NFL DFS GPP Recap: Week 4
NFL DFS GPP Recap: Week 4
How frequently can a person switch their favorite player? First, you grow up idolizing Jerry Rice and before you know it your adulthood is spent cheering on Randy Moss (minus the mooning). Next, you find daily fantasy sports. You play every week and while rooting for individual players is fun no one particular stands out. That is until Devonta Freeman wins you a million dollars. Don't bother telling Randy or Jerry, just buy a couple Devonta jerseys and call it good.
Here are the other players that are “jersey-worthy” from this weekend.
|Devonta Freeman||3RuTd, 81RecYds, 68 RuYds, 5Rec||37.9||35.4|
|DeAndre Hopkins||9Rec, 157 RecYds||27.7||20.2|
|Vincent Jackson||1 RecTD, 147 RecYds, 10Rec||33.7||25.7|
|Panthers D||2 Sack, 4INT, 1DFR, 1DefTD||18||18|
And...a list of older, less athletic guys that will be buying the jerseys of the aforementioned.
$6 Million NFL Sunday Million, $25 Entry, $1,000,000 to First Place
Team: Phillip Rivers, Devonta Freeman, Karlos Williams, DeAndre Hopkins, Demaryius Thomas, Keenan Allen, Martellus Bennett, Graham Gano, Panthers D
$800K Sunday Monster, $300 Entry, $100,000 to First Place
Team: Phillip Rivers, Devonta Freeman, Karlos Williams, Keenan Allen, Odell Beckham Jr, AJ Green, Owen Daniels, Cairo Santos, Denver Broncos
Millionaire Maker, $20 Entry, $1.2 Million to First Place
Team: Blake Bortles, Matt Forte, Devonta Freeman, Amari Cooper, DeAndre Hopkins, Allen Hurns, Charles Clay, Demaryius Thomas, Seahawks
$15 Million Fantasy Football World Championships Q, $1,000 Entry, $1,000 + Ticket to first
Team: Andy Dalton, Matt Forte, Karlos Williams, Amari Cooper, Larry Fitzgerald, AJ Green, Martellus Bennet, Devonta Freeman, Broncos
Fantasy Aces Football Championship Qualifier, $109 Entry, Ticket to First and Second
First Place: bigmannah
Team: Matt Hasselbeck, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Forte, Devonta Freeman, DeAndre Hopkins, James Jones, Martellus Bennett, Frank Gore, Jamaal Charles, Carolina Panthers
So What Happened This Weekend?
Last weekend in this space, I clamored on about how many touchdowns were scored. Essentially any team you could have picked last week did some sort of damage, and while your score might not have held up, it seemed impressive. Fast forward to this weekend, where the scores all took a major hit and even the best of the best (cough, Julio Jones) put up duds.
Below I've included some of the players we expected to explode, who well, didn't.
|Odell Beckham Jr.||8.8||6.3|
Not only are these some of the best players in the league, but they're also some of the most expensive, taking valuable chunks of the salary cap and unfairly underpaying those who rostered them this week.
Who Made The Difference?
Last week I opened this segment with the following note, “Devonta Freeman was truly the differentiator this weekend.” This weekend, the same is true, as Freeman was the sole differentiator between a top winning lineup, and just a minimum cash. Despite his top week last week, his ownership percentages this week did not see any alarmingly, significant boosts in the Sunday Million or the Millionaire Maker, where he was 12.5 and 16.1 percent owned respectively. Only a few other players in the whole league were close to producing as much as Freeman did this weekend, and without them or Freeman it was awfully difficult to earn a top cash.
If you follow along with the million dollar sweats, regardless of whether or not you're in a position to win, you're still amazed at the craziness that unfolded near the end of the game between the Seahawks and the Lions. With less than two minutes left, Kam Chancellor swatted a ball out of Calvin Johnson's hands just before he was about to break the plane of the end zone and it was “batted” out of the end zone by KJ Wright. Not only did the play keep the Seahawks defense from losing fantasy points by allowing points to Detroit, but it also added two points for a fumble recovery as the ball went out of the back of the end zone.
The striking controversy that arose from this play was the intentional batting of the ball out of the back of the end zone. NFL rules state that given this infraction, the ball should have gone back to Detroit at the six-inch line, giving them another chance to score and effectively drop the Seahawks defense, sending “ChipotleAddict” and any others with the Seahawks defense down the leaderboard, costing them millions in prizes.
But…the refs missed it, and ChipotleAddict couldn't be happier. Wherever he or she is, I hope they know that Q'Doba is better anyway!
I'm going to be continuing this segment weekly in hopes of producing a larger piece on this deeper into the NFL season as the striking contrast in quarterback play has been a particularly interesting note thus far in the NFL season.
Below I've once again gone through the quarterbacks used in the top 20 lineups of both of the major tournaments on FanDuel and DraftKings.
Sunday Million, FanDuel : Nine different quarterbacks in the top 20 lineups. One more quarterbacks than last week: Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, Andy Dalton, Philip Rivers, Sam Bradford, Tyrod Taylor, Eli Manning, Carson Palmer, and Matt Ryan. Difference in highest and lowest score = 12.08 (Phillip Rivers – Matt Ryan)
Millionaire Maker, DraftKings: Seven different quarterbacks in the top 20 lineups. One more quarterback than last week: Blake Bortles, Derek Carr, Philip Rivers, Andy Dalton, Aaron Rodgers, Sam Bradford, Tyrod Taylor. Difference in highest and lowest score = 14.38 (Philip Rivers–Derek Carr).
Again, another week with lots of diverse quarterback play on both sites and this week the difference between the top quarterback and bottom decreased, while again the difference between the top and bottom skill position players was much larger. In the past three weeks, I hope that you've taken note that it isn't the quarterback that is winning you GPPs, it's the rest of your lineup!
Congratulations to all the winners from this week, and to the losers, sorry!
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