Tournament Ownership Outlook - Week 15

Tournament Ownership Outlook - Week 15

By Chris Raybon (Senior Daily Fantasy Expert), on Dec 18, 2015

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Chris Raybon is the Senior Daily Fantasy Editor at 4for4 Fantasy Football.

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Pinpointing players who return great value but are low-owned is key to taking down large tournaments. Every week, we'll be throwing away money entering a bunch of cheap Thursday GPPs on FanDuel with as many relevant players as we can, because FanDuel allows users to see ownership percentages of any player they roster.

To get an idea of the ownership percentages on other sites, we'll have to extrapolate the FanDuel results (and also account for pivots from the Thursday plays). A couple of things to keep in mind:

  1. Use common sense: if players have a large discrepancy between their FanDuel price and whatever site you're playing on, obviously you have to take that into account. Remember that FanDuel is 0.5 PPR, so pass-catching running backs may be more popular on full-PPR sites.
  2. Also note that these lineups are from Thursday nights, so if injury news has broken since, it can change things up, especially for other players in the same salary range as the players affected by injuries.
  3. Furthermore, remember that these percentages come from large field, small stakes contests. In higher stakes contests, certain players favored by sharper entrants may have higher ownership. In smaller fields, there tends to be more overlap.
  4. Finally, keep in mind that when Thursday plays are taken out of the equation, the rest of the players may not necessarily simply see proportional increases in ownership -- it is very possible that one player will see a disproportionate increase compared to the rest of the pool, especially if his price is such that he can easily be inserted in place of a popular Thursday play.

Predicting ownership is more art than science, and this is by no means a perfect system. However, by looking at a ranked list of ownership percentages on a popular site like FanDuel, we can get a decent picture of how the consensus feels about all of the different plays in a given week across the industry.

I leave the Thursday players in the list for reference purposes, and I write a few thoughts about what I think may change on Sunday (if anything), but generally, I will not be providing actual picks here. For those, check out my FanDuel GPP Breakdown and DraftKings GPP Breakdown (published weekly on Friday), which both heavily take the information gleaned here into account. 

Note: This week's contest was FanDuel's $2 Snap.


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QB Own %
Russell Wilson 23.7
Blake Bortles 9.4
Cam Newton 8.5
Matthew Stafford 8.3
Drew Brees 7.5
Carson Palmer 7.3
Tom Brady 5.5
Tyrod Taylor  2.7
AJ McCarron 2.6
Ben Roethlisberger 2.2
Alex Smith  2.0
Aaron Rodgers 1.9
Philip Rivers 1.5
Matt Ryan 1.5
Eli Manning 1.0
Derek Carr 0.9
Ryan Tannehill 0.8
Johnny Manziel 0.1
Total 87.4

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