FanDuel offers some of the biggest payouts in all of daily fantasy sports. Among them is the $1.2 million FanDuel Sunday Million contest where a $7 entry has a shot at the $250,000 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 15 of the Sunday Million shook out:
|DFS Screen Name||Points||Prize Money|
The winning lineup by fifthelement7373 routed the field in FanDuel tournament terms with a comfortable eight-point victory. Including three players with 2% or less ownership in the contest, the lineup was hardly chalk, adding in Blake Bortles with 6% ownership at quarterback. The lineup by fifthelement7373 did not have a miss among the selections with 17 points by the Rams DST (nearly 4x value) as the lowest producer. Keelan Cole and Todd Gurley were the big hits of the bunch with more than 5x value return on each of their polar opposite salaries.
*High ownership with high-value return*
Cam Newton: In the pivotal NFC matchup, Newton played one of his best games of the season as a two-way quarterback. At 12% ownership, Newton approached 4x value with four touchdowns and 300 total yards in Carolina's win.
Nick Foles: With 12% ownership, Foles was a trendy pick at $6,000 salary. Foles returned 4x value with four touchdowns in the divisional road win against the Giants.
Le'Veon Bell: The injury to Antonio Brown aided Bell's already strong workload against the Patriots, but Bell approached 3x value on his top running back salary, which did not deter owners from rostering Bell on 31% of rosters. Bell totaled 165 yards with a touchdown, adding five receptions, another day at the office for the elite running back.
Todd Gurley: At 13% ownership, Gurley was a strong play this week, but not in the zone of Le'Veon Bell at the running back position. However, the Rams back was an overt difference-maker for lineups with a rarified air score of 43.5 behind four touchdowns and 180 total yards for 5x value.
Mark Ingram II: At 11% ownership, Ingram had the game script against the Jets and returned 3.5x value with 151 total yards and two touchdowns.
Kenyan Drake: While none of the top-10 lineups had Drake, 32% of the contest did and his $6,500 salary returned more than 3x value with 113 total yards, a touchdown, and six catches.
Marquise Goodwin: The speedster has stepped up with Pierre Garcon out for the 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo's addition has further fueled Goodwin's production of late. Against Tennessee was no different as the 18% owned Goodwin nearly hit 3x value on 10-114-0 for WR2/3 level salary.
Rob Gronkowski: Even without finding the end zone, Gronkowski nearly hit 3x value on his top salary with 23% ownership. Gronkowski fueled the ultimate game-winning Patriots drive with chunk receptions down the field and a critical two-point conversion.
Robbie Gould: The 49ers are a different team with Jimmy Garoppolo under center. Gould was a chalk pick of kickers with 25% ownership in the contest, hitting six field goals, including four from more than 40 yards out for more than 5x value.
Ravens DST: As a chalk pick to select the defense playing Cleveland, Baltimore came through with 4x value on their 14% ownership. The Ravens collected four turnovers, two sacks, and a defensive touchdown in their comfortable road win.
*High ownership with low-value return*
Antonio Brown: Injury took Brown off the field in the early second quarter, but Brown was already off to a sluggish start. His 36% ownership returned 0.3x value with only a couple catches.
Doug Baldwin: On 10% ownership, Baldwin was a bust with a single catch in Seattle's blowout loss against the Rams.
Adam Thielen: The Vikings blew out the Bengals, but Thielen was a minimal part of the team's success with his worst FanDuel outing of the season. At 25% ownership, Thielen tilted the standings, especially for the No.4 overall finisher with Thielen, who could have pushed for the top-3 if not for Thielen's flop.
Josh Gordon returned less than 1x value on 11% ownership as Deshone Kizer's up-and-down play continues to thwart Cleveland's offensive upside.
Saints DST: Despite the home matchup against Bryce Petty, the Saints did not produce much on their 34% ownership with a single sack, two interceptions, and 19 points allowed.
One of the more impressive lineups of the week was the No.10 overall finisher with Marqise Lee in their lineup (who ended up not playing) with 5.5% ownership in the contest overall. A top-5 finish was in play for this lineup if not for the zero score from Lee. The 5.5% ownership serves as a reminder to double-check all lineups and player status leading up to kickoff (or play it safe with trending players heading into Sunday) to optimize lineups and player selection.
MOST OWNED IN THE TOP-10 LINEUPS:
- Todd Gurley (10)
- Cam Newton (7)
- Le'Veon Bell (7)
- Greg Olsen (6)
- Marquise Goodwin (5)
- Randall Cobb (5)
- Robbie Gould (5)
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
Eli Manning: Returning more than 4x value, Manning was owned by a mere 0.5% of the contest, churning out 434 yards and three touchdowns against the Eagles.
Jerick McKinnon: With 2% ownership, McKinnon came through with close to 3x value with 138 total yards and seven receptions.
Keelan Cole: The Jaguars receiver had a career day, torching Houston for multiple long gains including a touchdown to the tune of 7-186-1 and close to historic 6x value with 1% ownership in the contest, including the top finisher.
Sterling Shepard: Back to the feature role, Shepard was busy early and often against the Eagles with 11-139-1 on 2% ownership, returning more than 4x value.
Damiere Byrd: In one of the more impressive stacks of the week, the No.8 overall finisher in the contest used Byrd as their WR3, along with Greg Olsen (8% ownership) and Cam Newton for the Carolina super-stack. Byrd was 0.9% owned and returned 3.5x value on his minimum salary with 3-25-2.
Ben Watson: Much maligned through the season, Watson resurfaced this week with 3x value on 2.5% ownership with 4-74-1.
Rams DST: On the road, the Rams throttled Seattle in a blowout. With 1% ownership, the Rams collected seven sacks of Russell Wilson and forced two turnovers and a safety for nearly 4x value.
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