FanDuel's Sunday Million Week 10 Recap

Taking an in-depth look at FanDuel's Week 10 Sunday Million Contest.

FanDuel offers some of the biggest payouts in all of daily fantasy sports. Among them is the $1.5 million FanDuel Sunday Million contest where a $7 entry has a shot at the $300,000 first-place payout. Each week FanDuel will be running a Sunday Million GPP Contest and we will break it down here at Footballguys.com and see what the keys were to having the top lineup on the week and taking home the top prize. 

Here is how Week 10 of the Sunday Million shook out:

 

DFS Screen Name Points Prize Money
1st ctardust 183.16 $300,000
2nd raiderzfan75 182.20 $150,000
3rd 182.00 182.00 $75,000
4th wallin71 180.46 $40,000
5th never2easy 179.10 $20,000


The winning lineup by ctardust took a shot on Case Keenum, not a popular pick by the field at quarterback with less than 1% ownership. It paid off with close to 4x value and only one other top-10 finisher had Keenum in their lineup. A.J. Green and Sterling Shepard were more than 20% owned as their chalk wide receiver plays. Mark Ingram was the impact play of their lineup with more than 31 points on 3% ownership and $6,900 salary, finding the end zone three times against Buffalo. Most of the contest was on Alvin Kamara over Ingram in the Saints backfield. The Rams stack at kicker and defense paid off this week as ctardust paid a top salary for each and they returned close to 3x value as a tandem, both owned by more than 10% of the contest. The lone player to not return at least 2x value by ctardust was Todd Gurley at 14% ownership and $9,600 as RB1, posting 16.6 FanDuel points with 136 total yards, but not finding the end zone.

Position Player Salary FanDuel Points Ownership
QB Case Keenum $6,800 26.1 1%
RB Todd Gurley II $9,600 16.6 14%
RB Mark Ingram $6,900 31.1 3%
WR A.J. Green $7,900 20.0 21%
WR Adam Thielen $7,000 26.6 7%
WR Sterling Shepard $5,700 19.7 24%
TE Vernon Davis $5,300 11.1 5%
K Greg Zuerlein $5,400 17.0 13%
DST Rams $5,400 15.0 12%
    $60,000 183.16  


WHAT WORKED?

A.J. Green: At 21%, Green was a chalk play at receiver and paid off with 2.5x value on 5-115-1 in Cincinnati's narrow road defeat in Tennessee.

Sterling Shepard: At 24% ownership, Shepard and Evan Engram are the engines of the Giants passing game for the rest of the season. Shepard was peppered with targets en route to 11-142-0 receiving and more than 3x value on the week.

Juju Smith-Schuster: The rookie receiver did it again in Week 10 with a near-3x value return on 5-97-1. His 16% ownership was on $6,500 salary, which easily slotted at WR2 or WR3 on well-rounded lineups.

Golden Tate: At 21% ownership, Tate rolled to 6-97-1 in the favorable matchup against Cleveland for 2.5x value. It was a 'get well' game for much of the Lions offense, scoring 38 points in the home victory.

Greg Zuerlein: Even with a top positional salary, Zuerlein was popular at 13% ownership. The Rams' offense churned out 30+ points (again) and Zuerlein hit three field goals, including another from 50+ yards.

Lions Defense: A top-priced defense paid off with Detriot's 13% ownership and near-3x value return. Deshone Kizer protected the ball uncharacteristically well for a handful of drives, but Detroit eventually got theirs in the comfortable home in with four sacks, two turnovers, and a defensive touchdown.

Rams Defense: Los Angeles held Tom Savage and the Houston offense in check with four turnovers, three sacks, and only seven points allowed. Despite the high salary, the Rams nearly hit 3x value on 12% ownership.

WHAT FAILED?

Jordan HowardAt 21% ownership, Howard flopped with less than 1x value. Howard did not catch a pass or get any short-range cracks at the end zone en route to 54 empty rushing yards in Chicago's home loss to the Packers.

Leonard Fournette: At 30% ownership, Fournette was a massive disappointment with less than 1x value. The Jaguars shied away from Fournette especially in the second half, despite a competitive game script as the workhorse back totaled 46 yards and did not sniff the end zone.

Bilal Powell: With Matt Forte out, 13% of the lineups had Powell rostered. However, a hearty split with Elijah McGuire and Powell generally underperforming led to 36 total yards, only one reception, and a lost fumble in the disappointing return on his $6,000 salary.

Antonio BrownAt 35% ownership, Brown caused many lineups to crumble in Week 10. Juju Smith-Schuster's rise over the past few weeks has softened the upside of Brown, who was limited to 3-47-0 (less than 1x value) despite the optimistic matchup against the Colts.

Julio Jones: 20% ownership had Jones pegged as one of the chalk plays of the week against Dallas. However, Jones' hot start faded to a pedestrian total stat line of 6-57-0 as Atlanta cruised to victory.

Marvin Jones: While teammate Golden Tate was posting outstanding numbers, Jones was a flop on his 30% ownership with a single catch against Cleveland.

Cameron Brate: At 14% ownership, Brate logged only one catch against the Jets, barely grazing the box score.

Bears Defense: One of the bigger projected values of the low-cost defense bucket, Chicago at 25% ownership produced only three FanDuel points with three sacks and no turnovers in the lackluster performance against the Brett Hundley-led Packers.

Finish QB RB1 RB2 WR1 WR2 WR3 TE K DEF
1 Keenum Gurley Ingram Green Thielen Shepard Davis Zuerlein LAR
2 Goff Kamara Hyde Thielen Smith-Schuster Woods Engram Zuerlein LAR
3 Goff Kamara Ingram Green Hopkins Woods Witten Zuerlein NO
4 Keenum Kamara Ingram Diggs Thielen Smith-Schuster Gronkowski Zuerlein DET
5 Goff Kamara Ingram R.Anderson Smith-Schuster Woods Gronkowski Zuerlein JAC
6 Goff Bell Ingram Tate Woods Shepard Davis Gostkowski DET
7 Goff Ingram Hyde R.Anderson Smith-Schuster Woods Gronkowski Zuerlein LAR
8 Goff Ingram Abdullah Diggs Smith-Schuster Woods Gronkowski Zuerlein LAR
9 Goff Bell Kamara Tate Thielen Woods Celek Boswell LAR
10 Cousins Howard Ingram Tate Thielen Woods Gronkowski Gostkowski NE


While most rostered options in the top-10 were moderate to highly-owned across the contest, here are some of the top performers with low-ownership in this week's tournament:


SHOOTING THE NEEDLE

Case Keenum: The Vikings quarterback approached 4x value for the week despite being owned by less than 1% of lineups. Keenum was on fire, supplying tournament-level value in the first half alone against Washington, finishing with more than 300 yards and four touchdowns.

Kirk Cousins: At less than 1% ownership, few were backing Cousins in the home matchup against Minnesota. However, the 10th place finisher rode Cousins to a strong finish, returning nearly 4x value on three total touchdowns (two rushing) and 327 yards through the air.

Mark Ingram: Few were on Ingram (3% ownership) as teammate Alvin Kamara was owned by three times as many lineups. Ingram, however, surpassed 4x value with his three touchdowns and 131 yards on the ground despite not seeing passing game work in the Saints blowout win in Buffalo.

Theo Riddick: At 0.4% ownership, Riddick returned more than 2x value with 47 total yards, three catches, and a rare touchdown in Detroit's home win.

Isaiah Crowell: The Browns back enjoyed one of his best games of the season with 95 total yards and finding the end zone for 3x value on a minuscule 0.2% ownership in the contest.

Garrett Celek: The Giants are a tight end matchup to exploit and Celek came through in Week 10 with George Kittle out. At $4,500, Celek was owned by 3% of the contest, including one of the top-10 finishers. His 4-67-1 stat line produced more than 3x value.

Mason Crosby: At 0.6% ownership, Crosby hit 3x value with three field goals (two from 50+ yards) and 14 overall points.

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