Your weekly guide to Sunday 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!
I finally got around to recording my entire process for building MME Showdown lineups with the Elite Fantasy optimizer, which is now posted on the website under the main optimizer tutorials section. Here it is: Optimizer Tutorial for DK Showdown.
And here is tonight’s slate-specific optimizer setup:
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 (Trubisky, Rodgers)
- At most 1 K (Santos, Crosby)
- At most 1 DST (Bears, Packers)
- 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.
Bears: Ryan Nall (RB), Artavis Pierce (RB), Javon Wims (WR), Riley Ridley (WR), DeAndre Carter (WR), Demetrius Harris (TE)
Packers: Tyler Ervin (RB), Darrius Shepherd (WR), Malik Taylor (WR), Marcedes Lewis (TE), Jace Sternberger (TE), Equanimeous St. Brown (WR) (UPDATE: adding St. Brown to punts with MVS active)
Another super-tight CAPT pool for me tonight. I wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to use Aaron Rodgers as a lineup CAPT, but I won’t be. Not only are the Bears a formidable defense, but Green Bay’s offense pretty much runs through Aaron Jones and Rodgers/Adams. A QB can only be the optimal CAPT if he’s thrown a bunch of touchdowns to a bunch of different pass catchers. Sure, Rodgers could run a ball or two in, but against a good defense I just don’t think I need to force him here when he’ll have such high ownership. Rodgers has been the optimal CAPT just once in 13 perfect lineup appearances.
Aaron Jones and Davante Adams are generally the only Packers we need to worry about in the CAPT spot, but I’ll also have a little taste of
Allen Lazard with Valdes-Scantling likely to miss tonight’s game. UPDATE: MVS is suiting up tonight despite his mid-week achilles injury. I’m removing Lazard from the CAPT pool, as he’ll be relegated to snaps in 3-WR sets (about 60% of snaps). My CAPT pool gets even tighter.
For the Bears, it’s David Montgomery who gets every-down usage; and Allen Robinson, who plays the Davante Adams-lite role for Chicago. If you want a sprinkle of Anthony Miller, Darnell Mooney, and/or Jimmy Graham, I say go for it. I’m only running with the main five tonight, though.
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. UPDATE: Valdes-Scantling is active. He gets added to the player pool, while St. Brown goes to the punt pool. Tyler Ervin and Javon Wims are both inactive and should be removed from the player pool.
CAPT (5): Montgomery, Robinson, Jones, Adams
QB (2): Trubisky, Rodgers
RB (6): Montgomery, Nall, Pierce, Jones, Williams,
WR (12): Robinson, Mooney, Miller, Patterson,
Wims, Ridley, Carter, Adams, Lazard, St. Brown, Taylor, Shepherd, Valdes-Scantling
TE (6): Graham, Kmet, Harris, Tonyan, Lewis, Sternberger
K (2): Santos, Crosby
DST (2): Bears, Packers
We’re ready to build! Head back into “Advanced Options” and use the following settings:
- 2 unique players
- $48,900 maximum salary
- 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 Correlation
Aaron Rodgers – Davante Adams 0.46
Mitchell Trubisky – Allen Robinson 0.41
Mitchell Trubisky – Jimmy Graham 0.35
Mitchell Trubisky – Darnell Mooney 0.33
Aaron Rodgers – Robert Tonyan 0.31
Mitchell Trubisky – Anthony Miller 0.28
Aaron Rodgers – Allen Lazard 0.25
Mitchell Trubisky – Cordarrelle Patterson 0.20
Mitchell Trubisky – David Montgomery 0.19
David Montgomery – Cairo Santos 0.17
Mitchell Trubisky – Cole Kmet 0.15
Mitchell Trubisky – Cairo Santos 0.15
Notable Negative Correlations
Mitchell Trubisky – Packers DST -0.48
David Montgomery – Packers DST -0.26
Cairo Santos – Packers DST -0.25
Allen Robinson – Packers DST -0.15
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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