FanDuel's Sunday Million Week 9 Recap

Taking an in-depth look at FanDuel's Week 9 Sunday Million Contest.

FanDuel was back at it again with their massive Week 9 Sunday Million contest, requiring a $25 entry fee with 13,538 people getting paid out at least $40. This massive $1,250,000 million GPP tournament had 58,823 entries and the contest filled up before lock without any issues. In previous weeks we have seen some overlay but this week the contest shrunk down to 58,823 entries and had little problem filling up.  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 9 of the Sunday Million shook out.

 

DFS Screen Name Points Prize Money
1st guymuntag 178.28 $200,000
2nd jackatmag 177.92 $100,000
3rd rubenm60 177.38 $50,000
4th cgriff11 177.02 $30,000
5th getfitak 176.80 $20,000

The winner of FanDuel's Week 9 Sunday Million was guymuntag who scored a modest 178.28 points and beat the 2nd place team jackatmag by 0.36 points to win the $200,000 first place prize. He left $300 salary on the table with a total of $59,700 salary used. His team was built around a Green Bay Packers super stack with Aaron Rodgers at QB and Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams at the WR position. Rodgers was the highest owned QB on the slate at 28.4% and Nelson and Adams came in at 23.7% and 24.9% ownership. The trio put up 58.18 total points which was good in a week where there wasn't a specific WR that scored a crazy amount of points. 

Guymuntag's highest scoring players came from the running back position as Melvin Gordon III scored 34.10 points at 11.6% ownership and Mark Ingram II 30.10 points at just 3.6% ownership. This is where guymuntag won the big money in choosing the right combo at RB and getting two players that scored over 30.00 fantasy points. This helped his roster build as well as it allowed him to pay up at QB as both Gordon and Ingram were priced modestly at $7,800 and $6,700 and both had fantastic matchups on paper and than showed it on the field with their production. The third WR that he went with was Sterling Shepard at just $5,600 who scored a touchdown and 12.50 points and was only owned by 0.6% of the field.

The tight end position is always an important one on FanDuel and this week was no different as Jason Witten at $5,200 and a 2.4% ownership was the highest scoring TE on the slate putting up 23.40 points and outscoring others at the position by a far amount. Witten is never one of the top tight ends that you think about rostering each week but the matchup was great against the Browns and the price and ownership was even better making him one of the key pieces in this particular roster build. The remaining players on the roster were Justin Tucker at kicker at $4,900 and 11.9% ownership who scored 9.00 points and nearly getting the double digit number that we look for out of the kicker position. At the defense spot it was the Kansas City Chiefs at the highest ownership at 34.5% against the Jacksonville Jaguars for $5,100 and they didn't disappoint with 11.00 points in a week that was tough to pick a defense which probably explains their higher ownership.

Position Player Salary FanDuel Points % Owned
QB Aaron Rodgers $9,100 27.18 28.4%
RB Mark Ingram II $6,700 30.10 3.6% 
RB Melvin Gordon III $7,800 34.10 11.6% 
WR Davante Adams $7,100 12.10 24.9%
WR Sterling Shepard $5,600 12.50  0.6% 
WR Jordy Nelson $8,200 18.90  23.7% 
TE Jason Witten $5,200  23.40 2.4% 
K Justin Tucker $4,900  9.00 11.9% 
D Kansas City Chiefs $5,100  11.00  34.5% 
    $59,700 178.28   

WHAT WORKED?

Super Stacking -- There was two teams in the top 10 that had a super stack and they were the 1st place team and the 10th place team. The first place team had the Green Bay Packers stack of Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams. The 10th place team went a different direction and had the Dallas Cowboys stack of Dak Prescott, Cole Beasley and Jason Witten

Melvin Gordon III is Good -- Melvin Gordon III continues to be a beast in fantasy this year and performed once again against the Titans on Sunday as he ran 32 times for 196 yards and a touchdown and caught all 4 of his targets for 65 more yards. He continues to be owned each week but not at a huge percentage as was the case this week as he was only priced at $7,800 and only owned by 11.6% of the field. Gordon now has 11 touchdowns in 9 games and a total of 1052 rushing/receiving yards with 28 receptions and he hasn't had less than 27 touches in the last 4 weeks. What we look for in fantasy is opportunity and there is no denying that Gordon is getting plenty of opportunities right now in the Chargers offense. 

Playing the matchups -- Heading into the week it was clear that Aaron Rodgers was the top QB against the Colts and he didn't disappoint as he completed 26-of-43 passes for 297 yards and 3 touchdowns and rushed for 43 additional yards. At running back Melvin Gordon III, Mark Ingram II, and Ezekiel Elliott all had great matchups on paper and proved so as they all put up big games and all of them were seen in the top 10 in this contest. At wide receiver it was the Packers, Titans, and Saints that had nice matchups and they all were some of the top plays on the week. At defense you had the Kansas City Chiefs playing a home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars who have been playing bad football and turning the ball over more than usual lately so they were a plug and play at the position.

WHAT FAILED?

Playing Chalky RBs not named Elliott -- Both Le'Veon Bell and Charcandrick West were two of the chalkier plays at RB this week and both failed to live up to their potential as they both could not get going on offense and ended their days with below average fantasy production. Bell was expensive and only got you 32 rushing yards and 6 receptions for 38 yards while West came cheap at just $5,600 but only got you 39 rushing yards and 3 catches for 35 yards. If you went for the likes of Melvin Gordon III, Ezekial Elliott or Mark Ingram II you were not disappointed. 

Finish Score QB RB1 RB2 WR1 WR2 WR3 TE K DEF
1 178.28 Rodgers Ingram Gordon Adams Shepard Nelson Witten Tucker KC
2 177.92 Mariota Elliott Gordon R.Matthews J.Matthews Beckham Jr. Gates Santos KC
3 177.38 Rodgers Ajayi Gordon M.Thomas Tate Nelson Witten Tucker MIN
4 177.02 Mariota Forte Gordon R.Matthews M.Thomas Brown Olsen Lambo KC
5 176.80 Rivers Murray Gordon M.Thomas Wallace Nelson Witten McManus KC
6 176.28 Rodgers Elliott Gordon M.Thomas Roberts Nelson Witten McManus BAL
7 176.18 Rodgers Ingram Gordon M.Thomas Cooks Nelson Gates Santos PHI
8 175.48 Rodgers Ingram Elliott R.Matthews M.Thomas Nelson Gates Vinatieri KC
9 174.98 Rodgers L.Murray Gordon Tate Wallace Nelson Fleener Vinatieri KC
10 174.78 Prescott Ingram Gordon Adams Beasley Beckham Jr. Witten Vinatieri KC

***FanDuel's Week 10 Sunday Million will remain the same as Week 9 at a $1,250,000 total prize pool. The payouts at the top will be first place taking home $200,000 and second place $100,000 with 13,538 out of the total 58,823 entries winning at least $40. So far the nine 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 10.


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