Thursday Night DraftKings Showdown: Week 7
Thursday Night Football returns in Week 7, and this week’s game features a riveting matchup between two of the best teams in the NFL…the 1-4-1 Philadelphia Eagles vs. the 1-5 New York Giants. In all seriousness, this is a must-win game for Philadelphia against a division rival, and although both teams are bad, there’s going to be football on our TV, and there are DFS lineups to build! Let’s break it down.
The Eagles are 4 point home favorites in this contest against the Giants with a 43 point over/under. Entering Week 6, the Eagles are 2-4 against the spread, while the Giants are 3-3 against the spread. Four of the Eagles’ six games have hit the over, while just two of the Giants’ contests have gone over the game total. Since Doug Pederson took over as the Eagles’ head coach in 2016, Philly is 5-0 on Thursdays with a +44 point differential in those games. In an interview with the media on Monday this week, Pederson told reporters “I do think that there’s some validity, so to speak, to keeping it simple.” It’s certainly something to consider when building showdown lineups this week.
Before looking at the injury updates, captain choices, cash plays, and GPP picks, let’s look at the game environment. Philly ranks 7th in neutral situation pace of play and 5th overall in pace of play while ripping off the 7th most plays per game. On the other hand, the Giants are playing at a snail’s pace, getting off just 58.2 plays per game (31st), and they rank 29th in neutral situation pace of play, suggesting they want to play slow if given the opportunity.
Projected Out: Miles Sanders, Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, Jalen Reagor
Questionable: DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, Lane Johnson, K’Von Wallace
New York Giants
Projected Out: C.J. Board
Questionable: Sterling Shepard (designated to return off IR), Darnay Holmes
Captain Spot Choices
Carson Wentz $16,200
The most expensive captain on the slate, Carson Wentz hasn’t been getting any love in the fantasy football space for how good he’s been amidst the insane amount of injuries the Eagles have faced on the offensive side of the ball. Wentz is currently fantasy’s QB9 on the year and has been playing with four backup offensive linemen, practice squad caliber wide receivers, and essentially no tight end. Obviously the loss of Ertz and Sanders hurts Wentz’s outlook, but he’s just simply getting it done. If DeSean Jackson and/or Alshon Jeffery are back in the lineup this week, Wentz’s skill group would vastly improve. Even so, Wentz has rattled off four straight top-14 QB finishes over the last month. If building lineups around Wentz, I recommend stacking him with at least two pass catchers.