Breaking Down the Ultimate DFS Prize, Week Four Edition
Are you an aspiring fantasy football millionaire? Are you interested in improving your shot at a million dollars each week? By looking through each week’s millionaire maker lineups throughout the NFL season, you can gain insight into key strategies and how winning lineups are constructed.
This week’s winning lineup was entered by “Nickelback4Lyfe”. The lineup for this week had a killer showing at quarterback, key hits on chalk plays and some crafty plays at wide receiver, which led to the ultimate fantasy prize.
Mitchell Trubisky – 1.52% Ownership – 46.46 Points
A great play here on Trubisky. Low ownership was exaggerated by recent performances. In retrospect this was a clear high upside play based on the terrible Tampa Bay defense, and what was expected to be a high scoring game. Key plays like this, at a lower cost, are an essential part of creating a winning lineup.
Melvin Gordon – 21.99% Ownership – 33.90 Points
A great chalk play here based on matchup. Again, a lowly defense was targeted along with a predicted great game script for a running back based on the Chargers needing to push the tempo, resulting in seven receptions and a great game overall.
Ezekiel Elliott – 30.97% - 37 Points
Elliott was one of the highest picked players on the slate. Early in the day there was clear distaste for such ownership by the pros on Twitter, etc. As the game wore on, Elliott delivered and produced a great game accounting for over 225 yards total. This was a fantastic play based on the seemingly over-matched defense.
Will Fuller – 13.71% Ownership – 14.90 Points
This was the worst pick for the eventual winner. Fuller had his day derailed by a reaggravation of the hamstring injury which had kept him out the first few weeks of the season. He did however deliver a touchdown before departing, propelling this lineup over the top.
Golden Tate – 1.32% Ownership – 36.20 Points
The highest owned player on the Lions was Kenny Golladay, and he disappointed while Golden Tate pleased those who were savvy enough to play him. For what it is worth, he is the still the number one target on the Lions offense and will provide tremendous upside given the proper matchups. For what it’s worth in future matchups, the Cowboys have historically had trouble covering slot receivers and running backs when Sean Lee has been out, which is something to keep an eye on for future selections.
Sterling Shepard – 29.88% Ownership – 25.70 Points
Shepard was another highly owned player on this lineup who delivered. He was the clear pivot off of Odell Beckham and was only propelled even further into a great play once it was confirmed Evan Engram would be out. Playing opposite Odell Beckham obviously has its perks, and Shepard blew away expectations this week with ten receptions and a touchdown.
Jared Cook – 6.25% Ownership – 34 Points
Cook put together the best night of his career against the Browns. This was a great play based on this seasons performance, along with how Jon Gruden likes to highlight the tight end, especially in tight game scripts. I would expect Jared Cook to continue his masterful season moving forward.
Taylor Gabriel – 5.07% Ownership – 33.40 Points
This was a gutsy play based on keeping an eye on overlooked stats. With all the great receiving options on the Bears, Gabriel leads the team with targets and is reliable for Trubisky. His ownership was probably inflated due to the matchup he faced against a weak Bucs secondary.
Raiders Defense – 1.21% Ownership – 12 Points
The Raiders started this game out with a bang with an early touchdown. This play was designed around a rookie QB making some mistakes in his first start which, Mayfield ended up doing. Unfortunately for him, and fortunately for this lineup, his receivers didn’t help him out. This was definitely an unconventional play, but one that made sense in retrospect based on the matchup.