The DraftKings Milly Maker & “Onesie” Positions in DFS (Fantasy Football)

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The Milly Maker… perhaps you’ve heard of it? Maybe you’ve daydreamed or lost a few hours of your day thinking about winning it?

Personally, I’ve had a few dreams where I woke up with a player or two on my mind convinced I had the winning formula for that million-dollar lineup. DraftKings’ most famous tournament is by far the hardest to master given the sheer amount of entries and the razor-thin margin for error. But the compelling opportunity to start over each week keeps DFSers coming back again and again.

What is the secret sauce of the Milly Maker? I took a look at all of the week-winning lineups from Weeks 1-17 last year to mine out the most meaningful bits of data and a few takeaways for anyone willing to dive into the deep end of the pool.

For the first part of this series, I want to focus our attention on the “onesie” positions for DFS: QB, TE, and DEF. While fulfilling only one roster spot might sound elementary on a weekly basis, this is the treasure trove of finding difference makers that allow you to outpace the competition. I’ll follow this up with a piece on RBs and WRs and finally giving some early GPP strategy for Week 1.

Listen every week on the Footballers’ DFS Podcast as we tackle strategy and our picks for large-field tournaments like DraftKings’ Milly Maker.

Quarterbacks

In DraftKings, QB pricing is fairly tight, an adjustment the company made a few years ago that has only made large-field tournaments like the Milly Maker even harder. While the top-end options such as Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes destroyed for redraft teams, in DFS, their names scarcely grace the leaderboard below. Let’s look at this 17-week sample size and breakdown what seems to be some of the common threads of truth.

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