FanDuel's Sunday Million Week 5 Recap

Taking an in-depth look at FanDuel's Week 5 Sunday Million Contest.

FanDuel offers some of the biggest payouts in all of daily fantasy sports. Among them is the $2.75 million FanDuel Sunday Million contest where a $7 entry has a shot at the $500,000 first-place payout. This week in the contest there was a decent overlay and nearly 25% of the field finished in the money for at least a 42% profit on their entry fee. Each week FanDuel will be running a Sunday Million GPP Contest and we will break it down here at and see what the keys were to having the top lineup on the week and taking home the top prize of $500,000. 

Here is how Week 5 of the Sunday Million shook out:


DFS Screen Name Points Prize Money
1st younger24 201.24 $500,000
2nd redskindoughboy 200.34 $150,000
2nd jhawkfan25 200.34 $150,000
4th reality901 200.14 $50,000
5th jskizzle23 198.84 $25,000

For the fifth week in a row in 2017, the contest's winner was a relative newcomer.

The winning lineup by younger24 was a unique one as only Jordy Nelson had higher than 20% ownership. The game-changer was their call of Ed Dickson, in 0.4% of lineups, who churned out the biggest fantasy game of his career at $4,700 salary and more than 4x value. Considering the near minimum salary spent on tight end, kicker, and defense, younger24 churned out 20+ FanDuel points from each of the positions. Leonard Fournette's long touchdown run to ice the game against Pittsburgh shifted the leaderboard and turned into a 'have' and 'have not' environment with Fournette as every one of the top-10 finishers had Leonard Fournette in their lineup.

Position Player Salary FanDuel Points % Owned
QB Dak Prescott $7,700 30.7 14.0%
RB Leonard Fournette $7,600 30.9 8.5% 
RB Melvin Gordon III $7,100 31.3 8.7% 
WR Antonio Brown $8,800 20.7 17.2%
WR Jordy Nelson $8,600 9.4 34.4% 
WR Michael Crabtree $6,900 17.2 2.0% 
TE Ed Dickson $4,700  20.0 0.4% 
K Harrison Butker $4,500 
D Miami Dolphins $4,100  20.0 7.6% 
    $60,000 201.24  


Stacking Deshaun Watson: Another week and another strong output from the Houston passing game. While in catch-up mode for most of the game, Watson piled up the late production with Will Fuller V and DeAndre Hopkins both collecting multiple touchdowns and Watson himself approaching 5x value. While Watson's salary continues to rise, he remaining less than $8,000 in Week 6 in a home matchup against Cleveland.

Workhorse Running Backs at Non-Workhorse Salary: Leonard Fournette and Melvin Gordon III encompassed seven of the top-10 finishers' running back combinations this week. Both were 4x values seeing 26 and 29 touches respectively. The only other running backs owned among the top-10 were single shares of Joe Mixon, Duke Johnson Jr, and Kareem Hunt. Leonard Fournette was in all 10 lineups.

A.J. GreenIn 50% of the top-10 finishers, Green had less than 8% ownership in the contest overall. Green shook out of his relative funk from the opening month with 3.2x value after three games of less than 2x value over the first four weeks of the season. Green had 58% of Cincinnati's passing yardage and their lone receiving touchdown against Buffalo.

Jacksonville and Miami Defenses: With Marcus Mariota out of the lineup, Miami solidified their standing as a strong play throughout the week. At $4,100 Miami nearly hit 5x value with six sacks, two turnovers, and a touchdown of note. Jacksonville at 1% ownership was more of a surprise performance against Pittsburgh, nearly hitting 6x value fueled by two touchdowns and five interceptions. 80% of the top-10 finishers had one of these defenses.


Todd Gurley: At $7,800, more than 35% of the lineups included Gurley. With a fumble lost and only 50 total yards, Gurley was a massive disappointment at less than 1x value.

Carlos Hyde: Hyde was in and out of the lineup with his ongoing hip issue against the Colts, totaling 18 yards and returning less than 1x value in 12.6% of lineups.

Bilal Powell missed more than half the game with a calf injury. His juicy matchup against Cleveland and near 10% ownership was limited to 33 total yards and less than 1x value.

DeVante Parker: One of the chalk picks of the week with a good matchup against Tennessee and attractive $6,100 salary, Parker missed most of the game with an injury after logging a single catch. Parker dropped down more than 22% of lineups with 1.1 FanDuel points this week.

Randall Cobb: With Davante Adams' status in question during the week, Cobb was the value play recommendation for the Packers passing game. However, Adams not only played but found the end zone twice, squeezing Cobb's  stat line to 4-29-0 at 15% ownership, returning less than 1x value.

Charles Clay: Another key ownership player missing time with injury this week. Clay was owned by nearly 15% of lineups in this week's contest, exiting early at less than 1x value. 

Evan Engram: Unlike Clay, Engram did not miss time with injury. In fact, with all the injuries to the Giants wide receivers against the Chargers, Engram's invisible stat line was even more surprising. At 10.5% ownership, Engram was one of the chalk plays who did not pan out in Week 5.

Lions Defense: Despite 10% ownership, Detroit logged three sacks without a turnover or any other scoring bonuses en route to less than 1x value.


Finish QB RB1 RB2 WR1 WR2 WR3 TE K DEF
1 Prescott Fournette Gordon A.Brown J.Nelson Crabtree Dickson Butker MIA
2 Watson Fournette Gordon Hopkins Hilton Garcon Kelce Butker CAR
2 Watson Fournette Mixon A.Brown Hopkins Adams Kelce Butker MIA
4 Watson Fournette D.Johnson Green Hopkins Fuller Ertz Zuerlein JAX
5 Watson Fournette Gordon Green Allen Fuller Kelce Tucker MIA
6 Smith Fournette Gordon Green Hill Fuller Ertz Prater JAX
7 Watson Fournette Hunt Green Hopkins Beasley Clay Vinatieri JAX
8 Watson Fournette Gordon Green Hopkins D.Bryant Engram Gould MIA
9 Prescott Fournette Gordon Hilton Hopkins D.Bryant ASJ Butker PHI
10 Watson Fournette Gordon Hopkins Allen Funchess Ertz Prater JAX

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:


Cam Newton: With 2.3% ownership, Newton was the top passer of the main slate with 355 yards through the air, adding three touchdowns. In a rare twist, Newton had seven rushes for zero yards on the ground. Newton returned 3x value.

Aaron Jones: At 2.6% ownership, Jones churned out 134 total yards and a touchdown to the tune of 19.9 points, 3x value, in the absence of Ty Montgomery.

Javorius Allen: The 'hot then cold' Baltimore running back was heavily used in Week 5 as Terrance West exited with an early injury. Allen collected regular red zone work and returned 3x value on $5,100 salary.

Davante Adams: At similar ownership, Adams was an impact player like teammate Aaron Jones. Adam's status was in doubt during the week, but he was active and collected 7-66-2 and more than 3x value.

Cole Beasley: One of the more surprising players on a top-10 lineup, Beasley had 0.6% ownership and found the end zone twice on his modest volume (six targets), returning 3x value on $5,000 salary.

Ed Dickson: The Cole Beasley of the tight end position this week, Dickson logged 4x value on a mere 0.4% ownership with a career day's 5-175-0 stat line.

Head over to FanDuel now and catch the action for Week 6.

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