Update: New DraftKings Fantasy Football Players Have Won Over $16 Million This Season
Before we look ahead to Week 8 of the fantasy football season, we are going to look back at the Week 7 winner of the DraftKings Millionaire Maker. The contest, which will run for the fourth time this season, has already produced three millionaires and some phenomenal fantasy football rosters. This week’s winner put up a whopping 241.62 points.
The great thing about playing on DraftKings is that everyone who submits a lineup into the Millionaire Maker – from the longtime “professional” fantasy player to a new user – has at least a ray of hope of walking away with a seven-figure cash. In Week 7, though, it was the actual user ‘rayofhope’ – one of the top overall players in all of daily fantasy sports-who became an instant fantasy football millionaire. It was a remarkable weekend for rayofhope, who crushed some other tourneys as well, as he absolutely dominated the field in the Millionaire Maker on the back of Le’Veon Bell’s Monday night production.
Heading into the Monday night matchup between the Steelers and Texans, there were basically two users who had a really good shot at a $1 million payday-rayofhope and osubase34 (who finished second). For rayofhope to win, he’d need over 18 points from Le’Veon Bell.
The sweat was exciting while it lasted, but it didn’t even take until halftime for Bell to cross that barrier and give rayofhope the win. With 241.61 points, rayofhope posted the highest total in any tournament on DraftKings in Week 7. It was interesting to see rayofhope pair Russell Wilson with a running back on his own team in Marshawn Lynch. The thinking there was probably that Wilson is such a unique quarterback that his production isn’t tied to Lynch’s as it might be for most other QB-RB combos. Lynch was rayofhope’s only bust with just 9.1 points.
It’s pretty incredible that rayofhope even had anyone under 10 points considering his final score, but that was made possible by hitting on every receiver choice; Demaryius Thomas, Golden Tate, Sammy Watkins, and Roddy White combined for an insane 138.7 points. Note that none of rayofhope’s choices were very low-usage; Watkins and White were both in just over five percent of lineups, but his approach with this one wasn’t particularly contrarian and instead more value-based. He ended up winning the Week 7 Millionaire Maker by 10.4 points-a ridiculous margin in a field of nearly 80,000. Congrats to rayofhope for one of the sickest lineups we’ve seen this season!
Week 8 Millionaire Maker: Quarterback Targets
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis at Pittsburgh, $8800 – Luck has been the anti-Rodgers in that he’s chucking it all over the field every week. Luck hasn’t thrown fewer than 34 passes all year and has topped 40 attempts in each of the past four games. He’s been efficient, but he can see a reduction in effectiveness and still return value given his workload. My favorite thing about Luck is that he accounts for a high percentage of the Colts’ touchdowns. With a weak running game, we can continue to project Luck with a significant workload and market share of scores moving forward.
Carson Palmer, Arizona vs Philadelphia, $6500 – Palmer has managed 250 yards and two touchdowns in all three of his games this year, and two of those games were against decent pass defenses. Against the fifth-worst defense versus opposing quarterbacks in the Eagles, I think Palmer & Co. will roll. The only downside is that Philly is coming off of their bye, so they’ve had plenty of time to prepare for Palmer.
Nick Foles, Philadelphia at Arizona, $6300 – I think you could make a case for Foles being the best value at quarterback this week. Foles is a very attractive low-priced option when you want to go big at running back. The main concern is that Foles has been inconsistent this year, but few remember that he started off the season by throwing for nearly 1,000 yards over the first three games. He’s in a good spot in Arizona coming off of a bye.
We’ve seen both daily fantasy pros and total novices take down the Millionaire Maker in recent weeks. This is truly anyone’s game, and DraftKings is right back at it again in Week 8 with yet another Millionaire Maker. There aren’t many places that you can turn $27 into seven figures playing fantasy football-check that, there aren’t any other places that you can do that-so take your shot at becoming the next fantasy football millionaire in Week 8.