The Week 11 Monday night Showdown slate on DraftKings gives us a mismatch that they probably didn’t think through when they set the schedule. But what if the Giants make a game of this? Let’s look at some players to target in this 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:
Tom Brady, QB Buccaneers ($16,800):
The GOAT has actually been a little less goat-like the past two weeks, with four interceptions to go along with six touchdowns. Does anyone want to bet on something like that happening against the Giants? Eli might be on the broadcast tonight, but he’s on his couch. I think this is a safe space for a big Brady game.
Leonard Fournette, RB Buccaneers ($15,000):
But what if it isn’t a big Brady game? Or it’s a big Brady passing yards game, but the touchdowns come on the ground? That’s what we’re hoping for with this leverage play. Fournette is making it happen as both a runner and receiver, and if he monopolizes the touchdown equity here, he could break the slate.
Evan Engram, TE Giants ($9,900):
It’s gross, I don’t like it, but it has to be done. Engram has actually begun to play like the dynamic tight end who was a fantasy darling just a short few years ago. Right now, he’s about the only reliable piece of the Giants’ offense. But if they somehow pull an upset here – and who isn’t pulling upsets these days? – Engram is going to be a huge part of it.
Mike Evans ($10,200), Chris Godwin ($9,400), WR Buccaneers:
If we’re playing Brady in the Captain, you are going to need at least one, and probably both of the top two receivers in your flex. With Antonio Brown and Gronk still out, the passing game is these two guys, and they are capable of putting up big games at the same time. They are the stack to end all stacks.
Cameron Brate, TE Buccaneers ($3,600):
And if you do stack those guys, and you need salary relief, or if you want to be a little contrarian against the popular pass catchers on the Tampa side, Brate did catch a touchdown last week. He gives you modest points, but the salary is appropriate, and if he finds the end zone like last week, he pays off his thriftiness handsomely.