FanDuel's Sunday Million Week 17 Recap

Taking an in-depth look at FanDuel's Week 17 Sunday Million Contest.

 

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 17 of the Sunday Million shook out:

 

DFS Screen Name Points Prize Money
1st goskins007 192.82 $250,000
2nd touchdownjudas 187.08 $125,000
3rd chevy1969c20 186.44 $75,000
4th stea1th4 185.48 $50,000
5th rayrose16 184.98 $30,000


The winning lineup by goskins007 featured mostly lesser-owned options with only Keenan Allen overt chalk at his respective position. With 7-of-9 players featuring single-digit ownership rates, Tyler Kroft was the most impressive hit at 0.1% ownership overall in the contest and nearly hitting 4x value for the overall champion of the week. Also saving salary cap was the $3,000 Browns defense, coming through with more than 2x value and allowing for more positional player upgrades. Of the five players owned by at least half the top-10 lineups, goskins007 had only two of them (Keenan Allen, Juju Smith-Schuster), highlighting the uniqueness of their lineup.

Position Player Salary FanDuel Points Ownership
QB Matthew Stafford $7,800 27.1 9%
RB Ezekiel Elliott $8,700 15.6 11%
RB Devonta Freeman $6,900 21.3 6%
WR Keenan Allen $8,600 29.8 30%
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster $7,300 30.8 7%
WR Golden Tate $7,100 21.9 5%
TE Tyler Kroft $5,500 20.3 1%
K Matt Bryant $5,000 19.0 7%
DST Browns $3,000 7.0 6%
    $59,900 192.82  


WHAT WORKED?

*High ownership with high-value return*

Matthew Stafford surpassed 3x value on 9% ownership as the Lions rolled to victory over the Packers. Stafford amassed 325 total yards, three passing touchdowns, and a two-point conversion, his best FanDuel game since Week 1.

Alvin Kamara: One of 2017's finest performers finished his season with another gem, totaling 128 yards, six receptions, and an offensive touchdown, adding a kickoff return score for 3x value.

Derrick Henry had the Tennessee backfield to himself to close the season and rewarded 20% ownership with 3x value. Henry broke a long receiving touchdown as the foundation of his production, totaling 117 yards and a touchdown on low $5,800 salary.

Dion Lewis was the feature back for the Patriots again this week with their laundry list of inactive and injured backs. Lewis had 28% ownership and approached 4x value with 133 total yards, two touchdowns, and six receptions.

JuJu Smith-Schuster: 7% of the contest stepped up for Smith-Schuster despite the uncertainty of how much the impact rookie would play with minimal stakes on the line for Pittsburgh. Not only did Smith-Schuster play high snaps, he returned more than 4x value as a do-it-all weapon with 9-143-1 on offense and a kickoff return touchdown.

Keenan Allen was a chalk pick of the week at nearly 30% ownership. Allen eclipsed 3x value despite a high salary with 9-133-1 plus recovering a fumble in the end zone for another score. This week marked Allen's second-best game of the season.

Doug Baldwin surpassed 3x value on 12% ownership, hitting 90 yards for the first time in two months and two touchdowns for the first time all season.

WHAT FAILED?

*High ownership with low-value return*

Kirk Cousins grazed 1x value where few quarterbacks were complete disappointments this week. Cousins had 10% ownership, returning 170 total yards and three interceptions with his only salvage a rushing touchdown.

LeSean McCoy missed part of the game with an injury as Buffalo secured their first playoff berth in more than a decade. His 23% ownership returned 0.5x value with 32 total yards.

Julio Jones was owned by a whopping 38% of the contest. Not finding the end zone again (only two games with a touchdown this season) limited Jones to 5-80-0 and barely hitting 1x value.

T.Y. Hilton produced a dud (3-14-0) on massive 25% ownership as the Colts won at home over Houston. Hilton had only three games with touchdowns all season and nine games of less than 50 yards.

Keelan Cole and his hot second half ran out of gas to close the season. With 9% ownership, Cole had 4-33-0 and a lost fumble in Jacksonville's disappointing 10-point output against Tennessee.

Rob Gronkowski put up a goose egg against the Jets as the starters played well into the second half of the 20-point win. Gronkowski's 22% ownership torpedoed a strong share of contest lineups this week.

Antonio Gates was coming off a strong Week 16 but came up small to close 2017 with 1x value on 12% ownership with 4-47-0.

Greg Olsen has largely been a lost cause in 2017 and Week 17 put the bow on the sentiment with 12% ownership and an anemic 1-10-0 line against Atlanta as Carolina struggled in all facets.

Ravens DST: 15% ownership returned less than 1x value as one of the chalk defenses of the week against Cincinnati. Baltimore had a single sack and turnover as they allowed 31 points and the loss cost the Ravens a playoff spot.

 

Finish QB RB1 RB2 WR1 WR2 WR3 TE K DEF
1 Stafford Elliott Freeman Allen Smith-Schuster Tate Kroft Bryant CLE
2 Rivers Lewis Kamara Allen Baldwin Ty.Williams Kittle Gostkowski KC
3 Wilson Kamara Gore Allen Smith-Schuster Baldwin Kittle Bryant SF
4 Rivers Lewis Hyde Allen Smith-Schuster Goodwin Doyle Succop DET
5 Rivers Gordon Lewis Smith-Schuster Baldwin Tate Gates Dawson ATL
6 Wilson Lewis Henry Allen Smith-Schuster Baldwin Gates Gould DET
7 Stafford Kamara Henry Allen Baldwin Tate Doyle Gould DEN
8 Garoppolo Lewis Hyde Allen Smith-Schuster M.Jones Kittle Gould PIT
9 Rivers Lewis Freeman Allen Baldwin Sanu Gates Bryant PIT
10 Rivers Hyde Collins Allen Smith-Schuster Baldwin V.Davis Bryant SF

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

Duke Johnson Jr had 95 total yards, six catches, and a touchdown for 3x value on 0.6% ownership as the Browns nearly ended their winless season against Pittsburgh.

Tyrell Williams had 1.6% ownership and returned almost 3x value for the No.2 finishing lineup in the contest most notably. Williams logged a long touchdown amidst his 3-67-1 performance on $5,200 salary.

Randall Cobb: Finishing off what has been a disappointing season, Cobb approached 3x value on $5,500 salary as 2.9% of the lineups owned him.

Amari Cooper: In what has been a lost season for Cooper, he finished on a relative hot streak with touchdowns in 4-of-5 games to close the year and 3x value in Week 17 as only 0.9% of the contest lineups included Cooper with 3-115-1.

Tyler Kroft: Owned by the No.1 overall finisher of the week, Kroft had a minuscule 0.1% ownership overall but came through with two touchdowns and nearly 4x value and his best game in more than two months.

George Kittle approached 3x value on 1.3% ownership, plus inclusion in the No.2 finishing lineup of the week with 4-100-0 as the 49ers continued their offensive hot streak to close the season.

Rhett Ellison: Another low-cost hit for the tight end position was Ellison with Evan Engram out in Week 17. At $4,500 and 0.5% ownership, Ellison logged 5-63-0 and nearly 2x value.

Phil Dawson: As Arizona notched a road win over Seattle, Dawson hit four field goals of 40+ yards, including one from 50+ yards for 4x value.

Chiefs DST: With Denver starting Paxton Lynch, Kansas City approached 4x value with five sacks, three turnovers, and a touchdown in the road divisional win on 1.5% ownership.

 

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