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Best lineup strategy for Patriots-Ravens in DraftKings SNF Showdown

It’s Lamar Jackson vs. the Patriots defense in an epic matchup. Who you think wins the battle could decide who wins the slate

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson throws a pass in the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Back in 2007, the Ravens just barely missed knocking off the Patriots and ending their bid for a perfect regular season. Now, in 2019, opportunity knocks again. Let’s look at some players to target in DraftKings’ $1 million six-man Showdown slate -- with an entry fee of $10 and a first-place prize of $250,000 -- and who to use in the critical Captain slot:

CAPTAIN OBVIOUS

Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens ($17,100)

What an incredible matchup this week. The league’s most devastating defense against the league’s most dynamic dual-option quarterback. The Patriots have not been challenged at all this season, and certainly not by someone with the resume of Jackson, who can kill you with both the arm and the legs. The bye could not have come at a better time for the Ravens, as it gave Jackson a chance to rest and heal any nagging issues, while also giving John Harbaugh an extra week to game-plan. The Ravens under Harbaugh have historically played New England tough, and Jackson’s ability to run (268 yards, two touchdowns in his past two games) could foil what the Pats have been doing so well on defense. This could be Jackson’s true breakout moment.

CAPTAIN COURAGEOUS

Patriots defense ($11,700)

OK, so I’m making it sound like Jackson is some cross between Michael Vick and Joe Montana, and maybe he is. It’s been pretty amazing to watch. But maybe facing a defense like New England’s is just too much of a hurdle to clear and just like everyone else before him this season, Jackson crumbles under the pressure. I suspect the Captain ownership for the Pats defense will be lower than at any point in several weeks of Showdown play, and that makes them a sneaky target. They have shown an almost supernatural ability to score touchdowns, and if they get another one, and the rest of the game-script goes their way, this unit could break the slate.

FLEX MEN

Julian Edelman, WR, New England ($10,400)

Edelman is also a strong Captain possibility as a pivot off Jackson. Edelman has really come on strong the past four weeks, with DraftKings points totals of 28.0, 23.3 and 27.5 in three of them. With Josh Gordon gone, Edelman has re-established himself as the No. 1 option for Tom Brady and, as usual, Edelman is making the most of it. He will be busy again in this one, especially if the Ravens’ offense puts up a fight.

Mark Ingram II, RB, Baltimore ($8,200)

His carries per game remain in the 12-13 range, and he’s been extremely touchdown dependent this season, but one has to figure that Ingram must be a big part of the offensive game plan to keep the Patriots defense at least somewhat honest. Maybe it translates into 16-17 carries, but that could be enough to make is presence in a lineup worth his price. And if he scores, all the better.

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