The Week 12 Monday night Showdown slate on DraftKings gives us an interesting matchup in that the Washington Football Team can’t stop the pass and the Seahawks can’t stop anything. Let’s look at some players to target in this slate, with a prize pool of $1.5 million, an entry fee of $15 and a $500,000 first-place prize, and who to use in the critical Captain slot:
Russell Wilson, QB Seahawks ($16,500):
Maybe it’s not so obvious considering how bad he’s looked since returning from his finger injury, but if Wilson were ever going to have a “get right” game, it’s this one. No Chase Young should allow Wilson to operate freely in the pocket and have the time to find his deep threats. This is likely to be a very rare occasion where Wilson is extremely low-owned as a Showdown Captain, so it’s leverage over the field to take a gamble on him.
Terry McLaurin, WR Washington FT ($15,900):
From low-owned to likely the highest-owned player on the slate. McLaurin had another huge game last week and his chemistry with Tyler Heinicke is undeniable. The Seahawks defense is a mess right now, so McLaurin could have a field day here. Pairing him with Heinicke is the stack of the night, by far.
Antonio Gibson, RB Washington FT ($12,900):
Because people are going to flock to McLaurin, and because Gibson has been ok, not great, while playing with a stress fracture in his shin, he’s going to go overlooked tonight. But Seattle simply cannot stop the run. As with Wilson, this is a “get right” spot for Gibson, as long as he doesn’t fumble.
Deandre Carter, WR Washington FT ($8,400):
Discount price and leverage off the popular player on his own team at the same position. Welcome to Showdown 101. Carter has 15 targets over his past three games and has scored a touchdown in each game. Carter at Captain, Heinicke, and McLaurin in flex? Sign me up.
Tyler Lockett ($10,200) and DK Metcalf ($8,800), WR Seahawks:
If we believe in Wilson’s renaissance, then we have to pair him with one or both of his main guys. I’m leaning toward the cheaper Metcalf, who is another player due for an eruption game. But if you find the values elsewhere (see below) I think you can jam all three in and hope for the fireworks.
Tyler Heinicke, QB Washington FT ($9,800):
I’ve been a Heinicke truther all season and I’m certainly not stopping now. Pairing him with McLaurin and Carter (or John Bates) seems like a winning strategy with two defenses begging to turn this game into a shootout.
John Bates, TE Washington FT ($3,600):
We need value and Bates is the starting tight end with Logan Thomas and Ricky Seals-Jones out with injuries. Double-check on Seals-Jones when inactives are announced, as he is listed as doubtful. But Bates is going to be the guy here and he should get a healthy number of looks.