Tournament Ownership Outlook - Week 4

Tournament Ownership Outlook - Week 4

By Chris Raybon (Senior Daily Fantasy Expert), last update Oct 2, 2015

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

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The winner of Week 3's Sunday Million had six players under nine-percent owned.

Pinpointing players who return great value but are low-owned is key to taking down tournaments. Every week, I'll be throwing away money entering a bunch of cheap Thursday GPPs on FanDuel with as many relevant players as I 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). 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. 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. Furthermore, remember that these percentages come from small stakes contests; in higher stakes, the gap between the most popular plays and the less popular ones may not be as great. 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's very possible that one player will see a disproportionate increase compared to the rest of the pool.

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 $1 Mini Dive.


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QB % Owned
Aaron Rodgers 16.8
Michael Vick (Thu) 13.2
Derek Carr 11.7
Andy Dalton 10.6
Cam Newton 9.5
Tyrod Taylor 8.1
Joe Flacco (Thu) 7.4
Carson Palmer 4.5
Matt Ryan 3.7
Philip Rivers 2.8
Russell Wilson 2.2
Peyton Manning 1.5
Andrew Luck 1.2
Eli Manning 1.0
Sam Bradford 0.8
Colin Kaepernick 0.6
Blake Bortles 0.5
Brandon Weeden 0.4
Kirk Cousins 0.3
Total 96.8

No surprises here -- Aaron Rodgers and Derek Carr are the consensus top values.


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