Your weekly guide to Thursday 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.
Check out Thursday night’s video breakdown for setting up the optimizer for tonight’s Showdown contests:
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 (Jones CAPT, Jones, Wentz)
- At most 1 K (Gano, Elliott)
- At most 1 DST (Giants, Eagles)
- 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.
Giants: Dion Lewis (RB), Wayne Gallman (RB), Elijaah Penny (RB), Kaden Smith (TE), Levine Toilolo (TE)
Eagles: Jalen Hurts (QB), Quez Watkins (WR), J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (WR), Jason Croom (TE)
Daniel Jones has 45 or more rushing yards in three of his last four. It’s close, but in a game that could be a low-scoring affair, I want to have some CAPT exposure to Jones. Wentz, on the other hand, does not interest me. He’s never been the perfect CAPT in 10 appearances in an optimal Showdown lineup.
At running back, I think a split between Boston Scott and Corey Clement is in the cards, so I won’t worry about either. I will want some Devonta Freeman, though, as he’s the clear RB1 for these Giants.
At wide receiver, we generally want to use only the WR1 or WR2. Philadelphia has DeSean Jackson back tonight. Travis Fulgham has vaulted into a starting role for the Eagles, so I’ll have some of the 2019 sixth-rounder.
The Giants are also returning one of their injured starters, WR Sterling Shepard. He and Darius Slayton will be the main targets for Jones. This is a very small sample size, but interesting nonetheless: Slayton has appeared in 3 perfect lineups since 2019, and has been the optimal CAPT in all three!
The Eagles are allowing the fourth-most catches, sixth-most yards, and third-most touchdowns to the tight end position thus far. Could this be the Evan Engram breakout we’re all waiting for? I’m adding Engram to my CAPT pool just in case. Both Ertz and Goedert are out for Philly, so we don’t need to worry about Eagle tight ends.
Here’s a look at my full CAPT pool:
Giants: Daniel Jones, Devonta Freeman, Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram
Eagles: DeSean Jackson, Travis Fulgham
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 35 total players in your pool.
CAPT (7): Jones, Freeman, Slayton, Shepard, Engram, Jackson, Fulgham
QB (3): Jones, Wentz, Hurts
RB (6): Freeman, Lewis, Gallman, Penny, Scott, Clement
WR (10): Slayton, Shepard, Tate, Mack, Jackson, Fulgham, Ward, Hightower, Arcega-Whiteside, Watkins
TE (5): Engram, Smith, Toilolo, Rodgers, Croom
K (2): Gano, Elliott
DST (2): Giants, Eagles
We’re ready to build! Head back into “Advanced Options” and use the following settings:
- 2 unique players – TUNING THIS ONE DOWN TO 2 UNIQUES
- $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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