UPDATE: Amari Cooper is ACTIVE for the game. If you are looking to use him in your DFS Showdown lineup, he’s there for you and a solid start. Randall Cobb loses value he has when Cooper is absent. Gallup loses a little value, but remains a solid option tonight.
In this 100th Anniversary season in the NFL, there’s hardly a more nostalgic matchup than the Vikings and Cowboys. These two teams slugged it out come playoff time in the 1970s and gave us the original Hail Mary in 1975. And who could forget the Herschel Walker trade that created the 1990s Cowboys dynasty? Now, we have a critical NFC battle between two playoff hopefuls. Let’s look at some players to target in DraftKings’ $888,888 six-man Showdown slate -- with an entry fee of $10 and a first-place prize of $200,000 -- and who to use in the critical Captain slot.
Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings ($17,400)
Need we say more? In a McCaffrey-less world, Dalvin Cook would be the top running back in the NFL and now he gets a Cowboys defense on short rest. True, the Cowboys did a number on Saquon Barkley on Monday night, but the Vikings offense is really no comparison. With Kirk Cousins playing at a high level and the Vikings needed to replace Adam Thielen’s production, this is an ideal spot for Cook to … get cooking.
Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas Cowboys ($15,000)
If not for a knee injury that has him questionable for Sunday night, Cooper would be an obvious play. So the hope here is that his ownership is driven down by people worried about his status. The Cowboys expect him to play and he’s had a pair of terrific games back-to-back. The Vikings are nothing scary in the secondary – Xavier Rhodes is a shell of his former self – so Cooper should have free reign to do damage.
Stephon Diggs, WR, Minnesota ($9,400)
Before last Sunday, Diggs was almost unstoppable, scoring 94 DK points in a three-week span. The Chiefs brought him crashing back to Earth in Week 9, but with Thielen once again not playing, Diggs is the top gun in the passing game. If Cousins has the time to look deep, Diggs could be poised for another massive performance.
Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas ($7,600)
If Cooper is limited or unable to go, Gallup would have another chance to regain the form that made him such a terrific fantasy asset early in the season. Gallup had his best game since Week 5 on Monday – his first return to double-digit DK points – so he’s still capable of a solid performance. The Vikings are just the kind of shaky back end to allow Gallup to get back in gear.
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