DraftKings NFL Showdown Week 1: Captain Mode Strategy
2018 will be the year of the Showdown at DraftKings. The company offered a $1M-to-first Super Bowl contest at the end of last season, and now the Showdown is back for the first game of the 2018 season with a $2.5M total, $1M-to-first single-game contest where you combine six players from the Eagles and Falcons.
The 2018 Super Bowl contest presented a new opportunity to study the format and get your strategy ahead of the competition. We analyzed the 4-offensive, 2-defensive player lineup possibilities and found what would have been the most common winning lineups from similar historical matchups.
The biggest wrinkle in the Super Bowl contest was adding individual defensive players (IDP) into the mix. This year IDP is out, but kickers are in along with the innovative “Captain” (CPT) designation that allows players to designate one player for enhanced (1.5x) scoring and salary. The designation allows you to to stake a higher claim on one individual player, and it also increases the number of possible rosters, thereby reducing the number of duplicate winners.
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