Pleased holidays, fantasy fanatics! The NFL playoff race continues to warmth up, the bye weeks are behind us, and we now have soccer scheduled on 4 days of this week. Concluding a loaded Sunday slate crammed with a ton of significant video games, we now have a primetime NFC East conflict between Daniel Jones and the Giants and Taylor Heinicke and the Commanders at FedEx Area. As we now have all season, we assembled a DraftKings Showdown lineup for this battle of 7-5-1 playoff hopefuls.
Which divisional foe will be a part of the Cowboys within the playoffs? Solely time will inform, however this Sunday Evening Soccer showdown will go a good distance towards placing the image collectively. These identical two squads additionally met two weeks in the past in East Rutherford, finally tying 20-20 and forcing the awkward ‘second sprint’ onto every’s equivalent document.
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For New York, that tie was its solely non-loss since mid-November. The G-men have gone a paltry 1-4-1 for the reason that finish of October, due largely to banged-up wideouts and Saquon Barkley hitting a midseason wall. First-year head coach Brian Daboll’s guys — who began the season 6-1 — haven’t defeated an NFC East rival all season.
Washington, in the meantime, has been on the other aspect of the W-L curler coaster. After beginning the season 1-4, the Commanders bought a much-needed Week 6 W over the Bears however misplaced beginning QB Carson Wentz to a damaged finger. Enter Taylor Heinicke, who helped lead D.C. to an unfathomable 5 victories in six video games. The tie with Massive Blue broke a three-game ‘manders successful streak, which included a large Week 10 upset over the NFC-leading Eagles in Philly.
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It’s possible you’ll have already got an thought which means we’re leaning on this contest. However we aren’t speaking about moneylines, spreads, or over/unders at the moment. All we’re concerned with at the moment is placing collectively a successful DraftKings lineup. Let’s check out the gamers we chosen for this divisional tilt, and talk about our rationale behind every draft choose.
Earlier than we get into our picks, listed below are the important thing scoring settings for DraftKings Showdown contests: They’re full-point PPR and there are three-point bonuses for 300 passing yards, 100 dashing yards, and 100 receiving yards. The Captain choose prices 1.5 instances a participant’s unique worth, however he additionally will get his level whole multiplied by 1.5.
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$50,000 price range, want at the very least one participant from every crew.
Captain (1.5x factors, 1.5x wage): WR Terry McLaurin, Commanders ($14,700)
On the Captain spot, we typically wish to nominate the participant we mission to attain essentially the most factors (is sensible, proper?). Nevertheless, I sometimes function with a pair normal caveats — it will possibly’t be the highest-priced participant, and it will possibly’t be a participant 90 % of DFS entries may have at Captain. McLaurin at Cap. prices lower than each beginning QBs, and will likely be far much less captained than the way more costly Barkley.
And why would I would like Barkley, anyway? Since Week 11, the person has netted a paltry 152 yards over 53 carries (2.86 ypc). If not for his two TDs in that four-week span, he’d be below 9 PPR factors per recreation. One thing clearly is not proper together with his well being, as a result of he began the season firing on all cylinders.
However sufficient about what Saquon cannot do for us — let’s discuss what TMC can do for us. McLaurin has cherished life with Heinicke below middle, with 4 performances of 18-plus DK factors since Week 7 and nil video games with below 9.Three DK factors. And when he final confronted the Giants, he hauled in 8-of-12 targets for 105 yards and a TD, good for a season-high 27.5 (41.Three with the Captain enhance). Now we get him coming off a bye week at dwelling? Oh yeah, we’re down with TMC.
FLEX QB Taylor Heinicke, Commanders ($10,000)
Heinicke did not make sense for us as a $15,000 captain, however he makes loads of sense as a $10,000 flex. He is tossed a number of TDs in two straight contests, together with Washington’s final recreation towards this identical Giants squad previous to its Week 14 bye. In that Week 12 tie, Heinicke coupled his two scores with 275 passing yards and completed with a season-high 102.1 QB score. With the G-men permitting two of their previous three opposing QBs to internet 260-plus passing yards — and giving up a whopping 48 factors final week towards the Eagles (a crew Washington beat earlier within the season), we’re everywhere in the D.C. QB. Whereas everybody else stacks QB with WR, watch us revenue off the WR-QB stack. What can we are saying? We’re innovators.
FLEX RB Brian Robinson Jr., Commanders ($8,000)
Since we’re anchoring our squad with two gamers costing almost half our price range, it is excessive time to start out making some worth investments. The rookie BRob qualifies, as he is averaged 14.2 DK factors over Washington’s previous 4 video games. A quadriceps damage knocks his price ticket down from $8,400 two weeks in the past to $8,000 at the moment, however we wish to stay dangerously. With 22 common touches in his previous 4 outings — and 5.15 yards per carry over the previous two — we would not even take Saquon over the rook in the event that they had been priced the identical (Barkley prices $4,200 extra). If BRob will get downgraded Saturday — or will get late-scratched for some motive on Sunday — flex in Giants receiver Darius Slayton ($7,400)
FLEX RB Antonio Gibson, Commanders ($7,600)
We’re monopolizing the ‘manders offense like Dunkin Donuts in Massachusetts suburbs! We won’t go flawed stacking Robinson and Gibson, as a result of they actually personal this backfield since pass-catching again J.D. McKissic hit the IR. Jonathan Williams carried the ball as soon as when these squads final met — which he become a one-yard acquire and a one-way ticket again to the bench. Gibson, in the meantime, has averaged a stable 12 DK factors per recreation this season due to his versatility each as a runner and pass-catcher. He is bought loads of strikes in his bag, and sometimes maintains a excessive flooring now that he is labored out his fumbling points from his 2021 rookie marketing campaign.
FLEX WR Isaiah Hodgins, Giants ($5,600)
We should roster at the very least one participant from the Giants — and we’re truthfully so down on them right here that we virtually went with kicker Graham Gano at $4,200 (that will have afforded us Washington rookie wideout Jahan Dotson at $5,400, for almost a full monopoly!). However Hodgins seems like the correct play, until fellow Large receiver Richie James Jr. clears concussion protocol. Hodgins’ rapport with New York head coach (and former Payments offensive coordinator) Brian Daboll has been well-documented, and the third-year wideout’s growth has been clear to see on the sphere. Over the Giants’ previous two video games, Hodgins has hauled in 9-of-12 targets for 82 yards and two TDs (good for 25.9 DK factors).
Nonetheless, if James will get the go-ahead from the pinnacle, neck, and backbone committee, you is perhaps extra inclined to draft him. RJJ put up 19.1 DK factors towards Philly in Week 14, possible when he sustained the concussion. He is averaged 13.Three DK factors over the previous 4 weeks, and has emerged as one in every of Daniel Jones’ high playmaking choices.
FLEX DST Washington Commanders ($3,800)
With $4,100 left to spend, we contemplated going with Washington kicker Joey Slye ($4,000). We even thought of Kenny Golladay as a $1,600 wild card on the off-chance James sits, however that is extra of a free-entry lotto-ticket play. In the long run, we settled on the Commanders D, which has been a lot better than it seemed early this season. After failing to eclipse 5 fantasy factors in every of its first 5 video games, Washington has averaged 9.5 factors over its previous eight. It additionally has three video games with at the very least 13 factors, together with a staggering 15-point efficiency towards the Eagles in primetime. Again below the intense nationwide TV lights this Sunday, we now have D.C. rolling as soon as once more. New York is the third-most sacked crew all season, and essentially the most sacked over its previous three video games. Washington, in the meantime, has registered the fourth-most sacks over its previous three video games (3.7 per recreation) — and pass-rushing stud Chase Younger (knee) might return from a 13-month absence for this one! Strain means pressured throws, and compelled throws translate to Daniel Jones interceptions. Do not fail us now, Commanders — we’re actually all in.