)
With a ridiculous 241.96 points, it was gingersauce4u who beat out 57,499 other lineups to turn his $2 investment into $10,000 in the Play-Action. Not a bad 5,000x ROI.
Interestingly, gingersauce4u didn’t stack a quarterback with a receiver, using Rivers but no Chargers pass-catchers. In a week in which it was imperative to hit on the high-scoring receivers, though, gingersauce4u did just that with Jordy Nelson, Antonio Brown, and Steve Smith. It was an incredible trio, but perhaps more amazing is that the three pass-catchers all scored within 0.12 points of one another. With six combined touchdowns, gingersauce4u’s receivers netted him nearly 108 points, which is a remarkable total.
That allowed gingersauce4u to get away with average running backs. In Fred Jackson and Ahmad Bradshaw, gingersauce4u got only 27.7 total points. That’s not bad given the lack of running back production in Week 4, but it’s also not typically what we see from a team with his jaw-dropping total points. However, gingersauce4u also placed Frank Gore in the flex—a move that paid off when Gore went for 27.4 points.
The most beneficial decision gingersauce4u made, however, was to use the Eagles defense. Even though Philly gave up 26 points, they had three return touchdowns that netted 26 fantasy points. More important, they were in just 0.8 percent of lineups, giving gingersauce4u a very scarce source of points.
Also note that this tournament had a remarkable finish. Actually, gingersauce4u wasn’t even all that close to the lead until the fourth quarter of the Monday night game. When tight end Travis Kelce scored late in the game, gingersauce4u Football4Life_Vang, who didn’t have any players in the Monday night matchup.
If you fell asleep before that catch, gingersauce4u, congrats on waking up to a $10,000 payday!
NFL Sunday Million: tooningspork (236.54 points)
We often see the best scores come out of the cheapest games—an incentive for small-stakes players to enter bigger tournaments, perhaps—but with 236.54 points, tooningspork was close to one of the biggest scores in Week 4. He turned his $27 investment (with just a single entry into the 34,000-plus man tourney) into $100,000!
Unlike gingersauce4u, tooningspork did indeed stack with a Roethlisberger/Brown pairing—one of the best on the day. He also found 35.9 points from Steve Smith, but landed a less common 30.5 points from Eddie Royal, who was in just 4.3 percent of all lineups.
Tooningspork also hit on two of his three running backs, nailing DeMarco Murray and Matt Asiata. Both were semi-popular, but it was interesting to see tooningspork use Asiata as a flex play. That means the top two winners (in terms of points) on DraftKings in Week 4 both utilized running backs in the flex. It will be interesting to see if that trend continues.
Also note that tooningspork became a last-second winner of $100k since he also rostered Kelce. With Kelce’s late touchdown, tooningspork vaulted into first by just 0.28 points, which is how things ended. What an incredible finish to an amazing tournament!
Other Big Winners
NFL Sunday 400 Grand: markgenorex (219.66 points)
NFL $120k Flea Flicker: Hagops13 (228.2 points)
King of the Beach Qualifiers: b405211, msmith3033, and dandydon
There’s a lot on tap for Week 5 on DraftKings, the biggest league being the $2.2M Millionaire Maker. We’ve never seen anything like this in the history of daily fantasy sports; someone is going to spend $27 and become a millionaire. Let me repeat that: someone is going to win $1,000,000 off of a $27 entry.
With the rise in popularity of daily fantasy sports, we’ve seen more and more newcomers taking down these big tournaments. In all likelihood, we’ll see yet another novice win this GPP—only this time, he’s going to become an instant millionaire.
Don’t miss out on your chance to turn $27 into seven figures.