FanDuel's Sunday Million Week 15 Recap

Taking an in-depth look at FanDuel's Week 15 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 oneistheloneliestnumber 187.66 $200,000
2nd cashmonty 187.46 $100,000
3rd kqueen17 186.66 $50,000
4th jdarbs81 183.56 $25,000
5th dahladino 183.46 $15,000

The winner of FanDuel's Week 15 Sunday Million was oneistheloneliestnumber who beat at the second place team cashmonty by 0.20 points to take home the $200,000 top prize. His team was built around a $59,900 salary cap leaving just $100 on the table. It started at quarterback with Drew Brees at 3.1% owned and a $8,200 salary. The quarterback position is becoming one of the harder positions to predict week to week in DFS and after a couple of bad performances in a row from Drew Brees he finally delivered with a huge week and was a must play this week if you wanted to win any sort of big money.

At running back he went the chalky David Johnson at $9,800 who was owned by 41.2% of the field and put up a strong performance with 24.80 FanDuel points. His RB2 was the smart play in playing Devonta Freeman against the awful San Francisco 49ers run defense. Freeman was a modest $7,700 and 16.5% owned and he scored the high at the RB position with 32.50 points as he rushed for 3 touchdowns. 

At wide receiver he plucked out some decent value players in solid matchups paying $6,000, $6,100, and $6,300 for Michael Crabtree, Golden Tate, and Brandin Cooks. Cooks was the big play as he had him paired with Drew Brees for the top stack of the week and at a really low ownership of just 4.2%. Cooks finished the day with 7 catches for 186 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Crabtree and Tate both scored well with 15.0 and 16.20 points each with Crabtree owned at 16.4% and Tate at 4.3%. 

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 Kyle Rudolph at 13.8% ownership and a $5,800 salary. Rudolph didn't find the endzone on the day but he did catch 8 passes and 97 yards and in a week that was lower scoring for the tight end position. At kicker Matt Bryant is always reliable and priced at $5,100 it allowed his ownership to slip down to 15.4% and he put up 14.00 points against the lowly 49ers defense. At $4,900 he went with the Atlanta Falcons at the defense position and they were owned by 6.2% of the field and scored a modest 8.00 points.

Position Player Salary FanDuel Points % Owned
QB Drew Brees $8,200 29.36 3.1%
RB David Johnson $9,800 24.80 41.2% 
RB Devonta Freeman $7,700 32.50 16.5% 
WR Brandin Cooks $6,300 34.10 4.2%
WR Michael Crabtree $6,000 15.00  16.4% 
WR Golden Tate $6,100 16.20  4.3% 
TE Kyle Rudolph $5,800  13.70 13.8% 
K Matt Bryant $5,100  14.00 15.4% 
D Atlanta Falcons $4,900  8.00  6.2% 
    $59,900 187.66   

WHAT WORKED?

Stacking -- It was a Saints day all around and you wanted to have Drew Brees and his 29.36 points along with Brandin Cooks and his 34.10 points as nine out of the top ten teams in this tournament did so. Brees was only owned by 3.1% of the field and Cooks only at 4.2% of the field and to get the top stack of the week at such low ownership is going to allow you to move up the leaderboard quickly and will set your team a part from the field with ease.

Paying up at Running Back -- It made some sense to pay up at the running back position this week as Devonta Freeman, LeSean McCoy, David Johnson and Ezekiel Elliott were the only four RBs in the top ten as they all scored at least 24.80 points with Johnson being the lowest. The one RB that came in at a high price of $9,400 was Le'Veon Bell who didn't pay off his salary as he only scored 15.60 points.

WHAT FAILED?

Paying up at Wide Receiver -- Antonio Brown and Mike Evans were two of the highest priced players at the WR spot and they both failed to put up any amount of big fantasy points at their high salary. Odell Beckham was the one high priced WR that found the endzone and put up some decent fantasy numbers.

Going cheap at RB-- If you looked to save money at the running back position this week it probably didn't work out for you as there was no real WR or TE to pay up for that paid off their salary. Running back was one of the highest scoring positions and you needed those points locked in from McCoy, Johnson, Freeman and Elliott to put up a high scoring week.

Finish Score QB RB1 RB2 WR1 WR2 WR3 TE K DEF
1 187.66 Brees Johnson Freeman Cooks Crabtree Tate Rudolph Bryant ATL
2 187.46 Brees Johnson Freeman Cooks Jeffery Lee Brate Janikowski NYG
3 186.66 Brees McCoy Freeman Cooks Evans Benjamin Brate Bailey BUF
4 183.56 Brees Johnson Freeman Cooks Hill Tate Brate Bailey BAL
5 183.46 Brees McCoy Elliott Cooks Crabtree Snead Rudolph Bryant BUF
6 182.16 Brees McCoy Johnson Cooks Nelson Gabriel Rudolph Janikowski BUF
7 181.44 Ryan Elliott Freeman Cooks Nelson Gabriel Brate Novak BUF
8 180.96 Brees Elliott Freeman Cooks Fitzgerald Thomas Brate Vinatieri ATL
9 180.66 Brees McCoy Freeman Cooks Hill Beasley Rudolph Tucker BUF
10 180.56 Brees McCoy Elliott Cooks Crabtree Thomas Rudolph Bryant BAL

***FanDuel's Week 16 Saturday Million will drop down to $1,100,000 which is down $50,000 from Week 15 which was at $1,150,000. The payouts at the top will be first place taking home $200,000 and second place $100,000 with 10,655 out of the total 51,764 entries winning at least $40. So far the 16 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 16.


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