As we head into the Super Bowl, we take a look at building a winning lineup using DraftKings’ “Showdown Captain Mode” format. We will get you started with a few picks, keep reading for more. Also, keep an eye on DraftKings, they are running lots of free contests right now with cash prizes, so it’s a great time to try out the showdown format if you haven’t yet.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers versus Green Bay Packers
Flex Patrick Mahomes ($12,000)
Flex Tom Brady ($10,000)
Flex Rob Gronkowski ($3,000)
In this type of format, when you have star quarterbacks they need to be in your lineup. Both Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady are capable of 300 yards or more and multiple touchdowns as Vegas has the over/under line set at 57.5.
Rob Gronkowski serves three purposes in this lineup. He is first and foremost, giving you some salary relief, he is going to give you some differentiation, and he is giving you upside. Gronkowski hasn’t put up big games for the Bucs this year, but he has been a red-zone target. If you can get a touchdown and thirty yards from Gronk, you will be in a good position.
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Let’s get this started with some Captain’s picks.
For the Chiefs, Mecole Hardman ($8,400) is a big-play player, so it was very surprising to see him have two receptions for four yards and a touchdown in the AFC Championship game. Tampa does a good job stopping the run, so look for the Chiefs to run some shorter pass-plays and screens to take on the effect of the running game. Hardman needs just one good screen-play to give you big yards and a touchdown.
Darrel Williams ($7,500) saw the bulk of the running back work for the Chiefs in the AFC championship game, and very well could this week as well with Bell and Edwards-Helaire dealing with some nagging injuries. As previously noted the Bucs don’t give up a lot on the ground, but if he can get you a couple of cheap touchdowns, it could be all you need.
A great pick this week is Scotty Miller ($8,100). Much like Hardman, Miller is capable of big plays. He was on the field for 43% of the snaps last week, and he could see added targets as the Chiefs do their best to shut down Evans and Godwin. He is a bit of a dice roll, but one that could pay off.
Filling out the Rest of Your Lineup
Mike Evans($9,000) does two things consistently, rack up yards and score touchdowns. If you like the Tampa Bay to win this game, you will want to have some share of Evans, when he plays it is often a big performance.
DK has priced up Chris Godwin ($8,800) this week after his 110-yard performance against the Packers. I would prefer Evans, but if you’re going to stack the Bucs in this game you will want to have both receivers.
Travis Kelce ($11,000) is unavoidable in my opinion. He is Mahomes favorite target and is an extremely reliable week in and week out target in DFS. I could rattle off the stats, but really, if you think the Chiefs are going to win this game, or that points are going to be scored, then you should strongly consider building a lineup that includes Kelce.
From an upside perspective, Tyreek Hill ($10,400) is paralleled only by Mike Evans in this game. Hill is a game-changer and one that you would have to imagine is going to be part of the Chiefs game plan. His floor is low, which means that he could give you nothing, but if he hits, he will likely hit really big and change the DFS contest.
Lastly, depending on how things play out, there is room for Leonard Fournette ($7,800) to have a nice DFS output. He will be a short-yardage/goal-line option for the Bucs, and if they get up late in the game, he will see lots of carries, so he is another boom or bust option, but one with upside, that can help you win your contest.
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