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!
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.
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, Wilson)
- At most 1 K (Bailey, Myers)
- At most 1 DST (Vikings, Seahawks)
- 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.
Vikings: C.J. Ham (RB), Bisi Johnson (WR), Chad Beebe (WR), Tyler Conklin (TE)
Seahawks: DeeJay Dallas (RB), Will Dissly (TE), Jacob Hollister (TE)
Tonight’s game features a collection of some of the worst cornerbacks in football. For that reason, I am not going with either of the quarterbacks as my CAPT tonight. There will be at least one, probably two or three of these receivers that put up monster games tonight, on both sides. For the record, Russell Wilson has only been the optimal CAPT 14% of the time when he’s appeared in the perfect lineup (2 out of 14). Kirk Cousins has appeared at FLEX in an optimal lineup five times since 2019, but has never been the CAPT.
At running back, Dalvin Cook and Chris Carson are the clear CAPT options.
At wide receiver, we generally want to use only the WR1 or WR2. Both of these teams have a clear top-two: Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson for Minnesota; D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett for the Seahawks.
Only the premier pass-catching tight ends warrant CAPT consideration for me…Greg Olsen and Kyle Rudolph do not fall anywhere near that category.
Here’s a look at my full CAPT pool:
Vikings: Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, Justin Jefferson
Seahawks: Chris Carson, D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett
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”.
Here’s a video detailing the new Fantasy Cruncher update and how it pertains to setting groups moving forward. (video is processing and will be available to watch shortly…)
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 (6): Cook, Thielen, Jefferson, Carson, Metcalf, Lockett
QB (2): Cousins, Wilson
RB (7): Cook, Mattison, Ham, Carson, Hyde, Homer, Dallas
WR (8): Thielen, Jefferson, Johnson, Beebe, Metcalf, Lockett, Moore, Swain
TE (6): Rudolph, Smith, Conklin, Olsen, Hollister, Dissly
K (2): Bailey, Myers
DST (2): Vikings, Seahawks
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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