FanDuel's Sunday Million Week 11 Recap

Taking an in-depth look at FanDuel's Week 11 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 $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 11 of the Sunday Million shook out:

 

DFS Screen Name Points Prize Money
1st dinkpiece 194.60 $250,000
2nd domshaw3 193.86 $150,000
3rd thedawnraids 192.78 $100,000
4th clemsonsoxpats 189.78 $60,000
5th cluckett87 189.06 $40,000


The winning lineup by dinkplace featured one of the lowest owned winning players this season in Kenny Stills. At $5,100, the Miami receiver returned more than 5x value on 1% ownership and the only ownership share among the top-10 lineups. Keenan Allen was another bold call, a near-5x value return as few contest lineups contained the Chargers receiver who had not found the end zone since Week 1 and logged a season-high 159 receiving yards against Buffalo. Rob Gronkowski was the lone bust of the lineup as 17% of the contest banked on the Patriots tight end, who ended up as one of the lone New England options to not surpass 1x value against Oakland. This week marked Gronkowski's lowest yardage total since Week 1 and he has not scored in two straight weeks, a notable streak for the touchdown maven over his career. Hitting on kicker and defense is vital and dinkplace returned more than 4x value on the combination of Stephen Gostkowski and Baltimore, both were solidly owned in the contest at 11% and 9% respectively. 

 

Position Player Salary FanDuel Points Ownership
QB Drew Brees $8,100 22.6 9%
RB Mark Ingram II $8,200 23.0 15%
RB LeSean McCoy $8,000 25.1 14%
WR Keenan Allen $7,100 34.2 4%
WR Jamison Crowder $5,400 11.1 15%
WR Kenny Stills $5,100 27.5 1%
TE Rob Gronkowski $8,200 5.1 17%
K Stephen Gostkowski $5,100 20.0 11%
DST Ravens $4,700 26.0 9%
    $59,900 194.6  

 

WHAT WORKED?

*High ownership with high value return*

Tom Brady30% of the top-10 finishers and 22% of the contest overall had Brady, who nearly hit 3x value with 339 yards and three scores in the blowout win over Oakland.

Mark Ingram IIThe Saints backfield continues to surge since Adrian Peterson was traded to Arizona. At 15% ownership and a rising salary, Ingram still churned out nearly 3x value with 155 total yards, a touchdown, and three receptions.

Alvin Kamara: Another week and another strong showing from both Saints running backs. Kamara had 23% ownership, higher than teammate Mark Ingram II, at hit 3x value with 116 total yards, six catches, and finding the end zone twice (one of which was a two-point conversion).

LeSean McCoy: One of the chalk plays at running back this week (14%), McCoy's production centered around a few chunk gains, but found the end zone twice and eclipsed 100 total yards en route to 3x value and more than 25 FanDuel points.

Brandin Cooks: The speedy receiver separated easily from Oakland's struggling secondary. At 22% ownership, Cooks surpassed 3x value with 149 yards and a long touchdown.

Adam Thielen: Despite the rising salary in recent weeks, Thielen continues to return value with nearly 3x value on 11% ownership. In the sound victory over the Rams, Thielen logged 6-123-1.

Stephen Gostkowski: In the blowout win, Gostkowski came through with a stud performance in Mexico City's altitude with four field goals and a total 20 FanDuel points. He nearly hit 4x value as one of the most owned kickers of the week at 11%.

Will Lutz: At 11% ownership, Lutz churned out more than 3x value with four field goals (two from 50+) of note.

Ravens Defense: The Bears did not pay off against the Packers last week on defense, but Baltimore came through in Week 11 with more than 5x value on 9% ownership. In addition to the shutout (10 FanDuel points), the Ravens added five turnovers and six sacks of Brett Hundley.

Jaguars Defense: At 28% ownership, the field was on Jacksonville against Cleveland even at the balmy $5,600 salary. They still easily returned high-level value (almost 5x) with five turnovers forced, five sacks, and a defensive touchdown.

Chargers Defense: Another chalk defense coming through this week was the Chargers. At 16% ownership, they intercepted rookie Nathan Peterman five times in the first half and added two touchdowns despite only logging a single sack for nearly 6x value.

WHAT FAILED?

*High ownership with low value return*

Alex SmithThe blustery conditions in New York tempered the Chiefs passing game as Smith threw two uncharacteristic interceptions and did not find the end zone on his 257 empty total yards. At 18% ownership, Smith barely surpassed 1x value.

Kareem HuntThe field continues to bet on Kareem Hunt weekly and he has been a disappointment overall since his early-season outburst. At 35% ownership, Hunt barely hit 1x value in a windy low-scoring affair against the Giants. Hunt has been getting pulled on passing downs consistently and did not sniff the end zone with 77 total yards and three catches.

DeVante Parker: While teammates Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills had quality games, Parker's 13% ownership was a miss for FanDuel this week. Parker logged less than 1x value and his 4-26-0 stat line was one of the more disappointing results of the wide receiver position compared to ownership.

Rob GronkowskiBrandin Cooks was the stack with Tom Brady to pay big dividends this week. Gronkowski at 17% ownership busted with less than 1x value on 3-36-0.

Evan Engram: The rookie tight end has been money the past month, but struggled in Week 11 with and ugly 1-9-0 stat line on 8% ownership.

Zach Ertz: Another strong producer this season at tight end put up a dud week in Ertz. At 9% ownership, Ertz had 2-8-0 compared to his $8,000 salary.

Jared Cook: At 11% ownership, Cook put up a dud performance with less than 1x value on 2-36-0 against the Patriots.

Jake Elliott: An injury took the Eagles kicker off the field this week with a single point for his 10% ownership. 

Greg Zuerlein: The Rams sputtered on offense in the loss to the Vikings and Zuerlein logged only an extra point compared to his 14% ownership.

Finish QB RB1 RB2 WR1 WR2 WR3 TE K DEF
1 Brees Ingram McCoy Allen Crowder Stills Gronkowski Gostkowski BAL
2 Brady Kamara Howard Cooks Allen D.Thomas V.Davis Gostkowski BAL
3 Cousins Ingram McCoy Allen Landry Crowder Kelce Novak LAC
4 Gabbert Ingram Kamara Cooks Alllen Fitzgerald Kelce McManus LAC
5 Brady Collins Perine Cooks Thielen Allen Kelce Tucker JAC
6 Brees Ingram Kamara Allen Fitzgerald Crowder Kelce Lutz LAC
7 Brady Kamara Thompson Thielen Allen Amendola Kelce Gostkowski LAC
8 Rivers Ingram McCoy Allen Fitzgerald B.Ellington Kelce Novak JAC
9 Brees Kamara Howard M.Thomas Allen Fitzgerald Fleener Gostkowski LAC
10 Gabbert Ingram Kamara Cooks Fitzgerald Landry Kelce Gostkowski LAC


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

Blaine Gabbert: Getting his first start of the season, Gabbert came through with more than 3x value on 2.5% ownership. The fourth-place finisher in the contest overall used Gabbert's low salary to stack other positions. Despite two interceptions, Gabbert totaled 270 yards and three touchdowns.

Alex Collins: In the 23-0 blowout of Green Bay, Collins was the clear lead back for Baltimore, returning nearly 3x value on 0.6% ownership. His tepid 71 total yards was aided by a touchdown and four receptions despite Danny Woodhead returning to the lineup.

Samaje Perine: The fifth-place finisher in the entire contest actually used both Collins and Perine in their backfield, garnering the sharpshooter lineup call of the week. Perine had 0.5% ownership and returned more than 3x value with Rob Kelley out in Week 11 and Chris Thompson injured during the game.

Kenny StillsAt 1% ownership, few were banking on Stills even as their WR3. However, Stills became a difference-maker for the overall winner this week with more than 5x value and 7-180-1 stat line against the struggling Tampa Bay secondary.

Danny Amendola: Yet another Patriots player to return value this week, Amendola hit 3x value on 1.5% ownership, finding the end zone among his eight receptions.

Coby Fleener: The Saints tight end had not logged a solid game since Week 2, but exploded late against Washington for 5-91-0 at a near-minimum salary of $4,700 and 0.2% ownership. The ninth-place finisher rostered Fleener to their $5,000 payday.

Nick Novak: At 3.5% ownership, Novak was sparsely-owned among kickers, but hit 4x value with four field goals and six extra points in the Chargers' 54-point effort against the Bills.

Bengals Defense: At 1.8% ownership, the Bengals surpassed 2x value with three sacks, two turnovers, plus a blocked kick in the win over Denver.

Head over to FanDuel now and catch the action for Week 12.


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