FanDuel's Sunday Million Week 13 Recap

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

FanDuel was back at it again with their massive Week 13 Sunday Million contest, requiring a $25 entry fee with 13,013 people getting paid out at least $40. This massive $1,200,000 million GPP tournament had 56,470 entries and ended up filling up well before lineup lock. This is the first week that this contest has been set at the $1,200,000 million mark.  While the overlay has been great in previous weeks for the consumer it probably hasn't been the best for FanDuel itself and every week there is overlay this particular contest seems to get smaller and smaller. 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 of $200,000.  

Here's how Week 13 of the Sunday Million shook out.

 

DFS Screen Name Points Prize Money
1st robbie622 195.26 $200,000
2nd giostorm 194.76 $100,000
3rd samistyle333 189.74 $50,000
4th da_bundy_curse 187.04 $25,000
5th beavereaters 186.94 $15,000

The winner of FanDuel's Week 13 Sunday Million was robbie622 who beat at the second place team giostorm by just 0.50 points to take home the $200,000 top prize. His team was built around a $60,000 salary cap leaving no salary on the table. It started at quarterback with Aaron Rodgers at 4.8% owned and a $8,500 salary. The quarterback position was a hard one to predict this week as there wasn't a standout player at the position and the projected big scorer in Drew Brees fell well short of expectations. 

At running back he went the chalky David Johnson at $9,200 who continues to be the most reliable fantasy option throughout the season as he finds ways to put up points no matter the game script or outcome. Johnson was owned by 44.9% of the field and caught 9 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown and ran for 84 more yards and added a rushing touchdown. He is almost automatic in cash games but even in a big GPP such as this one it is smart to plug him in as your RB1 and just worry about who to play at RB2. Jordan Howard is the next play at the position as he had an ideal matchup against the 49ers and was priced at $7,400 and owned by 23.2%. Howard rushed for 117 yards and added the Bears only three touchdowns on the day. 

At wide receiver he paired Aaron Rodgers with Jordy Nelson which made a lot of sense against the Texans defense and Nelson was at a 8.7% ownership and priced very fair at just $7,400 but he put up 21.8 points. Golden Tate was the best play at the position this week and his cheap price of $5,900 and 24.5 points allowed robbie622 to build the winning roster. The third WR was Michael Crabtree at just 3.9% ownership and scored 16.9 points. 

The last three positions are often three of the hardest spots to predict week to week and he did just enough to help him get the win. At tight end he went with the pick of Zach Ertz who was in a plus matchup against the Bengals and scored a majority of his points in garbage time. Ertz was just $5,300 and owned by 3.2% of the field and he produced with 9 catches for 79 yards and a touchdown. At kicker it was a solid play to plug in Stephen Gostkowski at just 8.0% as he scored 17.0 points while he went with the chalk defense in the Broncos at 27.7% ownership but they didn't disappoint as they put up 17.0 points.

Position Player Salary FanDuel Points % Owned
QB Aaron Rodgers $8,500 15.96 4.8%
RB David Johnson $9,200 34.00 44.9% 
RB Jordan Howard $7,400 29.70 23.2% 
WR Jordy Nelson $7,400 21.80 8.7%
WR Michael Crabtree $6,400 16.90  3.9% 
WR Golden Tate $5,900 24.50  22.8% 
TE Zach Ertz $5,300  18.40 3.2% 
K Stephen Gostkowski $4,900  17.00 8.0% 
D Denver Broncos $5,000  17.00  27.7% 
    $60,000 195.26   

WHAT WORKED?

Stacking -- The top nine teams all consisted of a stack on offense of some sort, as Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson, Matthew Stafford and Golden Tate, Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald, Russell Wilson and Jimmy Graham and Brock Osweiler and DeAndre Hopkins were all used in a stacking situation. 

David Johnson, Jordan Howard, and Golden Tate -- Each one of these three players were featured in the top ten lineups this week and each one was a very popular play as Johnson was 44.9% owned, Howard 23.2%, and Tate at 22.8%. 

WHAT FAILED?

The 49ers Passing Game -- If you went with a Colin Kaepernick to Vance McDonald stack on Sunday you were probably not the happiest of DFSers as the 49ers could not get going in the passing game at all. Kaepernick ended the game throwing 1-for-5 passing for 4 yards and rushed another 6 times for 20 yards before Blaine Gabbert took over and went 4-for-10 passing for 35 yards. It was an overall pretty ugly offensive game for the 49ers even against a somewhat weak Chicago Bears defense.

Drew Brees -- The Detroit Lions defense had Drew Brees number this week as Brees could not find the endzone and although he threw for 326 yards he also threw 3 interceptions and the Saints only touchdown came on a 1-yard John Kuhn run. Brees was the highest priced quarterback on the week and was also the highest owned at 22.2% in this tournament.

Finish Score QB RB1 RB2 WR1 WR2 WR3 TE K DEF
1 195.26 Rodgers Johnson Howard Nelson Crabtree Tate Ertz Gostkowski DEN
2 194.76 Rodgers Johnson Howard Nelson Hopkins Tate Pitta Janikowski DEN
3 189.74 Stafford Johnson Howard Jones Wallace Tate Green Gostkowski DEN
4 187.04 Stafford Johnson Howard Jones Cooks Tate Green Gostkowski NE
5 186.94 Stafford Johnson Howard Jones Edelman Tate Green Hopkins NE
6 186.00 Palmer Johnson Howard Nelson Fitzgerald Tate Graham Bryant NE
7 185.84 Stafford Johnson Howard Cooper Smith Tate Brate Prater DEN
8 184.88 Wilson Johnson Howard Brown LaFell Tate Graham Gostkowski BAL
9 183.88 Osweiler Johnson Howard Jones Hopkins Tate Graham Prater DEN
10 183.66 Roethlisberger Johnson Howard Jones Ginn Tate Kelce Bryant BAL

***FanDuel's Week 14 Sunday Million will stay the same size as Week 13 at $1,200,000. The payouts at the top will be first place taking home $200,000 and second place $100,000 with 13,013 out of the total 56,470 entries winning at least $40. So far the 14 weeks of the Sunday Million have been about half the size of last years contest and if you are looking to crack the top 10 your odds are much better this year.

Head over to FanDuel now and catch the action for Week 14.


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