FanDuel's Sunday Million Week 14 Recap

Taking an in-depth look at FanDuel's Week 14 Sunday Million Contest.

FanDuel was back at it again with their massive Week 14 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 this is back to back week's that the contest has been listed 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 14 of the Sunday Million shook out.

 

DFS Screen Name Points Prize Money
1st gulfofmexicans727 200.50 $200,000
2nd nigelheadie84 193.84 $100,000
3rd blakel34 192.44 $50,000
4th loubk 189.66 $25,000
5th chess_is_ok 187.04 $15,000

The winner of FanDuel's Week 14 Sunday Million was gulfofmexicans727 who beat at the second place team nigelheadie84 by 6.66 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 Andy Dalton at 3.4% owned and a $7,700 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 scorers in Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees fell well short of expectations. 

At running back he went the chalky Le'Veon Bell at $9,000 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. Bell was owned by 32.0% of the field and he put up a whooping 49.80 fantasy points. Bell rushed for 236 yards and 3 touchdowns and added 4 catches and 62 receiving yards on the game. It was one of the best performances by a running back all season long and if you didn't have Bell on your team you were not going to win any of the big money this week. All ten teams at the top of the Sunday Million each had Bell on their team. His second choice at RB was Jeremy Hill at $6,900 who scored an impressive 21.70 points at 19.2% ownership

At wide receiver he plucked out some decent value players in solid matchups and went with two guys priced in the low $7,000's with Jordy Nelson at $7,100 and T.Y. Hilton at $7,600. Nelson was only owned by 7.6% of the field as a lot of players were likely scared off by the matchup with Richard Sherman. Hilton was his highest owned player next to Le'Veon Bell as he was owned at 21.0% and scored 22.00 FanDuel points. The third wide receiver on the team was Taylor Gabriel at just $5,400 who was owned at a decent 18.5% rate and scored an impressive 15.70 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 Tyler Eifert who helped him complete his trio of Bengals stacked players. Eifert was the top scoring TE on the day as he put up 19.30 points at a $6,700 salary and a 11.5% ownership rate. At kicker he went with the reliable Matt Prater kicking at home against the Bears who got him double digit points and at defense he hit a home run with the Atlanta Falcons pick who was the highest scoring defense on the week with 26.00 points and just a 2.5% ownership rate.

Position Player Salary FanDuel Points % Owned
QB Andy Dalton $7,700 16.90 3.4%
RB Jeremy Hill $6,900 21.70 19.2% 
RB Le'Veon Bell $9,000 49.80 32.0% 
WR Taylor Gabriel $5,400 15.70 18.5%
WR Jordy Nelson $7,100 19.10  7.6% 
WR T.Y. Hilton $7,600 22.00  21.0% 
TE Tyler Eifert $6,700  19.30 11.5% 
K Matt Prater $4,900  10.00 20.8% 
D Atlanta Falcons $4,700  26.00  2.5% 
    $60,000 200.50   

WHAT WORKED?

Stacking -- Each of the top 10 teams had either a QB/WR or a QB/TE stack with Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton, Aaron Rodgers with Jorday Nelson and Andy Dalton with Tyler Eifert being the favorite stacks. We also saw the 1st place and 4th place teams create super stacks with a trio of Dalton/Hill/Eifert and Siemian/Sanders/Thomas as those were two very contrarian stacks that not a lot of the field was on.

Le'Veon Bell -- All week long the talk was who do you start at running back, Leveon Bell or David Johnson? The answer was clearly Bell as he came at a $700 discount and had one of the best fantasy days of the year from any player putting up a remarkable 49.80 FanDuel points. Bell had 4 receptions, 62 receiving yards, 236 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground.

WHAT FAILED?

Melvin Gordon III Injury -- Gordon had a great matchup heading into the game against the Panthers but unfortunately got injured early on in the game and only ended up with 3 carries for 5 yards. It was a week where you needed to have Le'Veon Bell as your RB1 and needed to at least get a RB2 who could give you double digit fantasy points to win some big money.

Drew Brees and The Saints-- Brees is coming off back to back very bad performances against the Lions and the Buccaneers as he failed to pass for a touchdown for the 2nd straight week and only put up 257 yards and threw 3 interceptions. The nine games prior to these two Brees has scored at least a pair of touchdowns so hoping for a rebound game against the Buccaneers made a lot of sense but just like Brees the Saints team as a whole have quickly fell out of the playoff picture.

Finish Score QB RB1 RB2 WR1 WR2 WR3 TE K DEF
1 200.50 Dalton Bell Hill Hilton Nelson Gabriel Eifert Prater ATL
2 193.84 Rodgers Bell Coleman Beckham Nelson Thomas Ertz Crosby ATL
3 192.44 Luck Bell Murray Hilton Sanders Garcon Eifert Dawson ATL
4 189.66 Siemian Bell Johnson Nelson Sanders Thomas Fiedorowicz Novak ATL
5 187.04 Rodgers Bell Murray Hilton Adams Jackson Brate Prater ATL
6 184.74 Luck Bell Murray Hilton Sanders Jackson Eifert Lutz TB
7 184.48 Ryan Bell Johnson Gabriel Sanders Thielen Eifert Aguayo GB
8 183.94 Luck Bell McCoy Hilton Gabriel Meredith Ertz Gano CIN
9 183.90 Dalton Bell Hill Hilton Sanders Jackson Eifert Bryant CIN
10 183.54 Rodgers Bell Kelley Beckham Nelson Matthews Eifert Aguayo CAR

***FanDuel's Week 15 Sunday Million will drop down to $1,150,000 which is down $50,000 from Week 14 which was at $1,200,000. The payouts at the top will be first place taking home $200,000 and second place $100,000 with 11,190 out of the total 54,117 entries winning at least $40. So far the 15 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 15.


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