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Best lineup strategy for Vikings-Seahawks in MNF Showdown

In a battle with serious playoff implications, how can we approach lineup construction for the Minnesota-Seattle Showdown on DraftKings? Here’s a full breakdown.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins throws a pass in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at U.S. Bank Stadium. David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

Outside of 49ers-Ravens, this is the most important game on the Week 13 slate. So thankfully we’ve got a featured Showdown contest on DraftKings for it! The Seahawks enter this game 9-2, staring down the Niners for first place in the NFC West. The Vikings are tied with the Packers at 8-3 atop the NFC North. Both the Seahawks and Vikings occupy the two wild card spots in the NFC, but are obviously fighting for better position. This should give us a relatively competitive game, plus the O/U is set at 50, so plenty of scoring should go down. Let’s take a look at how to approach lineup construction for DraftKings’ featured Showdown contest.

Captain Obvious

Kirk Cousins ($13,500)

I think this is a good spot to roll with Cousins and his price is relatively cheap in the Captain’s spot for a QB. The game environment should play in his favor: The Seahawks are slight home favorites and the point total is high. The Vikings may need to ditch the run a bit and throw if Russell Wilson and Seattle goes up early. Even if Dalvin Cook gets a ton of touches, I think Cousins should have an easy time picking apart the Seahawks’ secondary. WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) is reportedly going to be out, but that’s been the case the past few weeks, so not much changes.

Captain Courageous

Josh Gordon ($6,600)

Sure, there’s risk in captaining Gordon, but if you’re playing GPPs it’s not all that crazy. Gordon has been getting around 20-25 snaps, so he’ll have to make the most of his limited targets. I think the Seahawks would be wise to mix things up and stretch the field with the Vikings’ run defense tough to deal with. Gordon’s a home-run hitter, so he’d really only need to break one to return value. Plus, I always like paying down a bit at Captain to stack my lineup.

Flex Men

Rashaad Penny ($5,400)

I know that I’ve mentioned the Vikings’ run defense being tough, but this is more of a GPP play to catch lightning in a bottle. Penny was a trendy pick-up in season-long after his big game in Week 12, going for 129 yards and a TD vs. the Eagles for 21.9 DKFP. If the Seahawks decide to split carries between Penny and Chris Carson, I think this price point is appealing. Penny may not be targeted as much as we’d like, but this is another play to save salary.

Jason Myers ($3,800)

If we expect a lot of scoring in this game, we should expect a lot of FG opportunities for Myers in the red zone. The Seahawks may stall on some drives if they can’t convert on the ground within the 10-yard line, so I think Myers isn’t a bad FLEX option. You can easily plug Myers in there and then stack Russell Wilson ($10,800) with Tyler Lockett ($9,600) and DK Metcalf ($7,600), or Cousins ($9,000) with Stefon Diggs ($9,800) and Dalvin Cook ($11,800).