The Saints and Seahawks have provided some memorable moments over the years, perhaps none more outstanding than Marshawn Lynch sinking the Saints with his “Beast Quake” in 2011. We’re not getting our hopes up for anything so iconic on Monday Night of Week 7. Soccer matchup, especially with Las Vegas bookmakers opening the total at 40. However, we still like some of the DFS value picks available that will allow us to splurge on top of this DraftKings Showdown lineup.
A quick summary of the scoring settings for DraftKings Showdown contests: they are Full point PPR and here they are three-point bonuses for 300 passing yards, 100 rushing yards, and 100 receiving yards. The Captain’s pick costs 1.5 times the player’s original price, but also gets his total points multiplied by 1.5.
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DraftKings Showdown Picks: Saints vs. Seahawks
$ 50,000 budget, at least one player from each team is needed.
Captain (1.5x value, 1.5x points): Alvin Kamara, Saints ($ 19,200)
The price of Kamara is certainly prohibitive, but it is a necessary expense in this case. With 109 touches, Kamara sets the pace of the Saints in volume. That is not a surprise. Perhaps a bit surprising is that the No. 2 in that department has a total of 23. Kamara has not only handled 47.6 percent of the team’s volume, but his four touchdowns also lead the team. Quarterback Taysom Hill has been a thorn in Kamara’s side with three rushing scores to his name, but he will be knocked out with a concussion. While obviously not a guarantee, it is not absurd to have multiple touchdowns from Kamara this week.
FLEX: QB Geno Smith, Seahawks ($ 9,400)
There is a risk of rolling Smith over Jameis Winston ($ 11,800), but we’re willing to roll the dice despite Smith’s lackluster effort on his first start. The 11.3 DraftKings points he handed out against the Steelers didn’t instill much confidence. While the Saints won’t offer much relief in terms of defensive quality, perhaps playing at home and having more reps in center will allow him to get closer to the 20-point threshold. Winston has certainly shown a higher ceiling, but he has also stayed below 13.5 DK points in three of his five contests.
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FLEX: WR Marquez Callaway, Saints ($ 8,600)
Main wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) is about to return, but for now, Callaway will continue to serve as a dominant piece in the Saints’ offense. His 21 looks are behind Kamara by one, and his three touchdowns are tied for second on the team. While 4.2 looks per game leaves us open to volatility, we like to roll the dice at his 17.1 yards per catch and 61.9 percent catch rate. Betting on efficiency in these kinds of venues can be a gamble, but that’s what makes the DFS juice worth tapping into, right?
FLEX: TE Gerald Everett, Seahawks ($ 4,400)
Everett made his return from the COVID list to play 31 modest plays (48 percent) and hit three even more modest goals last week. We’re not expecting big target numbers from Everett this week, or ever, for that matter, but that doesn’t mean he can’t provide what we need on Monday. Everett found paydirt in week 1 and produced a 5-54 line in week 3. No one is writing home to brag about those “milestones.” However, a week away from his illness and (presumably) more chemistry built with Smith could put him in a position to move closer to a performance closer to his ceiling.
FLEX: RB Rashaad Penny, Seahawks ($ 2,600)
Be sure to check injury reports before Monday night’s contest. Temporary starter Alex Collins (groin) missed practice Thursday and Friday, so while head coach Pete Carroll expects him to play, there should be healthy skepticism about his effectiveness and availability. Remember, Carroll expressed optimism regarding Chris Carson’s condition before his back landed on IR due to a neck injury. If Penny (calf) kicks in from her own IR period, as expected, and launches into a beginner’s workload, we like the potential and the price.
Alternative consideration: Saints wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith (hamstring) returned to practice this week and is expected to make his debut in 2021. Smith caught 34 passes on 50 goals for 13.2 yards per reception and one 68 percent catch rate in 2020. It remains to be seen whether he will be able to start running after such a long break, but he could emerge as a superior option to Penny. for when this tilt begins.
FLEX: TE Adam Trautman, Saints ($ 1,800)
Many profitable DFS lineups, particularly on the Showdown roster, include an unknown producer to bring the lineup to the green. Trautman is that option for us on Monday night. Trautman’s season totals of 10 goals and six receptions for 64 yards are often easily equaled in individual games by multiple tight ends, but that doesn’t stop him from delivering on this particular case. For the record, Juwan Johnson has an identical line of 6-64 (on 11 goals) and also serves as a viable option here. He has the lead over Trautman with three touchdowns, but Trautman edged Johnson 212-58. Wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith (hamstring) may return Monday night, but Deonte Harris (hamstring) has been discarded. Plus, Taysom Hill’s absence will open up opportunities for others on offense.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.