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!
Again, I strongly recommend MME for these NFL Showdown slates. If you do only play single-entry, the same rules still apply, but again, it’s the optimal lineup winning these large-field GPP’s, and the more entries we put in, the better the chance of us landing on that perfect lineup.
Check out Monday night’s video guide for setting up the optimizer for tonight’s Showdown contests (video is processing and will be available to view as soon as it’s done):
Setting Up the Optimizer
You’ll want to jump into our optimizer, which has been preloaded with our projections for the entire week, and then you can set up your initial groups:
- At least 1 QB (Cousins, Foles)
- At most 1 K (Bailey, Santos)
- At most 1 DST (Vikings, Bears)
- In the position stacks tab, stack CAPT with at least 1 QB/RB/WR/TE/K/DST from the same team
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.
Vikings: Ameer Abdullah (RB), C.J. Ham (RB), Tyler Conklin (TE)
Bears: Artavis Pierce (RB), Lamar Miller (RB), Demetrius Harris (TE)
No rushing upside with either of these quarterbacks. Neither Cousins nor Foles has been an optimal CAPT in any of the 8 perfect lineups they’ve appeared in since the start of 2019. I’m taking a pass on any CAPT ownership on these two tonight.
Dalvin Cook is an obvious choice for CAPT tonight. The Bears situation isn’t as clear. David Montgomery is out, leaving Cordarrelle Patterson, Ryan Nall, Artavis Pierce, and Lamar Miller to split snaps at running back. I would say the chances of either of these guys 1) assuming a majority role in Chicago’s backfield, and 2) actually outproducing the likes of Cook, Allen Robinson, Adam Thielen, and Justin Jefferson, are slim. I’ll have plenty of flex ownership to the Chicago backs, but won’t be adding any of them to my CAPT pool.
Thielen and Jefferson are the clear WR1 and WR2 for the Vikings. Robinson is the top pass catcher for Chicago, but what to make of the Miller/Mooney situation? Throw in tight end Jimmy Graham and we’ve got a few guys that seem to randomly flip-flop between producing as the No. 2 behind Robinson. I’ll have about 5% CAPT ownership to Graham, Anthony Miller, and Darnell Mooney.
Refer to the video above for detailed instructions on setting up tonight’s CAPT pools.
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 33 total players in your pool.
CAPT (7): Cook, Thielen, Jefferson, Robinson, Miller, Mooney, Graham
QB (2): Cousins, Foles
RB (7): Cook, Mattison, Abdullah, Ham, Nall, Miller, Pierce
WR (8): Thielen, Jefferson, Beebe, Robinson, Miller, Mooney, Patterson, Ridley
TE (5): Rudolph, Conklin, Graham, Kmet, Harris
K (2): Bailey, Santos
DST (2): Vikings, Bears
We’re ready to build! Head back into “Advanced Options” and use the following settings:
- 2 unique players
- $48,900 maximum salary – UPDATED
- max 3 offensive players vs. defense
- 15% randomness – MAKE SURE TO TURN ON & CLICK ON “CHANGE ALL PLAYERS” (see image below)
- 0.1 minimum projection included in calculation
Notable Positive Correlations
Kirk Cousins – Adam Thielen 0.44
Kirk Cousins – Justin Jefferson 0.40
Nick Foles – Allen Robinson 0.37
Nick Foles – Jimmy Graham 0.33
Cairo Santos – Bears DST 0.27
Nick Foles – Darnell Mooney 0.26
Nick Foles – Anthony Miller 0.26
Kirk Cousins – Kyle Rudolph 0.25
Dan Bailey – Vikings DST 0.18
Nick Foles – Bears DST 0.18
Nick Foles – Cairo Santos 0.18
Ryan Nall – Bears DST 0.17
Dalvin Cook – Dan Bailey 0.16
Nick Foles – Ryan Nall 0.15
Notable Negative Correlations
Kirk Cousins – Bears DST -0.44
Dalvin Cook – Bears DST -0.36
Dan Bailey – Bears DST -0.28
Vikings DST – Nick Foles -0.26
Dalvin Cook – Cairo Santos -0.20
Dan Bailey – Nick Foles -0.19
Dalvin Cook – Nick Foles -0.17
Dalvin Cook – Ryan Nall -0.17
Dan Bailey – Cordarrelle Patterson -0.16
Vikings DST – Cairo Santos -0.16
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 once they’re out.
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