The Week 15 Sunday night Showdown slate on DraftKings feels like it’s getting lost in all the game-shuffling that has extended the weekend into Tuesday. But this is still a terrific NFC South matchup. Let’s look at some players to target in this slate, with a prize pool of $1.2 million, an entry fee of $11 and a $300,000 first-place prize, and who to use in the critical Captain slot:
Tom Brady, QB Buccaneers ($18,300):
I think Brady has to be in your lineup, and while the ability to double-stack his top two weapons I considerably more difficult if you want a top Saints bring-back player, it’s hard not to love getting Brady and the 50-percent points boost if he goes off and spreads the love around to a variety of receivers. There is a bit of a revenge narrative here, and he’s been over 30 points in back-to-back games. I’ll make it work in the cheap end of the pool.
Taysom Hill, QB Saints ($15,600):
You look at his DraftKings scoring the last two weeks and see two huge numbers. What’s the downside, right? Well, the reality is, Hill needed some serious garbage-time production to reach those numbers in both games. A 70-yard pass play that was all about the receiver playing Frogger against a Cowboys defense that took their foot off the pedal two weeks ago, and a 44-end run last weekend with the game out of reach. Basically, he has not been as good as his numbers. But guess what? Garbage time counts, too. He intrigues me here, but if he has to rely on his arm, he’s a risk.
Alvin Kamara, RB Saints ($17,100):
In what world is Alvin Kamara a “courageous” play? We all saw what he did to the Jets last week, right? Well, this isn’t the Jets, Mark Ingram is back in the lineup and the Buccaneers are a pass-funnel defense that’s going to do everything it can to shut Kamara down and make Hill beat them. So, it’s far from an ideal game script. I’m playing Kamara in my flex, no question, but I might not want to pay up with him in the top spot. But if you do, and he smashes, lookout.
All Buccaneers pass catchers:
Chris Godwin ($10,000) has been outstanding the past two weeks. Mike Evans ($8,600) has also been outstanding, but a rung slightly lower than Godwin, but he also comes with the discount. Rob Gronkowski ($7,800) is a tougher sell against a defense that neutralizes tight ends pretty well while getting gashed by wide receivers. I’d stick with Godwin and Evans, and would try to stack them with Brady and find value elsewhere.
Super-cheap Saints receivers:
I would keep a close eye on the status of Lil’Jordan Humphrey ($2,000), who missed last week’s game against the Jets with a hamstring injury. If he is good to go, he opens a door to stacking all the Buccaneers passing elements discussed above, with either a Kamara or Hill bring-back. If Humphrey misses, I would punt with Kenny Stills ($400). He didn’t have a catch last week, but the environment is totally different this week and the Saints will be throwing more.