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Fantasy Football Recap: DraftKings NFL DFS Millionaire Results for Week 6 and Preview for Week 7

Matt Meiselman analyzes some of the strategies DraftKings DFS players used in Week 6 and breaks down the winning DraftKings Millionaire lineups.

Each week we’ll be recapping the decisions of the masses and discerning the takeaways that can be applied to future contests, focusing on topics like game theory and lineup-building strategies, with the hope of giving everyone the tools to become better DraftKings NFL DFS players. In addition to the recap, this article will also function as a “first look” at the next NFL main slate, giving some initial thoughts on the teams and prices.

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Scattered Results in Week 6

The Week 6 NFL slate was headlined by Kareem Hunt, with Nick Chubb out of the lineup and Hunt expected to take on a full workload while being priced at just $6,200. Hunt was the most drafted player in the $20 millionaire at around 33%, and in the $4,444 millionaire he made his way into over half of the lineups at nearly 52%. The results were underwhelming as Hunt scored just 10.8 fantasy points, actually getting injured in the fourth quarter, and he was one of several chalky players who had underwhelming results. Lamar Jackson and Taylor Heinicke, the two most popular quarterbacks, scored just 24 DKFP combined, and Austin Ekeler, Terry McLaurin, Keenan Allen and Davante Adams all posted duds, as well.

There were some good games from popular players, too, mostly coming from the running back position. Darrell Henderson, Jonathan Taylor, Khalil Herbert, Darrel Williams and Joe Mixon all exceeded expectations, and both Taylor and Mixon wound up in the winning millionaire lineup for both contests. There weren’t many big wide receiver games this week, but Cooper Kupp, Adam Thielen and CeeDee Lamb stood out with 37, 39, and 33 DKFP, respectively. The most useful DFS pick of Week 6 was actually none of these players, as the best point-per-dollar game of the week came from a player who was less than one percent rostered and priced at just $3,500. Donovan Peoples-Jones produced 29 DKFP, fueled by a Hail Mary from Baker Mayfield at the end of the first half, and made his way into the $20 millionaire winning lineup. More on that below.

Disparities in the Millionaire Contests

$20 Millionaire Winner

$4,444 Millionaire Winner

The top of the standings was heavily condensed in the $20 millionaire, with many of the best combinations of players equating to roughly the same overall score. It was clearly a slate where getting a leg up on the field was difficult, as even the best contrarian performances (Lamb and Thielen) were still over five percent rostered. The one exception was Peoples-Jones, who clearly made the difference for the millionaire winner (bullnasty). His lineup looked much like the other top lineups, but Peoples-Jones nearly matching the other top-tier receivers at such a low cost made it possible to afford high-performing players at every other position, and that seemed to make all the difference. There was certainly some luck here with half of the Browns offensive output coming on a Hail Mary at the end of the first half, but this was still obviously a very impressive lineup overall.

The winning lineup in the $4,444 millionaire looks a lot different, and it was a contest where it took a much lower score to win. This is generally the case just because there are far less entries in the $4,444 contest (about 700 compared to the 233K in the $20 millionaire), but the divide grows even wider when the more popular players don’t do well. As mentioned above, Hunt was in a much larger percentage of lineups in the more expensive contest, and his 10.8 DKFP sunk more lineups as a result. The winning lineup from papagates basically just managed to not have any duds, a difficult feat in a tumultuous Week 6. Teddy Bridgewater and the Broncos didn’t have the greatest game, but it was good enough, especially when combined with high-scoring running backs. As always, both of these lineups will be entered into the DraftKings Championship Series Tournament of Champions, in addition to their $1M top prize.

First Look at Week 7

The Week 7 NFL slate is one with an unusually large number of lopsided games, with the Cardinals and Rams standing out with betting lines north of two touchdowns against the Texans and Lions, respectively. The prices on both teams may cause them to be only modestly popular, however, as Kyler Murray ($8,500) and Cooper Kupp ($8,400) have reached their highest price points of the season. Lamar Jackson ($7,400) looks like a strong early contender for the week’s most popular quarterback, with a price discount off of some of the top-tier names. Ryan Tannehill ($6,400) could be a popular option for the Titans’ home matchup vs. the Chiefs, though there are some cheaper duos to look at. Tua Tagovailoa ($5,500) vs. Matt Ryan ($5,700) could be intriguing, and same goes for Sam Darnold ($5,900) vs. Daniel Jones ($5,400).

At running back, Darrell Henderson Jr. ($6,600) is bound to be popular even with his price bump due to the near-perfect projected game script as a large favorite vs. the Lions. Miles Sanders ($5,100) could also get some attention with his price reaching its lowest point of the season, but overall there aren’t too many standout running back prices to be overly excited about. Wide receiver has much more in terms of potentially appealing values, including Calvin Ridley ($6,600), Chris Godwin ($5,900), Jakobi Meyers ($5,300) and Tee Higgins ($4,900). At tight end, it’ll be interesting to see if Zach Ertz ($3,900) gets a significant amount of attention in his first game with the Cardinals.

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