The 49ers and Colts will meet Sunday night with the hope and intention of consolidating their position in the playoffs. It’s been a difficult start to the season for the Niners, who are expected to welcome Jimmy Garoppolo back from his calf injury. Injuries also hit the Colts. Wide receiver Parris Campbell (foot) landed on IR, and TY Hilton is recovering from a quad injury, so he’ll be limping if it weren’t quite there. It’s a challenging game to evaluate, but we’re ready to unleash our DraftKings Showdown lineup and hopefully win some DFS money.
Before we get into our Colts-49ers lineup, here are the notable rules of DraftKings Showdown: Full point PPR, and here they are three-point bonuses for 300 passing yards, 100 rushing yards, and 100 receiving yards. The Captain’s Picks cost 1.5 times a player’s original price, but he also gets his total points multiplied by 1.5.
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DraftKings Showdown Picks: Colts vs 49ers
$ 50,000 budget, at least one player from each team is needed.
Captain (1.5x points, 1.5x salary) RB Jonathan Taylor ($ 16,500) Taylor’s 102 touches set the pace for the Colts by a wide margin, and after a couple of quiet performances in weeks 2-3, the sophomore has taken off. It has produced 23.4, 34.9 and 31.8 DraftKings points, respectively, in successive weeks. Taylor is tied for third on the team in receptions, and we’ve seen him catch as many as six receptions in one game this season. With Taylor establishing himself as the centerpiece of this offense, he is an easy option for our Captaincy despite the high cost.
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FLEX QB Carson Wentz ($ 10,200) The narrative surrounding Wentz has been a bit more volatile than his actual fantasy production. Week 3 was ugly for Wentz (7.8 DK points), but that failure aside, his worst performance was 17.0 points, which came in a 31-3 beating of the Texans. With so much as the Colts scatter targets, there’s an appeal to bringing Wentz over to one of their higher-priced targets.
FLEX WR Deebo Samuel ($ 9,600) Not only is Samuel averaging 15.4 yards each time he gets his hands on the ball, but his 37 touches are second on the team. The Colts will certainly be key for Samuel in his defensive game plan, but with George Kittle (calf) out of the game, head coach Kyle Shanahan will likely come up with ways to put the ball in the hands of his best playmaker. For those who want to differentiate themselves from those who name Taylor as their Captain, Samuel represents a worthwhile pivot.
FLEX RB Nyheim Hines ($ 5,600) Hines has been terribly calm since scoring 18.9 DK points in Week 3. He took a back seat as Taylor embarks on his Year 2 breakup, but that doesn’t mean it’s off the Colts’ plans. Hines is second on the team with 41 touches and has shown the ability to score in all three phases of the game. Considering his versatility, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Hines as one of the key supporting pieces in what is projected as a challenging showdown.
FLEX TE Mo Alie-Cox ($ 5,200) The Colts employ a friendly tight end offense, but it can sometimes be tricky to determine which one will emerge as the statistical winner in any given week. Still, we’ll bet our chips on Alie-Cox. He’s scored three times in his last three games, and he’s been a much more active piece of the offense than fellow tight end Jack Doyle, who has seen all five goals since Week 3. With some losses among the Los Angeles passing cast. Colts. receivers, there should be more targets available for Alie-Cox and maybe even another trip to the paint.
FLEX RB Trey Sermon ($ 2,000) There is no denying that Sermon is a wild card in this place. His ownership is likely pretty low given the 0.7 DK-point performance he achieved in Week 5. However, we also have to keep in mind that rookie quarterback Trey Lance was making his first start in that contest, and the The Niners’ offense as a whole played poorly. While Elijah Mitchell appears to be the leading running back on this offense, we know that Shanahan can be very fickle with his back. The assumption (or hope) is that the bye week allowed the offense to get closer to fullness (Garoppolo’s return is a huge boost) while also giving guys like Sermon a chance to reestablish themselves as key ingredients in the mix. After all, San Francisco switched to select Sermon in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft. They certainly aren’t looking for reasons to keep him on the ice.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.