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.
2017 has officially been the year of D/ST in NFL DFS. Unlike some other weeks when defenses have scored in the 20s or 30s, this week’s DraftKings Millionaire Maker came down to a fluke last-minute lateral fumble recovery by the Arizona Cardinals, who finished the game with 10 DK points.
In the end, DFS pro ‘ending’ won the $1,000,000 with a score of 233.68. Although we usually run through the quarterback first, it would be silly to do so in a week when a chalky (nearly 25%) Julio Jones broke the slate. Julio had his eruption against a brutal Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense going for 12-253-2 for 53.8 DK points. The GPP profit equation for Week 12 was pretty easy: Julio = Profit. Ending didn’t pair Julio with his QB, Matt Ryan, which is fine given the fact that one of the touchdowns came courtesy of the arm of wide receiver Mohamed Sanu.
He chose to spend up for Eagles QB Carson Wentz, who is on a possible MVP path this season. He was just 3.5% owned and dished out three touchdowns before hitting the showers early in a blowout. Wentz found his favorite target Zach Ertz 10 times for 103 yards and a touchdown, making him a smash play at 3% ownership. Playing two tight ends was a popular strategy this week and it paid off for ending this week as he went double expensive tight end, pairing Ertz with Rob Gronkowski. GronkSmash did his part, finding the end zone twice against the Miami Dolphins for 25.2 points. He was underpriced on DK at just $6,900 so he came in with high ownership (17%), but this was still a very strong play given his tag.
Ending ate more chalk as Cooper Kupp helped catapult him up the leaderboard of the MillyMaker in the afternoon games. Kupp was one of the best WR values of the week on DailyRoto at $5,000 against a weak secondary and expected to see increased volume. Despite his 24% ownership, he went for 22.6 DK points, which was more than enough to get him into GPP winning territory. The chalk smashing didn’t stop there, though. Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon, who was underpriced at just $4,400 on DK against the Cleveland Browns went for 114 rushing yards and a touchdown and added five points in the receiving game to put together an astonishing 28.5 DK points at 12% ownership. He was the value play that unlocked a lot of expensive upside this week.
Carlos Hyde, another top DR value, was limited on the ground to just 47 yards, but he made up for it in the catching game. With DK’s PPR scoring method, finding running backs that have receiving upside can be enormously helpful and Hyde was a perfect example of this. He didn’t quite reach 3x (13.8 DK at $5,000), but he still put together a much better performance than Kareem Hunt or popular FLEX play Corey Davis.
Last but not least was the play that broke it open for ending: New York Jets’ wide receiver Jermaine Kearse. At $4,000 and just 1.3% owned, Kearse had a line of 7-105-1 for 26.5 DK points which separated him on this slate. ‘ending’ is one of the top pros in the game and maxed out this week’s Milly Maker ($75) for a total investment over $11,000. His next best entry finished 73rd for $2,000, but here’s to hoping he buys a couple Cardinals’ defensive jerseys after that unbelievably fortunate fumble recovery.
In general, it was a weak where chalk players performed really well, however, Ending found ways to separate himself and take home a massive payday.