The Thursday night Showdown slate on DraftKings gives us the incredible Lamar Jackson’s homecoming game against the Dolphins. He dazzled in his last appearance here in 2019, and a repeat performance is well within the range of outcomes. Let’s look at some players to target in DraftKings’ Thursday Night Millionaire Showdown slate — with a prize pool of $2.25 million, an entry fee of $20, and a $1 million first-place prize — and who to use in the critical Captain slot:
Lamar Jackson, QB Ravens ($20,700):
There’s simply no one else on this slate that can match the fantasy (and real-life) awesomeness of Jackson, who was utterly sensational in leading the furious comeback Sunday against the Vikings. His price is sky-high, but there is a ton of value on this Showdown slate, so he doesn’t compromise the rest of the lineup. The ownership is going to be massive, but this is the most-edible chalk ever. I would look to pair Jackson with at least one Miami playmaker, as the Dolphins will have to keep up with Baltimore in order for Jackson to have a shot at a ceiling score.
Rashod Bateman, WR Ravens ($8,700):
I was high on Pete Freiermuth as a Captian on Monday night, and he rewarded my faith in him with a two-touchdown performance. I suspect Bateman will be the discount option that pops for a big game as leverage against higher-priced and higher-owned teammates Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews. Bateman has 20 targets over his first three games and hit double-digit DK points the past two weeks. He’s due for his first touchdown.
Jaylen Waddle, WR Dolphins ($12,300):
With Devante Parker out of the picture, regardless of Tua or Jacoby Brissett under center, Waddle is the top receiving option in this offense. Waddle put up an 8-83 line last week on 10 targets and has reached double-digit targets in 3 of his last 4 games. Mike Gesicki ($11.100) is still a prominent force here, as well, and the Ravens have had issues with opposing tight ends.
Marquise Brown, WR Ravens ($11,000) and Mark Andrews, TE Ravens ($8,800):
You can make Brown work with Jackson in the Captain spot. In fact, if you’re willing to roll the dice on someone like Preston Williams, who is expected to be active Thursday night, at $200, you can do some interesting things with Jackson and Brown headlining the lineup. The duo is locked in right now. Andrews has seen a dip in production, but that just screams recency bias. The man can dominate at any time.
Myles Gaskin, RB Dolphins ($9,400):
Gaskin had 20 carries last week, and you have to figure they’ll want to control the ball and wind the clock as much as possible to keep Lamar off the field and Brissett out of trouble. Gaskin was also targeted six times last week, so his volume almost guarantees a solid score.
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