DraftKings Millionaire Maker Review: Week 14
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.
DraftKings Millionaire Maker Week 14 Review
The season might almost be over, but on DraftKings, another million dollars was shelled out to the winner of the weekly Milly Maker. This week, a DFS pro ‘TwoGun' took down the win, with his 41st lineup (he played 57 total). TwoGun is a well-known grinder and has several six-figure wins to his name, but today he added an extra digit to that total. TwoGun's success came from an unlikely source, but he got some really solid #rungood to get to this outcome. Green Bay Packers' quarterback Brett Hundley was the first piece of this build, and at just 0.6% owned, he found his way to 25.7 DK points. Hundley and the entire Packers' offense were stymied for much of the day, but caught fire late and forced overtime which allowed Hundley to take advantage. In doing so, he parlayed Hundley's success with premier pass catcher Davante Adams. Adams was just 2.4% owned and scampered into the end zone to force overtime and then found paydirt again in overtime to put up a massive 30.4 point day.
Since TwoGun was so contrarian with that QB-WR combination, he went chalky with Cincinnati Bengals' running back Gio Bernard. Bernard was just $3,100 and was DailyRoto's top value play on the entire slate. He more than paid off his price tag despite not getting into the end zone, as he finished with 19 DK points. He was 51% owned, so at this price and production, he was a must play for a nice cash. Houston Texans' wide receiver DeAndre ‘Nuk' Hopkins was also a mega chalk smash. Nuk absolutely torched the 49ers secondary en route to 39.9 DK points. He was 25% owned, so if you didn't have him, winning a GPP was out of the question. Another chalky piece hit this lineup in Los Angeles Chargers' running back Melvin Gordon, who utilized a super positive running game script to get to 15.3 DK points.
The rest of the picks got back to the contrarian side of the ledger. He has been one of the top running backs all season (which is impressive since he's a rookie), but Leonard Fournette came in at just 3.2% ownership due to the tough matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. That didn't seem to matter to Fournette, who topped the 100-yard mark on the ground and got into the end zone. He was a nice pivot off of some other high priced running back studs and scored right around the top of that heap. Broncos' wide receiver Demaryius Thomas came in at just 5% ownership due to the woeful ways of the Broncos' offense, but today he performed very admirably. His line of 8-93-1 meant 23.3 points for TwoGun, which was a great line. The tight end spot was a bit of a mystery for many this week. There weren't a whole lot of good values at the position, but TwoGun found the one that was perhaps the most viable. With Zach Ertz being ruled out, Trey Burton was just $2900 and 4.9% owned, and he caught two touchdowns to more or less be a necessity in the winning lineup. The information came somewhat late, but sub-5% ownership on Burton is pretty remarkable given the price tag and opportunity. It didn't appear so peachy early on, as the other tight end on the Eagles roster, Garrett Celek, caught the first TD from Carson Wentz. However, Burton stepped up and grabbed two of his own to supplant himself in a top lineup.
The last piece of TwoGun's winning lineup was the Denver Broncos' defense. We've long considered the Broncos' defense one of the best in the league, but they've been somewhat ‘meh' for much of the year. This translated to just 2% ownership and they blanked the New York Jets. In doing so, they added 18 DK points which were a huge total on a slate where many defenses scored in low to mid-single digits.
I understand it's a DK Milly Maker article, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention DailyRoto co-founder Drew ‘dinkpiece' Dinkmeyer's day on FanDuel. Dink profited over $392,000 with top-five finishes in both the $7 Sunday Million and the $250 NFL Fan Championship. Dink had a great sweat in the DR Slack Chat and it was a fun weekend for all involved!
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