DraftKings Millionaire Maker Review: Week 6
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.
What. A. Week. Take a deep breath, people. After all that action today, you could certainly use it. There were an absurd number of defensive touchdowns this week and so it certainly would take one of those on your roster to grab the title. Although DK user ‘Chrisdmead' didn't have the stellar performance from the Saints' defense, he did have a 20-point outburst from the Baltimore Ravens. It is insane to think that two defensive touchdowns weren't enough to grab the top defense honors of the week, but such was the situation in Week 6. You'll notice that Chris didn't need to differentiate in a lot of spots. He had just three sub-double digit ownerships and used a chalk trio to anchor the $1 million win. With Dalvin Cook and Stefon Diggs out for the Minnesota Vikings, Jerick McKinnon and Adam Thielen figured to get significant usage boosts, respectively. Both players were in the Top 3 values respectively at their positions on DailyRoto, along with Mark Ingram. According to Football Outsiders, Green Bay was ranked 20th in the NFL in team defense, so getting McKinnon at $4100 and Thielen at $6500 was a play that many DFS users settled on for the Sunday slate. Thielen actually tilted many DFSers, as he came just short of the 100-yard bonus, finishing with 97 yards receiving. Unfortunately for his owners, game script dictated that the Vikings didn't need to attack through the air down the stretch. The last member of the chalk trio was New Orleans' running back Mark Ingram. With Adrian Peterson out of the way, it was an obvious spot for Ingram to get increased market share in the Saints' backfield. He made good use of his touches en route to 114 yards and two touchdowns – and he added five catches for good measure. Common sense suggests that in a 52-38 game between the Saints and Lions, the Millionaire Maker would have a number of players from that fixture. Sure enough, not only did Ingram make the cut, but Chris utilized the quarterback-wideout combo of Matt Stafford and Golden Tate. In order to keep up with the Saints in the Coors Field of NFL DFS, the Lions would need to air it out. Stafford was picked off three times, but also surpassed the 300-yard mark, scoring three touchdowns, and wound up scoring over 20 DK points. Tate, on the other hand, was a big beneficiary of Stafford's success through the air, although he got hurt and was not able to return to action. The argument could certainly be made that Chris was quite fortunate to still win the Milly Maker despite this injury limiting his scoring upside. You'll also notice that Thielen wasn't the only wideout to come just short of the 100-yard bonus, as Tate put up 96 receiving yards.
Chrisdmead's Winning Lineup
That leaves us with three remaining players, two of whom held single-digit ownership. To start with the stud of the entire lineup, San Diego running back Melvin Gordon had yet another complete smash. He caught a pass and ran another in for a touchdown, finishing with a line of 9-67 receiving and 83 yards rushing. That is just an absolutely filthy line – good for 36 DK points. The next massive performance came from another afternoon tilt, as “old man” Larry Fitzgerald went bananas against the Tampa Bay secondary for a 31.8 DK point outing. He started it off strong with a long touchdown early on in the game and didn't slow down. At 9% ownership, Fitz put Chris in an exceptional spot to take down the top prize. The final lineup spot belonged to Tampa Bay tight end Cameron Brate. Despite his quarterback, Jameis Winston, getting injured, he still managed to reel in a pass from fellow Harvard alum Ryan Fitzpatrick to boost his DK point total. With a 6-76-1 line, Brate put himself squarely in the mix as far as top tight ends were concerned. On a day when two other tight ends (Rob Gronkowski and Austin Seferian-Jenkins) put together good scores as well, it was a bit of a surprise that a 12% Brate was the one that ultimately made the winning roster. All in all, Chris entered eight lineups into the Milly Maker, cashing half of them. None of the others shared a common core, so they did not come close to his 231.48, with the second-best roster finishing at 164.22.
ChipotleAddict's 3rd Place Lineup
For the second straight week, a DFS pro finished in the top three in the Milly Maker. After Week 5 saw ‘GrindersCal' ship the Milly, ‘ChipotleAddict' finished third in this week's edition. It could be argued that Chipotle was actually the favorite to ship the Milly Maker this week at one point late in the afternoon, but his players did not get involved down the stretch. It should come as no surprise that Chipotle max-entered the Milly Maker with 150 lineups, as he is one of the highest volume players in the entire industry. He shared a number of plays with our big winner, going with Ingram, McKinnon, Fitzgerald, and Brate. However, as I mentioned before, he had a handful of other players in the late games that could affect the outcome of the Milly Maker standings. He went with a triple-stack of the Cardinals with QB-WR-WR through Carson Palmer, Fitzgerald, and John Brown. He also had a massively successful rookie workhorse running back Kareem Hunt in play, going up against Pittsburgh's top wideout Antonio Brown. The opportunities were seemingly endless to capture the Milly Maker victory. Unfortunately for Chipotle, the Cardinals ran the ball as they were ahead and milking the clock, and Pittsburgh did the same down the stretch. On the final drive for the Chiefs, he wasn't able to muster one more catch or big run from Hunt. The nice part about running 150 lineups sometimes is that you're able to generate a multitude of variations in your rosters. For example, the Saints appeared on just two of 150 lineups for Chipotle – the other roster that had the Saints had injured Jameis Winston, ironically enough.
It is nearly impossible to win the Millionaire Maker with even one bad score, however there is honorable mention needed for ‘THEROBBOB20', as this user finished in 8th place with a 2.44 performance from the aforementioned Winston. As you can imagine, the rest of this roster was the stone nuts. It pains all of us as DFS players to see situations like this, as I am sure the sweat was enormous prior to the Winston injury. At the end of the day though, it is still tough to scoff at a $15,000 payday.