DraftKings Millionaire Maker Review: Week 9
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.
On this Sunday, the chalk hit early and often. DraftKings user ‘jamesgames44' took down the Millionaire Maker with a score of 214.36 DK points. The DK user was a max-entrant (150 times) and his 111th lineup made him seven figures. Let's take a quick glance at the newest millionaire's winning lineup.
He got off to a hot start with some incredible performances from the early 1 PM slate. Two 30+ percent owned players got many lineups off right in Indianapolis Colts' wide receiver TY Hilton and Los Angeles Rams' running back Todd Gurley. Hilton was an insane bargain at just $4,900 and was one of DailyRoto's top value wide receivers. Hilton has long been known for his big-play abilities and he showcased that on Sunday by going deep twice and torching the Texans' secondary. Gurley faced a poor Giants team and knifed through their defense for two scores. Gurley was the third-highest value of all running backs in the DailyRoto projections. Four more early game participants comprised james' winning lineup. Hilton's teammate Jack Doyle was a grossly underpriced $4,300 and went for 14.3 DK points to assert himself quite well. At risk of being redundant, I'll do it anyways – yes, Doyle was the second-best tight end value in the DailyRoto projections this week. Gurley's teammate Robert Woods added two touchdowns with two of his own as the Rams put up 51 points on Sunday. At just five percent, Woods was a nice low-owned GPP play with some solid upside against a brutal Giants' defense. Once again, the DR projections crushed it. Woods was eighth in the value rankings for all wide receivers. In order to get some exposure to one of the highest totals on the board, james went to New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara. Kamara has been quite involved in the Saints' offense as a large component of what makes them successful and this Sunday was no different. Kamara beat up the Tampa Bay defense for a touchdown receiving and one on the ground. Oh, just for good measure, he was the ninth-best value running back in DR's projections for this week. If you haven't, you might want to sign up for the projections to end the season, huh? The last member of the lineup that was part of the early games was the Eagles' defense. Facing backup quarterback Brock Osweiler in Philly, the Eagles were poised to put together a strong showing. They gave up some garbage points late which hurt their overall output, but they had two interceptions and finished with eight points. Did DR like them? Other higher values (Colts, Rams, and Jaguars) scored better, but the Eagles were the seventh-best value in the projections, so you can clearly see the path to success this weekend if you used the DR projections.
In terms of the late slate, james the remaining three pieces of his lineup to take down the win. This started with Dallas Cowboys' quarterback Dak Prescott. Despite running back Ezekiel Elliott being allowed to play, Prescott still managed to put up a nice fantasy day for himself. He found the end zone once by himself and threw for an additional two touchdowns. He wasn't low-owned, but his price allowed for Gurley, Baldwin, and Kamara in this lineup. I could probably just copy-and-paste this by now, but Prescott was the third-best value in the DR projections. Although james didn't stack Prescott with anyone else, going “Naked Prescott” is a decent play as he has the ability to score touchdowns with his legs, which is showcased in this tilt against the Chiefs. The second to last piece of the winning lineup came through with a huge touchdown late from Seattle Seahawks' receiver Doug Baldwin. He not only hauled in a touchdown, but went over the 100-yard mark for a bonus on DK and set himself up very well to be in the winning lineup. I am just a broken record by now, but Baldwin was the second-best value in the DR projections this week. The last spot in this lineup was the San Francisco 49ers running back, Carlos Hyde. The Arizona Cardinals defense has been rough this year and Hyde was a perfect play at just $5,200 to exploit this poor defense. Although he got ejected late in the game, Hyde did enough in the passing game (9 catches for 84 yards) to go over 20 DK points. As you probably guessed by now, Hyde was a good value for DR. He was 11th in the running back value rankings at DR.
Jamesgames44 had Gurley, Hilton, Doyle, Baldwin, and the Eagles defense in at least 60/150 of his lineups, so his core was incredibly well-suited for a top finish.
This weekly column is meant to have a little fun and break down the lineup construction that won someone a million dollars, but this week, it's just going to serve as a coincidental advertisement, too. If this doesn't make you want to be a part of the DR family, I'm not sure what will.
Speaking of DR family members, a good friend of DailyRoto and former Milly Maker winner, Al_Smizzle, finished sixth in the Milly this weekend for a cool $15,000 score.
Smizzle shared some players with the winning lineup in Kamara, Baldwin, and Hilton. Smizzle used a common QB-WR stacking construct with Hilton and Colts' quarterback Jacoby Brissett to not only save salary but to provide correlation in the lineup. He also used a pair of Cowboys with Ezekiel Elliott and Terrance Williams. Elliott is one of the best running backs in the league and although he didn't have a stellar game, he still provided a good output. Williams had an exceptional total at just 2% ownership, but unfortunately got hurt late which didn't allow Smizzle to make a serious run at the $1 million prize. In that same game, Smizzle went with Chiefs' tight end Travis Kelce, who went for over 20 DK points at just 12% ownership. Kelce was one of DR's favorite GPP plays of the entire weekend and he really helped many rosters on Sunday. The last two pieces were Vernon Davis who was a great combination of volume and low price as well as the Cardinals defense against an inept 49ers offense. It wasn't surprising to see Hilton on 74/150 lineups for Smizzle in the Milly Maker, as he was one of the highest-owned players given his ability and bare-bottom price tag. Smizzle's highest owned player, Saints' wide receiver Michael Thomas was on 75/150 rosters, and although he had a nice day with over 14 DK points, it simply wasn't enough to finish highly in the Milly Maker. Thomas was $7,200 against the league's worst secondary in the Coors Field of DFS (Superdome) so naturally, he was the highest-owned player in many of the high stakes games.
All in all, it was a fun Sunday sweat for many. We want to share big congrats to jamesgames44 on his new big check and congratulations to the DR members that experienced some green screens!
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