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!
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 Sunday 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 (Goff, Garoppolo)
- At most 1 K (Sloman, Gould)
- At most 1 DST (Rams, 49ers)
- 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.
Rams: Van Jefferson (WR)
49ers: JaMycal Hasty (RB), Jeff Wilson (RB), Kyle Juszczyk (RB), Trent Taylor (WR), Kevin White (WR)
Neither QB makes my CAPT pool tonight. Goff and Garoppolo have combined to appear in just 2 optimal CAPT spots since the start of 2019, with 19 total appearances in perfect lineups between the two. Little rushing upside and a couple big-time pass catchers that can easily pile up the production.
At running back, the Rams look headed towards a three-man split with Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson, and Malcolm Brown. That is not a situation I want a part of in my precious CAPT spots. The 49ers employ two guys back there as well, but Raheem Mostert is the lead dog. Mostert has appeared in 2 optimal CAPT spots since 2019, one-third of his 6 total appearances.
At wide receiver, we generally want to use only the WR1 or WR2. Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods are the obvious choices for the Rams. San Francisco’s Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel also fit the bill.
George Kittle is one of the elite pass-catching tight ends in football, so he makes the cut tonight. Tyler Higbee is right on the edge of consideration for me. He has had some massive fantasy games over the past couple of seasons, appearing as an optimal CAPT twice. He’s not been used much of late, though, only running 16 pass routes in week five. Gerald Everett is getting a lot of work too, so I’m going to leave Higbee out of my own pool. You can make the choice for yours.
Here’s a look at my full CAPT pool:
Rams: Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods
49ers: Raheem Mostert, Brandon Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel, George Kittle
Refer to tonight’s video walkthrough for detailed instructions on setting up your CAPT groups.
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 32 total players in your pool.
CAPT (6): Kupp, Woods, Mostert, Aiyuk, Samuel, Kittle
QB (2): Goff, Garoppolo
RB (8): Henderson, Brown, Akers, Mostert, McKinnon, Wilson, Hasty, Juszczyk
WR (9): Kupp, Woods, Reynolds, Jefferson, Aiyuk, Samuel, Bourne, Taylor, White
TE (3): Higbee, Everett, Kittle
K (2): Sloman, Gould
DST (2): Rams, 49ers
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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