In Week 5 of the 2014 NFL Season, DraftKings launched the first ever “Millionaire Maker” contest, where fantasy football players could enter a team for just $27 and compete for a $1,000,000 first place prize.
This week, DraftKings is set to award it’s 30th different Million Dollar Prize.
Just how are fantasy football owners picking their winning rosters? We’ve taken a look at ‘Dirty6613’s lineup from Week 5 of the 2015 season, which won him first place and $1.2 Million. Check out the lineup below:
The Winning Lineup
Matthew Stafford (37.9 Points) and Calvin Johnson (31.6 Points) finally got back on track after the Lions 0-5 start. This popular QB / WR combo was not highly owned, with only 4.6% of teams rostering Stafford. However, the Lions scored 37 points against the Bears D, proving that this time of the year is a great time to go with veterans who are off to a slow start.
DeAndre Hopkins was one of the most popular picks of the week, being selected by 33% of all teams. He was facing the Jaguars and at a discounted price, his line of 10 catches, 148 yards, and 2 TDs was plenty valuable.
Chris Ivory has found his way onto a few million dollar rosters this year, putting up good stats while staying under the radar for the Jets. His matchup at home vs Washington was a good one, and he made the most of it with 196 total yards and a TD.
Steve Smith of the Baltimore Ravens has also been on quite a few winning rosters this year. While he has always been a deep threat throughout his career, his pairing with Joe Flacco has made him the perfect high risk, high reward option in fantasy football. A look at Smith’s game log shows that he is a player with a lot of variance. Week 1, he only had 2 catches for 13 yards, but week 3, he had 13 catches and 186 yards for 2 TDs. If you are looking to win a big tournament, choosing players with high upside like Smith is a great strategy.
How to Draft a Team
Step 1. Select 9 NFL Players (QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, FLEX, DEF) while staying under the $50,000 salary cap.
Step 2. Enter your team in a contest, such as DraftKings Millionaire Maker event.
Step 3. Follow along live and receive your winnings at the end of Monday Night Football.