We are at the end of Week 13, and soccer “purists” have a pleasure waiting for them on Monday Night Football with the Bills hosting the Patriots in inclement weather. The total fell several points at numerous Las Vegas sportsbooks, underscoring the pessimism surrounding the offensive prospect of the showdown. If the cold, wind and rainfall are as detrimental to each team’s respective air attack as many hope, we will see a lot of running and a lot of defense. Generally speaking, that’s not good for DFS tournaments, and we are responding by loading RB into our DraftKings Showdown lineup.
Here are the key scoring settings for DraftKings Showdown contests: Full point PPR and here they are three-point bonuses for 300 passing yards, 100 rushing yards, and 100 receiving yards. The Captain’s pick costs 1.5 times the player’s original price, but also gets his total points multiplied by 1.5.
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DraftKings Showdown Picks: Patriots vs. Bills
$ 50,000 budget, at least one player from each team is needed.
Captain (1.5x points, 1.5x salary) QB Josh Allen, Bills ($ 16,800)
Even in a situation that promises to be a defensive affair, we will bet on Allen as our MVP because of the myriad ways he will be able to contribute to the offense in unfavorable conditions. Allen has three rushing touchdowns this season and has rushed for more than 50 yards three times. Even if his pass production falls short, he offers potential with his legs.
FLEX RB Damien Harris, Patriots ($ 9,800)
This edition of the Patriots won’t be in the habit of backtracking 40 times in a normal game, and they certainly won’t in the harsh conditions expected tomorrow night. Harris leads the Pats’ running game in touches and touchdowns, and he’s likely to be heavily used overnight.
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FLEX RB Matt Breida, Invoices ($ 6,600)
You’ll notice a theme in this week’s Showdown lineup. As scoring and explosive plays on the field are expected to be very low, we will rely heavily on the running backs. Breida appears to have outdone Zack Moss on the depth chart and should have a healthy workload. His plays and chances have increased week over week since Week 10, and he has scored three times in his last three games. It has enough juice to make a difference in this environment.
FLEX RB Rhamondre Stevenson, Patriots ($ 5,600)
Harris is the Pats’ backfield leader, but the Patriots are also keeping Stevenson busy. The rookie is second on the team in touches and is a solid bet to see more than 10 and maybe even a shot in the end zone on Monday night. We’d rather bet on multiple New England running backs making a dent in our lineup than trying to identify which pass receiver will emerge as the winner in an underperforming passing perspective.
FLEX TE Dawson Knox, Invoices ($ 5,400)
While this matchup could be dominated by each team’s running attack, if the Bills experience success in throwing the ball, Knox could become the primary target. Knox has played reasonably well since returning from injury, winning 10 goals in Week 11 and scoring two touchdowns in Week 12. Passing yards will be rare on Monday, but every time the Bills enter the red zone, Knox will be a threat to six. .
FLEX RB Devin Singletary, Invoices ($ 4,600)
While the Bills have a more explosive offense on paper than the Patriots, we’ll likely see them put a lot on the shoulders of their backfield as well. Singletary has operated as the leader in recent weeks, his 16 chances in Week 12 tied for a season record, and he will be in line to set a season record in the volume category. It won’t be a surprise to see him used as an outlet in the short / fast passing game if the Bills need to add some wrinkles to their attack.