It was an incredible night for Mike ‘Leav11it’ Leavitt, who took down the DraftKings Millionaire Maker tournament in Week 8. Mike becomes the 4th Fantasy Football Millionaire in October, thanks to a phenomenal team. He entered Monday night with a 24 point lead, with his closest competition having Dez Bryant. A big night from Dez could have dropped him out of the $1 Million top prize, so needless to say he was pretty anxious throughout the night.
Week 8 was the highest-scoring week fantasy football to date, with a whopping 293.46 points taking down the contest. Fantasy Football Millionaire, Mike, a 25 year old from New Hampshire, said he decided to go with his hometown Patriots as the core of his team. With Brady, Gronk, and Brandon LaFell, he was well on his way to victory. The rest of his team came together nicely as well and the rest is history. Mike’s roster can be seen below:
Did you miss out on playing some of the big performers this week? Here’s a look at some with a little “20/20 Hindsight” analysis:
Ben Roethlisberger ($5,800)
Why You Didn’t Start Him: He finished with 47 fantasy points, on over 500 yards passing with 5 TDs. Someone should have seen that coming, right? Well, no – he was the 14th most popular QB in the Millionaire Maker field, at only a 1.7% owned. The Colts D was playing really well, and it just seemed like there were better options available to you.
20/20 Hindsight: Honestly, you weren’t wrong. This was only his third game on the season with more than 20 fantasy points, and the Colts D is actually pretty good. This one was really, really tough to see coming, and it is hard to know why it happened even with the advantage of already knowing it did.
Going Forward: Maybe Ben becomes a cheap, high-upside consideration now that we know it’s possible, but if we expect anything more than 20-25 points from him on most weeks, we’re going to end up disappointed.
Tom Brady ($7,200)
Why You Didn’t Start Him: You never know which Patriots team is going to show up, and it is so hard to predict which of their weapons is going to be featured on any given night.
20/20 Hindsight: The Patriots run game is at its most effective when it is setting up, and being set up by, the passing attack. Which is another way of saying that, while the Patriots do spread the ball around among their WRs, TEs, and RBs, when their offense is humming, everything flows through Tom.
Going Forward: When Gronk is looking Gronkish, which he is right now, you have to consider Brady a top option no matter who the Patriots are playing.
Carson Palmer ($6,500)
Why You Considered Him: He was playing the Eagles. Philly scores points, and has a terrible secondary, which is the perfect storm of QB matchups.
20/20 Hindsight: Palmer was fine, throwing for 329 yards and 2 TDs. He just wasn’t Brady or Big Ben.
Going Forward: Palmer continues to be fine, but he has scored between 17 and 25 points in every game he’s started this season. He’s not going to win you any major tournaments – the upside just isn’t there anymore. But in a week where we don’t have two different QBs throw for five touchdowns, he will be the consistent passer you need to move up the leaderboard in your cash games.
Jeremy Maclin ($5,500)
Why You Considered Him: He is the Eagles #1 option this year, but he was facing a tough Cardinals secondary (and Patrick Peterson).
20/20 Hindsight: Maclin was targeted 16 times, and brought in 12 of those passes. He had his best game of the year.
Going Forward: His price is on the rise ($7,600 this week), but he’s a dynamic player in a prolific offense. He squares off against Houston this week and is an option, but most likely won’t deliver the value he did last week.
Rob Gronkowski ($5,900)
Why You Considered Him: He’s a beast, and he was cheaper than the other top options. Plus, the Bears D is soft up the middle.
20/20 Hindsight: You were totally right. You should have started him.
Going Forward: He is no longer going to be cheap. You might still want to play him over anyone else at the position, but you’ll be ponying up to do it. Hope you didn’t miss the chance.
It’s not too late to join the Millionaire Maker!
To play, follow these steps:
1) Sign up at DraftKings
2) Build a team of 9 NFL Players, while staying under the $50,000 salary cap
3) Submit your team by this Sunday to enter– there will be a new millionaire this week!