The New Orleans Saints host the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football in what could be a fun shootout. The Colts will be without cornerback Kenny Moore, and Pierre Desir is questionable for the game. The Saints will be without safety Vonn Bell and linebacker Kiko Alonso, and placed defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins and defensive end Marcus Davenport on injured reserve this week.
Let’s look at some players to target in DraftKings’ $1,111,111 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.
WR Michael Thomas ($18,900)
Thomas is on pace to set the single season reception record, and Drew Brees is going to keep on feeding him. Facing a shorthanded Colts defense, it could be a feasting opportunity for Thomas. He’s had double digit receptions in seven of 13 games this season. The one downside is the obvious nature of him — even with the highest price tag on the night, he is going to be a hugely popular play.
RB Alvin Kamara ($14,700)
For most teams, Kamara would be Captain Obvious, but considering Thomas is out there, he’s not the same obvious choice. Frankly, anybody but Thomas is the non-obvious choice. Kamara has been targeted ten times in three different games this season, and has averaged just over eight targets per game each of his past ten games. He’ll be busy in the passing game, which offers a nice boost.
WRs Zach Pascal ($8,000)/Marcus Johnson ($5,200)
The biggest question for Indianapolis is whether or not T.Y. Hilton is active. If he is active, Pascal is likely the second best option. If Hilton is inactive, Johnson moves into the starting lineup, and for the price offers more value. The past two weeks, Pascal has 20.4 and 20.9 DraftKings fantasy points, while Johnson has 22.5 and 9.5 DKFP. They face a Saints defense that ranks 24th against wide receivers. This is a choice opportunity.
TE Jared Cook ($6,800)
Cook scored two touchdowns on his only two targets last week before leaving the game with a concussion. He cleared through the concussion protocol this week in short order and has a chance to build on a strong recent run. He has scored double digit DKFP in his past seven games and seems to be back on track after a slow start. If you don’t want to start both Cook and Thomas, you could stack either with Drew Brees and be in good shape.