On Sunday, the daily fantasy sports site FanDuelis hosting an NFL Sunday Million for the AFC and NFC Championship games. It’s only a two-game slate, which means the winner will need to have plenty of differentiation in his lineup in order to make it out of what could be a 46,000-man field.
The tournament costs $25 to enter and has a first place prize of $100,000. The top 8,750 lineups will finish in the money, with a minimum payout of $50, and the top eight will bring home a five-figure payday. Not bad for a few hours of work.
You’ll have $60,000 to fill out a nine-player roster, an average of $6,667 per slot. You’ll select one quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, one tight end, one kicker, and one defense. FanDuel awards 0.5 points per reception, so keep that in mind when you’re drafting players.
There are only four quarterbacks to choose from this week. Cam Newton is the most expensive option at $8,500. Tom Brady is the second most expensive at $8,100. Carson Palmer and Peyton Manning, two ageless wonders, round out the QB position at $7,700 and $6,700, respectively.
At running back, David Johnson, who has slowed down considerably in recent weeks, is the most expensive option at $8,000. Jonathan Stewart is $7,000, while James White of New England is $6,400. The only other running back over $6,000 is CJ Anderson, who is $6,300.
At receiver, five players are over $7,000 for the conference championship week. The most expensive wideout on the board is Larry Fitzgerald, who had a renaissance of sorts last week and is at $8,000. Julian Edelman is $7,800, Demaryius Thomas is $7,600, Michael Floyd is $7,500, and Emmanuel Sanders is $7,400. Yes, both of Manning’s receivers are in the top five in terms of cost, but Manning himself is the cheapest quarterback on the board at $6,700.
At tight end, it’ll likely be a choice between the highly priced Rob Gronkowski at $8,900 and the more affordable Greg Olsen at $7,000. All other tight ends on the board seem like very low-floor dart throws this week.
Carolina’s defense, going against Arizona, will set you back $5,100, while Arizona’s defense in the same game is $4,900. Denver’s defense, which leads the NFL in many statistical categories, is $4,800, while New England’s defense is the cheapest option at $4,600.
If you don’t already have a FanDuel account, get one here. FanDuel typically offers a 100% up to $200 deposit bonus that you’ll get back as you play. Each contest played results in a percentage of your deposit bonus coming back to you.