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 my week one write-ups, I posted a 45-minute video that details my entire process. I had numerous questions on how to actually complete some of the steps of my process, so I figured I’d show you everything. Here it is again for those that missed it:
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.
Setting Up the Optimizer
You’ll want to jump into our optimizer, which has been preloaded with our projections for the entire week. Clear out your player pool, and then set up your initial groups:
- At least 1 QB (Ryan, Rodgers CAPT, Rodgers)
- At most 1 K (Fry, Crosby)
- At most 1 DST (Falcons, Packers)
- In the position stacks tab, stack CAPT with at least 1 QB/RB/WR/TE/K/DST from the same team
- In the same position stacks tab, stack all QB’s with at least 1 WR/TE from 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.
Falcons: Ito Smith (RB), Keith Smith (RB), Olamide Zaccheaus (WR), Brandon Powell (WR), Christian Blake (WR), Jaeden Graham (TE), Luke Stocker (TE)
Packers: Jace Sternberger (TE), John Lovett (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 don’t normally like using Aaron Rodgers in the CAPT spot, as his targets are normally distributed to only a couple main players. With Adams and Lazard out, though, there’s a much better chance this ball gets spread around to many different guys, and an even better chance that these 4th and 5th string guys will struggle to get open, forcing Rodgers to run the ball a bit more.
At running back, Aaron Jones and Todd Gurley are the clear RB1’s for their respective teams.
At wide receiver, we generally want to use only the WR1 or WR2. Again, this is an easy distinction this week: Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley for Atlanta, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Darrius Shepherd for the Packers. (don’t let anyone try to tell you Malik Taylor is the WR2)
Here’s a look at my full CAPT pool:
Falcons: Todd Gurley, Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley
Packers: Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Darrius Shepherd
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 Jones and Ridley, if they are the CAPT, you want to set a group to include either their QB or their WR. I go into more detail as to the why in my preseason strategy article (rule #8).
For Valdes-Scantling and Shepherd, I will only worry about adding Rodgers to that group, since the pricing of those guys would allow for both Rodgers and Jones to fit should Jones outscore the QB.
For your Rodgers CAPT group, set it to include at least two of his pass catchers…remember to punts, too!
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 36 total players in your pool.
CAPT (7): Gurley, J. Jones, Ridley, Rodgers, A. Jones, Valdes-Scantling, Shepherd
QB (2): Ryan, Rodgers
RB (7): Gurley, Hill, I. Smith, K. Smith, Jones, Williams, Ervin
WR (9): Jones, Ridley, Gage, Zaccheaus, Blake, Powell, Valdes-Scantling, Shepherd, Taylor
TE (7): Hurst, Graham, Stocker, Tonyan, Sternberger, Deguara, Lovett
K (2): Fry, Crosby
DST (2): Falcons, Packers
We’re ready to build! Head back into “Advanced Options” and use the following settings:
- 3 unique players
- $43,500 minimum salary
- 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 once they’re out.
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