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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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Comments

  • ummmno9898

    Love your analysis! Look forward to the next article!

  • PARKEREMPIRE

    Me too

  • adadof2

    Good job!

  • TheAcknickulousOne

    Solid analysis

  • bc8844

    Good stuff.

  • roborick822

    someone going to fix the lineup hq? doesnt show captains.

  • mtdurham

    I definitely think there is good analysis going on… but sometimes you need to realize the “favorite” and “underdogs” arent all created equal….

    its one thing to assune julio jones is the “best” captain choice as WR1 for the -10.5 Falcons against a team like the Panthers without a great WR1 option themselves…. and totally another to assume Jarvis Landry to be the “best” captain choice as WR1 for the -0.5 Browns if they’re playing against the GIants and Odell Beckham

  • colekev

    @mtdurham said...

    I definitely think there is good analysis going on… but sometimes you need to realize the “favorite” and “underdogs” arent all created equal….

    its one thing to assune julio jones is the “best” captain choice as WR1 for the -10.5 Falcons against a team like the Panthers without a great WR1 option themselves…. and totally another to assume Jarvis Landry to be the “best” captain choice as WR1 for the -0.5 Browns if they’re playing against the GIants and Odell Beckham

    I try to account for that in matching historically similar games by specifying players as favorite or underdog. So the matchups I’m using should be similar with underdogs having strong WR1, just like the Falcons and Julio.

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