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DraftKings $1.6M Thursday Night Showdown Picks

Tom Brady makes his primetime debut with his new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on Thursday Night Football. But TB12 would be forgiven for thinking he was still back in New England when he looks across the field and sees his Super Bowl LII nemesis, Nick Foles, leading the Bears at quarterback. There are a lot of injury situations to make this an intriguing Showdown slate to navigate. Let’s look at some players to target in DraftKings’ $1.6 million six-man Showdown slate — with an entry fee of $10 and a first-place prize of $400,000 — and who to use in the critical Captain slot:

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CAPTAIN OBVIOUS

Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($16,800): He hasn’t exactly looked like his Super Bowl-winning, MVP self in his new digs, but as last week proved, Brady can still light up a stat sheet when he needs to. Even without Chris Godwin, Brady threw five TD passes last week, and a Brady-Mike Evans ($9,400) stack makes all the sense in the world

Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears ($15,900): Robinson is the highest-priced player on the board in this game, and deservedly so. Ever since he took the Squeaky Wheel approach and requested a trade thee weeks ago – and with Nick Foles throwing him the ball – Robinson has re-emerged as one of the top wideouts in the game. He will be the focal point of the Bears’ offense all night. He’s been targeted 23 times the past two games and topped 100 yards in each.

CAPTAIN COURAGEOUS

Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears ($6,900) OR Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($1,500): The sole purpose of playing either of these longshots in the captain spot is that it allows you to jam both quarterbacks and both No. 1 receivers into your flex spot, while still adding a fifth flex player with legitimate expected production. If the Buccaneers fall behind, or Ronald Jones struggles early, the door could open for Vaughn to make a big enough impact to justify his minimal salary. Mooney has essentially become the No. 2 receiver ahead of Anthony Miller, so a big game is not out of the question here.

FLEX MEN

Scotty Miller, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($7,000): Miller is expected to play despite a questionable tag and he has filled the Welker/Edelman/Amendola role for Brady admirably this season, earning 21 targets over four games, and breaking out with a 5-83-1 line on Sunday.

Buccaneers defense, D, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($5,400): They struggled last week against the Chargers, but had 11 sacks over the two games previous and defenses always gain a bit of an advantage in Thursday night slugfests.

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Nick Foles, QB, Chicago Bears ($10,000): If the game decides to shoot out, it’s all Brady and Foles, but especially Foles with David Montgomery a hit-or-miss option at running back.

 

Jeff Goldberg is the former team reporter for the San Diego Fleet in the Alliance of American Football. Earlier in his career, Jeff covered the Boston Red Sox (2007-08) and UConn women’s basketball team (2001-06) for his hometown newspaper, The Hartford Courant. Jeff, who was also an editorial producer at MLB.com from 2012-14, wrote two books about the UConn women: “Bird at the Buzzer” (2011) and “Unrivaled” (2015). He lives in San Diego with his wife, Susan, and good boi doggo, Rocky.

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