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Best lineup strategy for Cowboys-Giants in MNF Showdown

Cowboys look to keep pace in the NFC East on Monday Night Football. We break down some of the best options for MNF Showdown between the Cowboys and Giants.

Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys reacts after completing a pass against Jarrad Davis of the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

We have a rivalry game in the NFC East. As crazy as it sounds, the Giants still have an outside chance to win the division if they can steal tonight’s game from the Cowboys. A win would put New York two games behind Philadelphia in the standings. However, this game is an uphill battle for the Giants. They have lost four games in a row and the DK Sportsbook favors the Cowboys (-6) to come away with the win.


Ezekiel Elliott ($17,400)

Between Elliott and Barkley, we have two of the best running backs in the league to choose from tonight. Between the stars, I am leaning towards Elliott because he has the more favorable game script. As six-point favorites, Dallas figures to be running the ball in the fourth quarter with its All-Pro running back. In addition, Zeke is starting to get going after a slow start to the season. He has back-to-back games over 100 rushing yards, averaging 29.5 DKFP in those contests.


Daniel Jones ($12,000)

There is always some variance from young quarterbacks and Jones is no exception. For DFS purposes, he has GPP winning upside, but he can also completely tank a lineup due his turnover problems. In six starts, he’s lost six fumbles and the NFL record for a single season is 17. On the flip side, when he’s on, he looks great. The two times Jones scored over 15 DKFP, he scored 32.2 and 39.2 DKFP. This is the kind of upside I like to look for.


Michael Gallup ($7,400)

Just like Jones, Gallup is a boom or bust play with the potential to break the slate. He’s a big play receiver and his fantasy points are usually dependent on scoring a long touchdown. The good news, giving up long touchdowns has been a specialty for the Giants’ defense. They are allowing the second most DKFP to wide receivers of any team in the league and Gallup went off when these teams met in Week 1. He hauled in seven catches for 158 yards and scored 25.8 DKFP.

Golden Tate ($6,800)

Now that he has a few games under his belt as a member of the GIants, Tate is becoming a focal point of the offense. In the last three games, he’s been targeted 30 times and is averaging nearly 100 receiving yards per game. The Giants are going to need Tate to show out tonight since Sterling Shepard has been ruled out with a concussion. This allows Tate to run most of his routes out of the slot, which is where he’s most effective.

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