FanDuel's Sunday Million Week 13 Recap

Taking an in-depth look at FanDuel's Week 13 Sunday Million Contest.

FanDuel offers some of the biggest payouts in all of daily fantasy sports. Among them is the $1.4 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 13 of the Sunday Million shook out:

 

DFS Screen Name Points Prize Money
1st victormocco 219.54 $250,000
2nd tdunns15 207.24 $125,000
3rd chess_is_ok 206.54 $75,000
4th lvdonofrio14 204.94 $50,000
5th awesemo 204.84 $30,000


The winning lineup by victormocco featured a superstack of Chiefs with Alex Smith, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce. Kelce was highly-owned, but few banked on Hill and Smith, both with 5% ownership or less in the contest. Hill and Kelce caught all four of Smith's touchdowns in the shootout with the Jets. All of victormocco's plays hit 2x value with the minimally-owned Dolphins DST hitting the rarified air of 6x value. Keenan Allen was the most chalk selection at 32% ownership, approaching 3x value with 10-105-1.

Position Player Salary FanDuel Points Ownership
QB Alex Smith $7,500 37.6 2%
RB Todd Gurley $8,800 18.8 22%
RB Kenyan Drake $5,800 21.6 5%
WR Keenan Allen $8,100 21.5 32%
WR Tyreek Hill $6,900 33.5 5%
WR Marqise Lee $6,000 18.1 5%
TE Travis Kelce $7,000 23.4 10%
K Greg Zuerlein $5,300 17.0 17%
DST Dolphins $4,500 28.0 1%
    $59,900 219.54  

WHAT WORKED?

*High ownership with high-value return*

Alvin Kamara: Another week and another strong showing from Kamara, hitting 2x or better value for the seventh straight game. Despite his highest salary of the season, Kamara was owned by 17% of the contest and hit 3x value.

Jamaal Williams: With Aaron Jones back in the lineup, but projected in a limited role, Williams had the uncontested lead role again in Week 13. Williams came through with 11% ownership and more than 3x value, posting 123 total yards and finding the end zone for more than 19 FanDuel points.

Marshawn Lynch: With Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper out, Oakland leaned on their veteran running back with 121 total yards and finding the end zone, hitting 3x value on 12% ownership.

Keenan Allen: Allen was one of the highest owned players of the week at 32%, coming through for a third straight week of at least 2.5x value. The past three weeks have marked Allen's three best games of the season, logging 10 receptions and finding the end zone yet again.

Travis Kelce: At 10% ownership, Kelce was one of the chalk tight ends of the week. Despite his highest salary of the season, Kelce nearly hit 3x value, torching the Jets for a long touchdown and a shorter-range score with 4-94-2.

Greg Zuerlein: At a high salary ($5,300), Zuerlein was owned by 17% of the contest lineups and hit 3x value for the fifth time in the last six games. Zuerlein has scored below 2x value in only 3-of-12 games this year. 

WHAT FAILED?

*High ownership with low-value return*

Tom Brady: At 11% ownership, Brady flamed out with 1x value against Buffalo. New England settled for four field goals and both of their offensive touchdowns came on the ground.

Jordan Howard: At 24% ownership, Howard was a chalk running back of the week. The Bears saw less than 40 offensive plays, however, and Tarik Cohen emerged with more big plays of the Chicago backfield. Howard managed 33 total yards and a single reception, not finding the end zone during his dud DFS performance.

Adam Thielen: At 19% ownership, Thielen posted a pedestrian 1x value performance of 4-51-0, his first single-digit FanDuel result in six weeks.

Mike Evans: The disappointing season continued for Evans despite Jameis Winston returning to the lineup as Tampa Bay struggled mightily with pass protection against Green Bay. At 19% ownership, Evans hit less than 1x value and has not been above 2x value in his past five games.

Brandin Cooks: Rex Burkhead and Rob Gronkowski were hits this week, but Cooks was a notable flop at 17% ownership and $7,600 salary. Cooks managed an ugly 2-17-0 stat line against Buffalo.

Davante Adams: Typically the apple of Brett Hundley's eye, Adams turned in less than 1x value as Hundley posted a lackluster effort through the air and Jamaal Williams was the centerpiece of the offense. At 27% ownership, Adams was one of the biggest disappointments of the week.

Jared Cook: Despite the strong matchup (Giants) and both starting receivers out of the lineup for Oakland, Cook was a massive disappointment with 18% ownership and 1-9-0 stat line.

Zach Ertz: At 17% ownership, Ertz stumbled to a 2-24-0 line against Seattle, plus exiting with a concussion late in the third quarter. Ertz has only one game of 2x value or better in the last month.

Finish QB RB1 RB2 WR1 WR2 WR3 TE K DEF
1 A.Smith Gurley Drake Allen Hill Lee Kelce Zuerlein MIA
2 A.Smith Howard Drake Allen Fitzgerald Hill Kelce Zuerlein MIA
3 A.Smith Gurley Drake M.Thomas Hill Lee Kelce Zuerlein LAR
4 A.Smith McCoy Drake Allen Hill Lee Kelce Zuerlein LAR
5 A.Smith Gurley Collins Allen Hill Kearse Kelce Zuerlein TEN
6 A.Smith Gurley Kamara Hill Lee Roberts Kelce Zuerlein LAR
7 A.Smith Gurley J.Williams Hopkins Hill Kearse Kelce Zuerlein LAR
8 A.Smith Gurley Drake Fitzgerald M.Jones Hill Kelce Lutz MIA
9 McCown Ingram Collins R.Anderson Hill Kearse Gronkowski Zuerlein LAR
10 A.Smith Gurley Drake Hopkins Hill Kearse Kelce Gostkowski LAR

Most owned in the top-10 lineups:

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

Alex Smith: The Chiefs quarterback was a stacking dream this week if paired with either Tyreek Hill or Travis Kelce, each scoring two of Smith's four passing touchdowns. Smith was sparsely owned at 1.5% and added 70 rushing yards (largely on one scramble) to approach 40 FanDuel points on the week.

Blake Bortles: In the blowout win over the Colts, Bortles hit more than 3x value on 1.7% ownership. Bortles was a strong producer last week as well with more than 3x value, totaling 336 yards and two touchdowns this week.

Mark Ingram II: With Alvin Kamara collecting all the buzz, Ingram was only 3% owned this week and nearly hit 3x value, fueled by a long run, six catches, and finding the end zone. 

Larry Fitzgerald: The Cardinals receiver bounced back from a dud performance in Week 12 with 10-98-1 at his highest salary of the season. Few owned Fitzgerald (2.6%) in the contest as he approached 3x value.

Jermaine Kearse: In the Chiefs-Jets shootout, Kearse emerged as a substantial value this week after another strong performance in Week 12. Kearse salary skyrocketed $800 after last week's 3.6x value showing and backed it up with another 3x game at 1.9% ownership (9-157-0). Kearse was even owned by the savvy No.5 overall finisher in the contest.

Evan Engram: Nearly hitting 3x value, Engram was owned by just 1.6% of contest lineups and none of the top-10 in favor of Travis Kelce and Rob Gronkowski by top finishers. Engram's 7-99-1 stat line was a strong rebound from the past two weeks, both lackluster results of less than 1x value.

Dolphins: The Broncos are eroding by the week and Trevor Siemian under center did not help matters as the Dolphins had two safeties, a touchdown, three turnovers, and three sacks en route to 6x value on 1% ownership. Miami was in the lineup of the No.1 finishing lineup of the week.

Packers: At 1.1% ownership, Green Bay nearly hit 4x value against Tampa Bay as they harassed Jameis Winston to the tune of seven sacks and scoring a defensive touchdown.

Head over to FanDuel now and catch the action for Week 13.


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