DraftKings Millionaire Maker Review: Week 11
Welcome to the DraftKings Millionaire Maker review, ladies, and gentlemen. This will be a weekly digest of the DraftKings’ Millionaire Maker to give you an idea of what it took to win $1 million in addition to seeing what some of the top professional DFS minds did in this large-field GPP.
Welcome to the Week 11 DraftKings Millionaire Maker rundown. In Week 11, some of the chalk busted hard, while other familiar names paid off their price tag. Let’s dive into the lineup that made DK user “RobKaufman” a newly-minted millionaire. Rob tossed in $1,000 worth of entries (50 entries) into the Milly this week and although only one of those finished in the top 6000, he made it count.
He finished with a whopping 221.18 points – and got things started in the Coors Field of NFL DFS with Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins. Cousins was one of the top DailyRoto values this week and he cruised to 28.98 DK points at just 7.8% ownership. He had a depressed price tag of just $6,100 against a Saints secondary that has been decent this year but doesn’t have a remarkably successful track record. As is often the case, Rob used a stacking method, opting for pass catching back Chris Thompson. Cousins did just that – finding Thompson on a 16-yard route to double dip on the scoring. Thompson was a hugely chalky option this week at 26% ownership and mustered just 10.3 DK points due to a gruesome injury that ended his day early, but it was still enough to get Rob the crown. At his other running back spot, Rob went back to the “bad chalk” of Week 10 in Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard. He ripped off a long run and found paydirt for a 21.5 point performance at 8.4% ownership and a middling price tag of $6,200. These first three players allowed Rob to pay up at a couple of different spots – in two more pass catchers – Travis Kelce and Brandin Cooks. Kelce was heavily owned as well (22%) but the flowchart tells us to play tight ends against the New York Giants and this week was no different. Kelce didn’t find the endzone but still managed 20.9 DK points. Cooks was another insanely popular choice (28%), but his deep ball prowess shined bright on Sunday as Tom Brady connected with him on several long passes including a 60+ yard touchdown that catapulted Cooks into GPP-winning consideration.
All of those players so far have been great, but it was another pair of pass catchers that truly took Rob into a different stratosphere. We’ll start with 1.5% owned Kenny Stills, who at just $4,000, went for 34 DK points with a 7-180-1 line. He has always been known as a big play guy and he showcased that talent on Sunday. Stills was DailyRoto’s top wide receiver value priced below $5000, but many were hesitant to pull the trigger with the presence of Landry and Parker. The slate breaker, however, was a 6.1% owned Keenan Allen, who went berserk against the Buffalo Bills’ secondary for a 12-159-2 line. His 43.2 DK points total was one of the highest outputs of the year and he unlocked a lot of upside for GPP lineups. One more pass catcher, $4,500 Jeremy Maclin, rounded out the offensive players in Rob’s lineup. He wasn’t anything special at 7.4 DK points, which is pretty remarkable, considering the fact that Rob topped the field of 182,941 lineups, but the other members of the team did the trick. Lastly, in a year of insane fantasy defensive performances, this week was no different. However, this week, it was the chalky defenses that made their way to the top. The Jacksonville Jaguars were the most expensive defense on the week at $4,000, but they paid off their price tag with 25 DK points thanks to five sacks, two interceptions, three fumbles, and one touchdown. Defenses against Cleveland have been a thing all year and that trend kept rolling. Although they were almost 25% owned in the Milly Maker, plays like Stills, Allen, Cousins, and Howard allowed this lineup to stand alone at the end of the day as a unique winner despite the chalk surrounding it.
On the pro side, we want to give a shoutout to ‘nawmsayin’, who finished fifth in the Milly Maker for a cool $20K. ‘nawmsayin’ chimes in on the DR Slack forum from time to time with his humor and thoughts on the weekly slate, so we were happy to see him have a nice week. He utilized the same Stills-Allen construction that brought Rob to the top, but differed slightly elsewhere. In fact, he had two sub-10 point performances out of a chalky Rex Burkhead and under-the-radar Doug Martin, but still found success with other pieces of his lineup. He played several DR top values, including Tom Brady, Alvin Kamara, Jarvis Landry, and Travis Kelce. Instead of the Jaguars at the D/ST spot, he pivoted to a lower-owned and cheaper Baltimore Ravens defense that was facing the Green Bay Packers who have just not looked the same since Aaron Rodgers went down.
I understand that this is the DK Milly Maker recap, but a special shoutout is in order for DailyRoto co-founder Drew Dinkmeyer, who shipped the FanDuel Sunday Millions and NFL Bomb Tournaments for a combined $350,000. We are proud of you, Drew!