DraftKings Millionaire Maker Review: Week 8
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.
Another week, another crazy finish in the DraftKings Millionaire Maker. Week 8 featured a first this season (and perhaps a first ever in DK history) – the winner got not only first, but second as well. DK user and DFS pro ‘cubsfan333' won with a behemoth score of 247.88 points.
To show how crazy the day was, I will start with the final piece of Cubs' lineup: the Dallas Cowboys' defense. The Cowboys were ahead by 7 points with one minute remaining as the Washington Redskins took possession of the ball. After a few plays to advance the ball a bit up the field, Kirk Cousins was picked off and the Cowboys returned it for a touchdown the seal the game. Well, how much did that affect the Milly Maker? Well, Cubs had the Cowboys in both of lineups and finished 3 points ahead of the third-place finisher. That is what you call some epic #rungood. Cubs' winning lineup was an absolute late-game hammer with just one player, Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy coming from the early set of games. McCoy went off in the early game, scampering for over 150 yards and putting himself firmly in the mix to be in a GPP winning lineup at 32.3 DK points. As we often discuss in this column, the stacking aspect of NFL DFS was in play in this lineup yet again. Cubs' went with a quadruple (!!!) stack of the Seattle Seahawks. While this is not normally advised, the Seattle onslaught with Houston Texans coming back worked out in a big way as the teams combined for 79 points. Cubs used four Seahawks: quarterback Russell Wilson with three pass catchers in Tyler Lockett, Paul Richardson, and Jimmy Graham. Wilson torched the Texans' secondary for 452 yards and four touchdowns for a shade over 39 points. In the process, he found Richardson for two of those scores, Graham for the other two, and Lockett for 121 of the 452 yards. Plain and simple: this stack was absolutely insane. As I mentioned beforehand, it didn't just happen because cubs used a Seattle onslaught. He also got help from the other side of that game. Will Fuller V has a historic target to touchdown ratio this season and today was no different. He caught two touchdown passes from DeShaun Watson en route to 32.5 DK points. He wasn't the only one from the Texans that played remarkably well on Sunday afternoon, though. Running back Lamar Miller caught a touchdown pass and ran one in to top the 22 DK point mark. The last piece of this Milly Maker lineup was the stud running back Ezekiel Elliott. This is another correlation play that we have discussed before. Cubs used the Cowboys' defense, so if you expect the defense to do well, your team will be in the lead, and you will, therefore, run the ball more often. Enter Zeke Elliott. As it turns out, that is exactly what happened. Zeke marched all over the Redskins defense for 150 yards and two touchdowns to eclipse the 30 DK point mark. All in all, this lineup might be one of the best results I have ever seen on DK. Simply put, there were no holes – everyone was downright exceptional. Cubs' second place lineup was a 1v1 with his winning lineup, going with Watson at QB instead of Wilson – and they finished within .3 points of one another. Cubs is one of the top-ranked pros in the industry and ran out 67 lineups in the Milly Maker. There was another lineup that was “live” and finished in 14th place and even had DeAndre Hopkins who topped the 39 point mark on DK, but Cincinnati Bengals' wide receiver Brandon LaFell mustered just 8.4 DK points to limit the upside of that lineup. The funny thing about this situation is that Cubs wasn't remarkably overweight on any of the HOU/SEA players outside of Jimmy Graham (26/67 or 38% of lineups), which was nearly 5x the field. Outside of that, however, Lockett was on 10/67 or 15% of lineups, which was 4x the field. The rest of the core players from this winning lineup were either low owned or on par with the field.
Perhaps the most insane part of the day is that 247.88 wasn't the best score on the slate. DFS pro ‘papagates' won $150K in the $333 entry Wildcat on DK with a score of 248.08. In what can only be assumed was an oversight or mistake on his part, he max-entered the Milly Maker (150 times) but did not play that 248.08 entry as one of his 150 lineups.
Papagates played many of the same players that found their way onto cubs' rosters but differentiated in a few spots. Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon was injured leading up to Sunday's game, but that didn't stop him from scampering for an 87-yard touchdown en route to 23.9 DK points. The place where papagates really set himself apart, however, was the play of Indianapolis Colts' tight end Jack Doyle. At just $3,500, Doyle nearly went 10x in production finishing with 33.1 DK points at sub-10% ownership. I am personally still fairly shocked that he didn't find his way onto the Milly Maker winning team. He was 7.5% owned in that contest. Papagates rounded out the lineup with Bengals running back Joe Mixon who was the uber-chalk on DK at just $4,900 against a brutally poor Colts defense. He ripped off a nice catch but still finished at 12.9 DK points which wasn't earth-shattering by any means. Lastly, the Bills' defense made this roster. They were yet another one of the teams to score a defensive touchdown this week and finished with 15 DK points. Papagates has already won a $1 million prize before, but I am sure that he is kicking himself about not playing this lineup in the Milly Maker and costing himself a big, big score in Week 8.
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