Aaron Jones, also known by his DraftKings moniker “aejones,” became the biggest single-tournament winner in the history of daily fantasy sports on Sunday, going home with $5 million in the DK Fantasy Football World Championship.
The tournament began last month in San Diego, with 200 qualifiers competing to earn a spot in the top 10 and advance to the championship round. Scores were carried over from San Diego, and renowned DFS pro Charles Chon (Condia) entered the weekend with a substantial lead. His 219.2 points in Round 1 gave him a 26-point advantage over the nearest competitor and a nearly 30-point advantage over Jones.
But Condia’s fortunes turned early in the championship round when Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb was injured in the first half against Arizona and removed from the game before scoring a point. Add in Heath Miller’s subpar performance (one catch, 5 yards) and Condia was at a significant disadvantage.
Meanwhile, Jones got serviceable totals across his roster and cashed in with 30-plus point totals from both Larry Fitzgerald and Martavis Bryant. Here’s the full lineup:
Compared to Round 1, scores were down considerably; Jones’ 162 in the championship round was 11 points better than Danny Moreno (Danny1234), who finished second on the day and overall, taking home a $2 million prize.
Condia finished third with a $1 million payout.