DFS Thursday Night Football: DraftKings Showdown for Week 17 (Fantasy Football)
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 Podcast: A thorough discussion on how to beat showdown, looking at the game theory and how to leverage the field.
DraftKings Sportsbook Lines
Spread: DAL -12.0
Team Totals: Cowboys (25.8), Titans (13.8)
The 11-4 Dallas Cowboys travel to Nashville for a Thursday night clash with the 7-8 Tennessee Titans. Motivation is key to understand potential playing time and role changes in this matchup. Let’s start on the Titans side where it’s relatively clear – this game means very little to Tennessee despite their record. The Titans are out of Wild Card contention, but they’re still alive for the AFC South Division crown. Regardless of a win or loss on Thursday night, their post-season hopes rely on Week 18’s game against the Jaguars, which is essentially a “win and in” game next week. As a result, Tennessee is sitting multiple starters on both sides of the ball. It’s possible more starters or key players see limited work. As a result, monitoring this situation ahead of kickoff is going to be critical for DFS showdown. See the Injury Report section below for context.