Your weekly guide to Monday night’s Showdown slate on DraftKings. Ryan Clifford breaks down the top options at CAPT & FLEX, optimal stacking rules, and all of the slate-specific strategy you’ll need to get yourself atop the leaderboards!
If you missed last week’s Showdown strategy article, be sure to give it a once-over before diving into this write-up, as I’ll be referencing and implementing all of those rules for our building process throughout the season.
I did an insanely detailed write-up on Thursday, complete with screenshots detailing how to setup the optimizer. We’re gonna walk it back a bit moving forward. I will still give you the groups and rules, but this time without all of the screenshots. If you still need those, read back over Thursday night’s article.
Some of you are single-entry players and some are multi-entry players. I will let you know that I believe MME to be best method for tackling these Showdown slates. It is the optimal lineup that’s winning these big GPP’s on DraftKings, and the odds of you landing on that optimal lineup with one or just a few lineups is slim to none.
If you’re a beginner playing very low stakes, I’d suggest you play as many lineups as your bankroll allows in the $0.10, $0.25, and $1 contests…don’t overextend yourself.
Mid-stakes players: DraftKings offers the $0.50 “mini-MAX” which let’s you enter 150 lineups for just $75. You can combine this with some of the lower stakes contests to get in even more than 150. DK even releases additional mini-MAX contests once the initial one fills on most weeks.
High stakes guys: I’m not going to tell you not to play the $180 Deep Threat, or $444 Four-Point Stance, but the people playing those contests are not who these write-ups are meant for.
Point is, we are “hunting” for the optimal lineup here, and the more entries you have, the better the odds of you finding that lineup will be. We will have some massive winners throughout the course of the season here at EliteFantasy.com – I promise you that – you just need to trust the process and it could very well be you!
With all of that being said, we are not trying to project a game script here. If you think you know how this game plays out, head to the Sportsbook and place your wagers there. I am not interested in the probable outcome. What we are trying to do, is to leverage playing multiple lineups to cover the many possible outcomes.
Setting Up the Optimizer
You’ll want to jump into our optimizer, which has been preloaded with my projections for the entire week.
- You’ll see a little DraftKings logo in the top left corner of the opto, click on it and select “DraftKings Showdown” from the drop down list. Click on “Game Filter” just above that, and make sure you have the correct game picked.
- Our first step is to clear the player pool. To the left of the player search box, you’ll see a little drop down box. Select “None” and it will clear all players from your pool.
- Once the player pool is cleared out, we’ll start by building some basic groups. Click on “Advanced Options”, then on “Groups”, then on “Create New Group”.
- First group we’ll set is to include at least one quarterback in every lineup.
5. Next, we’ll set the opto to use at most one kicker (Boswell/Gano) and at most 1 DST (PIT/DAL).
6. Next, we’ll want to make sure all of our CAPT’s are stacked with at least two of their teammates. For this, head to “Position Stacks” and “Stack CAPT with at least 2 QB/RB/WR/TE/K/DST from same team”. Remember to click on “Add Stacking Rule” to enable it.
7. Lastly, for all QB’s appearing in FLEX, we need to have at least one of their WR or TE in the lineup, too. This is done under “Position Stacks” as well.
Building the Punt Pool
Next up, we need to put our “punts” into the player pool, as we’ll be building a group with them.
You must pay attention to the inactive list that is announced 60-90 minutes before kickoff. Make sure none of these guys are on that list. Some of them will probably be, and you’ll need to adjust your pool at that point.
Here are the punts you should add to your player pool at this point.
Steelers: Jaylen Samuels (RB), Anthony McFarland (RB), Derek Watt (RB), Ray-Ray McCloud (WR), Vance McDonald (TE), Zach Gentry (TE)
Giants: Wayne Gallman (RB), Dion Lewis (RB), Elijhaa Penny (RB), Damion Ratley (WR), C.J. Board (WR), Kaden Smith (TE), Levine Toilolo (TE), Eric Tomlinson (TE)
- Click on the little dropdown box again, and then on “Add Selected to Group” and then “Create New Group”.
- From there, you’ll set the group that pops up to “use at most 1 player from this group”.
I won’t be using any QB CAPT’s tonight. Not enough rushing upside with Jones, and Roethlisberger’s targets are likely going to be very funneled.
At running back, I only include RB1’s in my pool, tonight the choices are obvious.
At wide receiver, we only want to use the WR1 or WR2. For Pittsburgh, that is going to be Smith-Schuster and Johnson. The Giants situation is a little muddier, but with Golden Tate hobbled at best for this one, I think Slayton and Shepard are the clear choices.
At tight end, I only use the premier pass-catching guys as potential CAPT’s. Evan Engram fits that bill for me tonight.
Here’s a look at my full CAPT pool for tonight:
Giants: Saquon Barkley, Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram
Steelers: James Conner, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson
We need to set up some groups for our CAPT’s. Make sure to include those players into the pool, and then head back to the groups tab under “Advanced Options”.
For all of the pass-catchers, if they are the CAPT, their quarterback or their team’s RB1 must be in a FLEX spot. I go into more detail as to the why in last week’s strategy article (rule #8).
Filling the FLEX Pool
The last step is to fill in the FLEX pool with all of the remaining players that will appear. Again, you may need to adjust when inactives are released, but for now, you should have 40 total players in your pool.
We’re ready to build! Head back into “Advanced Options” and use the following settings:
- 3 unique players
- $43,000 minimum salary (90% of 2019 optimal lineups were $43,000 or greater)
- max 3 offensive players vs. defense
- 15% randomness – MAKE SURE TO TURN ON & CLICK ON “CHANGE ALL PLAYERS” (see image below)
- .01 minimum projection included in calculation
We’re ready to go. Click on “Calculate 50 Lineups” (or less depending on how many you are building) and your first 50 lineups will be built. If you’re like me, and you’re building more than that, click that same button again and spit out 50 more. With the randomness set to 15% and 3 unique players, you shouldn’t get too many duplicate lineups.
When you have your second set of 50 lineups, click on “select lineups” and “move 50 selected” from the drop down menu, and it will move all of the non-duplicated lineups over to your first batch. Keep repeating the process until you have your desired number of lineups.
Click on “export lineups”, make sure to select to proper slate, and your lineups are ready to upload into DK!
Remember to keep an eye on inactives. I’ll be in chat about an hour before kickoff to answer any questions about the Showdown slate. Part 2 will be posted early this evening for the late game.
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