Week 15 DraftKings Saturday Night Showdown: Patriots at Colts

Week 15 DraftKings Saturday Night Showdown- Patriots at Colts

The Week 15 Saturday night Showdown slate on DraftKings is suddenly the only game in town after the Raiders-Browns game was moved to Monday because of Covid issues in Cleveland. This was the marquee matchup of the Saturday slate, to begin with, so a Showdown slate is a nice consolation prize. Let’s look at some players to target in this slate, with a prize pool of $800,000, an entry fee of $11 and a $200,000 first-place prize, and who to use in the critical Captain slot:


Jonathan Taylor, RB Colts ($19,200):

No surprise that the best player on the slate is also the highest-priced, but this is one time I would be willing to spend up. Because of the price and the fact that our other “obvious” Captain choice is now mispriced due to circumstances, Taylor is going to be lower owned than someone of his talent and opportunity should be. The one weak spot on the Patriots’ defense, if we can call it that, is against the run, where they are middle of the pack. The Colts are going to figure out ways to get Taylor the ball in space, so his receptions could go way up.

Rhamondre Stevenson, RB Patriots ($12,300):

The news that Damien Harris is out for this game came after pricing was set for this slate, so Stevenson is now way underpriced for his role. The last time Harris missed a game in Week 10, Stevenson carried 20 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns. The Colts are stingy against the run, but Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels have had two weeks to prepare. It’s hard to argue at this price, but also means Stevenson’s ownership is going to be massive. If you trust the Colts’ run defense, a fade might be in order.


Mac Jones, QB Patriots ($14,700):

So, speaking of that Week 10 Browns game: With Harris sidelined, Jones had his first and only (so far) three-touchdown passing game. I like the spot here for Jones partly because of that small sample size, but also because we have not seen Jones for two weeks and the last image is a three-PASS game. That’s obviously not happening again, but people are still going to look at his crazy-low point total from that game and have a hard time clicking on him for Captain. But Jones was starting to put up some nice numbers before the Wind Game. Recency bias? I think so. Leverage off massively-owned Stevenson? Absolutely.


Hunter Henry, TE Patriots ($6,400):

I’ve been a bit of a Hunter Henry truther this season, and up until a couple of weeks ago, I was right to think that way. Well, our Double-H hero has been a bit quiet the last three weeks, and really quiet in the Wind Game, which is not surprising considering three pass attempts. But now we’re nice and cozy indoors and the Colts are among the best matchups for tight ends in the league. I think Henry is getting back into the end zone this week, and I wouldn’t fault anyone for taking a flier on Jonnu Smith at $2,400 for salary savings.

Jakobi Meyers, WR Patriots ($7,400):

Kendrick Bourne ($8,800) is also a fine play to stack with Jones, but I will take the discount with Meyers and hope the touchdown-repellent receiver can find the end zone once again. It should be noted, if we want to go with the “What happens when Damien Harris misses” theme one more time, that the only touchdown Meyers has scored in his career came in that Week 10 game against Cleveland. Just sayin’.

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