DraftKings DFS Showdown Texans at Colts

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DraftKings DFS Showdown

So this week we won’t try to predict the NFL, since so many teams rest starters and make this quite an interesting DFS week.

Instead, we decided to go for one game that for sure matters to both teams this week.  The Colts (9-7) welcome the Texans (9-7) on Saturday night in a “win and get in” matchup.  Therefore we know all the healthy starters will for sure be in, and should be playing as hard as possible to get their team a win.

Here is my personal opinion on a solid lineup for a DraftKing Showdown this Saturday night.


CJ Stroud – Texans ($16800)

I thought about making a Texan receiver the Captain here, but I believe Stroud will have to spread the ball around if the Texans want to win this one.  I love Nico Collins, but if I were the Colts I’d be focusing all my energy on him in this matchup.

Last time these two teams faced off, Stroud threw for 384 yards and two touchdowns.  And that was just his second NFL start.

Now of course a lot has changed over the season, and Stroud will be without promising rookie WR Tank Dell and fellow WR Noah Brown in this one.  I still believe Stroud will throw a ton, especially if the Colts get an early lead.


Flex Spots

Nico Collins – Texans ($10400)

If you are going to have your Captain be the QB, your best bet is to include some of the receivers for the stack.

Nico Collins of course is a must, because even though I believe the Colts will hone in on him, he still has the talent and targets to have a solid game. 

Now I do believe Stroud will spread the ball a bit, but he still should pepper Collins with the most targets.  And you never know, one of those could go for a huge gain.

Xavier Hutchinson – Texans ($800)

Noah Brown and Tank Dell are out, and Robert Woods is questionable with a hip injury.  An injury that held him out of practice all week.

Figuring he even plays, Woods probably won’t be super-efficient anyway, making Xavier Hutchinson a great option as the, at worse, WR #3 for the Texans.  If Woods sits, Hutchinson will see even more usage.

With such a cheap price and being on an offense that throws a ton (and has produced multiple solid fantasy receivers each week), Hutchinson is a mid risk/high reward play.

Devin Singletary – Texans ($8400)

Devin Singletary has come on strong the last half of the season, sometimes taking almost all the carries away from Dameon Pierce.

He also now has at least three targets in six of the last seven games.  Now some of that was without Stroud, but Singletary has always been a solid pass catcher.

Singletary should once again get a bulk of the carries, including around the goal line, and should be utilized as a pass-catcher since the Texans are so thin at the position.

Josh Downs – Colts ($6600)

I kind of figure this will be a shootout, so I wanted at least one Colt pass catcher.  Based on my lineup, I couldn’t really afford Michael Pittman, so I went with the rookie Josh Downs.

Downs has been quiet in recent weeks after a surprising start to the season, but he is still involved enough in the offense to warrant playing him.

The Texans have been actually pretty good at stopping the run recently, stuffing Derrick Henry twice and limiting Breece Hall to 40 yards and Jerome Ford to 25 yards. Should they play that well again, the Colts will have to throw the ball.

Zack Moss – Colts ($6400)

Now I know I just mentioned how the Texans are good at stuffing the run, but with my lineup I really didn’t have any good options on the Colts that I like.  All the other receivers are relatively high risk and unexciting, so I went with backup RB Zack Moss.

Jonathan Taylor will of course get the bulk of the work, but if Moss is indeed 100% he should see a bit of work himself.  If anything I wouldn’t be surprised if Moss saw more of the passing down work and could always vulture a touchdown. 

Moss proved he could carry the load by himself, so expect the Colts to give him a fair share of carries/targets.

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