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Best lineup strategy for Bills vs. Texans in DraftKings Wild Card Showdown

We take a look at the best plays in Saturday’s Bills-Texans Showdown matchup that will kick off Wild Card weekend.

Inactives update: The Texans have deactivated wide receiver Will Fuller. Additionally, they will be without cornerback Johnathan Joseph. The Bills will be without cornerback Levi Wallace and wide receiver Robert Wallace for the Wild Card matchup.

Wild Card weekend is upon us and the first game of the postseason will be between the Buffalo Bills and Houston Texans on Saturday. Buffalo has a chance to build on its unexpectedly impressive season on the road while Houston will look to make the most of its home field advantage and rattle the Bills’ second-year quarterback. Let’s check out some of the best plays for Saturday night’s DraftKings Showdown.

Captain Obvious

Deshaun Watson, QB, Texans ($17,400)

Watson didn’t play in Week 17 because of a back injury, but expect him to be a full go for his team’s Saturday Wild Card matchup. Although the Bills have one of the better pass defenses in the league, Watson has proved he can torch elite secondaries for big numbers this year. The third-year signal caller totaled 28.9 DKFP by throwing for 234 yards and three touchdowns against New England Patriots’ second-ranked passing defense in Week 13 at NRG Stadium. He has the ability play just as well against Buffalo and has a higher ceiling than any other player in this contest.

Captain Courageous

Josh Allen, QB, Bills ($18,000)

Allen is the most expensive captain pick in this contest, but there’s also a fair amount of risk involved with selecting him. While he has improved considerably as a passer since his rookie year, he barely eclipsed 3,000 passing yards in his sophomore season and ranked 23rd in passing yards this season despite starting in 16 games. We feel iffy about him taking advantage of the Texans’ subpar secondary. The fact that this will be his first career postseason appearance could also affect his performance on the road.

Flex Men

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans ($10,800)

Hopkins is easily the most dynamic skill player in this game and should be a handful for Buffalo to contain. He hasn’t been held under five receptions once this year and only dipped below 40 receiving yards in one contest. Houston has made getting Hopkins the ball all year long, as he averaged 10 targets per game in 2019. There’s a good chance he’ll get more than that against the Bills, so he’ll get plenty of opportunities to make big plays.

Devin Singletary, RB, Bills ($9,600)

Houston has a below average run and pass defense, and Singletary is one of the few players in the game who gets the ball enough to take advantage of both those weaknesses. He has notched at least 14 carries in each of his last six games and received more than 20 carries in two of those contests. Singletary is also establishing himself as a pass catcher out of the backfield. Given the importance of this game, it’s unlikely that Frank Gore, who only totaled six carries while standing in for Singletary in Week 17, will get many touches.