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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.