DFS Thursday Night Football: DraftKings Showdown for Week 1 (Fantasy Football)

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Before we get into the specifics of this matchup and how to approach it for the DraftKings showdown slate, I want to point people back to a few pieces of evergreen content that I think are extremely valuable if you’re serious about winning showdown all season. I’d recommend reading/listening to this content before proceeding, especially if you’re new to showdown.

1. How to Win Showdown Contests: A detailed article looking at the data and strategy behind winning showdown lineups.

2. DFS Showdown Strategy PodcastA thorough discussion on how to beat showdown, looking at the game theory and how to leverage the field.

DraftKings Sportsbook Lines

Spread: BUF -2.0
Total: 51.5
Team Totals: Bills (26.75), Rams (24.75)

Game Outlook

The Bills travel to Los Angeles for a matchup against the defending Super Bowl champs highlighting two of the NFL’s best offenses in 2021. Not surprisingly, this game carries a healthy 51.5-point total to kick off Week 1 and the regular season. Home teams are 16-3 in the Thursday night season openers (11-4-4 ATS), notable as this game carries less than a field goal spread, giving life to a Rams “upset” at home. This is notable as 73% of the cash is on the Bills in the betting markets. Should DFS gamers follow suit and heavily utilize Bills in their roster, constructing lineups around a Rams victory may be a way to gain leverage on the field in a contrarian way. It’s worth noting since Sean McVay became head coach, the Rams are 5-0 in Week 1 games, scoring an average of 32.6 points (30+ in 4 of those games). 

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