DFS Thursday Night Football: DraftKings Showdown for Week 17 (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: DAL -12.0
Total: 39.5
Team Totals: Cowboys (25.8), Titans (13.8)

Game Outlook

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.

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