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DraftKings Thursday $2.5M Showdown: Play a Kicker?

DraftKings has put a lot into its single-game Showdown contest, with $2.5M in total prize money ($1M to first) for the winner of the kickoff Thursday contest between the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons.

This article is a continuation of a series that went through optimal roster allocations for different positions based on what actually happened in historically similar matchups.

You can read more about the methodology and optimal Captain allocations, total roster construction and how pairing Nick Foles with Mike Wallace could be the winning showdown formula.

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Comments

  • CentralizedMind

    Why only DK premium if this easily applies to Fanduel as well?

  • PARKEREMPIRE

    Fanduel doesn’t have defense, they have a superflex, all positions except def

  • DrAFTPUNK1

    This says kicker….. Which is only on FD?

  • PARKEREMPIRE

    You can play kicker on dk too

  • Tubbyprince

    That isn’t true at all. Go check the slate again, the kickers are there

  • Coreyobrien639

    Thanks Kevin for all the showdown work this year! All this NFL data has got me a little confused..did you say what the optimal ratio of players is? I mean would it be to play 2qbs,2wr,2rb..2qbs,3wr, 1 rb? 1 te?Thanks you a the man!

  • cjeagle3

    Agreed. If we aren’t getting FD content, this should be available

  • ihaveareputation

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      2016 DraftKings FBWC Finalist

    • x2

      2018 DraftKings FBWC Finalist

    My guess is it’s because FD doesn’t provide CSVs of the contests, so it’s much harder to gather this data. Either way, this is awesome stuff for DK. Thanks, Kevin!

  • colekev

    @cjeagle3 said...

    Agreed. If we aren’t getting FD content, this should be available

    We got the FD data much later than DK. We’re still working on processes and making sure all the numbers are right. Should add FD to analyses soon. Thanks for being patient.

  • colekev

    @Coreyobrien639 said...

    Thanks Kevin for all the showdown work this year! All this NFL data has got me a little confused..did you say what the optimal ratio of players is? I mean would it be to play 2qbs,2wr,2rb..2qbs,3wr, 1 rb? 1 te?Thanks you a the man!

    There are only six spots. So you want to think about the optimal numbers above in relation to that.

  • boilermakerbeef

    @colekev said...

    There are only six spots. So you want to think about the optimal numbers above in relation to that.

    Do you have the most common combination(s) for optimal lineups? It would be helpful to know that 2 QBs, 3WRs, 1TE, is the most common combination for optimal lineups.

  • Coreyobrien639

    @boilermakerbeef said...

    Do you have the most common combination(s) for optimal lineups? It would be helpful to know that 2 QBs, 3WRs, 1TE, is the most common combination for optimal lineups.

    This is what i was getting at haha

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