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!
Well, with the new update to our optimizer this week, the tutorial video I was posting is now obsolete. I am going to get to work on a new version ASAP, but I’ll also be inserting some video guidance and tips directly into these articles moving forward.
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.
Here’s tonight’s video detailing the optimizer setup process for Monday Night’s Showdown: (video is processing and will be viewable 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 (Herbert, Brees)
- At most 1 K (Badgley, Lutz)
- At most 1 DST (Chargers, Saints)
- 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(I’m eliminating this rule)
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.
Chargers: Gabe Nabers (RB), Jason Moore (WR), Tyron Johnson (WR), K.J. Hill (WR), Virgil Green (TE), Donald Parham (TE), Stephen Anderson (TE)
Saints: Taysom Hill (QB), Michael Burton (RB), Marquez Callaway (WR), Bennie Fowler (WR), Josh Hill (TE), Adam Trautman (TE)
I won’t be using either of the quarterbacks in my CAPT pool. Drew Brees would generally warrant consideration, but he looks like a shell of his former self lately.
At running back, Alvin Kamara is the top option on the slate at CAPT, but what should we do about the Chargers situation? Joshua Kelley is likely the RB1, but him and Justin Jackson split snaps and carries almost right down the middle after Austin Ekeler left last week. I’m going to omit both from the CAPT pool against a stiff Saints run defense that’s allowing just 3.6 yards per carry to opposing rushers in 2020.
At wide receiver, we generally want to use only the WR1 or WR2. Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are locked in on the Chargers side, assuming Williams plays. For the Saints, both Tre’Quan Smith and Emmanuel Sanders should be in your CAPT pool with Michael Thomas out once again.
Tight ends are close for me in this game. Without any superstar options behind Kamara and Allen in this game, I’m going to go ahead and throw both Cook and Henry into my pool for the night.
Here’s a look at my full CAPT pool:
Chargers: Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Hunter Henry
Saints: Alvin Kamara, Tre’Quan Smith, Emmanuel Sanders, Jared Cook
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”.
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 37 total players in your pool.
CAPT (7): Allen, Williams, Henry, Kamara, Smith, Sanders, Cook
QB (2): Herbert, Brees, T. Hill
RB (6): Kelley, Jackson, Nabers, Kamara, Murray, Burton
WR (11): Allen, Williams, Guyton, Johnson, K.J. Hill, Moore, Smith, Sanders, Callaway, Fowler
TE (7): Henry, Green, Parham, Anderson, Cook, J. Hill, Trautman
K (2): Badgley, Lutz
DST (2): Chargers, Saints
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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