Welcome to this edition of the NFL DFS Showdown SZN breakdown. The aim of this post is to look at the best players to build around and constructions to focus on for the night's NFL DFS showdown contests on Draftkings. We run the new Showdown Contest simulations to see what differences we can find in projected ownership and likely exposure. Likewise, we take into account the whole lineup's projection and ownership.
- David Montgomery looks slightly overvalued at the FLEX but well undervalued at captain, assuming ownership projections are accurate.
- The most duplicated builds will have a combo of Amon-Ra St.Brown, a QB, and David Montgomery, so look to avoid combos like that without more extreme leverage added.
- Building for a low scoring affair without QBs involved is a unique way to approach the slate, and seems like a solid path to leverage Montgomery ownership
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Captain ownership distributions
The most valuable captain tonight is David Montgomery, who looks a bit undervalued by the indsutry at the position. His projected ownership at the position is around 10%, but his exposure in the contest sims is almost 16%. He offers the most positive leverage at the moment, but there’s not a lot of room for that leverage if he gets more popular up to lock.
On the other side of the table is Jared Goff, who looks to be the most overvalued captain. His exposures in contest winners is just 11% while his projected ownership is around 18%. While he is still one of the most valuable captains, there’s going to be leverage gained by avoiding him in single entry and three max contests.
FLEX ownership distributions
By far the most valuable FLEX option tonight is Amon-Ra St.Brown with an exposure – projected ownership of almost +32%. His exposure of 75% in contest winners is a step above anyone else on the slate, and gives a lot of room even if projected ownership is low on him overall. While he doesn’t make a very good captain because of price, he represents a terrific FLEX play that is likely undervalued even at high ownership.
In terms of the most negative value added, we have three players separated from the rest: AJ Dillon, Christian Watson, and Romeo Doubs. One obvious note is all three of these players are Packers! In fact, four of the five players offering the worst negative leverage are from Green Bay. This represents a clear path in terms of game flow and roster construction when building with leans and stacks.
Some other notes on optimization exposures and projected ownership:
- There are no free squares tonight. The most valuable player overall is Amon-Ra St.Brown, but he by no means represents a free square considering the DET touchdown distributions and possible gameflow differences
- Both DET running backs are in play here, and playing them together is an interesting large field tactic
- Both defenses and both kickers are appropriately valued
Duplication projections and DFS lineups to avoid
Here is a sample of the lineups in terms of highest ownership from the contest simulations. To clarify, you should avoid playing these lineups in large field GPPs tonight:
We see a lot of kicker captains here along with a couple Packers DST captains as well. After that, we get a handful of Laporta followed by both QBs. Interestingly enough, we don’t see much Amon-Ra St.Brown, which is mostly a function of price but does represent an interesting spot to be different.
In the FLEX there is a very clear combo to avoid: St.Brown, a QB, and David Montgomery. Both iterations of St.Brown/Love/Montgomery and St.Brown/Goff/Montgomery will be heavily owned, and if you add Josh Reynolds to that you are looking at heavy duplication. Avoiding these combos or introducing extreme leverage to them in the remaining spots is important.
In terms of unique roster paths, going with a no QB build is really interesting. Neither of these teams wants to push the pace which could easily result in a lower scoring game. The pass catchers and RBs can get there in that environment while both QBs fail to score enough in raw points to make winning lineups.
One other quick call out: I think Kalif Raymond is a really strong play tonight in GPPs. Last week he eclipsed Marvin Jones in snap count and routes and is looking well undervalued tonight based on an increasing role.
DFS Showdown SZN: Final Thoughts
This is a great showdown slate with good pricing and a lot of interesting directions to go based on two relatively flat offenses. There are going to be a lot of people that build lineups based on median expectations that miss out on a lot of ceiling because of the way these players eat into production of one another. One spot that people will likely mess up is playing Montgomery and Goff together in GPPs, where it’s unlikely both get there based on gamescripts. The biggest edge tonight is likely choosing the correct gameflow and building towards it rather than building the highest median expectation team.
There are two feasible paths to build: A high scoring game, where DET falls behind and is forced to catch up, or a lower scoring grinder where neither team is able to capitalize quickly and trade scores up to a 21-17 win. A high scoring game likely necessitates Jordan Love and Amon-Ra St.Brown, where a low scoring game is built around David Montgomery and no QBs. My current lean is a 4-2 DET build for a low scoring gamescript, but I think a 3-3 with both QBs is great too.
Some players that look overvalued:
- AJ Dillon
- Jared Goff (CPT)
- Christian Watson (FLEX)
Some players that look undervalued:
- David Montgomery (CPT)
- Amon-Ra St.Brown (FLEX)
- Kalif Raymond (Loins play)
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