Down 24-14 and driving late against the Niners, the St. Louis Rams were in a heated battle on Monday night. Little did they know that their fortunes-specifically those of tight end Jared Cook-would be the deciding factor in the Week 6 DraftKings Millionaire Maker. And what a wild finish it was!

Before breaking down the contest that crowned a fantasy football millionaire for the second straight week, let’s take a look at some notable players and usage in Week 6.

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Top 50 Most Popular Players

When backup running backs are thrust into the starting lineup, it’s a great opportunity to acquire value on DraftKings. We saw that in Week 6, as three of the top four most popular players were backups in starting roles (Branden Oliver, Joique Bell, and Bishop Sankey). Only Sankey failed to return value.

1Branden Oliver2593330.65500
2Joique Bell2190825.83700
3Julio Jones1859121.98400
4Bishop Sankey1701120.13500
5Matt Forte1687919.98800
6Larry Donnell1678719.83500
7LeSean McCoy1655519.56000
8Golden Tate1584118.76300
9Peyton Manning1557918.49400
10Emmanuel Sanders1522417.96900
11Broncos 1496617.63100
12Roddy White1452217.14800
13Demaryius Thomas14444178000
14Le'Veon Bell14440177200
15Mohamed Sanu1396616.55300
16Alshon Jeffery1335215.76500
17Andre Ellington1326815.65100
18Julius Thomas1267614.96700
19Rob Gronkowski1244514.75800
20Antonio Brown1239514.67900
21Andre Williams1180513.95400
22Brandon Marshall1177013.96300
23Chargers 1121613.23400
24Titans 10992132900
25Jordy Nelson10174127700
26Matt Ryan1011511.98600
27Percy Harvin966411.45400
28Giovani Bernard9367117700
29Rueben Randle9333114600
30DeSean Jackson883310.44900
31Odell Beckham Jr.81969.74200
32Russell Wilson81709.67600
33Eli Manning76899.17800
34Victor Cruz74808.85800
35Jeremy Maclin74218.76800
36Steve Smith Sr.74178.76200
37Seahawks 72268.53100
38Jordan Cameron68438.13600
39Ronnie Hillman65687.73000
40Delanie Walker65267.75300
41Wes Welker64097.65600
42Eddie Lacy62647.46300
43Jay Cutler60087.18000
44Marshawn Lynch58716.98600
45Torrey Smith55376.54100
46Martellus Bennett52606.25500
47Nick Foles507666800
48Vikings 48545.72500
49Aaron Rodgers46045.48400
50Ben Tate44635.35500

The only other player in more than 20 percent of all Millionaire Maker lineups was Julio Jones, and his 10.9 fantasy points were extremely disappointing to DraftKings users. It was actually pretty shocking to see Jones’ usage ahead of that of Demaryius Thomas, since the Broncos receiver was $400 cheaper. Thomas was in 17.0 percent of lineups-actually 0.9 percent fewer than teammate Emmanuel Sanders. Thomas ended up leading all receivers in points for the second straight week.

Larry Donnell was the most popular tight end in 19.8 percent of lineups, which was unsurprising given his $3500 price tag. With just one catch for six yards, though, Donnell was arguably the biggest bust of all of Week 6. Owners will really need to consider if Donnell is going to bounce back moving forward or if he was just a flash in the pan.

Peyton Manning led all quarterbacks in usage in 18.4 percent of lineups. He’s proven to be such a rock at the quarterback position and he’s so easily stackable with Thomas & Thomas that we can expect big-time usage pretty much every week moving forward.


The Perfect Lineup

My oh my, what a week to be contrarian. We saw so many low-usage players-Andre Holmes, Mohamed Sanu, Joe Flacco, Brandon LaFell, and many more-lead to big-time DraftKings scores.

QBJoe Flacco$670035.242.22%
RBMatt Forte$880037.719.9%
RBDeMarco Murray$760029.62.49%
WRDemaryius Thomas$800031.417.03%
WRAndre Holmes$300031.12.58%
WRMohamed Sanu$53003116.46%
TEJace Amaro$300022.80.08%
FLEXBrandon LaFell$340025.70.89%
DEFLions $3300214.5%

If you allocated your cap space absolutely perfectly in Week 6 and hit on every player, you would have scored 265.54 points and left $900 on cap space on the table.

It was unsurprisingly Flacco who led the way at quarterback. After his historic start to the Ravens’ Week 6 matchup, it looked like you would absolutely need Flacco to be anywhere near the leading scores in Week 6. He cooled down considerably, though, and ended up in only five of the top 10 lineups in the Millionaire Maker.

Even with the valuable performances from some cheap running backs, it was again the big boys who led the way in Matt Forte and DeMarco Murray. It’s becoming clear that you’re taking a big risk by fading those two running backs moving forward. Even in a day with considerable production from players who cost less than half as much as these two backs, they find themselves in the perfect lineup.

Outside of Flacco, Andre Holmes was arguably the most valuable overall player in Week 6. He scored the second-most points at the wide receiver position, but he was in just 2.58 percent of all lineups. Holmes joined Thomas and Sanu in the perfect lineup.

Tight end Jace Amaro-in fewer than 1-in-100 Millionaire Maker lineups-and the Lions defense rounded out the perfect DraftKings lineup in Week 6.


The Millionaire Maker: Jquave76 (229.84 points) – $1,000,000

Jquave76 entered the Monday night matchup atop the Millionaire Maker leaderboard, and despite good reason to sweat late in the San Francisco-St. Louis matchup, he ended up coming out on top. Congrats to the newest DraftKings millionaire!

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Believe it or not, Jquave76 actually had only three elements of the perfect lineup in Flacco, Holmes, and Sanu. He went cheap at running back, hitting on Oliver and Lamar Miller-in just 2.3 percent of lineups. Jordy Nelson added 28.7 points but was in far fewer lineups than the other elite receivers in Thomas and Jones, while Steve Smith’s 25 fantasy points were also pretty scarce in just 1-in-11 or so lineups.

You can see how important it was for Jquave76 to go against the grain, as he had just one truly high-usage player, but found a lot of hidden gems. His MVPs were surely Flacco and Holmes.

Talapia69 entered the Monday night game in second place, and that’s exactly where he finished. The users in third and fourth place-tidnuts and allout100, respectively-didn’t start the night near the top of the leaderboard, though.

Late in the Niners-Rams game, tidnuts was in 10th place. When San Francisco picked off Austin Davis and returned it for a touchdown with just a couple minutes to play, tidnuts jumped seven spots, increasing his earnings by $40,000! What a moment it must have been in the tidnuts household (never thought I’d ever type that sentence).

The real scare for Jquave76, however, came just before that late interception. Down by 6.1 points with Jared Cook playing, allout100 was Jquave76’s main competition. A late Cook touchdown from any distance outside of the 49ers’ eight-yard line would give allout100 the victory.

And Cook had his chances.

With less than four minutes to play, Cook saw four targets that could have added to allout100’s score, but all except one (a short completion) fell incomplete. Actually, a late red zone target sailed over Cook’s head and he had room to run. That pass might have been a $1 million one that fell just short for allout100. He’ll have to “settle” for his $40,000 payday.

Again, congrats to Jquave76 for taking down this huge tourney and becoming the newest DraftKings millionaire!


Closest Finish: $100K Play-Action (0.08 points)

There was a photo finish in the $100K Play-Action, where two single-entry users battled it out for first place. Ultimately, Fancysauce11 took down the $10,000 first-place prize (on a $2 entry) by beating carrell45 by eight-hundredths of one point.

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Fancysauce11 did it with a very unique Brady-LaFell-Gronkowski stack. Gronk was semi-popular in 10.7 percent of Millionaire Maker lineups, but Brady was in only 4.1 percent and LaFell saw himself in just 1.3 percent. The trio scored 75.84 points to help Fancysauce11. It was such a close battle that carrell45 had LeSean McCoy playing on Sunday night and needed just one more yard out of him-one yard!-to win the tournament.


King of the Beach: Al_Smizzle, livestraddle, sandstorm

Big congrats to Al_Smizzle, livestraddle, and sandstorm, all of whom qualified for the King of the Beach tournament in December. It’s Smizzle’s second straight week qualifying for the event, so he’s certainly on quite a tear.

The trio will compete in a 50-man field in the Bahamas for a $1 million first-place prize. You can qualify in Week 7 for as little as $12.

Or just go ahead and win $1,000,000 in yet another Millionaire Maker in Week 7.