Injury status update
We have some big injury news to update for your Bears-Rams Showdown roster decisions. Bears running back David Montgomery and Rams tight end Gerald Everett are both active as expected. The bigger news is that Rams wide receiver Robert Woods is inactive for reasons that are not entirely clear. Remove him from your DFS lineups if you were planning on playing him.
Imagine how much money you could have made in early September if you said this Week 11 matchup between the Rams and Bears would have virtually no playoff implications whatsoever. So much, in fact, that you could multi-enter this Showdown slate and not even dent your wallet. Let’s look at some players to target in DraftKings’ $800,000 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:
Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams ($12,900)
Wow, this is one ugly game we have here, not for the faint of heart. Neither team is lighting the world on fire offensively and both teams have defenses capable of taking over the game. Will anyone have success on offense? It could be harder than ever to find, and this is a week where leaving salary on the table is probably warranted, as the best plays are dirt-cheap alternatives to injured regulars.
But one mainstay is Gurley, who despite having a down year and always a threat to leave a game with an injury, is in a decent spot here against a defense struggling to contain the run, and pass-catching backs in particular.
Ryan Nall, RB, Chicago Bears ($300)
The entire slate is tilting right now with the news of David Montgomery’s ankle injury, which the running back sustained in practice Wednesday, rendering him a true game-time decision. If Montgomery can’t go, it sure looks as though Nall, a rookie who made his NFL debut last week on special teams, will get a decent chunk of the carries, along with Tarik Cohen. Nall has had preseason success, and his absolute bare minimum salary opens up anything and everything throughout the rest of a Showdown lineup. If the guy finishes with just 20 yards, with no catches, out of the Captain slot, he still 10Xs his salary. It’s the ultimate free square, with a 50-percent bonus, to boot.
Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles ($10,600)
It had to be a typo, right? There’s no way Cooper Kupp took zero last week, is there? Shocking, but true. Only four targets and not a catch to be caught against the Steelers. That should go in the history books as a one-week wonder, and Kupp should be back to terrorizing slot defenders this week. With Brandin Cooks likely out, Kupp should get back in stride with little difficulty this week.
Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles ($8,600)
As mentioned, Cooks is expected to be out again this Sunday, leaving Jared Goff with one fewer mouth to feed and leaving Woods to continue to shoulder the load of teammate Jared Goff.
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