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NFL DFS GPP Recap Week 2: Counting Benjamin’s

NFL DFS GPP Recap Week 2: Counting Benjamin’s
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NFL DFS GPP Recap Week 2: Counting Benjamin’s

When the last seconds come off the clock in the Super Bowl each year, there is a major shift in focus for millions of individuals around the world. Not only does it mark the end of another football season, it means that Mondays suck again. Super Bowl Sunday just marks almost six full months of “meaningless Mondays.” We’re only two weeks through the football season, but man, Monday’s are really meaningful again. Not only does it prolong our week of football, but Monday night means money and big checks.

This piece is dedicated to those who have earned them…and to me, for wanting one.

 As always, below is the top-perfomers table from this last week. Hope you had these guys!



DK Points

FD Points

Antonio Brown 9 Rec, 195 RecYds, 1 RecTD, 1 2pt rec 39.5 32
Tom Brady 466 PaYds, 3 PaTD, 1 Fum 32.24 28.24
2RecTD, 115 RecYds, 3 Rec, 1 Punt TD 35.5 31
Larry Fitzgerald 3RecTd, 112 RecYDs, 8 Rec 40.2 33.2


And below are all the guys who fit these players together best…


$5 Million NFL Sunday Million, $25 Entry, $1,000,000 to First Place
Winner: jeremiah1974db
Team: Ben Roethlisberger, Adrian Peterson, Dion Lewis, Antonio Brown, Larry Fitzgerald, Travis Benjamin, Rob Gronkowski, Josh Brown, Jets
Score: 209.66

$750K Monster, $300 Entry, $100,000 to First Place
Winner: hangtime47
Team: Ben Roethlisberger, Lamar Miller, Justin Forsett, Antonio Brown, Larry Fitzgerald, Amari Cooper, , Kyle Brindza, Cleveland Browns
Score: 179.46


Millionaire Maker, $20 Entry, $2 Million to First Place
Winner: TheDuganBrothers
Team: Marcus Mariota, DeAngelo Williams, Danny Woodhead, Travis Benjamin, Antonio Brown, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, Larry Fitzgerald, Rams
Score: 246.18

$15 Million Fantasy Football World Championships Q,  $1,000 Entry, $1,000 + Ticket to first
Winner: Bales
Team: Matt Ryan, Mark Ingram, Dion Lewis, Larry Fitzgerald, AJ Green, Julio Jones, Ladarius Green, Eric Decker, Patriots
Score: 189.62

Fantasy Aces

Fantasy Aces Football Championship Qualifier, $215 Entry, Ticket ($16,000 Value) to First and Second Place
First Place: gneiffer07
Team: Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, Marshawn Lynch, Latavius Murray, Antonio Brown, Allen Robinson, Rob Gronkowski, TJ Yeldon, Dorial Green-Beckham, Seattle Seahawks
Score: 195.05

So What Happened This Weekend?

Since I had a successful weekend in my own right, I’d like to say that whatever happened this last weekend was exactly what I was expecting. If I said that though, I’d be a liar, and well, I’m not a liar. This last set of games was particularly odd, and a lot of games did not play out the way we had originally anticipated them. If you followed any of DFS Twitter, I’m sure you know that even the very best among us had a tough weekend of games.

Why is that the case? The guys that we were expecting to achieve high scoring days, didn’t.

Enter in another table, “the table of shame.”


DK Points / Salary

FD Points / Salary

Drew Brees 13.1 / $7,800 13.1 / $8,900
Sam Bradford 10.86 / $6,900 9.86 / $7,500
Marshawn Lynch 9.2 / $7,200 7.7 / $8,500
Lamar Miller 9.2 / $5,500 6.7 /$7,300

Whether or not you hit “submit” with any of these players in your lineup potentially decided your fate in Week 2.

Who Made The Difference?

This was honestly the easiest section of the week to recap. While Antonio Brown, Larry Fitzgerald and plenty of other players made a huge impact in the DFS-landscape, no one shook up tournament leaderboards more than Travis Benjamin.

I’ll admit, that early on Sunday afternoon, after watching Travis Benjamin haul in his first touchdown reception of the day, a 60-yard receiving touchdown, I yelled, “Who the hell rosters Travis Benjamin?” I actually yelled this, well above the appropriate decibel level for apartment living.

It turns out, that at the conclusion of the game, those who inserted Travis Benjamin into their lineups were laughing at me, and were in line to be rolling in the Benjamins (yes, yes, wordplay).

While Antonio Brown’s big day was well documented, and highly anticipated (54.9% combined ownership percentage between Sunday Million and Millionaire Maker), Benjamin’s performance wasn’t rewarding to many. His combined ownership between the Millionaire Maker on DraftKings and the Sunday Million on FanDuel was 1.4%.

To put that into perspective, that means that 3,409 teams on DraftKings and 1,292 on FanDuel reaped the rewards of his rostering. You might be saying, “hey, dude, that’s a lot of different teams with Travis Benjamin.” However, when you consider that there were over 650,000 lineups entered in these games combined, you begin to realize how badly the field missed on him.

The NFL Shop might want to start printing some more Travis Benjamin jerseys, I think I know some people that might want to buy one.

Travis Benjamin’s Lackeys

While Benjamin was the clear difference maker, he wasn’t the only incredibly low owned player to help teams out on Sunday. However, given that they pail in comparison, I figured this deserved it’s own section, below Benjamin’s, denoting their inferiority.

Will one more table hurt?

The ownership levels below were taken directly from the Millionaire Maker and the Sunday Million.


DK Points / Milly %

FD Points/ Milly %

Larry Fitzgerald 40.2 / 6.5% 33.2 / 6.2%
Arizona Cardinals D/ST 18 / 2.3% 18 / 2.7%
Allen Robinson 36.5 / 0.7% 30.5 / 0.6%
DeAngelo Williams 31.2 / 3.7% 29.2 / 2.7%

If you somehow combined even a few of these players on your team you were in for a big score on Sunday, as none of these guys even came with a remotely unaffordable price tag. It’s almost as if a whole host of players that were unimpressed by their respective Madden ratings were all looking to collectively “stick it to the man” this week.

Quarterback, Schmaurterback

The editors of this piece will quickly realize that “schmaurterback” is not a real word, but you know what I mean. I decided to install this section in this piece after listening in to the DraftKingsTV Sunday Night hangout show that featured DailyRoto’s own, Drew Dinkmeyer. Somewhere in the middle of the show, Drew brought up an interesting point about the quarterback position and lineup construction strategy. Roughly quoting, Drew noted that “the range of outcomes for quarterbacks is a smaller range of scores, as compared to the other skill positions.” As a result, you can arrive at the conclusion that quarterback is not going to be the position that helps separate you from the field in large entry tournaments. This seems quite logical, and while you can strategically select the position according to your lineup construction strategies, I wanted to point out some numbers from this last week that speak to what Drew was talking about.

Sunday Million, FanDuel : Six different quarterbacks in the top 20 lineups: Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Tannehill, Eli Manning, Carson Palmer. Difference in highest and lowest score = 10.68 (Ben Roethlisberger – Eli Manning).

Millionaire Maker, DraftKings: Seven different quarterbacks in the top 20 lineups: Marcus Mariota, Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, Carson Palmer, Ryan Tannehill, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Joe Flacco. Difference in highest and lowest score = 16.30 (Ben Roethlisberger – Ryan Fitzpatrick).

Notice that while the differences in the top scoring and lowest scoring quarterbacks from the top of the leaderboards are significant, it pails in comparison to the differences between the top scoring receiver or running back to the bottom.

For example, using Larry Fitzgerald this weekend on DraftKings netted you 40.2 points. However, if you paid up even a little bit more for a similar tournament option with perhaps even more upside in Mike Evans, you received 0 points. The difference between these two is much more staggering than the outcomes at the quarterback position.

That puts another week in the books! Congrats to all the winners, and to the losers, have fun waiting until Sunday!

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