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 (Hoyer, Mahomes)
- At most 1 K (Folk, Butker)
- At most 1 DST (Patriots, Chiefs)
- 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.
Patriots: Jakob Johnson (RB), Jacob Meyers (WR), Ryan Izzo (TE), Devin Asiasi (TE), Dalton Keane (TE)
Chiefs: Darwin Thompson (RB), Anthony Sherman (RB), Nick Keizer (TE), Deon Yelder (TE), Ricky Seals-Jones (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”.
You guys aren’t going to like this, but I’m not sticking Mahomes into my CAPT pool tonight. You have to trust the process. He was CAPT against Baltimore because he had 4 passing touchdowns to four different receivers (one of those being an offensive tackle), and a flukey rushing touchdown. You want to bet on that outcome again? Me neither.
At running back, Clyde Edwards-Helaire is the clear RB1 for Kansas City. For the Patriots backfield, I’m lost. I don’t want to fade all of these guys against the Chiefs defense, but I may be forced to if Damien Harris is activated, which is anticipated to happen. I want no part of a four-man monster of a backfield in my CAPT pool.
At wide receiver, we generally want to use only the WR1 or WR2. Tyreek Hill is the WR1. Sammy Watkins is the WR2, but should get the shadow treatment from Stephon Gilmore, so I’m going to pretend that Travis Kelce is the WR2…which isn’t very far off. The Patriots situation is more clear with Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry the clear top two.
Here’s a look at my full CAPT pool:
Patriots: Julian Edelman, N’Keal Harry
Chiefs: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce
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 Patriot pass-catchers, if they are the CAPT, you want to set a group to include Hoyer in those lineups.
For Hill and Kelce, my group will state to use at least one of either Mahomes or Edwards-Helaire. I go into more detail as to the why in my preseason 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 35 total players in your pool.
CAPT (5): Edelman, Harry, Edwards-Helaire, Hill, Kelce
QB (2): Hoyer, Mahomes
RB (9): Burkhead, White, Harris, Taylor, Johnson, Edwards-Helaire, Williams, Thompson, Sherman
WR (7): Edelman, Harry, Byrd, Meyers, Hill, Watkins, Robinson, Hardman
TE (7): Izzo, Asiasi, Keane, Kelce, Keizer, Yelder, Seals-Jones
K (2): Folk, Butker
DST (2): Patriots, Chiefs
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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